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The Kugels

Friday, 6 September, 7:30pm

Community Centre, Tarras – Adults $25, SuperGold $20, Student/Child $5

The Kugels are a Wellington (New Zealand) based klezmer band that specializes in a mixture of ancient traditional tunes and freshly composed ones by the band’s accordionist Ross Harris.

Music that makes you want to dance – wild, spirited and haunting. Take three former members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Robin Perks, Debbie Rawson and Jacqueline Nordon, a top New Zealand composer and Arts Laureate, Ross Harris, and a shared passion for Klezmer music, and you have The Kugels!

The folk idiom of the Jewish people, Klezmer, was originally played at weddings and other celebrations in Eastern and Central Europe This music gained popularity in America with the arrival of Yiddish speaking immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, assimilating jazz elements into the mix.

This amazing ensemble gave a concert of rare quality that would grace any of the top auditoria, worldwide.”
– Geraldine Community Arts Council News

The band is tight, with Debbie Rawson and Robin Perks by turns plaintive and zesty on reeds and fiddle, while Harris’ compositional ingenuity, over 23 short pieces, is staggering.”
– William Dart NZ Herald

Programme, 120 min incl interval