Geraldine Community Arts Council Incorporated
PRESS RELEASE – 14th October, 2016
KUGELS’ KLEZMER THRILLS GERALDINE AUDIENCE
Almost 100 people packed the Geraldine Town and Country Club on Tuesday evening to hear this amazing ensemble, bringing together their shared passion for Jewish Klezmer music and their not inconsiderable musical accomplishment, in a concert of rare quality that would grace any of the top auditoria, worldwide.
It was an evening of great intimacy where the artists took their time to explain the history of Klezmer and introduced their instruments in a way that the whole audience felt included and valued by the performers.
The atmospheric, evocative and incredibly moving material lifted the audience and took them straight to the heart of the Eastern Europe of the 19th and early 20th Centuries. A true measure of the performance was that the two hours seem to be gone in a heartbeat leaving each one of us wishing for more. The group comprises:
Accordionist and in-house composer Ross Harris who is one of our leading NZ composers, having just been awarded an Arts Laureate and is the recipient of numerous other prizes and awards.
Robin Perks whose career spans from NZ to Germany and back. He has recently retired from the NZ Symphony Orchestra after many years and now devoting himself entirely to the art of Klezmer/Gypsy fiddle.
Debbie Rawson who is probably best known as the leader of the ensemble Saxcess and is currently Head of Woodwind at the NZ School of Music, Victoria University. Her skills and experience ranges from playing violin in the Kent University orchestra to leading street bands and playing a variety of instruments from trumpet, double bass and sousaphone.
Jacs Nordon is the ideal exponent of Klezmer style bass and truly helps to drive the ensemble with character and style.
Their all too short tour completes the South Island leg this week (Motueka and Onekaka) and moves on to the North Island from the 18th (New Plymouth), courtesy of Arts on Tour New Zealand.