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London Klezmer Quartet & Faith i Branko

  • Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Murphys Avenue Gwynneville, NSW, 2500 Australia (map)

This concert will see two London ensembles in the Conservatorium Auditorium for the only shared concert of their respective Australian tours. Each band will perform one set.

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London Klezmer Quartet: a dynamic group of performers whose deep understanding of klezmer is reflected in exuberant, passionate and accomplished performances that captivate audiences.

The group plays old and new traditional material guaranteed to move audiences from toe-tapping to tears and back again in moments.

Faith i Branko: Serbia’s No. 1 Roma violinist and UK accordionist perform high-energy original Roma/Jazz influenced music.

Faith and Branko Ristic form the core of their high-energy live performance, combining the accordion, violin, effects pedal and tabor pipe to take the audience on a journey from melancholy Roma violin laments to storming ‘kolos’ and explorations into jazz improvisation, swing, Gypsy Rumba and Turkish and Indian influenced violin solos. These styles form a set, which – for the majority – is joyous, passionate, boisterous, fiery and spirited. Branko, predicted by UK Froots to become ‘one of the leading Roma Violinists of the century’, soars at break-neck paces whilst Faith’s ‘nimble accordion accompaniment provides a beautiful bedrock’ [The Guardian]. Branko – a self-taught virtuosic Roma violinist with a painful personal history - opens his heart in their slower compositions, revealing at times the sadness and darkness beneath the frantic virtuosic revelry. They source musicians from all over the world and currently perform as a quartet and quintet with collaborating Roma and non-Roma artists.

$17G/$12C/$10 online or $20G/$15C/$10 on the door

Earlier Event: 1 March
Steve Barry Trio (NZ)
Later Event: 16 March
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