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To The Tavern
Ethnomusic LKQ004 / ETM14
Release date: 9 September 2016
17 tracks - total playing time 49:47
LKQ’s fourth album, 'To the Tavern', is a dawn-to-dawn story about a klezmer band’s arrival in a small town. With a wealth of traditional-style compositions by the band, the adventure also features the irresistibly sonorous vocals of Indra Buraczewska in traditional laments, a Warsaw Yiddish theatre hit with a hint of jazz (‘Goodbye New York’) and a song about beetroot soup.
A band arrives at dawn at the railway station in a small middle-European country town for a 24-hour sojourn. The musicians find their way around, get to know the locals and lead a rowdy session at the local tavern, before exhaustion sets in as they see in the new day. The spirit of the album reflects current and perennial themes of migration and community.
The London Klezmer Quartet was formed in 2009 by four London-based klezmorim with a shared interest in the traditional playing style. The group is Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet), Carol Isaacs (accordion) and Indra Buraczewska (double bass & vocals).
Of their most recent, previous album, fROOTS magazine said “An essential combination of virtuosity and personality, caught between toe-tapping celebration and the most beautiful sadness, lacing all with rueful humour and soul... Elevating throughout.”
The LONDON EVENING STANDARD confirmed: "With artistry like this, the music doesn't have to be reinvented."
“A fantastic sound with inventive arrangements, virtuosity, exciting original tunes and soulful playing,” said SONGLINES.
"Exuberant yet cultured playing... no shortage of dynamism here... The tradition is safe in the hands of the next generation," echoed the SUNDAY TIMES
"Dynamic and authentic," says TIME OUT, London
Ilana Cravitz is one of a handful of professional violinists in the UK playing klezmer music in the traditional style. She has introduced thousands of people of all ages to klezmer through her performances, courses and workshops at festivals, venues of all shapes and sizes, and universities, music colleges and schools. Her book, Klezmer Fiddle – a how-to guide, is published by Oxford University Press. Ilana also leads and calls for Yiddish dances and is a founder member of the London Klezmer Quartet, which within five years has produced three well-received CDs, toured Australia four times and appeared on national radio in a number of countries. She has worked with leading Sephardic music group Los Desterrados and guested with many klezmer bands, including She'Koyokh (UK) and Isle of Klezbos (US). Ilana studied baroque violin and viola da gamba at post-graduate level at the Royal College of Music in London, and can still sometimes be heard in concert playing on gut strings, as well as playing English and Celtic music with ceilidh bands.
Susi Evans, clarinet. Susi "has a deep knowledge of the klezmer idiom" (Evening Standard), and her performances have inspired press reviews remarking on her “nimble solo features and excellent tone control” (The Scottish Herald), and “infectious enthusiasm” (Oxford Times). Susi is a founder member of the London Klezmer Quartet and also fronts She’koyokh – a band she co-founded 15 years ago that has won awards and performed internationally at festivals and venues as varied WOMAD, The Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Buskers Bern. Susi appeared regularly from 2007-2014 in the National Theatre's smash-hit production of War Horse and has recently collaborated with composer Jocelyn Pook, the Aurora Orchestra, Alan Bern (The Other Europeans), Frank London (the Klezmatics) and the Mahogany Opera Group. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a first class degree in 2004. Having studied in Istanbul with Selim Sesler, at the Plovdiv Academy of Music with Nikola Iliev and with leaders of the klezmer revival, is now in demand as a teacher herself and was a faculty member for Klezfest London 2015.
Carol Isaacs, piano accordion A classically trained pianist, Carol works as a keyboard player and accordionist in the pop and world music fields. She has recorded and toured with many international artists including Sinead O’Connor (Ireland), The Indigo Girls (US), Bonnie Raitt (US), Joan Baez (US), Jackson Browne(US), Sam Brown (UK), Squeeze (UK), Midge Ure (UK), Latin Quarter (UK), Robert Palmer (UK), Natacha Atlas (Egypt), Sheik Taha (Egypt), Ahmed Mukhtar (Iraq), Abdel Ali Slimani (Algeria), Guesch Patti (France), Phongsit Khampee and Surachai Janthimatorn (Thailand).
Indra Buraczewska, double bass After graduating from the Victorian College of Arts (Australia) as a classical violinist, Indra discovered the wonderful world of the bass. She has played a multitude of genres, from original pop and Balkans to jazz and funk. Touring throughout Europe, Indra has played at the Edinburgh and Galway festivals, and in Australia has appeared at major festivals including Woodford, the Falls Festival, Earthcore and the National Folk Festival. She played bass for the gypsy trio ‘Vardos’ for six years and continues to specialise in world music. Indra first joined the London Klezmer Quartet for their 2012 Australian tour and has been captivated by the klezmer genre. She features on two of LKQ's three albums - as singer as well as instrumentalist on the most recent CD - and has toured extensively with the band.
Tour dates remaining:
To the Tavern Tour dates, Autumn/Winter 2016-17
13 November - Munich Jewish Festival, Germany
22 November - Purley Literary Society
24 November - Amici Concert Series, Chichester
29 November - Benslow Music International Concert Series, Hitchin, Herts
1 December - St Stephens Church, Bristol
3 December - Halsway Manor, Somers