She’Koyokh

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She’Koyokh

World Music

among the finest klezmer ensembles on the planet
The Australian

http://www.shekoyokh.co.uk/

Hailed as “one of London’s musical treasures, playing the best Balkan and klezmer music in Britain” (The Evening Standard), She'Koyokh's evolution spans the humble origins of busking at East London’s Columbia Road flower market to performing in the famous concert halls of Europe.

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Hailed as “one of London’s musical treasures, playing the best Balkan and klezmer music in Britain” (The Evening Standard) and “among the finest klezmer ensembles on the planet” (The Australian), She'Koyokh's evolution spans the humble origins of busking at East London’s Columbia Road flower market to performing in the famous concert halls of Europe including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Gasteig in Munich and London’s Southbank Centre. As well as TV appearances and live sessions on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and World on 3, She’Koyokh has performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, WOMAD, Cheltenham and the inaugural WOMAD Fuerteventura, and was nominated as Best Group in the Songlines World Music Awards 2012. Recently the band has have played support for Mahala Rai Banda at the London Jazz Cafe and collaborated with the Aurora Orchestra at LSO St Luke's.

She'Koyokh's members hail from the UK, USA, Serbia, Sweden and Turkey, forging a unique sound that is traditional yet original. Their live shows are an expertly crafted, multi-lingual exploration from the Baltic to the Black Sea with songs in Yiddish, Russian, Greek, Ladino, Romany, Turkish and Kurdish with klezmer instrumentals and folk tunes from Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia.

She'Koyokh runs klezmer and Balkan music workshops which have recently included Edinburgh and Aberdeen universities, the Jersey Academy of Music and a week of workshops with the Aldeburgh Young Musicians which culminated in a performance at the Snape Proms.

Two of the band’s albums are released by ARC Music, the latter of which was described in fROOTS as "sophisticated, multi-lingual and where klezmer in Britain should be headed for right now” and received a five-star review in Songlines hailing She’Koyokh as “Britain’s best klezmer and Balkan music band”, earning the disc a Songlines ‘Top of the World’ accolade and subsequent nomination in the Best Band category of the Songlines Music Awards 2012. She’Koyokh’s eagerly-awaited third album, Wild Goats and Unmarried Women, was released in March 2014 and has already been received with great acclaim.

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Britain’s best klezmer and Balkan music band

Simon Broughton, Songlines

Our ears tingled as Meg Hamilton’s violin spiralled and sobbed through a wordless Jewish prayer, and two clarinets duelled with the drummer during the climactic Serbian Rumba.

Geoff Brown, The Times, Klezmahler with the Aurora Orchestra

It’s sophisticated, it’s multi-lingual, and it might be an important hint of where klezmer in Britain is headed right now

John Pheby, fRoots

Selected Discography —

Wild Goats & Unmarried Women

among the finest klezmer ensembles on the planet

Tony hillier, The Australian

Buskers’ Ballroom

Britain’s best klezmer and Balkan music band

Simon Broughton, Songlines

Sandanski’s Chicken

She’Koyokh have been stars of the UK klezmer scene for some time and are celebrated for their live performances… This is a fine dance album, high-spirited, and with a promise of much more.

Chris Williams, fRoots
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