Matakana Village Hall

5:00 pm


Folk - Double Bass, Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Accordion, Violin

Klezmer is the folk idiom of the Jewish people. A love of this music has drawn the combined talents of these musicians – all prominent soloists in their own right – to form this exciting new ensemble.The programme features the original Klezmer compositions of accordionist/NZ Arts Laureate Ross Harris, interspersed with music from the traditional repertoire of this music popular in dance halls and at weddings.

Ringlen |Viglid 1
Trad Russian | Dobriden. - Ser 178. - Gas-Nign 65
Ross Harris | Batamt - Voglenish
Anon arr R.Perks | Ghetto
Ross Harris | The Hidden One
Trad | Zemer Atik - Liebe Dich
Trad | Liebes Tantz
Ross Harris | Gezegenung - Faln

Trad Serbian | Magla Padlana v Dolina
Trad | Heisser Bulgar
A.Goldkuhle-Trad | Yankele - Shain v d L’vone - Abi Gezint
Elstein arr D.Tarras | Der Alte Tziganer
Trad - R.Harris | Kale Bezetsn - Narish
Trad - D.Tarras | C Minor Doina - Rukhelleh
Ross Harris | Lozengang
Trad | Doina - Skocne117

Robin Perks (violin) has played in various orchestras in Europe in his 20s and was a member of the NZ Symphony Orchestra for 37 years. He has performed klezmer in Wellington for about 15 years, culminating in his membership of ‘The Kugels’, which has become a perfect vehicle for his passion for the genre.
Debbie Rawson (clarinet, saxophone, xaphoon) has played in all major orchestras in New Zealand and founded the saxophone group ‘Saxcess’. She is Head of Woodwind at the NZ School of Music, Wellington.
Ross Harris (accordion) has written many works including operas, symphony orchestras, songs & chamber music. He took up the accordion and started writing klezmer music in his 60s.
Jacqueline Norden (bass) has played a range of instruments and styles ranging from pop to classical. She joined ‘The Kugels’ in 2014, plays in the Wellington Chamber Orchestra and teaches at Mana College, Porirua.

This concert is presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand