Klezmer music with The Kugels - wild, spirited and haunting
Robin Perks, Debbie Rawson and Jacqueline Nordon, former members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and composer/New Zealand Arts Laureate Ross Harris were a great hit when they toured with AOTNZ in 2016.
Now they’re back again with music that makes you want to dance.
The programme features the original Klezmer compositions of accordionist/NZ Arts Laureate Ross Harris, interspersed with music from the traditional repertory – originally played at weddings and other celebrations in Eastern and Central Europe.
Featuring the highly expressive sound of violin, clarinet, accordion and bass, laced with the multi-talented reeds of Debbie Rawson on soprano sax, clarinet, bass clarinet and the Maui Xaphoon, The Kugels bring these exciting and evocative songs to the stage, together with an informative and engaging commentary.
-“This amazing ensemble gave a concert of rare quality that would grace any of the top auditoria worldwide.” – Geraldine Community Arts Council News
-“The band is tight, with Debbie Rawson and Robin Perks by turns plaintive and zesty on reeds and fiddle, while Harris’ compositional ingenuity…is staggering” – William Dart, NZ Herald
For more information, contact:
Diana Moir, AOTNZ media liaison, 021 126 573, email@example.com
Robin Perks – violin - played in various European orchestras in his 20s, and was a member of the NZ Symphony Orchestra for 37 years. He has performed klezmer for 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 New Zealand School of Music, Wellington.
Ross Harris – accordion - a celebrated composer who has written many works including operas, symphonies, songs and chamber music, Ross took up the accordion and started writing klezmer music in his 60s.
Jacqueline Nordon – bass – has played a range of instruments and styles ranging through Irish, jazz, pop and classical. She plays in the Wellington Chamber Orchestra and teaches at Mana College, Porirua.
Thursday 29 August 7:00pm Darfield
Trinity Church Darfield
$20 Adults, $10 Students Book: Selwyn Gallery, South Terrace, Darfield
Saturday 31 August 7:30pm Geraldine
St Mary's Church, Talbot Street
$20 Book: Louk Clothing, Talbot Street, Geraldine (NO EFTPOS)
Monday 2 September 7:30pm Stewart Island
Stewart Island Community Centre
$25 Book: Door sales
Wednesday 4 September 7:00pm Roxburgh
Roxburgh Town Hall
$20 Book: I-Site and door sales
Thursday 5 September 7:30pm Alexandra
The Stadium Tavern
$25 Adults, $20 Gold Card, $10 Children Book: Alexandra i-SITE, plus cash door sales
Friday 6 September 7:30pm Cromwell
Adults $25; SuperGold $20; Student/Child $5
Book: All Central Otago iSites or www.artscentral.co.nz
Saturday 7 September 7:00pm Wanaka
Hawea Flat Hall
$30 Adult / $20 Student Book: www.festivalofcolour.co.nz
Wednesday 11 September 8:00pm Barrytown
Barrytown Hall $20 Book: Door sales
Thursday 12 September 7:30pm Reefton
Adults $20, Student $10, Family $50
Book: Door Sales or Ph. (03) 7328542 or (03) 7328111
Friday 13 September 7:30pm Hokitika
Old Lodge Theatre, 11 Revell Street
$20 Book: Hokitika's Regent Theatre
Saturday 14 September 8:00pm Balcairn
Tickets $25 from Sally Macs and Mumma T Amberley;
Stan's 7 Day Pharmacy Rangiora and Sefton Garage; www.balcairnhall.com
Sunday 15 September 5:00pm Ashburton
Ashburton Trust Event Centre - Open Hat Book: No pre booking
Monday 16 September 7:00pm Lincoln
$20 Book: Over the bar or phone (03) 3253006
Wednesday 18 September 8:00pm Onekaka
The Mussel Inn
$15 Book: On the door
Thursday 19 September 7:30pm Picton
Picton Little Theatre
$25 Book: Take Note, Picton and Alyssums, Blenheim
Saturday 21 September 8:00pm Norsewood
The Old Dairy Factory
$20 Book: On the door
Tuesday 24 September 7:30pm Opotiki
Opotiki Senior Citizens Hall
$20 Book: Purchase tickets at the Library or online at www.trybooking.com
Wednesday 25 September 7:30pm Whakatane
Ohope Chartered Club
$20 Book: The Good Life, The Strand, Whakatane
Thursday 26 September 7:30pm Kauaeranga
$22 Door; $20 Pre-book
Book: Txt: 021912993; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shop: Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames
Saturday 28 September 7:30pm Putaruru
$20 Book: The Plaza; Eventfinda
Sunday 29 September 7:30pm New Plymouth
4th Wall Theatre
Adults $25, Seniors $20, Students $10
Arts On Tour NZ (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand as well as support from Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland, Interislander, Otago Community Trust, Rata Foundation and the Southern Trust. AOTNZ liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and theatrical talent to country districts. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to their audiences rather than the reverse.