The Kugels klezmer group has been together for 11 years. Photo / Provided
The next concert in the Globe Sunday matinee series features a group of highly acclaimed New Zealand musicians.
Take three former New Zealand Symphony Orchestra players, an award-winning composer of the arts, a renowned bassist and a charismatic vocalist and you have the Kugels.
With passion and sensitivity, the Kugels perform traditional klezmer music and original works by their house arts award-winning composer/accordionist Ross Harris. Klezmer music is the folk music of Eastern and Central European Jews and is experiencing a huge upsurge in interest and popularity.
The performers are all distinguished and versatile musicians. Harris is a former NZSO French horn player and lecturer at Victoria University and one of New Zealand’s leading composers of symphonies and chamber works. In this concert, he will be heard on the accordion and several of his pieces will also be played.
Robin Perks was a member of the NZSO for 37 years as a fiddler and played klezmer in Wellington for about 15 years.
Debbie Rawson plays clarinet and saxophone. She is also a former NZSO player and is probably best known as the leader of the Saxcess set. She has toured extensively for Chamber Music NZ and was until recently Head of Woodwinds at the New Zealand School of Music.
Nick Tipping, bass, wears many hats – from a PhD and jazz lecturer to playing with national and international stars such as the NZSO, Bic Runga and Kenny Burrel. He is nationally appreciated for presenting Inside Out and The Works on RNZ Concert.
Anna Gawn, soprano, was classically trained at Victoria University and has since become a versatile and charismatic soloist. She was the oratorio soloist of choice for Peter Godfrey (Godfather of New Zealand choral music) and premiered Harris’s beautiful and moving Yiddish songs, which are dedicated to him. Her dramatic voice and brilliant audience relations create a vibrant layer of expression and color for the set.
Sunday matinee organizer Guy Donaldson says concerts by artists of this caliber normally have high admission prices. But for this Globe Sunday matinee concert, admission is still by donation, recommended from $5.
The Kugels have recorded a second CD in 2020, which will be available at this concert
What: The Kugels play klezmer
When: Sunday, August 28, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Globe Theater
Admission: By donation