The Kugels

29th September 2019

Klezmer music with The Kugels -  wild, spirited and haunting 

Three top musicians and a celebrated composer have joined together in their love of klezmer, the feisty 19th century folk
music  of the Jewish people. 

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.

Ross Harris, eminent composer and New Zealand Arts Laureate, plays the accordion 

Debbie Rawson, leader of saxophone ensemble Saxcess and Head of Woodwind at Victoria University’s NZ School of Music, on clarinet, xaphoon and saxophone

Violinist Robin Perkins, recently retired from New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, now devoting himself to the art of klezmer/gypsy fiddle

Bass player Jacs Nordon, an eclectic orchestral player/street band leader and all-round klezmer music enthusiast helping to drive the ensemble with character and style

“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



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