SKLAMBERG & THE SHEPHERDS
Date: Saturday 10 September
Venue: All Saints Centre, Lewes
All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LE
Tickets: £10.00 advance / £12.00 door
Polina and Merlin Shepherd are joined by the lead singer of Grammy-winning band, The Klezmatics, the leading exponent of Yiddish song from the USA
Sklamberg & the Shepherds brings together three renowned performers of traditional Eastern European Jewish music: Lorin Sklamberg, co-founder and lead singer of The Klezmatics; clarinetist Merlin Shepherd and Polina Shepherd, a virtuoso vocalist/pianist/composer, originally from Siberia. A fresh collaboration blending traditional and newly composed Yiddish and Russian song with klezmer and southern Mediterranean music.
Lorin, Polina and Merlin represent three nations although their families come from very close geographical locations. At the end of the 19th Century, Merlin’s great-grandparents emigrated from Ukraine and Romania to escape pogroms and seek a better world in Europe. Lorin’s ancestors emigrated from a small town in Ukraine to the United States. Polina’s grandparents escaped from the Sho’ah by fleeing from Kiev and Odessa to Siberia. Influenced by several cultures and maintaining the styles, they play original and traditional material with freedom and spontaneity.
“Top klezmer action from the US, UK and Siberia”
In October 2015 the trio released their CD, Aheym.