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Don Kipper

Don Kipper

Don Kipper are a multi award-winning 7-piece ensemble interpreting and transforming a wide range of traditional musical forms reflecting the cultural diversity of North East London, from Turkish and Greek Folk Musics to Romani music and Klezmer.

While they attempt to root themselves deeply in the traditions that surround them, they also explore radical interpretations and taut arrangements full of complex harmonies, rhythms and imaginative improvisation. They are equally adept at taking an intimate audience on a musical journey through Europe as they take their feet on a frantic journey around the dancefloor, at home both on large outdoor stages playing to a crowd of ecstatic dancers, and in sweaty tents getting the throng jumping.

Since 2013, they have released their First and Second albums, been featured on BBC Introducing and the BBC World Service, played two European Tours, and won the titles of both the Moshe Beregovski Award for best Klezmer Newcomers and World Music Network’s Battle of the Bands. If you like the Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Taraf De Haïdouks, or Balkan Beat Box you’ll love Don Kipper!



"Impressively original" ~ **** The Guardian

“So tight it sounds like one divine entity is playing the band” ~ Max Reinhardt, Late Junction - BBC Radio 3

“Sure to send shivers down your spine” ~ Songlines

“Spectacular” ~ Mary Ann Kennedy, World on 3

“Unbridled musical passion & virtuosic mastery” ~ DJ Ritu, A World in London - Resonance FM

“The true sound of our capital" ~ WOMAD 2017

"Unstoppable" ~ **** The Evening Standard

"The sound of north-east London, indeed." ~ The Financial Times

"Urban grooves… guaranteed to detonate any club dance floor” ~ The Australian

"i heard my first klezmer band at about 3 in the morning, eating eggs, scrambled eggs with loads of garlic in a place called Sammy’s Romanian, a basement bar on the lower east side. … this band is called Don Kipper they do more than klezmer, they’re very good" ~ Iggy Pop, BBC Radio 6 Music

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