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Don Kipper + Memphis Gerald

  • Cobalt Studios 10-16 Boyd Street Newcastle upon Tyne, England, NE2 1AP United Kingdom (map)
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Wildy imaginative music for dancing, created in London but reflective of the the world.


“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”

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

**** The Evening Standard

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

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

“Playing of the highest order”

“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

Within the ensemble Don Kipper have a diversity of musical roots and routes. From childhood obsessions with Klezmer, to song collecting around the Mediterranean, grooving Senegalese Mbalax, the propulsive beat of the Samba bateria, and late night Jazz jam sessions in Dalston, they bring their potted histories and inquisitive minds to the traditional music of Southern and Eastern Europe that they love, study and perform. Some members are conservatoire trained, while others play entirely by ear, or learnt their songs from Greek grandmothers. Regardless, they seek to make imaginative music within these living traditions that reflect the lives and loves of people who have lived in the patch of London they call home for more than a century.

Earlier Event: May 29
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Later Event: May 31
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