Don Kipper are a multi award-winning ensemble playing 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 ourselves deeply in the traditions that surround them, they also like to bring these musical cultures together in innovative, exciting, and unusual ways that mirror London’s vibrant, cosmopolitan energy.
Within the ensemble they 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 of them are conservatoire trained, others play entirely by ear, or have learnt their songs from Greek grandmothers. Whichever the case, 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've called home for more than a century.
Since 2013, they have performed as the BBC Introducing act at WOMAD, released their first three albums, been featured on BBC Radio 3 and the BBC World Service, played 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.
"Together we'll make your brain think and your feet dance!"
"The true sound of our capital"
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