If you’ve missed live music, then check out She’Koyokh’s upcoming performance at JW3 in Hampstead for an evening of beautifully crafted music combining the high energy of klezmer with ancient Sephardic songs.
Istanbul-born singer Çiğdem Aslan forms part of this brilliant London-based international seven-piece klezmer & Balkan band, whose music reflects the diversity of Jewish heritage, the history of migration and the musical integration that has taken place across Europe, Turkey and beyond over hundreds of years.
She’Koyokh have been stars of the UK klezmer scene for the last 20 years, with the Evening Standard describing them as “the best British klezmer & Balkan music band”.
Over the past five years, they have embedded more Sephardic music into their repertoire. Çiğdem Aslan’s roots means she is well versed in Ladino songs – albeit with Turkish lyrics – that travelled to the Ottoman Empire with the Jewish populations that were expelled from Spain in 1492.
These songs continue to be popular to this day, thanks to artists such as Yasmin Levy, Vazana, and Los Desterrados, with whom She’Koyokh played at a sell-out concert at JW3 back in 2016.
She’Koyokh’s musicians are all masters in their own right, guaranteeing a night of dazzling musical virtuosity and innovation. Whether you’re at the venue or watching from home, prepare for a night of captivating, heartfelt music and thrilling energy.
Title: She’Koyokh: Klezmer with Nightingales
Date: Saturday 22 July
Time: 8pm to 10pm
Venue: JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, Hampstead, London NW3 6ET
Admission: Adults £15 for live at the venue or £5 online viewing.
More information: about the band, visit She’Koyokh’s website here