“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
“Unstoppable”– The Evening Standard
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 to root themselves deeply in the traditions that surround them, they also bring these musical cultures together in innovative, exciting, and unusual ways that mirror London’s vibrant, cosmopolitan energy. Equally happy taking an intimate audience on a musical journey through Europe as they are taking their audience on a frantic journey around the dancefloor, at home both on large outdoor stages playing to a crowd of ecstatic dancers, and in indoor concert venues to a pin-drop audience.
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.
Since 2013, Don Kipper 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.