“One of the finest and most entertaining British-based exponents of global music” (The Guardian).
She’Koyokh is an international virtuosic, versatile and prize-winning band comprising seven expert musicians playing klezmer and traditional music from the Balkans and Turkey.
She’Koyokh has toured the world with highlights at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and festivals in Germany, Hungary, Poland, Cyprus, Spain, the Canary Islands and Norway; WOMAD UK, WOMAD Fuerteventura, Sziget and Pannonica Festivals; Fundación Juan March Madrid, London’s Southbank Centre, Aldeburgh’s Snape Proms and live sessions on BBC Radio.
Four globally acclaimed albums have earned She’Koyokh the reputation as “one of London’s musical treasures playing the best klezmer and Balkan music in Britain” (The Evening Standard). First Dance on Second Avenue was released in 2017 on World Music Network’s Riverboat Records to critical acclaim, receiving a 5 star review in the Evening Standard, 5 stars and Album Choice in fROOTS, 4 stars in the Guardian, 4 stars and Top of the World in Songlines and 4 stars in BBC Music Magazine. She’Koyokh’s previous albums are Wild Goats and Unmarried Women (2014 Riverboat), Buskers’ Ballroom (2011 ARC) and Sandanski’s Chicken (2007 ARC).
With seventeen years absorbing and performing the rich folk music traditions of Jewish Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans, She’Koyokh’s shows bring together the stunning polyphonic melodies and intricate rhythms of Bulgaria, treasured tunes from Serbian villages and exhilarating Gypsy dances from Romania as well as soulful Sephardic songs and klezmer music from Jewish eastern Europe. Added to the mix is an Albanian folk song popular in southern Kosovo, a song from south-west Turkey about wild goats and unmarried women, a love song for a Gypsy girl with penetrating green eyes, a beautiful Armenian song about migration and a Yiddish Swing number from 1950s New York.
The band formed in 2001 with the support of a Millennium Award from the Jewish Music Institute. In 2008 they were awarded first prize in the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam and have been shortlisted twice for Best Group in the Songlines World Music Awards. She’Koyokh has collaborated with the Aurora Orchestra and with South Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth. In February 2019 their bass player Paul Moylan composed Klez’Mahler, a ‘klezmer concerto’ which the band performed as a prelude to Mahler’s First Symphony with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
She’Koyokh is a Yiddish word meaning “nice one!”
Çiğdem Aslan: Vocals
Susi Evans: Clarinet & Gaida
Meg Hamilton: Violin
Živorad Nikolić: Accordion & Vocals
Matt Bacon: Guitar & Kaval
Paul Moylan: Double Bass
Christina Borgenstierna: Percussion