Don Kipper are a multi award-winning 7-piece ensemble playing and transforming 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 we attempt to root ourselves deeply in the traditions that surround us, we also explore radical interpretations and taut arrangements full of complex harmonies, rhythms and imaginative improvisation. We're equally adept at taking an intimate audience on a musical journey through Europe as we are taking their feet on a frantic journey around the dancefloor, at home both on large outdoor stages playing to a crowd of ecstatic dancers, and in sweaty tents getting the throng jumping.
Since 2013, we have released our First and Second albums, been featured on BBC Introducing and the BBC World Service, played two 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. If you like the Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Taraf De Haïdouks, or Balkan Beat Box you’ll love Don Kipper and our acclaimed, high octane shows that will make your brain dance and your feet think!
“Sure to send shivers down your spine”
“So tight it sounds like one divine entity is playing the band”
Max Reinhardt, Late Junction - BBC Radio 3
“Unbridled musical passion & virtuosic mastery”
DJ Ritu, A World in London - Resonance FM