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The Burning Bush


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The Burning Bush was formed after Lucie Skeaping was invited to make a BBC documentary to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and to explore her own East European roots. Since their debut at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, the group has performed to packed houses at major festivals and cultural events throughout the world. Recent activities include tours to Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Finland and South America. London concerts include the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall and Royal National Theatre. They are frequently heard on BBC Radio and have appeared in several films, including Polanski’s Oscar-winning ‘The Pianist’ shot in Warsaw. A grant from the Arts Council has taken them to Israel and Greece for research. Their recent concert at the Royal Festival Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra featured the World Premiere of ‘The Vanished Shtetl’ by Roderick Skeaping, a BBC commisssion for the orchestra to perform together with The Burning Bush, broadcast on BBC Radio 3. The group recently appeared in the new 4-part series ‘Early Music’ for BBC TV. They are also the subject of a new TV documentary film shot in Denmark (prod. Jan Harlan) to be broadcast in 2005.

The Music

The Burning Bush takes its inspiration from a wide variety of music from the old Jewish world, embracing both the Ashkenazi and Sephardi cultures. Folk songs in Yiddish from Poland, Russia and Ukraine, instrumental dances of the East European Klezmer bands, and mystical dances of the ultra-orthodox Hasidim, mix with the great tradition of Sephardi song from the exiled Spanish communities of Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria and Morocco.


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  • katti85


    5 Dec 2011 Reply
  • zloy_botan

    they played in polanski's the pianist, must be famous

    16 Jul 2010 Reply
  • khanele

    Dude... don't dis the klez just because you're not cool enough for it. Nice music, by the by. Wasn't familiar with this group, will have to check into buying an album or two. :)

    25 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Almarilsyn

    klezmer ruuuuuuuulzzzzzz

    30 Dec 2007 Reply
  • TheBigBro

    Klezmer rulzz biz pridele!!

    12 Mar 2007 Reply

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