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Biography

Embrace the east-european-meets-dubby-roots sound of Yurt Party, clap hands to seething Gypsy and Balkan rhythms, sigh to haunting violin melodies, and feel the percussive beat shake the floorboards. The Christchurch based band have had people dancing at markets, in bars, outdoors under the sun and hitting it off at house parties!
Lorenz Weston-Salzer - violin
Tom Harris - keyboards, accordion
Thomas Isbister - drums, percussion
Kiefer Thedoor Wilton - trumpet
Charlotte Crone - trombone
…plus guests!

Lorenz Weston-Salzer (Violin) is a classically trained violinist through the Suzuki method with an interest in playing a wide variety of different music styles, having previously played in the Christchurch Youth Orchestra, and with bands playing rock, blues, country and Celtic music.
Tom Harris (Keyboard and Accordion) is a musical jack of all trades - multi instrumentalist, composer, sound designer, teacher and band leader. He is involved in music from indie rock to gypsy oompah to meditative/minimalist, and loves being a small part of the great connecting web of Music that weaves through our lives.
Thomas Isbister (Drums and percussion) enjoys creating music and exploring the infinite possibilities of the musical world. Drawing inspiration from Latin and African styles of drumming, along with noise post punk, soul and indie rock.
Kiefer Wilton (Trumpet and Trombone) Irish brass-monkey. Came to New Zealand in search of work but got involved with a bunch of mad gypsies from Christchurch instead. Actually loves potatoes.
Charlotte Crone (trombone) trained in jazz trombone and joined Yurt Party for the first time in 2018. She is a band gypsy, playing in a couple of big bands (All Girl Big Band, Sideline Swing) and a funk covers band (Eat My Shorts) in Christchurch. Charlotte brings a sunny, upbeat energy on stage and is sometimes called the tromborinist of Yurt Party, often joining the rhythm section and jumping in with a tambourine and dance moves when she isn’t blasting out a balkan melody or raucous trombone solo.

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