Bringing together the music of Jewish eastern Europe, Greece and Turkey, Hamsa takes us on a journey that not only crosses continents but also takes us deep into ourselves.
Taking elements of Klezmer, Fasil and Demotika into new repertoire and using rhythms and grooves both reminiscent of the shtetl and the souk, the five musicians entice and seduce us with repertoire old and new and with technical flare and charm.
Merlin Shepherd is Britain’s finest Klezmer clarinetist” Songlines
A force to be reckoned with” Time Out
He colours and shapes every phrase… providing spiritual & emotional heart” London Evening Standard
Merlin Shepherd - clarinets/sax/duduk
Carol Isaacs - keyboard/accordion
Glenn Sharp - oud/saz/guitar
Emmanuel Mann - bass
Guy Schalom - drums/percussion