“Kroke live are a hair-raisingly brilliant, unforgettable experience.” Jon Lusk
“The music is too dark to really represent traditional klezmer. At times, it is almost as if the Velvet Underground have been reborn as a klezmer band.” Ari Davidov
“What makes me feel drawn to Kroke music is spiritual reality of the musicians, this means honesty and authenticity of the music.” Nigel Kennedy
“At times they sound jazzy, at times contemporary, at times classical. Their music is at once passionate and danceable.” Dominic Raui
KROKE (which is Yiddish for Cracow) was formed in 1992 by three friends: Tomasz Kukurba, Jerzy Bawoł and Tomasz Lato. As graduates of Academy of Music in Cracow, but also as artists in the search, they did not abstain from experimenting with jazz and contemporary music. The band, initially associated with Klezmer music, currently oscillates around various genres. The artists take inspiration from ethnic music from around the world, they do, however, always enrich their works with their own improvisations. This way KROKE creates its own unique style which floats across borders, forms and time, which was not only noticed by the audience, but also appreciated by artists around the world. Steven Spielberg, delighted with KROKE’s concert, invited the band to Jerusalem to perform at Survivors Reunion ceremony. Thanks to Peter Gabriel the band took part in WOMAD Festival in the United Kingdom. The Secrets of The Life Tree piece, performed by KROKE, featured on the soundtrack of David Lynch movie Inland Empire. The meeting of KROKE and Nigel Kennedy resulted in a joint work – the East Meets East album.
In recent years the band also collaborated with Anna Maria Jopek, Edyta Geppert, Maja Sikorowska, Krzysztof Herdzin, Norwegian band Tindra, Spanish violinist Diego Galaz, Mongolian singer Urna Chahar-Tugchi and Sinfonietta Cracovia orchestra. They also appeared on the most prestigious music festivals around the world.
KROKE have released numerous solo albums and have been featured in many collaborations and special projects. When the album ‘Ten‘ was released in 2014, it instantly achieved a gold record status and was nominated for Fryderyki 2015 award. Most recently in 2017 they completed their 25th anniversary album, 25 The Best Of.
2017 is, above all else, the celebration of Kroke’s 25th Anniversary and introduction of the new ‘Traveller‘ album which was released in March.
As the musicians say: Kroke is a traveler who for 25 years not only enjoys excursions but also learns a lesson from them and strives to share it with others. So, welcome to the travel around Kroke’s quarter century’s experience of musical space through listening to our new ‘Traveller‘ album.