“Kroke live are a hair-raisingly brilliant, unforgettable experience.” Jon Lusk
“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
Initially associated solely with klezmer music, Kroke (the name for “Krakow” in Yiddish) draws inspiration for their current work across many different global musics in their improvisations. In this way, they create their unique style which floats across borders, forms and time, appreciated by audiences and fellow artists around the world.
Steven Spielberg, delighted with Kroke’s concert, invited the band to Jerusalem to perform at the Survivors Reunion ceremony. Thanks to Peter Gabriel, the band took part in the WOMAD Festival in the United Kingdom. Their piece “The Secrets of The Life Tree” featured on the soundtrack of David Lynch’s film Inland Empire. The meeting of Kroke and violinist Nigel Kennedy resulted in a joint work – the East Meets East album. Kennedy says, “What makes me feel drawn to Kroke’s music is the spiritual reality of the musicians, this means honesty and authenticity of the music.” In recent years, the band have also collaborated with Anna Maria Jopek, Tomasz Stańko, Norwegian band Tindra, Spanish violinist Diego Galaz, Mongolian singer Urna Chahar Tugchi and Sinfonietta Cracovia orchestra.
In the course of the 28 years of the band’s existence, Kroke has played concerts and festivals in Poland, Germany, Spain, Russia, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Sweden, Norway, England, Scotland, Wales, Romania, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Indonesia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Turkey, Mexico, Israel, Austria, the Netherland, Hong Kong, Japan, Portugal, China, and in Lithuania, Ukraine, Ibiza, Taiwan, Belarus, Hungary, Slovakia and Italy.