Kibitz are a 6 piece band from Leeds performing energetic and soulful music taking inspiration from the melodies of traditional Jewish wedding Klezmer music and Eastern European folk tunes, tinged with gypsy jazz improv and driven by infectious Balkan beats. Their music seamlessly blends raucous Romanian and Turkish dance tunes with heart wrenching Ukrainian and Macedonian epics, always keeping the audience spellbound and dancing like there’s no tomorrow. Their flexible line up means they can accommodate any venue or event.
Kibitz perform regularly around the UK at weddings, bar mitzvah's, public gigs and corporate functions (Alton Towers) as well as festivals. Highlights of 2018 included performing on 3 consecutive days at Latitude festival, performing at Northern Green Gathering festival as well as performing as part of the BBC documentary 'A Very British History: The Jews of Leeds'. The band’s debut CD was featured on BBC Introducing and has been well received by the folk and alternative communities alike. Kibitz are currently working on their next album due to be released early 2019.
Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:
We are a Leeds based klezmer band available for weddings, parties and art centre style gigs
What are the highlights of your career?
We were featured in filmmaker Simon Glass's documentary A very British History (The Jews of Leeds) in 2018. We have also played at many festivals including Womad, Latitude and Llangollen.
What is your competitive advantage (special features)?
We are a high energy band that will always get the crowd dancing! In addition to the standard klezmer lineup we also have full drum kit, electric guitar and a classically trained opera singer!
What kind of events do you usually serve?
We mainly play at weddings but also at art centres, bars and pubs
Who are your previous clients?
Most of our clients have been private weddings and event managers. We have also been booked by Alton towers on a number of occasions to open their new rides.
How can event planners pay for your services?
Bank transfer or cash is fine
How long do you play for?
Often we play 2X 45 minute sets but are happy to negotiate
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
How much space do you require?
This depends on how many people the client needs. We can bring anything between 2 and 6 people
My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
We should be able to as long as it is translatable onto our instrumentation.
How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
We usually take at least 15 minutes break every 45 minutes.