Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Associate Artists 2019
Thrillingly original cutting-edge klezmer and world music. An intoxicating, life-affirming mix of Eastern European dance music, Middle Eastern rhythms and virtuoso performances.
Formed in Edinburgh in 2003, Moishe’s Bagel combines the energy and passion of world folk with the excitement and soul of improvisation. Boasting some of the best instrumentalists that Scotland has to offer (Grit Orchestra, Salsa Celtica, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra), the band will draw you in, turn you inside out, and leave you smiling uncontrollably – all in the space of one tune.
Moishe’s Bagel are without doubt one of the most exciting live bands around. In the many years they have been together, pianist Phil Alexander, violinist Greg Lawson, accordion player Pete Garnett, bass player Mario Caribe and percussionist Guy Nicolson have developed an instant musical chemistry that captivates audiences with its highly original, deeply involving sound – rooted in folk traditions of the world.
The result is a thrilling and evocative sound that truly transports a listener. Each Bagels concert is a journey filled with joy, excitement and raw emotion that leaves every audience member with a feeling that they have witnessed something magical and truly greater than the sum of its parts.
Moishe’s Bagel’s sound is hard to categorise in the best possible way! A driving klezmer groove from Phil, rootsy Scottish folk and tango stylings from Pete, classical virtuosity and power from Greg, inspired Latin jazz flavours from Mario…all brilliantly complemented by a richly unique percussion sound thatincludes Indian tabla and Middle Eastern darabuka from Guy.
Equally at home in concert halls, village halls and on festival stages – the Bagels have all the right ingredients to make an evening special.
Combining all this with extensive touring experience and a highly professional attitude, Moishe’s Bagel are the complete package.
This fearless 5-piece emphatically puts the ‘class’ into ‘unclassifiable’The Scotsman
Breathtakingly intricate but played with jubilationThe Herald
A mischievous undertone of humour, a rare sense of balance and graceThe Times
True originalsThe Guardian
Fired by superb levels of musicianship, fantastic rapport between all involved and subtly beautiful arrangementsSonglines