Blending Music of Eastern Europe and the Balkans with mesmerising Tribal Fusion, Chaos Carousel takes us on a journey that not only crosses continents but also takes us deep into ourselves. Skillfully weaving elements of Klezmer, Fasil and Demotika into new repertoire and using rhythms and grooves both reminiscent of the shtetl and the souk, the four players weave a
frenetic and alluring evening of hypnotic and intoxicating Live... Music & Belly Dance.
Merlin Shepherd (Brighton, UK) specialises in the Jewish instrumental folk music of Eastern Europe commonly known as Klezmer. Has been Musical Director for The Royal National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London. He was also Klezmer Advisor for the Royal Shakespeare Company for their 1992 production of Anski's The Dybbuk. He has worked as Music Co-ordinator for KlezKamp, KlezFest London and taught at KlezFest St Petersburg, KlezFest Ukraine and KlezKanada. He is one of the world's leading players of traditional East European Klezmer Clarinet style, and apart from his own ensembles he has recorded and performed throughout Britain and Europe with Budowitz, Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars and Boban Marcovic Orkestr.
Accordionist and pianist Nigel Broderick has been gigging around the South East for the last 15 years. Originally from the North East he moved to Brighton in 1993. After joining afro latin fusion band Deep Mamboo, and studying Jazz at Chichester College he has developed a unique style, a true fusion of world dance music and jazz. He is currently leading his own cumbia-vallenato band Pollito Boogaloo and fronting gypsyjazz group Qt Quasimodo.
Sam Originally from Syria, Sam has been playing the darbucka since he was 12 years old. In Syria, he has played with Al Ahbab for many years and since his move to Brighton 3 years ago he has been playing with Kypreos.
Since 1996, Hilde has been passionately involved in dance. Originally from Belgium, Hilde moved to Brighton (UK) in 2004 to pursue her career as a dancer. Being a fusion dancer at heart, she finds inspiration in different dance styles, such as street dance, contemporary dance, jazz, ballet, flamenco, tribal fusion and Egyptian dance techniques. She is director of the Masmoudi dance company and has hosted many sold out shows in Brighton.