This klezmer band comprises Jerzy Bawol (b. 1969, Krakow, Poland; accordion), Tomasz Kukurba (b. 1969, Krakow, Poland; viola, violin, vocals, percussion), Tomasz Lato (b. 1968, Krakow, Poland; bass). Friends since childhood, Bawol, Kukurba and Lato all studied classical music at the Music Academy of Krakow, as well as playing classical, jazz, rock and avant garde on the local music scene. They formed Kroke (the name means Krakow in Yiddish) in 1992, with the aim of playing the traditional Jewish music of Poland, a tradition, centuries old, that was virtually annihilated during World War II. They released a self-titled debut cassette in 1993 which gained enough interest to allow them to tour throughout Europe as well as performing in Krakow. By 1996, when their debut Trio was released by the German Oriente label, they were regulars on the European festival circuit. The following year’s Eden and their live set consolidated Kroke’s position as purveyors of predominantly acoustic roots music who were not afraid to take risks. The Sounds Of The Vanishing World was a daring and accomplished release, featuring everything from electronic dance beats to the sound of a ticking clock.
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