The World Quintet KolSimcha
- Instrumental Ensemble
The World Quintet KolSimcha press reviews
..the piano-bass-drums rhythm section tastefully weaves voicings derived from Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock among threads of Bach and Debussy, making Kol Simcha nothing less than a chamber-jazz ensemble – klezmer’s answer to the Modern Jazz Quartet….
Chicago Critic’s Choice
Add Kol Simcha to the crest of the new wave of klezmer music……it’s performance at Caltech’s Beckman auditorium on Saturday was an impressive display of virtuosic music-making…in one lengthy klezmer suite composed by pianist Olivier Truan, the music dipped through classical timbres that were juxtaposed, often with startling suddenness, against highflying improvisations from clarinetist Michael Heitzler…...
Los Angeles Times
..they emphasised refined ensemble playing, and showcased the technical prowess of the lead melody instrument…whether filling out a note in the instrument’s lowest register or putting the edge on a bent, squealing high note, he’s simply faultless.
We just wanted to let you know what a pleasure it was to have you at our festival in June. Your artistry and professionalism made you the “hit” of the jazz festival”
Steve Irwin & Jo Boehr, Kansas City Jazz International