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Shir Madness is a large scale Jewish Music Festival to be held in Sydney. It's on next for the first time at Bondi Pavilion on Sunday 15th August. It will feature 40 bands over 4 stages, starting at 11:00am and finishing at 10pm & will include music of several genres, local and international acts, activities for kids, food stalls and more....

KaOZ Klezmer Orkeztra is playing at the Graceland Stage* at 5pm

We have a stellar lineup:
Ernie gruner - violin
James Greening - trombone
Freddie Hill - trumpet & cornet
Raoul Hawkins (Zeppo Zimmerman) - alto
Kees Steen - guitar
Mervyn Sequeira - bass
Tim Bradley - drums
Bruce McNicol - accordion
Pietro Fine - clarinet & leader.

Full list of bands, program details and ticketing information are available at


Kaoz are playing gigs galore in January!

Thursday 26th - Cool Creek Cafe Bellingen 8pm Jewish OZ Day Night with KaOZ Klezmer, $12

Friday 27th - Bigtop 4pm Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli Showground, and...
Heritage Hotel 10:30pm Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli Showground

Saturday 28th - Betting Ring, 7.15pm Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli Showground

Sunday 29th - Bigtop 2.30pm, Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli Showground

Then back in Sydney...
the Harp Hotel 9pm as part of a night with several diverse acts, 900 Princes Highway Tempe, $8. An OZ Klezmer Chinese New Year at the Irish Pub!

For more info see and


Renowned Israeli gypsy cabaret singer Fay Sussman & sax player extrordinaire Zeppo Zimmerman with KaOZ Klezmer

Byron Bay Bowling Club, Sat March 5th, 8pm

Two guests from Sydney's Klezmer Connexion will perform with local quartet KaOZ Klezmer offering a wonderful evening's entertainment. We are very lucky to have Fay Sussman and Zeppo Zimmerman paying visit to the Northern Rivers in conjunction with the Courage to Care exhibition that will be on display in Lismore.

KaOZ Klezmer's leader Pietro first played in a band with Zeppo more than 30 years ago. They have worked together in several bands both in Sydney (including Keys) and in Northern NSW (e.g. Wholly Cats). Zeppo also founded the popular Sydney underground rock group "Paris Green".

Zeppo first performed klezmer as a guest of the KaOZ Klezmer Orkeztra at Woodford Folk Festival in 2000 & on the KaOZ CD recorded live at the Star Court Theatre in Lismore. He then went home to form Klezmer Connexion in Sydney. They began performing at the popular cult venue "La Bar" in 2001 and have gone from strength to strength ever since. They play regularly at Sydney venues such as the Side On Café and Soup Plus, festivals, community events and many Jewish functions.

Fay Sussman, born in Poland, sings in her native Yiddish with the shining passion and conviction that allows this music to survive, carrying it to new audiences for the new millennium. Her childhood was spent in Israel where she sung to Holocaust survivors in the street of Tel Aviv. Her singing brings audiences to their feet at every performance. It can transport you to a time and place as vivid and beautiful as the music itself.

KaOZ Klezmer will perform some of their recent repertoire of music along with some of their old favourites. You can enjoy more of the KaOZ Story & listen to samples from their CD Oy! KaOZ Klezmer Live! At their website For more info on the "Courage to Care" exhibition contact Lismore Regional Art Gallery on 6622 2209.

Tickets are $15/12 with a family price of $35/28, available at the door only.

Don't miss this great night out!

For enquiries contact Pietro on 6688 2284


Kaoz are putting on a production in conjunction with Stephen Israel. Entitled “Shtetl” this show will combine music & theatre to tell an Eastern European Jewish story. The full details are here.

Kaoz Klezmer will also be performing this year at the Woodford Folk Festival! Full program details can be found on the festival website.


The next KaOZ gigs are Sydney way as we head to the Illawarra Folk Festival. Friday 17th, Wyong Hotel, details tba.

Festival gigs are 18/9 & 19/9:
SAT 1:30PM, MARQUEE (WIN Television Australia Concert)
SAT 6:00 PM, MARQUEE (World Dance Celebration)
SUN 12:30 PM an 1hr20m workshop YOUTH HALL.

That Sun evening we intend to run a workshop at 6pm followed by an 8pm gig in Sydney, but details are yet to be finalised.

22/10 - Freemasons Hotel, Nimbin. 8-11 pm, no cover charge.


More tour dates!


We've updated our tour dates again. There will be a Sydney show on the 27/4.


We've updated our gig list - check it out for the latest info on where to see the band.


At last! Some content for our patient and loyal fans. Feel free to peruse the band member bios, and check out the Klezmer links and info page if you are wondering just what Klezmer music actually is!


We have uploaded some sample MP3s from the album for your listening pleasure. The band and player bios will be up shortly. In the meantime, feel free to contact the band for more information.