Kroke

Kroke

In their current works, Kroke, initially associated solely with klezmer music, draw inspiration from ethnic music, using their own improvisations. This way they create their unique style, which floats across borders, forms, and time, which was not only noticed by the audience, but also appreciated by artists around the world. They claim: “From the very beginning, the idea of the band was a continuous search for something new, also within ourselves.”

Kroke is one of the first groups in Poland that went out with their music to the public. The musicians once could be found on the streets and in the clubs of Cracow's Kazimierz district, once the Jewish part of the city. This led to Steven Spielberg, delighted with Kroke's concert, inviting the band to Jerusalem to perform at the Survivors Reunion Ceremony. Thanks to Peter Gabriel, the band took part in the WOMAD Festival in the United Kingdom. 'The Secrets of The Life Tree', performed by Kroke, was featured on the soundtrack of David Lynch's movie Inland Empire. The meeting of Kroke and Nigel Kennedy resulted in a joint work – the 'East Meets East' album.

In 2017, Kroke celebrated their 25th Anniversary and due to this occasion, they released two albums: Traveller and a 2CD compilation 25 – The Best Of which includes the most important pieces from Kroke’s discography. The same year the Polish publishing house Świat Książki released a richly illustrated book on Kroke with the group’s archival photograph’s and interviews with each artist from the band.

Kroke’s 25th Anniversary was also a great celebration with lots of specials concerts all over the world featuring guests with whom the group worked throughout the years such as Zohar Fresco, Anna Maria Jopek and Tomasz Stańko.