“Talk about your good vibrations – this is pure soul music with a Jewish heartbeat.” – Seth Rogovoy, author, The Essential Klezmer

Original songs in Yiddish and Russian, instrumental compositions and traditional material. 
Lorin Sklamberg  (USA)  – vocals, accordion, piano
Polina Shepherd  (RUSSIA/UK) – vocals, piano
Merlin Shepherd  (UK) – clarinets


front CDPolina Shepherd’s first solo CD brings us 10 new songs in Russian and Yiddish and – by popular demand appearing as a bonus track, one of the traditional prayer songs Avinu Malkenu. Accompanied by brilliant improvisers Rohan Kriwazcek on The Saddest Bagpipes in the World and Merlin Shepherd on saxophone, clarinet, bass and percussion. read more



Merlin & Polina Shepherd Original compositions drawing cultural and musical influences from Tatarstan, Turkey, Russia and the Pale of Settlement.  Playing Music from several linked cultures and maintaining the styles, they also incorporate improvisation, freedom and spontaneity…. read more



  • Civilisation 2011     sold out!  
  • Download version: pay £6 and we will send you a Dropbox link to the songs, CD cover and song texts 

Polina Skovoroda & Fanfara CD is a collaboration that is special and exciting. Under Polina’s guest direction, the Brighton based group mix their Romanian Gypsy Brass tunes with new material that pushes the boundaries of traditional Russian and Yiddish song. From the opening track, Igrai Truba (Play Trumpet) we hear Polina’s improvised, weaving and fluid vocal style coming head on with the powerful sustained brass chords, then leading to a fast, pulsing, astonishingly danceable Russian song, tasting like the best Romanian slivovitz…read more


This CD, the Quartet Ashkenazim’s fourth recording contains all original compositions with 11 poems by Yiddish writers, two from folklore and one wordless. The diversity of musical expression far surpassing all their previous works. Drawing from a large variety of Poets and a great variety of subjects Polina Shepherd creates a world where all is other and yet all is strangely familiar… read more


  • Fun Yener Zayt Lid 2002

Sometimes the Universe speaks Yiddish. National culture as a reflection of the depth and all common to all mankind, mystical and metaphorical. Jewish features are always present in the creative work of the Ashkenazim as much as the Universal Truth is part of everyone of us: it bursts forth as a musical image from composer P. Achkinazi–Shepherd, it breathes with improvisations and laughter of musicians and cries with the tears of the audience… read more

Evelyn Sutherland
June 30th, 2016 at 9:13 pm

Hi Polina – please may I buy a copy of the sheet music of your arrangement for To ne veter vetku klonit so I may teach my community choir. Thank you and best wishes. Evelyn

Bob Marx
December 8th, 2016 at 3:46 pm

Just letting you know that I spoke to the Kane Street Synagogue in Brooklyn about having a show there. As usual, a committee will review it and determine whether such a program is feasible. While I don’t want to negotiate fees, I think it would be useful for us to get a ballpark estimate of what you would charge for a Saturday night performance. .

January 15th, 2017 at 10:46 am

Hi Bob, wrote you an email. Would be delighted to perform in Brooklyn again.

cynthia nascimento
May 16th, 2017 at 11:15 pm

Hello .. Good night! I ordered a CD ‘
Three Centuries Ago ‘from Polina in February and so far has not arrived. Do you have the tracking code to see if it’s coming?

May 17th, 2017 at 10:17 am

Dear Cynthia, Polina says that the payment was made by Maira Souza. Yes, in fact, there is payment from Maira. All we can think of is that the CD got lost in the post. Polina will send you a replacement today. Sorry about this.

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