performance projects

Polina performs Jewish and Russian solo programmes as well as concerts with her choirs and collaborations with various bands and musicians.


photo by Paul Bogomazov

Sklamberg & the Shepherds trio

These three world-class musicians perform a unique and unforgettable programme. Full of passion, depth & subtlety not often encountered in our global village, their joint style which has its roots in traditional forms takes us to new dimensions…

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Merlin & Polina Shepherd Duo Merlin-Polina-Shepherd3-jpg

Merlin & Polina Shepherd perform together in a way that is rarely encountered. Playing music from several linked cultures and maintaining the styles, they also incorporate improvisation, freedom and spontaneity. With a unique approach and dynamic, they perform Klezmer, Turkish, Russian, Greek, and Romanian Music and they weave a sound that, so like Music from these countries themselves, moves the listener physically, emotionally and spiritually … read more

With trumpets, saxophones, clarinet, baritones, helicons and percussion Fanfara play brass band music for dancing. They regularly visit and study with Roma musicians from Serbia, Romania and Macedonia and have studied in Cuba with carnival brass musicians. Under the guest direction of Russian virtuoso singer Polina Shepherd, they blend traditional, revolutionary, and dancing songs with fast and soulful brass band music… read more

Kriwaczek & the Shepherds

Merlin Shepherd – clarinet, saxophone
Polina Skovoroda – voice, keyboards
Rohan Kriwaczek – The Saddest Bagpises in the Worldcover back

Original and traditional compositions in Russian and Yiddish, klezmer, turkish, Featuring Rohan Kriwaczek on The Saddest Bagpises in the World, Merlin Shepherd on clarinet, saxophone and Polina Shepherd on keyboards and vocals. Kriwaczek & the Shepherds recorded an album of Polina’s songs  in May 2014, Three Centuries Ago: 10 songs in Russian and Yiddish and a traditional prayer Avinu Malkenu as a bonus track by popular demand. Listen here


The Vocal quartet Ashkenazim sing Jewish music a cappella and also perform with ensembles and orchestras. Their repertoire mostly consists of Polina Shepherd’s original compositions for Yiddish poems, folk songs in Yiddish, klezmer music, niggunim (wordless songs). Although modern in its musical principles, the quartet are aiming for a folk sound. A special manner of performing, traditional instrumental styles copied by the voices, form the unique Ashkenazim style. A style which is recognisable from the first few bars. Since their beginning in 2001... read more


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