Chai For All

Chai For All’s classy multi-national musicians flit between jazz-tinged Jewish klezmer, emotive middle-eastern folk and powerful Yiddish song, between old ballads of soulful yearning and rousing dance tunes. Engaging, accomplished, wholly entertaining.

'Energetic and exciting, Chai For All combine klezmer, Yiddish folk and jazz throughout their music. Making one fierce brew as a result. It’s emotive, soulful and unlike anything you’ll ever see.' Bristol24/7

'Highly skilled - a class act.' Venue Magazine

Marianna Moralis: vocals, storyteller
David Mowat: trumpet, flugelhorn
Knud Stüwe: guitar, oud
Simon Leach: percussion, guitar, oud, pipes, whistles

This four-piece are also available as vocal/instrumental trio
Chai For Three or vocal/instrumental duo Chai For Two.

Associate Artists:
Lulu Austin
: violin
Zaid Hilal: vocals, bağlama
Brendan Hockey: drum kit
Michael Loader: storyteller, trumpet
Mark Smulian: bass, electronics
Katie Stevens: clarinet, kaval

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Marianna Moralis (vocals), David Mowat (trumpet), Knud Stüwe (guitar), Simon Leach (percussion) / Brendan Hockey (drum kit)

Exciting and entertaining, Chai For All plays Old World Yiddish folk, New World Yiddish theatre songs and jazz-tinged klezmer. A magnificent musical journey from the haunted Eastern European shtetls, through the dimly-lit basement bars of tango-crazed Buenos Aires, to the vibrant neighbourhoods of swinging New York. 

Impassioned female vocals lead the party, joyously backed by trumpet, guitar and percussion. With fantastic music, brilliant audience rapport and more than a touch of goodtime showbiz, this is a set guaranteed to raise the spirits.


During their tour of Palestine in 2018, the Chai For All Ensemble heard a story about the wheat variety 'Abu Samra', which Zaid Hilal and Hind Hilal turned into a lovely song, performed during our UK tour of Our Homeland Lives in Us: Longing, Belonging & Palestine. In April 2019 Chai For All Ensemble members Katie Stevens, David Mowat and Michael Loader, with Peter Churchill of the Bonfire Radicals, returned to listen to many more Palestinian stories, which will be used to inspire our ensemble show Sound is Resistance: Stories of Palestine in Music and Song.

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