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With your help, we can bring the joy of live music to thousands more people across the UK

Halva Ensemble

Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Lute/Oud, Classical Guitar

Noga Ritter, Timothy Karp
South East


Halva is a sweet made from tahini (sesame paste) and honey, common in the middle east. Halva ensemble plays sweet music from around the world that will make you dance, sing along and sometimes cry. Noga and Tim met through the London Music scene where they both work with varied projects. They created Halva Ensemble so they can share their passion of music from around the world, exchange songs, rhythms and stories. Join Halva Ensamble on a journey from the Middle East to India via Africa and Brazil. Tim Karp: To his disappointment on his 12th Birthday, Tim Karp received a black and white Squire Stratocaster instead of a scalectrix. Reluctantly he began to play and his natural talent soon became a passion. 20 years later and he has since travelled to many countries learning from locals and discovering music from across the world. He is musician who teaches his art in schools and finds time to play in a multitude of bands and projects such as: “The Embers Collective” – where he is Musical Director for a story-telling collective “Beringela” – an ensemble playing Brazilian music where he plays guitar, percussion and vocals “Super Tenants” – guitarist and co-lead singer in a roaming pop and rock covers band who bring both joy and carnage to weddings and events around the world. “Don Kipper” – guitarist and vocalist in successful Balkan music band Noga Ritter is an eclectic singer-songwriter, band leader and workshop facilitator whose music fuses Hebrew Jazz with global grooves. Her songs, sung in both Hebrew and English, weave intimate and personal stories into a potent narrative of social-global issues. Her performances, whether in stripped-down formats or her full 9-piece band, are as passionate as they are energetic; getting any audience to dance and join in on her soulful journey. Supported by The Arts Council England, she recorded her debut solo album this summer featuring award-winning musicians such as Seckou Keita (kora), Byrown Wallen (trumpet), Tony Kofi (saxophone) and produced by Liran Donin. Release date coming soon. Apart from her solo work, Noga recorded and toured internationally with her former project Vocal Global as well as working with artists such as The Grand Union Orchestra, Jyotsna Srikanth, Randolph Matthews, Sura Susso and Sahad & The Natal Patchwork. Noga works regularly for Live Music Now, Barbican Creative Learning and CREATE performing and leading workshops at special needs schools, hospitals and care homes. Noga is a facilitator at Music Action International leading songwriting workshops for children and refugees. She also works with ON:SONG leading singing and choir workshops in the workplace.

Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Lute/Oud, Classical Guitar