Klezmer Music

"They don't just play music, the whole time you can sense the fun that these four true musicians are having...maybe that is the appeal of the Ensemble Noisten. They don't just play the notes of old songs, but compose new music in Klezmer style, blending the old with the new. Their music evokes pictures in the mind (of the listener)..."
Badisches Tagblatt, Gaggenau, 7 November 2005

"Charmed melodies, dynamics and changes of rhythm, ecstatic exclamations and mournful, longing lines, the musicians summoned all of these through their instruments. In spite of all that, the Ensemble is not typically Klezmer. Noisten's clarinet is the only original Klezmer instrument in the Ensemble. No violin, no accordion, but guitar, double bass and the rhythmical sounds of the tabla, an instrument characteristic of Southern Asian music. The Ensemble displays its multicultural qualities. Shan Devaguruparan, the percussionist, who manages to produce exotic sounds with his hands, comes from Sri Lanka."
Kölner Stadtanzeiger, 21 August 2007

"Right from the first dance you could sense the fun the musicians were having playing their instruments. Reinald Noisten, equally adept with clarinet and microphone, led through the programme in a relaxed and informative way. ....and yet it is also spiritual music, often conceived in a trance by a rabbi, like the piece "Chassidic Dance". Music that extends space to the infinite, with a clarinet proving its top-class virtuosity."
Grenz-Echo, Sankt Vith, Belgium, 15 May 2010

"...from sensitively caressed guitar strings to virtuoso glissandi, the guitarist proved himself to be a congenial partner, as did the bassist, with his enormously buoyant bow strokes. Not quite typical for Klezmer, but nonetheless charming, was the background rhythm produced by the Sri Lankan percussionist. He performed an almost acrobatic solo on drums of his native country, from gently touching the Gadam, to ecstatic drumming..."
RP, Heiligenhaus, 31 January 2011

Lyric Poetry and Klezmer Music

"The mixture of delicate reading and sensitive music was so successful that the audience didn't even take an intermission."
Bocholter-Borkener Volksblatt, 30 January 2007

"...You wish she could have been here this evening, a listener summed it up,...Stunning music with Arabic, Spanish and Tamil influences, blended with vibrant texts from the Black Swan of Israel, as she was called. Thunderous applause for Nina Hoger, Reinald Noisten (clarinet), Claus Schmidt (guitar), Andreas Kneip (bass) and Shan Devakuruparan (percussion)."
Aachener Nachrichten, 4 April 2011

"...Nina Hoger creates a delightful lyrical atmosphere with a pleasant tone, a slightly reduced reading and last but not least with a skillful selection of texts. ...It is consistently a pleasure to listen to Nina Hoger reading such great literature. ...The "Ensemble Noisten" supports Nina Hoger with their music. ...It is a pleasure to observe the interactions of the musicians on stage. ...This music is pleasant, sonorous, versatile and at this event the icing on the cake, what changes this evening to a beautiful and lasting moment. Thank you Nina Hoger, thank you Ensemble Noisten."
Lingener Tagespost, 20 January 2014

"Klezmer meets Dervish", a Jewish - Islamic Dialogue

"The Jewish sounds of the ensemble were joined by the music of the Sufi flute of Cakmaz. Meanwhile Elmasulu danced and circled in a long red robe to the meditative sounds of the musicians. Together the sextet presented a highly individualistic and impressive mixture of different cultures, musical styles and instruments. And all this with visible tremendous passion..."
Westfälische Rundschau, 29 August 2007

"..."Klezmer meets Sufi-Music", this unusual concept is followed by Noisten so consistently, that their performances will never miss a dervish. Talip Elmasulus flying coattails develop with the music an almost hypnotic effect, forgetting time and space in the pure Sufi way. The promised cultural dialogue - basic element of the project Noisten - was for the audience an amazing well-balanced experience. Arabic scales and Yiddish dance songs were united in harmony by the excellent artwork of the artists and were acclaimed at the end with standing ovations by the Cuxhaven audience..."
Cuxhavener Nachrichten, 9 October 2012