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Ukrainian Punk Folk Circus Rock
- Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014
BOX OFFICE 612-332-5299
with special guest opener, LOTT
NPR said of DakhaBrakha at 2014’s globalFEST “it’s hard not to get caught up in the magic it weaves… utter brilliance”
Here’s what the New York Times said about DakhaBrakha’s appearance at the 2014 Global Beat Festival -“listeners were clapping and whooping along.
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DakhaBrakha is a world music quartet from Kiev, Ukraine. Their music is equal parts elemental sound and soul and Ukranian “ethnic chaos,” creating a new world sound that is unexpected and fresh.
Taking their name from the old Ukrainian language (the literal translation is “give/take”), DakhaBrakha was created at the Kiev Center of Contemporary Art by theatre director Vladislav Troitskyi. The theater figures prominently in their show, from their costumes to their staging.
While their basis is in Ukrainian folk music, the band has added rhythms of the surrounding world into their music. Dakhabrakha illuminate traditional Ukrainian melodies with their updated arrangements, keeping the music alive for new generations.
Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound.
At the crossroads of Ukrainian folklore and theater their musical spectrum is intimate then riotous, plumbing the depths of contemporary roots and rhythms, inspiring “cultural and artistic liberation.”
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“this four-piece punk-folk-circus-rock band makes Gogol Bordello look like slow, lazy slugs by comparison… searing, otherworldly four-part harmonies and lots of percussion” – New York Music Daily
“DakhaBrakha’s sirens, oceans, and universal forgetfulness is something that everyone wants to experience from time to time… truly a special and borderline groundbreaking listening experience.” -Muzik Dizcovery
“visually striking and sonically mesmerizing” – Broadway World
LOTT is the solo project of Minneapolis musician, Leah Ottman (We Are The Willows). Classical Experimental Violin. The core inspiration for LOTT’s compositions is the Romantic Period of classical music. The chordal structures, intervals, and melodies heard throughout her songs are reminiscent of those used by Antonin Dvorak, Alexander Borodin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, French Impressionist composer, Maurice Ravel, and then condensed into pop songs. She explores the range on her violin by utilizing a looping pedal and similar techniques employed by looping violinist pioneers, Andrew Bird, Kishi Bashi, and Owen Pallet.
LOTT has been likened to a modern day torch singer of indie music – both in her lyrical themes and vocal styling. She has been greatly influenced by Patsy Cline’s catalogue of songs about unrequited love and heartbreak.
The music project of LOTT started as a desire to express her creativity and love for the violin by merging the two worlds of classical and contemporary music.
LOTT was awarded “Best Acoustic Performer” in City Pages Best Of the Twin Cities 2015. “…With a looping pedal hooked up to her instrument, Ottman layers intricate melodies that combine classical beauty with an adventurous ear for contemporary experimentation not unlike Andrew Bird. Her voice, loaded with attitude and a penchant for flowing leaps, sweetens the deal…”