ORKESTAR KRIMINAL + BLISK
For almost a dozen years now, Orkestar Kriminal has created daring arrangements of old underworld ballads in 12 different languages, telling the tales of impoverished peoples the world over, driven to a life of crime. With their unique instrumentation (upright bass, trombone, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, musical saw, bouzouki, baglamas, electric surf guitar, drums, piccolo, flute, violin, accordion, organ, voice) and a refreshing gender-mashup in their musicianship, Orkestar Kriminal has arranged some of the worlds long-forgotten criminal ballads with all the fervour and gusto that they could muster. After continuous touring and a multitude of festival performances, the biggest criminal punks in world music released Razlomanye Ryobra in 2020, hitting the #1 spot on the Earshot National International charts. Orkestar Kriminal is now fired-up with "Originali", their first ever all-originals album produced by Grammy award-winning Producer-Engineer: Mark Lawson, out March 15th, 2024 on CPL-Music.
Along with their original Yiddish, Greek and Spanish compositions, Orkestar Kriminal worked extensively with native-speaking linguistic collaborators from all over the world to compose lyrics in Hindi, Mixteco, Arabic, Polish, Bosnian and Norwegian Bokmål. With all these nuanced, stylized arrangements, and 9 different languages featured, "Originali" is the band's most ambitious album yet. Their bittersweet melodies are delightfully infectious, so for Orkestar Kriminal, there is no turning back. Drenched in expression, celebrated and improvised, this is "cabaret noir" at its finest!
BLISK is a synthesis of polyphonic Eastern European song, dance and movement backed by hypnotic percussion. It is described as a musical journey travelling through Ukraine, Poland, Russia, the Balkans and beyond. The Toronto-based, all-female trio was brought together by a deep love and respect for the ancient songs and dances of these regions, bringing the tunes to life in the modern world through unique original compositions, storytelling, dance and distinctive arrangements of traditional folk music.
The bands original compositions are inspired by the countries from which the members hail Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Canada. These are seamlessly intertwined and paired with traditional Eastern European and Balkan repertoire that crosses cultural borders. Dancer Stephania adds an extra element of dance, performing improvised modern choreographies inspired by the dance traditions of these regions, adding another layer to the texture of the overall show. Throughout their performance, the band regularly shares stories about the ancient rituals and folklore from which the songs originate, which is important to the group. The traditional repertoire they choose is rich in history, and the group feels its important for audience members to understand the often magical and fascinating context behind the material. As a result, the storytelling aspect of the show adds rich cultural value to the set.
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