Kirkland Performance Center and Earshot Jazz presents...


  • Sunday, October 13, 2013, 8:00PM
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All Seats: $20


DakhaBrakha is a quartet from Kiev whose sound is at once mesmerizing and mystical, melding soulful Ukrainian folk with the jazz and trance sounds that typify World Music. Aptly named, “DakhaBrakha” means “give/take” in the Ukrainian. Mixing the fundamental structure of folk music with free-form improvisation, the Kiev, Ukrainian “ethno-chaos” band DakhaBrakha creates a mesmerizing world of unexpected and engaging new music. On stage, Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation melds with the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range to create a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.

“...the splendidly named DakhaBrakha, sit on a raised platform, beating the hell out of a variety of percussion instruments, and the effect is wildly exciting...” The Daily Telegraph

“ mesmerizing that you cease worrying about meaning and just go with the flow...” The Guardian


Artist Bio

DakhaBrakha was created in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art “DAKH” by the avant-garde theatre director – Vladyslav Troitskyi. Theatre work has left its mark on the band performances – their shows have never been staged without the scenic effects.  Having experimented with Ukrainian folk music, the band has added rhythms of the surrounding world into their music, thus creating bright, unique and unforgettable image of DakhaBrakha.  Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.

The group explains, “For over three hundred years Ukraine didn’t exist on the political world map. For a long time our people were divided between two empires. We thank God and all the generations of people who have fought for our independence and took part in keeping of our songs, language and our traditions. The task we set ahead of us now is to reveal Ukraine to the world and more importantly to ourselves – Ukrainians.

“The basis of our music are songs of our ancestors some of which have pre-historic roots. In these texts and melodies lies the identification of our nation. At the same time, we dare to experiment with art, combining our ethnic style with various instruments, rhythms and melodies of other music cultures of the world giving new sound and life to the old songs.”

DakhaBrakha are undoubtedly one of Ukraine’s living musical treasures. They have played more than 300 concerts and performances and has taken part in numerous international festivals in Ukraine, France, Great Britain, Austria, Slovenia, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Finland, Russia, Georgia, Hungary, Poland and Chine, Australia.  Recent collaborations include musicians such as: Port Mone (Belarus), Kimmo Pohjonen Cluster (Finland), Karl Frierson (DePhazz) (Germany), Steve Cooney (Ireland), Inna Zhelannaya (Russia), Kievbass (Ukraine), Djam (Ukraine-Iran), David Ingibaryan (Hungary).

In March 2010 DakhaBrakha won the prestigious Sergey Kuryokhin Modern Art Award for their commitment to search for new forms of interplay of arts, provocation, and commitment to performance, improvisation and unpredictable results of artistic work. In March 2011 DakhaBrakha became the discovery of Australian WOMADelaide.

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