DAKHA BRAKHA is still somewhat of a cult phenomenon in Ukraine. For the past five years, this award-winning, theatrical quartet of multi-instrumentalist singers has been experimenting with Ukrainian folk melodies and rhythms, motifs of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, mixing genuine, ethnically specific material with minimalism. DhakhaBrakha create wild and unforgettable music that is at once sacred and modern.[nbsp] The sweeping charisma of the act lies in its roots – Dakha Brakha was founded in 2004 by Vladyslav Troitskiy, the director of an avant-garde theatre Dakh, and the influence is still evident in the shows of the band.
This summer DakhaBrakha became the Best Breakout of Bonnaroo festival, USA
Ukrainian folkdrone Björkpunk quartet Dakhabrakha went into Bonnaroo as unknowns but ended up with one of the most receptive crowds of the weekend. They got cheers for mournful accordion and apocalyptic cello sawing. Animal noises and bird whistles and howls got the audience to return favor, turning the tent into a happy menagerie. http://www.rollingstone.com/
Marko Halanevych — vocal, darbuka, tabla, didgeridoo, accordion, trombone
Iryna Kovalenko — vocal, djembe, bass drums, accordion, percussion, bugay, zhaleyka
Olena Tsibulska — vocal, bass drums, percussion, garmoshka
Nina Garenetska — vocal, cello, bass drum
The name is original, outstanding and authentic at the same time. DakhaBrakha means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language.DakhaBrakha was created in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art “DAKH” by the avant-garde theatre director –Vladyslav Troitskiy. Theatre work has left its mark on the band performances – their shows have never been staged without the scenic effects.“We decided to create a new style of music that consists mainly of our native Ukrainian folk motifs, with some African-styles added in. We also combine Arab, Bulgarian and Hungarian ideas. Dakha Brakha collects the components of its repertoire during our expeditions. We go out to villages, pitch our tents and visit local babushkas and ask them to sing their folk songs. We record them and use them in our compositions,” — says the band.Dakha Brakha is still somewhat of a cult phenomenon in Ukraine, appealing to a discerning audience of knowledgable fans who like their aggressive sound, which involves a lot of ritualistic tribal rhythms and frenzied, sometimes caterwauling, vocals.
They believe that Ukrainian culture has enormous potential that should be explored and retained.As well as performing gigs as a band in their own right they are also the ‘house’ band for the Dakh Theatre company . Dakh Theatre is known throughout Europe as one of the leading production houses of avant-garde theatre combining live music from DakhaBrakha with theatre and dance to create some intense productions. Their series of Shakespeare interpretations has brought them to many of Europe’s leading venues including London’s Barbican in January 2007.DakhaBrakha are unique in their versatility – they could play both at small clubs, little theatres and in front of one hundred-thousand-strong audience.The music of DakhaBrakha is used in more than 10 films and is in the new film of famous Iranian director Mohsen Makmalbaf.
DakhaBrakha performed more than 300 concerts and performances and has taken part in numerous inter[-]national festivals in Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Hun[-]gary, Poland, France, Great Britain, Austria, Slove[-]nia, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Finland, Slovakia, Italy, China, South Korea, Colombia.
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