Bossa-Nova, Latin-funk, Hip-hop, Reggae, Soul, and Andean Instrumentation
Balaklava Blues – Ukraine / Canada
ETHNO-SHOCK, FOLK NOIR, SLAVIC SOUL
Ukrainian-Canadian trio Balaklava Blues are among the most active fighters on Ukraine’s cultural front, having supported Ukraine on the global scale since 2014.
The band describes itself as folk-noir – cinematographic, surreal music without skin, just guts and nerves. It is music that will leave its mark on in music history as the voice and sound of Ukrainian resistance and global unity. Falling somewhere between a traditional song cycle and a full blown multimedia techno show, Balaklava Blues experiments with Ukrainian polyphony and other musical styles.
Balaklava Blues was found by the ethnic Ukrainian man, born in Toronto and the Ukrainian woman from Kiev. Mark and Marichka met in 2014 on Maidan, Kyiv, created the Family and a vast range of important and very powerful worldwide known projects in Music and the field of Theatre in Toronto. The War in Ukraine for them is the part of Life, because Brothers of both: Marichka and Mark are fighting in armed forces of Ukraine. The other very significant part of Marichka’s Family was killed in suburbs of Kiev, but they succeeded to help others to find temporary shelter in Canada. The fund raising for Ukrainians by means of the Music – is their everyday job.
Their experiences of war coupled with their unique knowledge of the polyphonic blues of the Ukrainian plains exploded into an ethno-bass live set in which the duo sang live to original EDM, trap, trance and electro-pop influenced tracks. The astounding vocals are accompanied by equally compelling documentary footage from the front lines of the war and black and white archival material from the same region
In October, 20 the “Balaklava Blues” band played a showcase and presented Ukrainian music at Womex – World Music Expo
As for the band’s name, balaclavas have been part of the Ukrainian zeitgeist since the 2014 revolution. They’re meant to conceal, but when the band üut them on they feel more exposed and vulnerable. Balaclavas hide the face, but they expose the soul.
With MARK MARCZYK – Violin/Vocalist/Percussions, MARICHKA MARCZYK – Keys/Vocalist/Percussions & OSKAR LAMBARRI – Percussionist/BackupVocal
Elysaé’s – Inspired by contemporary pop & indie rock
$30 + bf
$45+bf includes a meal
12am late night band on back stage