Ukrainian quartet DakhaBrakha was created in the Kyiv Centre of Contemporary Art by avant-garde theatre director Vladyslav Troitskyi, and their unique performances are always staged with a strong visual element. After experimenting with the traditional folk instrumentation of their roots, the ‘ethno chaos’ band – whose name translates as ‘give/take’ in the old Ukrainian language – incorporated the rhythms of world music to create a powerful, uncompromising and unforgettable sound.
Over the past decade, DakhaBrakha has increasingly made its mark on the global music scene, playing more than 300 concerts, taking part in major festivals around the world, and collaborating with many acclaimed international musicians.
The Slovakian-Norwegian orchestra Angrusori's debut-album combines, and at times fuses two distinctive spheres of musical culture: on the one hand, an ancient migratory song tradition, and on the other, contemporary, experimental improvisation. New connections have been developed between contemporary improvised music from Norway and traditional Slovak Roma music, beautifully re-composed and hybridized by Nils Henrik Asheim and Iva Bittová helped along by contributing musicians and hours of collaborative work.