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ARTIST
TITLE
Kalamburage
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
EBM 024CD EBM 024CD
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RELEASE DATE
1/22/2013

SkaZka Orchestra appeared out of nowhere and have been a jewel of the Berlin scene ever since. They tell their crazy fairytales on a wave of sweat, honesty and good vibrations. SkaZka's founding members Artur Gorlatschov and Valentin Butt came to Berlin from the former Soviet Union during their childhood and studied accordion and beer-drinking at the prestigious music school, Hanns Eisler. Because of this, SkaZka were able to achieve a high musical level while being accessible and easy to dance to at the same time. They added drummer Elena Shams in 2007 and quickly found a broad fan base between wedding and rave, folk fans and party people, theater and playground. The orchestra, which eventually grew to eight members, is driven by Flo Metzger on double bass, Andrej Ugoljew on trombone and Johannes Böhmer on trumpet. SkaZka playfully combine Russian folk, klezmer, ska, Balkan music, Latin American rhythms and even jazz to create a multi-cultural sound typical for Berlin: not too academic, but party-oriented. They sing mostly in Russian, which suits their music best. In 2010 the band won first prize at the world music festival BilleVue in Hamburg. That same year they sold out the famous Festsaal Kreuzberg in Berlin for the release party of their debut album. That record was fun, but didn't manage yet to capture all facets of Skazka. This record was produced in the famous P4 Nalepa studio and thus Kalamburage not only has a tight sound, but is just bursting with ideas and musical styles. SkaZka's lyrics are like strange plays in a surreal wonderland. It also helps the record that, besides SkaZka, the band members have continued to work as professional musicians for the famous Berliner Philarmoniker, in jazz orchestras, big bands and for theater productions. But their real baby is SkaZka, where they strip off their classical corset and let loose their wild creativity. SkaZka means fairytale in Russian. And that is exactly how their story has been developing so far. 2013 will be the year when everyone who is interested in Eastern European music will discover SkaZka.