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Review of Mydy Rabycad’s ‘Glamtronic’, by Ian Mole

Mydy Rabycad are a four piece group from Prague who describe themselves as an electroswing dance band: a good way to encapsulate their sound. Nero Scartch on drums and keyboards is the mainstay of the band, co-writing the music for ten out of the eleven songs here,  as well as writing the lyrics for three…

Ian Mole | 08/06/2015
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‘Hungarian Musical Life in the Shadow of Nazism’, reviewed by Nick Barlay

‘It’s not pretty,’ says Ágnes Kőry, Hungarian-born musician, teacher and researcher in historical musicology, to open her talk marking Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Hungarian Cultural Centre. ‘It’s not a happy story but it must be told.’ The story in question relates to Jewish musicians during that uncertain, troubled and ultimately murderous period of Hungary’s…

Nick Barlay | 25/04/2015

‘Paris of the East: An Evening of French and Romanian Songs’, reviewed by Camelia Ciobanu

The Romanian Cultural Institute London  has just celebrated the International Week of the Francophonie, an organization that recognizes 57 countries affiliated with French culture, either through having French as mother tongue or through cultural and historical ties. Together with the newly born Rimbaud &Verlaine Foundation  in London, the ICR  put together an evening of poetry…

Camelia Ciobanu | 31/03/2015
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‘Fanfare Ciocarlia’ at Koko Camden reviewed by Depo Olukotun

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Comically large tubas, the wailing wah-wah of trumpets and an exuberant crowd with their hands in the air, it sounded and looked like the circus had come to town. Close, but not quite, it was Fanfare Ciocarlia that had come to Koko Camden. Fanfare Ciocarlia,  a Romanian brass ensemble, basking unashamedly in pure showmanship oblivious…

Depo Olukotun | 22/03/2015
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Gypsy Fever at the Hootananny Brixton, reviewed by Depo Olukotun

The country that was Yugoslavia might not exist anymore but it lives on in the hearts of some.  Katarina Gadjanski and other “ex-Yugoslavians” who came to see her ensemble The Gypsy Fever Quartet at the Hootananny Brixton proved the case, on what would have otherwise been just another Wednesday night. Gadjanski took a packed house…

Depo Olukotun | 03/03/2015
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‘Viv McLean & David LePage play Bartók’, reviewed by Natasha Berger

The 20th century’s great musical maverick and forerunner of our sampling, appropriating, multicultural world, Béla Bartók may well be the hippest composer in the canon. The first to synthesize the folk elements of his native Hungary with the avant-garde of his day, he was also a kind of proto-ethnomusicologist, collecting and transcribing music from remote…

Natasha Berger | 05/02/2015
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Dorota Masłowska’s Mister D. live in London, reviewed by Depo Olukotun

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Experiencing a Polish live music event with absolutely no knowledge of the language is simply surreal. At Mister D’s live gig, on Wednesday 28th January, the venue might be London’s edgy-cum-hip Hoxton but the setting is decidedly Polish, so the only way forward is to lose yourself in the moment. Basking in it comes easily,…

Depo Olukotun | 03/02/2015
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Hradišťan’s ‘Fragile Seconds’ reviewed by Eleanor Janega

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Vteřiny křehké, or Fragile Seconds, is a heartfelt and delicate folk album from Hradišťan and their artistic director Jiří Pavlica, mainstays on the Czech arts scene since 1978. At times their concepts are presented solely as musical experiences, but in the past they’ve also included live dance components with bespoke choreography. Oscillating between heart-breaking and joyful,…

Eleanor Janega | 01/02/2015