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‘Fanfare Ciocarlia’ at Koko Camden reviewed by Depo Olukotun


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


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


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
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‘The Russian Virtuosi of Europe’ with Boris Grebenshikov at Cadogan Hall, reviewed by Eugenia Ellanskaya

What better place for Londoners to submerge themselves in Russian culture than Chelsea? Here the Russian language can be heard at virtually every street-corner, the area a favourite residence and leisure hotspot for many well-off expats. But it’s not just about the clichéd luxurious world of Meet the Russians: some truly soulful glimpses of Russian culture…

Eugenia Ellanskaya | 18/01/2015

Preview: Enescu Month in London 22/01 – 07/02/2015

@ RCI London & Southbank Centre   “The Enescu Month in London (23 January – 7 February 2015) is the culmination of more than 7 uninterrupted years of memorable soirées dedicated to the totemic figure of Romanian symphonic tradition and organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute in association with the Enescu Society of London. Bringing together…

Robin Ashenden | 12/01/2015