Igor Outkine (accordion/voice)
Sarah Harrison (violin/domra/ voice)
An evening of Russian folk, Gypsy, Tango and Foxtrot music from 1930s plus some unique pieces written by Igor Outkine. Guaranteed to transport you from the fairytale Russian Steppes to the Gypsy Campfire, from streets of Argentine to Ballroom dance hall. Full of Russian soul and Gypsy Passion.
Mazaika was formed in 1996. Their extensive repertoire consists of Russian folk and Gypsy music, Russian and Argentine tango, classical virtuoso showpieces and opera highlights, Neapolitan songs and French chanson, Hotclub jazz, Klezmer and their original compositions.
Igors mastery of the midi accordion FR-7x gives him the ability to sound as a variety of different bands from a jazz trio to a big band, from a tango orchestra to a rock band.
Mazaika have given concerts and cabaret performances at Concert Halls and Music Festivals throughout Britain, Europe and the U.S.A.
The notable concert venues include the Purcell Room and the QEH on Londons South Bank, St Johns Smith Square, Le Quecumbar and the Hollywell Room in Oxford. Festivals include Holders Festival in Barbados, Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Gypsy Arts Festival (Suffolk,) Rhythms of The World, Pittenween Arts Festival and Belladrum Festival (Scotland), Wild Flower Festival (USA).
They also performed in venues like Café de Paris, Madam JoJos and Bethnal Green Working Mens Club.
Mazaikas Cabaret performances at the Edinburgh Fringe 2005, 2006 and 2009 were greatly received to high critical acclaim.
They recorded with Soft Cells lead singer Marc Almond and have appeared with him in concerts.
Igor appeared on screen in David Cronenberg film Eastern Promises singing Russian Gypsy song Dark Eyes. He has also played on several major film soundtracks including The Man Who Knew Too Little«(1998), Birthday Girl (2001), Mirror mask«(2004), «Borat» (2006) and La Vie en Rose (2007).
Hugely entertaining? the duo frequently brought the house down(Scotsman)
An evening of magic and passion(Independent)
His singing and accordion playing demonstrate almost every musical genre you can think of.( www.one4review.com)
A lovely tenor voice? The Purcell Room became a tavern (Independent)
A real sense of pace(Herald)