DakhaBrakha coming ‘backa’ to Courtenay

The world music quartet that stole the show at MusicFest in 2017 is returning to the Comox Valley for an intimate evening at the Native Sons Hall on Sept. 21.

DakhaBrakha is a world-music quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine. Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, this Ukrainian ‘ethnic chaos’ band create a world of unexpected new music.

They made huge fans out of music lovers from throughout Vancouver Island when they were here in 2017, so booking them again was an easy decision for Vancouver Island MusicFest executive producer Doug Cox.

“They were just excellent [at MusicFest],” said Cox. “I always watch for the bands that kind of get the crowd going, and the bands that get the most comments from people afterwards, and they were certainly the band that year, that really wowed everyone. So many people told me they thought they were just amazing. The [reaction] was great.”

The name DakhaBrakha is original, outstanding and authentic at the same time. It means ‘give/take’ in the old Ukrainian language.

DakhaBrakha was created in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art by the avant-garde theatre director, Vladyslav Troitskyi. Theatre work has left its mark on the band performances and their shows have never been staged without the scenic effects.

Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.

DakhaBrakha has played concerts and performances and has taken part in numerous international festivals. It is fair to say their unusual Eastern trance/dance music has taken the world by storm.

Tickets are available at www.islandmusicfest.com

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