SkaZka Orchestra – Kalamburage

SkaZka Orchestra - Kalamburage
Format: CD
Cat.No.: EBM024
EAN-Code: 4047179730327
Release: 14.12.2012

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SkaZka appeared out of nowhere and have been a jewel of the Berlin scene ever since. SkaZka is the
band everyone likes. If you want to have a good night out, full of vitality and dancing, SkaZka is the
band to watch. They are no intellectual classic-lovers or world music aficionados, but just charming
young people who like to have fun themselves. That’s why the audience loves them. They tell their
crazy fairytales on a wave of sweat, honesty and good vibrations.
But as SkaZka’s founder members Artur Gorlatschov and Valentin Butt, who came to Berlin from the
former Soviet Union in their childhood, have studied accordion and drinking beer at the prestigious
music school ‘Hans Eisler’, SkaZka instantly had a high musical level while being accessible and easy
to dance to at the same time.
After they had set up SkaZka together with their cool drummer girl Elena Shams in 2007, they quickly
found a broad fan base between wedding and rave, folk fans and party people, theatre and
playground. The orchestra, which had grown to eight members by then, is driven by ol’ captain Flo
Metzger on double bass. Andrej Ugoljew on trombone and Johannes Böhmer on trumpet come from
jazz, are handsome and blow their whistles to the limit.
Playfully SkaZka combines Russian folk, klezmer, ska, Balkan music, Latin American rhythms and
even jazz to create a multi-cultural sound which is typical for Berlin: not too academic, but partyoriented.
Germans? Russians? Berliners! But they sing mostly in Russian, which suits their music
In 2010 the band won the 1st price at the world music festival BilleVue in Hamburg. In the 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 time they have produced in
the famous P4 Nalepa studio and thus ‘Kalamburage’ not only has a tight sound, but just bursts of
ideas and musical styles. ‘Calambour’ is French and Russian and means play of words or twisting the
meaning. Thus SkaZka’s lyrics are like strange plays in a surreal wonderland.
It obviously helped 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
theatre productions. But their real baby is SkaZkka 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.
They want to play and have done so on more than 300 concerts all over Europe. For the release party
of ‘Kalamburage’ they have booked the legendary SO36 in Berlin. We bet 2013 will be the year no one
who is interested in Eastern European music will get passed SkaZka.
Armin Siebert


listen   1. Nikifor 04:02
listen   2. Ryba 05:52
listen   3. Avtoban 05:15
listen   4. Modest 06:11
listen   5. Kleyster Dance 04:02
listen   6. Uzhas 04:41
listen   7. Clichè No.1 05:22
listen   8. Intro 00:36
listen   9. Bormental 02:58
listen   10. Georgian Dance 04:48
listen   11. Dewushka 05:33
listen   12. NKPD 05:18
listen   13. Yeti 06:10