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Balaklava Blues


“charismatic, handsome, ambitious” New York Times

“gorgeously sung and passionately played… an evocation of human solidarity” The Guardian

“An earnest and engaging reflection on post-traumatic stress and the attempts we make to move forward.” CBC Arts.

“A set of track contradictions to spark you mind and move your feet; creators Make and Marichka Marczyk sing seemingly carefree melodies to poppy techno beats worthy of PC music, as startling visuals of missiles being loaded and machine guns being fired are projected behind them.” Latitude Review

Balaklava Blues is an ethno-bass live set from the creators of Lemon Bucket Orkestra and Counting Sheep: Staging a Revolution. Drawing on the lost polyphony of Eastern Ukraine in addition to soviet propaganda and original lyrics, no one cries more deeply and honestly about the revolution and war in Ukraine while simultaneously evoking intensity, strength, and unity they believe is at the heart of their troubled country. In fact, Mark and Marichka met and fell in love in 2014 during the protests on Independence Square in Kyiv and have since written widely about the situation in Ukraine, performed internationally with a focus on the intersection of art and politics, and advocated extensively for peace in Ukraine through their music. They’ve won 2 Dora Mavor Moore awards, an Edinbrgh Fringe First Award and an Amnesty International Freedom of Speech commendation for their guerrilla-folk opera Counting Sheep and have collected numerous Juno nominations and a Canadian Folk Music Award with Lemon Bucket Orkestra. The New York Times has called their work “charismatic, handsome, and ambitious” and The Guardian calls them “an evocation of human solidarity.”

Think Dakha Brakha remixed by A Tribe Called Red, Die Antwoord produced by Johnny Greenwood, or Yemen Blues crossing paths with Ibeyi.