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Orkestar Kriminal

Orkestar Kriminal, photo by Joachim Magdalena

This is one of the most unexpected and musically adventurous records to come out of Canada this year. Don’t miss it.The Record

“They’re the frenetic, hyperbolic version of the wildest live show you don’t have the musical vocabulary to lie to your kids about catching. They sing tales in more languages than I can count, borrowed from the underground legends of criminals the world over. ” DMNDR

“Music is a universal language and Orkestar Kriminal is putting focus on intriguing music that engages you from stem to stern. Highly recommended!” Jazz Sensibilities

Ancient gangster tunes from Eastern Europe and beyond.

“Ganovim-loshn” (“thieves’ language”) was the Yiddish sung in the inter-war underworld of Warsaw, Odessa and Istanbul. These are no ordinary folk songs. There is much violence, and lament to them… the extremes of the jewish wise-guy. Along with their Yiddish gangster repertoire, Orkestar Kriminal has absorbed the Rebetika Mortika hash den anthems of the 1930s Greek underground. They can also be found performing in Khmer, Spanish, Danish, Romani, Ladino, Russian, Vietnamese, Hebrew or whatever other tongue might attract the multilingual stylings of front-woman Giselle Claudia Webber. So long as the tune is catchy and a little shady, they’ll give it their best shot.

Featuring vocals, flute, piccolo, accordion, sousaphone, electric guitar, bouzouki, baglama, trombone, saxophone, clarinet, musical saw, fiddle, drums, and percussion.