Eat, drink and enjoy musical entertainment when virtuoso Russian duo Majaika bring their unique blend of tangos, Klezmer, classical showpieces, Russian folk songs, Hot Club numbers and evocative original compositions to THE CLUB on SATURDAY 22nd APRIL.
REVIEWS FOR MAJAIKA
"Sheer heaven - stirring, passionate and highly entertaining"
The Three Weeks review from the Edinburgh Festival 2004
‘Mazaika were fantastic. They played Neapolitan love songs and Russian tangos which either made you want to weep or leap up from your chair, fling your sensible winter coat to the wind and dance. Sarah, the violinist, looked dazzling in a long white slinky evening gown and a red rose in her dark hair. Bring back glamour someone, quick!'
Sue Arnold, The Independent Review
‘Their divine collection of Russian and gypsy, tangos and cabaret tunes should be played after dark in a smokey late-night dive, where their heady sounds would soundtrack reeling heads and fluttering hearts. Both are classically trained musicians and it shows, but not at the expense of their music's soul. Harrison in her fabulous frocks provides drama and comedy; Outkine adds earthiness and fun. Mazaika have a warmly emotional sound, and the connection between the two is apparent. Their music feels like a dazzling escape into a world where people dance on tables with roses between their teeth.'
Tina Jackson, Metro
‘Delighted smiles light up every face as the first chords on the big accordion and the magic of the gypsy violin catch at the throat. The artistry is first-class, the virtuosity immense and the presentation flawless. Outkine is Russian, trained in classical accordion and traditional song. He has phenomenal expertise as a player and as a singer his lyric tenor can do full justice to La donna e mobile just as well as cruising though the old Cotton Club favourite Dinah. Harrrison, classically trained in London, has become expert in many genres, ranging from classical, through jazz, Latin, Russian and gypsy, and together they do it all with style and panache. There is plenty of passion in the tangos, and Dinicu's The lark allows Harrison to show that she can play as fast and furious as the best of gypsies. This is a show rich in wit. Coquetry and flirtation fly between them. but in an action-packed fifty minutes music wins hands down. Unmissable entertainment"
Val Baskott, Edinburgh Guide
‘Igor Outkine's accordion, voice and whimsical humour seduced everyone, while Sarah Harrison's fingers and bow flew effortlessly to the heights of precision virtuosity. Their standing ovation was well deserved’
'You will find some real gold here... Truly remarkable... I enjoyed (Igor's) playing and love his singing, but when Sarah played the violin… oohhhh, heaven! That woman can play the violin! I was mesmerised. The phrasing and technique were impeccable, and the duo played in perfect counterpoint to each other. They were having so much fun together it was infectious.'
Robert Karl Berta, Free-Reed Review