Igor Outkine – vocal, one-man band accordion
Sarah Harrison – domra, violin
These songs are known and loved by everybody in Russia and abroad. A number of highly talented composers and poets were among their authors, and no Soviet family get-together could pass without these songs being sung by all of the guests. Words of these songs, of course, entirely generated by the war, but at the forefront of them – not war, but the world that they are supposed to save.
To see video from Mazaika's recent performance 23 February 2013 please click here !
Mazaika have given concerts and cabaret performances at Concert Halls and Music Festivals throughout Britain, Europe and the U.S.A. The notable concert venues include The QEH, the Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square, Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Le Quecumbar, Hollywell Room in Oxford.
Festivals include Holders Festival in Barbados, Rhythms of The World ( Hitchin) Pittenween Arts Festival and Belladrum Festival (Scotland), Wild Flower Festival (USA). Mazaika’s Cabaret performances at the Edinburgh Fringe 2005, 2006 and 2009 and were greatly received to high critical acclaim.
Igor appeared on screen in the film Eastern Promisesdirected by David Cronenberg singing Russian Gypsy song Dark Eyes.
They recorded with Soft Cell singer Marc Almond and have appeared in concert with him several times.
Upcoming performances will take place at the Sadler's Wells, the Gogol Centrein Moscowwith Marc Almond and White Hall in London at the Russian Summer Ball.
Repertoire of Mazaika is very broad and consist of Russian folk and Gypsy, Argentine and Russian Tango, Classical and Opera, Hot Club Jazz, Latin, International and Russian Pop and Rock coversas well asoriginal music by Igor Outkine.
'An evening of magic and passion' Independent
'A lovely tenor voice... The Purcell Room became a tavern' Independent
'A real sense of pace'**** Herald
“ His singing and accordion playing demonstrate almost every musical genre you can think of.” www.one4review.com
“A lovely tenor voice…by the end of the evening the Purcell Room had become a tavern” Independent
“Wistful accordion… the worlds first headbanging accordionist” The Guardian
“Seriously there are no tunes/genres he doesn’t know and he makes his instrument sound like a total orchestra.” Dance Inspired
Review from Edinburgh festival: Click here .