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Defender of the Fatherland Day : War Time Songs with MAZAIKA DUO

An evening of songs and foot-tapping nostalgia to mark the Defender of the Fatherland day. These songs are known and loved 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. The words of these songs may be generated by the war, but at the forefront of them is the world that the war is supposed to save.

The programme of the evening will include famous Soviet soldier songs plus some Russian folk songs, including:

Темная ночь
Моя любимая
Через две зимы
Прощай любимый город  .....

Mazaika was formed in 1996 after Russian accordionist and singer Igor Outkine got together with English violinist Sarah Harrison. Their mutual broad taste in music and classical background has allowed them to enjoy playing in a wide range of music styles. Their extensive repertoire consists of Russian folk and Gypsy music Russian and Argentine tango classical virtuoso showpieces opera highlights Neapolitan songs French chansons Hotclub jazz and Igor's original compositions. 


Mazaika have given concerts and cabaret performances at Concert Halls and Music Festivals throughout Britain Europe and the U.S.A. They gave three sellout performances at the Purcell Room on London's South Bank. Other notable concert venues include The QEH, St John's Smith Square, Holders Festival in Barbados, Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Le Quecumbar, London's premier gypsy jazz venue and the Hollywell Room in Oxford. Festivals include Rhythms of The World in Hitching, Pittenweem Arts Festival and Belladrum Festival(Scotland), Wild Flower Festival (USA).