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. The message of these songs is one entirely generated by the war, but at the forefront of them – not the war, but the world that they are supposed to save is celebrated.
Igor Outkine – vocal, one-man band midi accordion
Sarah Harrison – domra, violin
Mazaika was formed in 1996 and since then have given concerts and cabaret performances at variety of venues..
Mazaika’s repertoire includes Russian folk, gypsy and popular music, Argentine and Russian Tango, Classical and Opera highlights, Hot Club Jazz and Latin, International Pop and Rock covers as well as original music by Igor Outkine.
Igor studied classical button accordion (bayan) in his native Russia and had vocal lessons with Kyra Vayne and Nikolai Gedda.
As well as acoustic accordion Igor plays a midi accordion which he can make sound like a full orchestra or a big band.
Igor performed on soundtracks of some well known films and appeared on screen in Eastern Promises directed by David Cronenberg singing Russian Gypsy song Dark Eyes. He also improvised a live music score for several silent films.
Sarah Harrison studied violin at Guildhall. She also plays traditional Russian instrument domra.
In addition to their own projects they have with Loyko, Marc Almond, Akram Kahn, Nitin Sahwney, Antonio Forcione, Lumiere snd Son, Fascinating Aida, Wild Oats country trio and Marianne Olyver Gypsy Orchestra.
Igor also leads his Viennese Fever Orchestra. which performs music of Strauss and other classical composers.