Event Preview: DakhaBrakha @ Barbican (London; Thursday 20th January 2022)

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There’s so much need right now to shift the focus of the news coming from Ukraine and (re)discover and support what the country has to offer culturally. That’s why DakhaBrakha’s gig at the Barbican Centre on Thursday evening couldn’t happen at a more fitting time.

After three years of absence from the UK stages, the Kiev-based quartet is ready to shake and captivate the Barbican hall once again with their unorthodox and way-out “ethno-chaos” shaped on folk tales and traditional music from across Eastern Europe, as well as far-reaching influences from Australia to the Middle East, punk, avant-garde and minimalism.

For the occasion, the band will finally “bring” and introduce the London audience to their latest album Alambari, which was released two years ago, but because of the Covid pandemic, was never performed live in the UK.

As we usually say when we preview one of DakhaBrakha’s performances, there’s no way to prepare or make yourself ready for it. As their name suggests, their shows provide continuous ‘give and take’ and are able to challenge, stimulate and eventually enrich their spectators.

…and, despite the news, for a couple of hours (at least), you will end up fully absorbed, only thinking and talking about Ukraine and its vivid culture.

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