Ukranian folk-punk comes to Madison!
DakhaBrakha calls their music “ethno-chaos,” which is a succinct way of describing how the band takes the traditional music of their native Ukraine and spices it up with their own avant-garde flair. As might be expected, the results are mesmerizing: Rhythms influenced by hip-hop, world music and jazz smolder, serving as the foundation for hypnotic harmonic drones, thrumming cellos and the exotic wails of instruments such as tabla and digeridoo. Fresh off their groundbreaking performance at Bonnaroo, DakhaBrakha comes at these reinventions with deep respect and reverence. The band’s trio of female vocalists went to Ukraine villages to learn songs and gain knowledge from elder women, while the troupe takes great care to preserve the vibrant tones and colors of this music—everything from lighthearted humor to lively dancefloor fare and dirge-like mood pieces.
The name means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language and exemplifies the back and forth between roots and future. Presented in cooperation with Marquette Neighborhood Association.
Listen to WORT FM for your chance to win tickets to DakhaBrakha! Terry O’Laughlin of Diaspora will give some away this Thursday morning, August 28 between 9 am -noon.