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About Mazaika

Guaranteed to transport you from Russian Steppe to Gypsy Campfire, Opera House to Parisian Cafe. Vast repertoire and years of experience!
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Mazaika have been performing together for over 20 years since their first chance meeting in the Tsars Bar at the Langham Hilton. Their shows are full of Russian Soul, Tango Passion, Classical Virtuosity and sparkling humour! Their vast repertoire includes Russian folk and Gypsy, Classical, Opera, Argentine and Russian Tango, Jazz, Latin, Italian, French Chanson, Gypsy Swing, Klezmer, Viennese waltz, Retro Pop, Irish, Bluegrass, Shanties and evocative original material inspired by all of the above. And if its not in their repertoire they can learn almost any song or piece of music for a negotiable fee! They can perform acoustic in a very intimate setting, perhaps as a surprise popping up incognito...but they can also fill a stage of any size. They are perfect for weddings, providing both background music during the drinks reception and a surprise showstopper or two between courses at the wedding breakfast. And you can be sure they will get every generation and every nationality on the floor with their dance set! Haven't popped the question yet? Let them help make it a yes! Mazaika have accompanied successful marriage proposals including aboard a private jet, a gondola, the Orient Express, the London eye, and several romantic serenades under windows! They are also great for Birthday and Christmas parties, Anniversaries, Bamitzvahs and pretty much anything else! They have their own sound systems to suit any occasion including radio mics so they can roam even at a large function and they are usually pretty successful taking requests! They also love to work totally acoustic. Mazaika have played for celebrities, including Sean Connery, Sting, Roger Moore, Hal David, several major Royals and most recently Russell Brand! They have worked with notable artists including Antonio Forcione, Fascinating Aida, Nitin Sawhney and Akram Kahn and Igor appeared on screen playing Russian song Dark Eyes in the David Cronenberg film Eastern Promises. Notable venues include: The QEH, The Purcell Room, St Johns Smith Square, Cadogan Hall and 3 successful runs at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, plus many Summer Festivals including Latitude, Glastonbury, Womad and Broadstairs Folk Week. They have worked as a Cabaret on top cruise lines including Royal Carribean, Holland America, Saga Princess and Fred Olsen. They have played in most of Londons top Hotels including The Savoy, Ritz, Hiltons, The Lainsborough, Browns and the Sheraton Grand. Cabaret and Burlesque appearances include Black Cat Cabaret at Cafe de Paris, Flash Monkey, Yes Yes Yes, Dusty Limits Late night Cabaret at the Bongo Club (Edinburgh festival) and Count Indigos nights at Madame Jojos and Bethnal Green Working Mens Club. 'Hugely entertaining... the duo frequently brought the house down''**** The Scotsman [Edinburgh Festival] 'An evening of magic and passion’ The Independent. “A lovely tenor voice…by the end of the evening the Purcell Room had become a tavern” The Independent ' after a decade or so in London, he has lost none of his native musical ability on accordion or as a bel canto tenor. The duo's irreverence, including introducing Harrison's virtuoso violin flourishes as if playing at the Queen Vic, and sundry comic turns, help give their musical sketches a real sense of pace. Yet for all their larking around, when the music demands gravitas and expression, it's there in spades. '**** The Herald Their music feels like a dazzling escape into a world where people dance on tables with roses between their teeth." ***** Tina Jackson, Metro "Sheer heaven - stirring, passionate and highly entertaining” *****The Three Weeks review, Edinburgh Festival “Wistful accordion… the worlds first headbanging accordionist” The Guardian “You are the best entertainer I’ve ever seen, and I saw Elvis!!!” Audience member at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club

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Mazaika's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Antony N
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Sarah and Igor were brilliant and quite simply made our wedding.

Alicia S
10 months ago
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4.8 out of 5

We booked Mazaika for our joint 70th birthday celebration. It was the best choice for us and they didn’t disappoint, indeed far from it. They were professional, gray musicians and went above and beyond to accommodate all our requests. I woul highly recommend them

Laura B
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Sarah and Igor MADE our Christmas dinner. They were absolutely fantastic and way exceeded anything we could have dreamed for the evening. Truly unique performers with enormous talent. Without question would book them again, Laura & Russell Brand x

Reply from Mazaika
1 year ago

So sorry not to have replied to this review…i thought i had! This was the most beautiful fun event and the hosts and guests were great. They asked for everything from Christmas carols through gypsy music to Abba and we managed to do it all! Definitely a 5 star occasion!

Justin T
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Mazaika were fantastic and by the end of the night they felt like family. They read the room and entertained all guests Russian or not. The music was fantastic, energy was high, and can’t wait to book them for our next event. Many many many thanks to Mazaika. Our wedding would not have been the same without them!

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Alice S
4 years ago, for a Wedding in Hampstead
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5 out of 5

I had the pleasure of having Mazaika band play at my and my sisters wedding. The magical ambience both Sarah and Igor is phenomenal. Not one of the performances are the same and our guests could not get enough of the musical entertainment. We also had guests from different cultural backgrounds and I am every single time so impressed on how diverse Mazaika’s music interpretation stretches. From tango, klesme, classical to Russian and modern. There is something beautiful for everyone. Many of my friends then went on to have Mazaika at their private birthday or dinner parties . I can highly recommend the so professional and harmonic duet.

Bobby M
4 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in 214 Hither Green Ln
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5 out of 5

Mazaika are a duo I always love having to perform. They are incredibly talented and have such a fascinating way with composition and interpretation of music. Truly a joy to see perform Bobby Mizen

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Mazaika's Song list

Dark Eyes
2 Guitars
The Lark
The Hot Canary
Hora Staccato
Gypsy hora
Opa Cupa
Lela Pala Tute-Gogol Bordello
Moscow Nights
Volga Boat Song
Ukranian Dance
Those were the days
Brahms Hungarian Dances nos 2 and 5
Sertze [russian Tango]
Nane Socha
Hava Nagila
Seven Forty
if I were a rich man
Tum Balalaika
Shalom Alechem
Gankino Hora
Moonshine [domra showpiece]
Vida Mange
Trololo song
many klezmer dances
hundreds more Russian folksongs, Tangos and retro pop songs
Bohemian Rhapsody
Sweet Georgia Brown
Minor Swing
Swing 42
Douce Ambiance
all of Me
Putting on the Ritz
Besame Mucho
Oye Come Va
unchain my heart
Tainted Love
Abba Dancing Queen
Thankyou for the music
Voulez Vous
David Bowie Space Oddity
Nights in White Satin
I feel Good
Cockeyes Song from Once upon a time in America
Flight of the Bumblebee
Blue Danube
The Arrival of the queen of Sheeba
The Lark Ascending
Voices of Spring
Trish Trash Polka
Vivaldi Four Seasons
Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Mozart Turkish Rondo
Komm Zigane from Mariza
Hare Kati
Che Faro
Dance of the Blessed Spirits -Gluck
Meditation from Thais
Albinoni Adagio
O Sole Mio
Come Back To Sorrento
Parlami d'amore Maru
funiculi Funicula
la Donna e mobile
E Lucevan le Stelle
La Danza Rossini
Dicitencello Vuie
The Godfather
Love Story Theme
Laras Theme
James Bond Theme
Sweet Dreams
Smoke on the Water
Hotel California
I've got you under my skin
I love Paris
Blue Drag
Stompin at Decca
Lullaby of Birdland
Stormy Weather
I can't give you anything but love
Je suis seul ce soir
I got rhythm
Paper Moon
Fly me to the moon
Sing Sing Sing
Hit the Road Jack
Le Freak chic
Port of Amsterdam
Tulips of Amsterdam
She [aznavour]
La Boheme
Jealousy Tango
La Mer
Tombe La Neige
I can't get no satisfaction
La Cumparsita
Dos Gardenias Para Ti
un Compromiso
El Choclo
Por Una Cabeza
Burnt by the sun
Plus More tangos and Milongas
La Vie en Rose
Hymne A L'amour
Padam Padam
Je ne regrette Rien
Under Paris Skies
Under the Bridges of Paris
Autumn Leaves
Breakfast at Tiffanys theme
Moon River
Cheek to cheek
In the mood
Roll over Beethoven
I have often walked on this street before
I could have danced all night
highway to hell
Orange blossom Special
Devil went down to Georgia
Blue Moon
Phantom of the Opera
George Formby Leaning on a Lampost
Lancashire Toreador

Mazaika's Prices

Last updated: 2024

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£875
Up to 2 hours£937.50
Up to 3 hours£1000
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We are a very versatile and full sounding duo and most flexible as such. But we often add musicians depending on the requirements of the client and can add anything from an extra guitar or percussionist/drummer to string ensemble, flute and drums, Gypsy swing rhythm section or authentic Russian folk instruments.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.”

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

We can provide iPod service when we are bringing large sound equipment.

How much time do you need to set up?

“We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. If we are using a PA we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!”

Can you roam around while you perform?

Yes - we either perform acoustically or with microphones attached to our instruments so we can move around freely.”

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

A small high quality PA is included in our quote but we can discuss bringing a large PA at an additional fee.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

“If a song or piece isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30-50 for this service depending on complexity of the request to take into account rehearsal times etc.
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