Russian folk band

Mazaika

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About Mazaika

Russian folk band
London
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Guaranteed to transport you from Russian Steppe to Gypsy Campfire, Opera House to Parisian Cafe. Vast repertoire and years of experience!

Sarah and Igor formed Mazaika to combine the skills of their strict classical educations with the freedom offered by their improvisational abilities. They have thrown all their rich and varied musical tastes and into a melting pot and a unique style and vast repertoire has emerged. Their shows are full of Russian Soul, Tango Passion, Classical Virtuosity and sparkling humour, guaranteed to transport you from steppe to campfire, from opera house to street cafe. They are best described as a classy Gypsy, Russian, Tango, Opera, virtuoso violin/accordion cabaret. They can perform this acoustic in a very intimate setting amongst guests at a dinner party, Perfect as a surprise popping up incognito...but they can also fill stage of any size. They have a very large repertoire of Russian, Gypsy, Classical, Tango, Gypsy Jazz, Latin and retro pop which is suitable for weddings, both for background music for the drinks reception and for dancing. We can learn almost anything and adapt it to our ensemble so perfect for the bespoke event. They have their own sound systems to suit any size occasion including radio mics which give them the ability to stroll even at a large function. Most of their repertoire is memorised so strolling works really well and we are usually pretty successful taking requests! They also love to work totally acoustic. Mazaika have played for celebrities and notable private clients including Sean Connery, Sting, Roger Moore, Hal David, The Duke and Duchess of Westminster and the Duchess of Abercorn and her Pushkin Trust. They have worked with Antonio Forcione, Fascinating Aida, Nitin Sawhney and Akram Kahn. Igor appeared on screen playing Russian song Dark Eyes in the David Cronenberg film Eastern Promises. Notable venues include: The Queen Elizabeth Hall,The Purcell Room, St Johns Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, The Queens House Greenwich plus many of Londons top museums and Fringe Arts Events, 3 successful runs at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Holywell Room Oxford for the Oxford Chamber Music Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, and Russian Winter Festival in Trafalgar Square plus many Summer Festivals including Latitude, Glastonbury, Hope, Womad, Fire in the Mountain, Gossington International Gypsy Jazz Festival, Watch This Space [southbank], Just So Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week. .They have worked as a Cabaret act on several cruise lines including Royal Carribean, Holland America, Saga and Princess Cruises. They have played in most of Londons top Hotels including The Savoy, Ritz, Hiltons and many others most recently in the Sheraton Grand for the 2019 Austrian Ball. 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

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We can perform while walking around a venue
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Russian music, Cabaret, Classical crossover, Baroque, Gypsy jazz, Opera, Film / TV music, Swing, World music, Balkan, Cuban music, French music, Italian music, Klezmer, Latin, Tango
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Event types:
Theatre / Show, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Kalinka
Dark Eyes
Czardas
2 Guitars
The Lark
The Hot Canary
Hora Staccato
Gypsy hora
Opa Cupa
Kalashnikov
Lela Pala Tute-Gogol Bordello
Moscow Nights
Volga Boat Song
Ukranian Dance
Those were the days
Katyusha
Brahms Hungarian Dances nos 2 and 5
Zigeunerweisen
Sertze [russian Tango]
Nane Socha
Hava Nagila
Seven Forty
Muzeltov
if I were a rich man
Serbia
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
Dinah
Minor Swing
Swing 42
Djangology
Douce Ambiance
Daphne
all of Me
Putting on the Ritz
Besame Mucho
Oye Come Va
Perfidia
unchain my heart
Tainted Love
Abba Dancing Queen
S.O.S
Thankyou for the music
Voulez Vous
Yesterday
Michelle
David Bowie Space Oddity
Nights in White Satin
Delilah
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
Greensleeves
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
Tarantella
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
Nuages
I got rhythm
Lachrodrom
Paper Moon
Fly me to the moon
Sing Sing Sing
Hit the Road Jack
Le Freak chic
Tequilla
Brazil
Port of Amsterdam
Tulips of Amsterdam
She [aznavour]
La Boheme
Jealousy Tango
La Mer
Tombe La Neige
I can't get no satisfaction
Libertango
La Cumparsita
Dos Gardenias Para Ti
Sway
un Compromiso
Libertango
El Choclo
Por Una Cabeza
Burnt by the sun
Plus More tangos and Milongas
La Vie en Rose
Hymne A L'amour
Padam Padam
L'accordeoniste
Je ne regrette Rien
Milord
Under Paris Skies
Pigalle
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
Memories
George Formby Leaning on a Lampost
Lancashire Toreador
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.

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£750
Up to 2 hours£750
Up to 3 hours£900

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Alice S, 4 months ago

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.

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Bobby M, 5 months ago

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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