"From the first moment the group starts performing, it's hard not to get caught up in the magic it weaves...DakhaBrakha possesses an incredible stage presence that transcends its eclectic repertoire and instrumentation... utter brilliance." — NPR

 

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Santa Ana Sites #13

DAKHABRAKHA

A co-presentation between
SANTA ANA SITES & IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE

 

Internationally acclaimed folk-punk quartet DakhaBrakha will perform at the historic Yost Theater for the next installment of Santa Ana Sites.  Based out of Kiev, the Ukrainian musicians have been heralded for their riveting sound. Full-bodied harmonies and skilled instrumentation are spiked with off-kilter chants and syncopated drumbeats, resulting in an unforgettable experience that transcends language, age, and genre.

Visually striking with their towering lambs-wool hats and expanse of instruments, DakhaBrakha’s aesthetic sparks immediate intrigue. Their self-proclaimed “ethno urban chaos” sound captivates audiences with a re-envisioned form of Ukrainian roots music, incorporating the cello, djembe, didgeridoo, accordion and drums.

The versatile group was grown out of an underground, avant-garde theater troupe based in Kiev, and blossomed into a globetrotting act that has graced the stages of prestigious music festivals including Bonnaroo, globalFEST, and Rosklide. DakhaBrakha set out to reclaim the music of their ancestors while liberating their songs from purist ideology and post-Soviet concepts, allowing them to emerge as folk music alchemists. The group’s incredible form of folk-punk borrows from sounds across the globe, and creates a sound surprisingly minimalist sound reminiscent of the emotionally charged works of Phillip Glass and Steve Reich. DakhaBrakha offers a new form of roots music that’s radically different –ultimately placing Ukrainian folklore at the forefront of world music.

WHEN

Saturday, May 7th
Doors 6:45pm
Show 7:30pm

WHERE

The Historic Yost Theater
307 N. Spurgeon St
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Santa Ana Sites

presents contemporary performance…

Santa Ana Sites is a community partnership, presenting contemporary performance in public and private spaces throughout Downtown Santa Ana. The traveling forum is designed to provide the community shared artistic experiences, encouraging the discovery of diverse environments and architectural space. Santa Ana Sites was founded by Allen Moon, Artistic Director and John D. Spiak, Grand Central Art Center Director/Chief Curator.

Allen Moon, Artistic Director

A resident of Santa Ana, Allen toured nationally and internationally with the Mehmet Sander Dance Company and Diavolo Dance Theater.  For the past 13 years, he has served as Director of Touring for David Lieberman Artists’ Representatives , where he has created tours for contemporary ensembles, including the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Kronos Quartet, Tectonic Theater Project, Diavolo, The Actors’ Gang, it gets better project, and The Watts Prophets, to performing arts centers and festivals across the globe.  Allen proudly serves on the CSU Summer Arts Advisory Board as a California Arts Community Representative and a committee member for the International Society for the Performing Arts.

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