Balaklava Blues (Canada/Ukraine)

Accompanied by mind-blowing visuals, Balaklava Blues transports you into the heart of war-torn Ukraine with electrifyingly cathartic and impossibly danceable tunes. This unique multimedia production is the brainchild of Mark and Marichka Marczyk, creators of the multi-award-winning guerrilla-folk-opera Counting Sheep and leaders of the mighty Lemon Bucket Orkestra – Canada’s notorious 12-piece balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-super-band.

Mark (Canada) and Marichka (Ukraine) met and fell in love during the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine. Their experiences of war coupled with their unique knowledge of the polyphonic blues of the Ukrainian plains exploded into a techno-pop live set in which the duo sing to original EDM, trap, trance and electro-pop influenced tracks.

The astounding vocals are accompanied by equally compelling documentary footage from the front lines of the war, black and white archival material from the same region and popular Soviet cartoons.

 “Balaklava Blues is a reclamation of the violence perpetrated on my home country,” says Mark. “For us it’s about finding the beauty and strength hidden by the oppression. In that darkness, we find humanity and in finding our humanity we discover that we are not alone.”