Chaika – a new direction in Australian World Music coming to you!
Melding the dexterity of jazz, the craft of classical and earthiness of folk, ARIA nominated ensemble Chaika, draw on vast influences to create superb genre-blending music that transcends labels.
Described as “spine-tingling” (Rhythms) and “extraordinary” (Fine Music FM), the Sydney-based sextet have released their highly-anticipated third album: ARROW, recorded and produced by ARIA award-winning team Bob Scott and Llew Kiek and nominated for Best World Music Album 2019 at the ARIA awards.
A multi-faceted kaleidoscope of sounds, the album is a culmination of compositional, arranging and improvising prowess, performed with stunning attention to detail.
“Like a gust of wind ushering in a new season of possibilities … Arrow, as the title suggests, offered listeners a new direction in Australian Folk music, an innovative blend of beautifully crafted pieces.” (What’s on Sydney)
“This is Chaika at their best – incorporating the world of rhythms and sounds of traditional music and channeling them into something beautiful” (Timber and Steel).
Chaika comprises some of Australia’s most sought after musicians: Laura Altman (clarinet, vocals), Laura Bishop (percussion, piano, accordion, vocals), Susie Bishop (violin, guitar, vocals), Johan Delin (double bass, vocals), Rendra Freestone (percussion, guitar, vocals) and Emily-Rose Sarkova (accordion, piano, vocals).
They have worked with an impressive roster including Nicky Bomba, Monsieur Camembert, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Mara! & the Martenitsa Choir, The Song Company, Rhythm Hunters, Kevin James, Baby et Lulu, Marais Ensemble, Elysian Fields, Miriam Lieberman Trio, Alireza Ghorbani, Great Waitress, Tángalo, Klezmer Divas, The London Bulgarian Choir, & The Renaissance Players, on major national & international stages.
At home wherever appreciative ears assemble – from roots and folk festivals to the world-class environs of Sydney’s City Recital Hall – Chaika surprise, thrill and move the unsuspecting listener. Decidedly “outside the norm” (Timber & Steel) Chaika traverse another age, journeying an unidentifiable era and landscape, in a manner simply referred to by The Australian as “enchanting.”
BEMAC presents Chaika with Kristin Berardi & James Sherlock
Chaika in Bellingen
Chaika in Newcastle
For more info on Chaika’s upcoming tour dates: https://www.chaikaband.com/gigs/