OqueStrada - Fado-Swing

OqueStrada renews and changes the traditions of Portuguese music. OqueStrada´s music comes from the suburbs, bars and shady corners of Lisbon. Far from music studios this unlikely group has created a reputation on the road. The six musicians have taken the name Oquestrada, a neologism mixing "orquestra" and "estrada" (road), yet, more than just a contraction, this represents a new horizon and a new ambition.

"Changing paths that’s what we love!" proclaims singer Marta Miranda in "Tourner en Rond", a strange rustic rap that flirts with melodic folk. And my god it moves in all directions!

Their nomadic swing travels long distances with a little melancholy in their rucksacks, a good sense of offbeat humour and tickets of acidic humour in their suitcases, or rather trunks, which exude scents from around the world. The fununa from Cape Verde, the Congolese semba, the Argentine tango, their home fado, French musette, jazz and ska impregnate the music as they sing in Portuguese, Creole, Spanish, French and English. Oquestrada is an eclectic bazar that’s completely unique, just like the instruments they’ve put together (including washtub bass and percussion chair) and like the style they’ve created, the Tasca Beat!

More than music, it’s the soundtrack of a country in transition, a surrealist cabaret where the Saudade combines with glimpses of the future.

OqueStrada developed with songs like "Oxalá Te Veja", "Creo carino" and "Se’sta Rua fosse minha" cult-status in Portugal. International TV- and radio features like the German Late Night Show INAS NACHT and ARTE TV, Metropolis led them to international success. OqueStrada played in Spain, Germany, Austria and France and at the "Creation of Peace Festival" in Kazan, Russia in front of 80.000 people. In 2012 OqueStrada was invited to perform as the first portugues music groupe ever, next to Seal, Jennifer, Hudson and Ne-Yo at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

Ashia Bison Rouge (Ambient-Sounds)

With Cello, Loopstations, effects, and her "powerfully expressive voice" (Berliner Morgenpost), Ashia Bison Rouge creates a whole world made of sounds, rhythms, moods and moving melodies. Dreamy, dynamic pop songs and rhythmic, electronic style pieces are connected by layers of ambient sounds to create what she calls a ‘Song Archipelego’ in her live shows. All the songs and compositions are performed live in the moment and only with her instruments and effects: no electronics, and no synthesizers. Think of it as an Organic-Cello Orchestra Concert! Her style at times comparable to the Portland Cello Project, Zoe Keating, as well as other cello based performers including 2 Cellos.

Ashia Bison Rouge is inspired by nature, ancestry, movement, and dance. Next to her solo-project she has performed with Cirque du Soleil, created pieces for Base Berlin Artistik, Chameleon Theater, and performs a key cello-playing-acting-singing role in the ‘acrobatical’ "Der Helle Wahnsinn". She was born in Wroclaw. Poland, then grew up near Seattle/Portland, USA, and currently lives in Berlin, DE. In Spring of 2015 Ashia Bison Rouge had the honor to perform her solo songs with the Salem Chamber Orchestra in Salem, Oregon. She has also performed with the Songbird Collective, Portland Cello Project, Arstidir, Vagabond Opera, and Jherek Bischoff.

Hazmat Modine (Blues jazz roots crossover)

Hazmat Modine draws from the rich soil of American music of the 20’s and 30’s through to the 50’s and early 60’s, blending elements of early Blues, Hokum Jugband, Swing, New Orleans R & B, and Jamaican Rocksteady. The band is fronted by Wade Schuman’s harmonica and singing and includes sousaphone, guitars, and percussion, saxophon, trumpet, trombone, banjitar, banjo and Hawaiian steel guitar. The band’s sound reflects musical influences ranging from Jazz to Rockabilly and Western Swing to Middle-Eastern, African, and Hawaiian musical styles. They have collaborated with Natalie Merchant, Tuva’s Huun Huur Tu, the Kronos Quartet and Benin’s Gangbe Brass Band.

Since their debut album "Bahamut" (2007), Hazmat Modine performed about two hundredfifty concerts in 20 European countries, playing well-known festivals like Jazzfest Vienna, Copenhagen Jazzfestival, Berlin Jazzfest, Stockholm Jazz Festival and many others. . As well the band appeared on festivals in the US, Canada, Russia, Borneo, Brasil, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.

Their album, Cicada (2011), reached number one on the European World Music Chart, WMCE. Cicada was also nominated for a BBC award and received the Charles Cros Grand Prize in France for the Best Blues Album in 2011. In addition, Hazmat Modine has the song „Bahamut“ from their first album featured in the Oscar-nominated movie "Pina" by Wim Wenders (2011), and they created and performed the soundtrack for the award-winning documentary “Windfall” (2012). Their new CD Extra-Deluxe-Supreme (2015) was released in Europe (Jaro) and in the U.S.

In 2016 Hazmat Modine celebrated their 10th anniversary year of performances in Europe.

In cooperation with Jaro Medien

WARSAW VILLAGE BAND ("trans-minimal roots")

The Warsaw Village Band with 7 bandmembers (voice, dulcimer, violin, viola, suka, hurdy-gurdy, frame drum, big drum, bass and trumpet) is a symbol of young, intelligent Eastern European music which combines tradition with modern elements and is capable of eliciting enthusiastic responses from rock audiences and traditionalists alike.

The New York Times once referred to them as one of the most important bands on the World music stage comprising "the sound of globalization!".

2004 the band received the "BBC WORLD MUSIC AWARD, The Warsaw Village Band´s newest album "Sun Celebration" was awarded with the Polish Grammy, the Fryderyk Award 2016 "Album of the year - for roots music, it became top no. 2 of the World Music Charts Europe, WMCE 2/17.

Their 7th album "Sun Celebration" exalts in the spiritual brotherhood that crosses religious and ethnic boundaries which are elevated in these restless times and that Warsaw Village Band have experienced on their travels. It features world famous guests from India, Persia & Spanish Galicia.

In march 2017 the band performed at WOMADelaide Australia and WOMAD New Zealand. This summer the band played international festivals in Poland, Germany and France.
The band is celebrating their 20th birthday in 2017 and will be presenting a show in Warsaw in November, with Bill Laswell as special guest.

Currently the band is working on a new album which will be released in 2018.

More information:


Magdalena Sobczak
Dulcimer (Hackbrett), vocals

Sylwia Swiatkowska
Violin, viola, suka, vocals

Ewa Walecka
Violin, hurdy-gurdy, vocals

Maciej Szaijkowski
Frame drum, percussion

Piotr Glinski
Big drum, percussions

Pawel Mazurczak
Double bass

Milsoz Gawrylkiewicz
Trumpet, flugelhorn

Also available "live-projects":
Warsaw Village Band & Mercedes Peón
Warsaw Village Band & Dhoad Ensemble

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