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Mariana Sadovska and Christian Thomé

February 1

Joe's Pub


Doors at 9PM
Show at 9:30PM

 In her home country she is known as the ‘Ukrainian Bjork’: in her furious performances the singer, actress and composer Mariana Sadovska crosses all borders: Archaic midsummer night invocations, wedding songs and migrant chants from remote villages of rural Ukraine get a singular turn and transmute into contemporary sound that spans from folk to avant-garde.

Creating innovative compositions and arrangements in dialogue with ancient traditions, Mariana Sadovska approaches each piece with a fresh and uniquely personal vision. With a voice of impressive power and range her stage presence is a tour de force that oscillates between fragility and defiance.

For this tour she has teamed up with German percussionist and electronica specialist Christian Thomé, creating an ever-changing collage of ancient Ukrainian folk songs and contemporary electro-acoustic sounds. Their assortment of instruments from harmonium to jews harp to laptop is woven together by Mariana’s powerful voice, in a programme suspended between the here and there, glued together by ancient roots, driven over unknown territory, travelling through curious bodies of sound. 

“Protocol and tradition of whatever style she is working in just vanish; she replaces them with pure vitality.” - New York Times

“Most expressive: an astonishing mélange of archaic elements, vocal art… and theatrical-ironic refractions.” -WDR3, German Broadcasting