Tuesday, 2009 June 9th, 7 PM
Great Guild Hall
DOBREK BISTRO (jazz-ethnic chamber music ensemble, Austria)
Program – salsa, tango and bossa nova, jazz, gypsy swing, classical influences, music of the Balkans, the orient, of the gypsies and eastern European Jews as well as Slavic folk music
In cooperation with the Embassy of Austria in Latvia
It was love at first tune. When Polish accordionist Krzysztof Dobrek and Russian violinist Aliosha Biz first met during the rehearsals for Fiddler on the Roof at the Vienna Theatre, it was clear that their future artistic direction would be a common one. First, Aliosha and Krzysztof refined their emphatic interplay in the Burgtheater ensemble, accompanying Maria Bill and in the Acoustic Drive Orchestra. The time arrived to find a common musical language, which would be uniquely theirs.
Supported by percussionist Luis Ribeiro and Sascha Lackner (bassist) they founded Dobrek Bistro. The name of the French restaurant comes from the Russian word bystro (fast). With its name, the quartet describes the virtuoso speed of its performances as well as the melancholic elegance Dobrek, the composer of all the pieces, admires so much in the Parisian musette.
Musette and Latin American styles such as salsa, tango and bossa nova, jazz, gypsy swing, classical influences, music of the Balkans, the orient, of the gypsies and eastern European Jews as well as Slavic folk music are the ingredients of this mixture of styles. To brand it fusion or crossover would be hackneyed. Perhaps Dobrek Bistro will enter the annals of musical history as its own genre.
The secrets of its kitchen are best discerned by its Maître de cuisine Krzysztof Dobrek himself: Our Salsa sounds gypsy-like, the Tango Viennese, the jazz Yiddish, and the mussette has a Russian touch. Yes; and one could add that the musical provinces sound like the big wide world, and that the big wide world does not deny its cultural roots: at Dobrek Bistro.