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2008 Event Media Release - Russian Roulette

Issued Monday, 4 February 2008

The Studio at Sydney Opera House
presents Russian Roulette

14 & 15 March The Studio

Hearing Zulya’s seductive voice sends the hairs on the back of your neck tingling to life, and the effect then spreads out into more sweeping paroxysms of delight. SMH

Come to the best house party ever… at our house! The Studio once again kicks out the seats for two nights of DJs, live music and performance artists to celebrate Australia’s flourishing Russian culture scene.

With its legendary passion for song, dance and a damn good time, Russian Roulette will transport audiences to a dacha of debauchery.

The sub woofers and mirror balls are back in an all-ages gig where people can dance, party or just kick back and soak up the sights and sounds of the coolest little nightclub on the harbour.

The party stars 2007 ARIA Award winners, Zulya and the Children of the Underground, who’ll bring their signature siren songs of bittersweet beauty and infinite sadness.

A leading light of Tatar and Russian music in Australia, Zulya Kamalova is joined by Anthony Schuilz (accordion), Lucas Michailidis (guitar) Andrew Tanner (double bass) and Justin Marshall on drums.

Their sophisticated arrangements and sublime melodies blend traditional and original music, enchanting audiences from Serbia and Siberia to Luxembourg, Moscow and Helsinki, and almost everywhere in between.

The tempo and temperature will then rise with the vodka-fuelled oompah-swing-ska-punk of VulgaGrad.

Starring the vocal talents of formidable stage and screen actor Jacek Koman, VulgarGrad transcends the language barrier and aims straight for your convict heritage and your dancing feet.

Inflicting a large dose of raucous Russian thieves’ songs, VulgarGrad combines the best of the blatnyak tradition with a dash of perestroika punk and their own inimitable brand of gulag swing.

The line up also includes the iconic émigré from Odessa, DJ Sveta, playing the music of her homeland for the very first time.

A mix of Russian folk and pop, expect the diverse sounds of the piano accordion and electro beats in a twisted set of old and new.

DJ Sveta has played alongside the likes of the legendary DJ Junior Vasquez, hard rocker Tommy Lee, pop outfit Scissor Sisters and on the catwalks for Alex Perry and Zimmermann.

SEASON DETAILS: Russian Roulette
Dates/Times:  Friday 14 & Saturday 15 March at 9pm
Venue:   The Studio
Tickets:  All tickets $35 or $25 concession.
Bookings:  (02) 9250 7777
Duration:  3 hours


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