with special guest opener, LOTT
NPR said of DakhaBrakha at 2014′s globalFEST ”it’s hard not to get caught up in the magic it weaves… utter brilliance”
Here’s what the New York Times said about DakhaBrakha’s appearance at the 2014 Global Beat Festival -”listeners were clapping and whooping along.
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Taking their name from the old Ukranian language (the literal translation is “give/take”), DakhaBrakha was created at the Kiev Center of Contemporary Art by theatre director Vladislav Troitskyi. The theater figures prominently in their show, from their costumes to their staging.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“this four-piece punk-folk-circus-rock band makes Gogol Bordello look like slow, lazy slugs by comparison… searing, otherworldly four-part harmonies and lots of percussion” - New York Music Daily
“DakhaBrakha’s sirens, oceans, and universal forgetfulness is something that everyone wants to experience from time to time… truly a special and borderline groundbreaking listening experience.” -Muzik Dizcovery
“visually striking and sonically mesmerizing” – Broadway World
LOTT is the solo project of Minneapolis musician Leah Ottman (We Are The Willows, Better Bones, and batteryboy).
The core inspiration for LOTT’s compositions is the Romantic Period of classical music. The chordal structures, intervals, and melodies heard throughout her songs are reminiscent of those used by Antonin Dvorak, Alexander Borodin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, French Impressionist composer, Maurice Ravel, and then condensed into pop songs. She explores the range on her violin by utilizing a looping pedal and similar techniques employed by looping violinist pioneers, Andrew Bird, Kishi Bashi, and Owen Pallet.
LOTT has been likened to a modern day torch singer of indie music – both in her lyrical themes and vocal styling. She has been greatly influenced by Patsy Cline’s catalogue of songs about unrequited love and heartbreak.
The music project of LOTT started as a desire to express her creativity and love for the violin by merging the two worlds of classical and contemporary music. LOTT began performing publicly in early 2014. Her first single was released by The Homestead Records in August 2014. The song was recorded at The Pearl Recording Studio and engineered and mixed by Zachary Hollander, produced by Adam Levy (Honeydogs, And The Professors), mastered by Jeremiah Satterthwaite, and features instrumentalists, Eric Carranza on guitar (Hot Date, Better Bones, and batteryboy), Travis Collins on bass (We Are The Willows and Deleter), and Charlie Rudoy on drums (Carroll).