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Orkestrar Kriminal EP Lauch at Lion d'Or

Posted by Christine / March 21, 2013

orkestar kriminal offerte par Chantal Allard.jpg Come one, come all! Please join the multi-talented polyglot Montreal ensemble Orkestrar Kriminal tomorrow for the Lion d'Or launch of Zontani! L'bin! Levende!, their new EP.

Orkestar Kriminal is Yiddish slang for "Prison Orchestra." The group consists of a dozen members and features a wide array of instruments, such as: guitar, musical saw, tambourine, trumpet, violin, tuba, clarinet, accordion, bouzouki, and vocals. These instruments resound and layer in a playful high-energy exchange that breathes new life into traditional music styles, like klezmer, folk, and cabaret. Appropriately, the title of their EP, Zontani! L'bin! Levende! , has an equally vigorous meaning, translating to "Live! Live! Live" in Greek, Yiddish, and Danish respectively.

Orkestar Kriminal goes beyond writing songs in other languages -as though that wasn't enough. The lyrics themselves delve deeply into the history and cultural identity of several nations. The songs are also consistent with the band's name, weaving captivating narratives about a thing that can be simultaneously portrayed as base and glamorous, but that is largely unknown to most of us: a city's unlawful underbelly.

"Our main focus is old criminal underworld songs from the 20s and 30s in any language but English," said vocalist and guitarist Giselle Claudia Webber. "So we have Mexican narco corridos songs from the late 20s, old 1930s Yiddish gangster tunes from Warsaw, Odessa, Istanbul, Russia, and Argentina, Greek Rebetika songs from the same time period telling stories of the both the mother-land as well as overseas migrant workers in North America..."

The EP was the result of an authentic feel-good time enjoyed by skilled musical friends. The day after the Mayan calendar ended, Lisa Gamble hosted a closing-party at La Sala Rossa for a festival she had curated with Eastern Bloc called Objet Inusité. At this point, Orkestar Kriminal had performed many shows and had many YouTube clips of these shows, but did not have any audio recordings. So, they asked UN drummer and musical maven Jen Reimer, who was also playing that show, if she could set up a few mics to record Orkestar Kriminal's set. That very same live recording became Zontani! L'bin! Levende! .

"What I love about this band is that there are giant elements of improvisation to a lot of the songs that we play. So, I am ridiculously into recording our shows because every show is fantastically unique. For this reason, with Orkestar Kriminal, live recordings are the only way to go," said Giselle. "There was a certain magic in the room at the Sala Rossa that night. Winter solstice is an incredible time, straight up. So I'm proud of what we came up with in the spirit of the evening."

Orkestar Kriminal was formed in September of last year immediately upon Giselle's return from a klezmer retreat in the Laurentians which featured virtuosos from all over the world. The following week, she organized a show with a few key members from the Gigi French Orchestra and together they played music inspired by her time at the retreat. Initially, the group did not have a name, so they referred to themselves simply as Giselle Webber. A few days before Pop Montréal 2012, Giselle decided to add about eight more people to the band and Orkestar Kriminal was born.

"We are all in the same boat with this band, we may come from different backgrounds in terms of music, culture or lifestyle, but these songs are new to each and every one of us," said Giselle. "The entire band is becoming a more rounded, free-thinking musician as a result of our collective experience in Orkestar. I wouldn't give that up for anything in the world."

Orkestar Kriminal hopes to play an assortment of festivals around the world. They also plan to record a full-length record in a giant, beautiful-sounding room with only a couple of well placed mics. The whole album will be mixed according to the placement of the musicians. For the more immediate future, they will be performing a double-set at Bobards April 19th.

Lion d'Or is located at 1676 Ontario East.

Visit Orkestrar Kriminal's facebook page.

Zontani! L'bin! Levende!:

1. Shimke Khazer
2. To Toust
3. Bim Bam Busse
4. Kh'vel Shoyn Mer Nisht Ganvenen
5. Kapnouloudes

Photograph by Lars Rosing

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