Following up one of the most buzzed-about closing night performances in SMF history, DakhaBrakha returns with an original score composed for one of the 20th century’s most revered silent masterpieces, Aleksandr Dovzhenko’s Earth.
One of the most important films of the Soviet era, Earth (1930) is a passionate tribute to the Ukrainian countryside, to nature and to the process of collectivization, also depicting the hostility of Kulak landowners in Ukraine. Self-described as an “ethno-chaos” quartet, Kiev, Ukraine’s DakhaBrakha creates an almost otherworldly sound rooted in Ukrainian culture but incorporating Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation. The ensemble’s arresting performances are replete with astonishingly powerful vocals and a wonderfully theatrical delivery. It was recently noted by NPR Music that “it’s really the live shows that take DakhaBrakha beyond mere curiosity to utter brilliance.”