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Theodor Bastard

THEODOR BASTARD is one of the most unusual contemporary musical bands. Its music combines elements of world music, dark wave, trip hop, neofolk and ambient music. They get the best reviews from music critics, their records are officially released in six countries of the world.

Theodor Bastard band turn their performances into a magic act that sends the audience to Eastern musical tradition, to Balkan and to Russian folk. The musicians use electronic instruments: synthesizers, samplers, theremin; ethnic instruments: darbuka, conga, djembe, daf, didgeridoo, gusli, bawu, mbira, marimba, udu, reco-reco, ocarina, morin khuur, tibetan horn, cajon, jew's harp, thunder tube; classic instruments: cello, harp.
And all this mystical diversity is crowned by the beautiful voice of Yana Veva, which can be compared with the sad voice of Undine – boundless, endless, filled with the lightest air.

The band performed at famous festivals in Europe: Fusion Festival (2004), Dark Bombastic Evening (2012, 2013), Wave-Gotik-Treffen (2011, 2014), Castle Party (2014), Castlefest (2015) and others.

Theodor Bastard collaborated with many artists: Martin Atkins (Pigface), Peter Christopherson (Coil), Stephan Hertrich (Shiva In Exile, Darkseed, Betray My Secrets), Fun-Da-Mental, Julien Jacob and others.

Plenty of magazines wrote about the band, among them "Rolling stone", "Time
Out" and such European magazines as "Zillo", "Orcus" and "Sonic seducer". Songs by THEODOR BASTARD were on air of Austrian radio "FM 4". THEODOR BASTARD music was used by Brazilian film director Gustavo Santos, and it was presented at San Paolo film festival.

The single “Tapaсhula” has shown new interests of the band: the culture of Mesoamerica and rhythms of Africa. But along with that, along with breaking stylistic and conceptual limits, THEODOR BASTARD has always been true to themselves and known for their sound and approach.

In November 2011 the release of "Remixed" on CD - the collection of remixes of THEODOR BASTARD’s songs - has taken place. Such artists from all over Europe as Neotropic, Animals on Wheels, Up,Bustle&Out (all three of them has signed on the label Ninja Tune), Scanner, State of Bengal, Geomatic, Flint Glass, and others took part in the work on the collection.

During all the fall and winter of 2011 THEODOR BASTARD are occupied with the recording of the new album which, as the musicians themselves admit, has become the most complicated and tedious in their career. The musicians had recorded the material in several studios at the same time. Many invited guests took part in the recording. On the album one can hear such instruments as udo, mbira, marimba, reco-reco, caxixi, ashiko, and spring drum. Fedor also used the instruments that he had invented and contrived with his own hand of improvised material such as coconuts, door springs, empty bottles, and plastic. The album will be the most lively and diverse in its contents in the entire history of the band. Also famous British band Fun-Da-Mental (in the collaboration with the Africans The Mighty Zulu Nation) and unique French singer Julien Jacob took part in the recording of the compositions for the album.

In February 2012 the main representatives of world music in Russia THEODOR BASTARD, after a break that lasted a year and a half, have returned on stage with the presentations of the new album “Oikoumene” in Russia and abroad. Conerts in Moscow and Saint Petersburg were sold out.

In May 2015, THEODOR BASTARD recorded a new album "Vetvi", which is the latest album at the moment. THEODOR BASTARD release their albums not so often, working for months in various recording studios in several cities and countries, searching for the best sound and arrangements. Work on this album took three years with plenty of musicians taking part in it. Among them are the famous buryat singer Namgar Lhasaranova, multi instrumentalist Phillip Barsky. talented Olga Glazova, who plays the world’s largest gusli. Lead singer Yana Veva has reached new heights with her unique vocal technique. Continuing the theme of wanderings, which was the basic idea of the previous album "Oikoumene", THEODOR BASTARD take their listeners from hot south to the fairy northern lights.

"We travel Russian north every year," – says the band leader Fedor Svolotch. – "Now it's time for us to turn to our culture, our country and our roots. There are our places of power, the places where stones and winds are talking to us. New album is a song of the northern harsh nature".

A peculiar combination of the archaic percussions and folk instruments was used during the recording. Playing unusual ethnic instruments is still the important part of THEODOR BASTARD creative process. Russian horn, traditional Mongol violin morin khuur, tibetian ritual horn dunchen, ancient Russian gusli, cajon, vargan, dulcimer (string instrument like citra) – this is just a short list of musical miracles on the album. Tens of musicians were engaged in creating of sound kaleidoscope. That was a serious and laborious work. String instruments bring deep melodism and dramatism. There are morin khuur by Yana Veva, violin by Gulya Naumova and cello by Natalia Nazarova. They harmoniously strung on ritual rhythms of drums and percussions by Kirill Serov. Choir «Lauda» adds ancient masculinity to the album sound, as well as an outstanding vocalist Alexander Platonov (Ensemble of ancient peasant music).

Magic sound of gusli by Olga Glazova, harps and cymbals by multi-instrumentalist Philip Barsky decorate some songs, and great vocals by Buryat singer Namgar give a special atmosphere of northern dawn to one of the songs on the album.