More heart-rending than usual, "Dobrek Bistro" created a mixture on Friday at Porgy & Bess in Vienna that blended together the melancholy of the entire spectrum of world music.
The world music quartet "Dobrek Bistro" gave a guest performance on Wednesday at the Hallein Festival.
[…] and then they played. Magic. Music, formed from sound, space and silence. No exaggerations, no overstatement. Just the joy of artistic creation during the concert. The passion, the ubiquity of world cultures that can apparently be merged so easily. The desire to communicate through feelings was heard in every tone played. And everything they play had a natural lightness that can be absorbed through all five senses allowing us to directly feel the power and the delight of making music. (Pawel Odorowcz, original in Polish)
And now the "Gnessinsky" hall in the Powarskaya street. An insane rush - the concert more than sold out - thanks to the word of mouth among the Moscow audience. Queues to get hands on "Dobrek Bistro" CDs, that go like hot cakes in times of hunger. And finally the quartet is on stage […]
In their stories, the four musicians of the group "Dobrek Bistro" embody Viennese humor and Russian soul, oriental sounds and Parisian musette in a tango rhythm. And even more they are doing so through their instruments. That is how more than 600 listeners experienced a breath-taking journey through the emotions at the Johannes a Lasco library on Sunday night. Emotions reaching from longing and melancholy to exuberantly wild and fierce.
[…]Astor Piazzolla would probably also have enjoyed Dobrek Bistro's Tango Nuevo presentation. The fact that the composer is especially fond of the Parisian Musette waltz became more than clear in the course of the evening, although at some times it had an African and at other times a Russian touch. The fact that the both musicians Krzysztof Dobrek und Aliosha Biz led through their show with inimical verbal humour put the cherry on the cake. (Johanna Aßmann)
The Combo transgresses borders massively, especially those of the listeners. The Quartet dips the Musette waltz into jazzy improvisations, garnishes the Tango with Romany' spices, East European tunes are embedded in romantic-classical forms and then baked again in Gypsy Swing. If it were possible, people would probably be clicking in time with their ears. (Martin Juen)
World music - no way, forget it - cross-border compositions converging geographic regions and styles. (thek)
[…]Their enthralling, interacting way of playing allows lots of space for improvisation and even more room to allow the audience to immerse itself fully in the melodies. Music inspired from all imaginable corners of the earth is combined to form a compact sound with high recognition value. (Manfred Horak)