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Music Review: Koshka at the NCEM

By Steve Jadd | 18th December 2016

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Koshka

Koshka are a multi-national trio comprised of Russian Gypsy music innovator Oleg Ponomarev a maestro of gypsy violin, Russian violinist Lev Atlas and Scottish Jazz guitarist Nigel Clark. Having developed their sound at Glasgow’s Russian Cafe Cossachok their dynamic music is an eclectic fusion of many styles from classical precision and wild gypsy panache to hotclub numbers evocative of Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, eastern European folk music and ebullient gypsy string tunes.

The NCEM audience were treated to a passionate spirited performance played with bravura, wit and innovation, delivered with prodigious musicianship.

The NCEM audience were treated to a passionate spirited performance played with bravura, wit and innovation, delivered with prodigious musicianship. The interplay and chemistry between the musicians is both charming and alchemical where gypsy verve and swagger meets classical rigour - a meeting of minds and traditions. Maria Atlas guested on vocals and gave a passionate performance of varied songs delivered with gypsy/ flamenco exuberance.

Koshka’s music creates its own distinctive sound. Vibrant and compelling – an unforgettable performance.

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