Laupäev, 27. august • Viljandi Rütmifestival
Estrada Orchestra has been a forerunner of underground Estonian jazz-funk since 2013, they are a 5-piece orchestra based in Tallinn. Loosely defined genres and masterful improvisations places the ensemble in a psychedelic groove and avant-gard world of sounds.
When to compare, names like Herbie Hancock and Mulatu Astatke pop into mind, though the list of kinsmen of Estrada is to be found even further.
Producer and bass player Misha Panfilov has influences from film music, deep funk and Eastern Bloc murky obscurities. Volodja Brodsky adds fusion influences behind the Clavinet and Rhodes. Both composers are equally obsessed with all that’s jazz. Flutist Ilja Gussarov, the solist and shaman of the bunch, orchestrates the crowd into a tribe with a vibe that shines in live shows. Sashko Petrov on tenor sax and percussion adds to the already vibrant recipe a soul of a vagabonder. Madis Katkosilt provides a solid backbone with his precise and slick rhythms.
After their self-named début album flew off the shelves in 2015, Estrada Orchestra released their 2nd LP “JAZZBEATJÄÄTIS” in 2017 via French imprint Stereophonk. Having gigged in Tallinn Music Week, Positivus and numerous festivals in Estonia the jazz groove act is ready to take on the international stage with support from the likes of Shawn Lee, Greg Foat and Alain Mion.
In March 2018, the third LP “Vaba” (trnl. “Free”) was released on Detroit’s imprint Funk Night Records. Free psychedelic jazz shines in this LP as the name suggests. Just 5 excellent musicians in a smoky basement, doing what they do best.
Young jazz distorters and revolutionaries of dance rhythms from Vilnius. This project started with the need for electronic sounds and their morphosis with elements of jazz music... thus combining robotics with human vitality.
The group represents jazztronica and synth-jazz aesthetics, rarely found in the Lithuanian music scene - their harmonies are typical of ambient, rock and noise styles. Due to constant action, drive and movement, JUZT's music is often associated with video games.
Fast, aggressive, filled with space battles and colours of the future.
On 1 May 2020, their debut album was released, officially confirming JUT's existence on the internet. Steadily moving forward, these guys create a new sound on the Lithuanian alternative music scene.