Bajanski Bal love to dig through the treasure chest of eastern european folk songs, select the
odd forgotten jewel, put it through the crusher, pick out a couple of the key ingredients, throw them
into the turbo-shaker with a big portion of their own home-made spicy sauce and serve it up as a
A favourite raw material are the old "street songs“ from Odessa, the original melting pot of ukrainian,
russian and jewish cultures. Mix in a few original compositions and you get a coctail made up of
Folk, Gypsy jazz, Klezmer, Retropop and old soviet film-music. It reeks of tacky port bars, stale
beer, crude tobacco and petty criminal whores. And it sounds full of an exuberant energy for
partying and dancing, unaffected virtuosity, and honest vocal craft, all drenched in the traditional
The band members are all experienced musicians, with decades of stage-exposure in a variety
of musical genres to their credit, but the band itself only exists since four years. It arose, of all
places, in Switzerland, where a singer out of the russian Red Army Choir met up with a russian-
ukrainian accordion virtuoso and a polish-ukrainian guitarrist. After a few small concerts at various
slavic parties they soon find a swedish tuba-torturer and a local drummer of badly definable eastern
roots and test them for tonal and rhythmic performance under difficult conditions (i.e. steamy dance
floors and low blood levels in the vodka system).
Since 2006 they tour through Switzerland and Germany and make it a point of honour to turn every
club floor into a throbbing mass of happy faces, bouncing bodies and kicking knees.
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