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Oikoumene

by Theodor Bastard

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    The title refers to an ancient Greek notion, designating the inhabited or "civilized" sections of our planet, in other words those where mankind has left its mark - for better or worse. That global sweep is certainly echoed in the list of contributors, since our Russian artists are joined here by representatives of British, Zulu, Indian, and French-African traditions. Consequently, the list of instruments employed - and their home nations - is even longer. "It was interesting to reject electronic tools and all their trickery, as we worked instead with live material. That meant an entire year of stressful effort, but what an experience it was! Collaborating with so many genuinely talented musicians from all over the world gave us a special energy. We still feel it now!" A textual connection between the diverse tracks was spun by a single person, Theodor Bastard's vocalist Yana Veva. She worked "under the inspiration of various traditions and faiths, which represented aboriginal peoples from far-flung corners of the planet... They all live side by side with nature's wilderness, in places where ancient traditions endure. It doesn't matter which culture we're talking about - spiritual traditions just survive in places like that. For some people they might be little more than myth and fairytales, but for others those rituals are as real as our own urban jungle!" 6-panel digipak + 16-page booklet.

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    The title refers to an ancient Greek notion, designating the inhabited or "civilized" sections of our planet, in other words those where mankind has left its mark - for better or worse. That global sweep is certainly echoed in the list of contributors, since our Russian artists are joined here by representatives of British, Zulu, Indian, and French-African traditions. Consequently, the list of instruments employed - and their home nations - is even longer. "It was interesting to reject electronic tools and all their trickery, as we worked instead with live material. That meant an entire year of stressful effort, but what an experience it was! Collaborating with so many genuinely talented musicians from all over the world gave us a special energy. We still feel it now!" A textual connection between the diverse tracks was spun by a single person, Theodor Bastard's vocalist Yana Veva. She worked "under the inspiration of various traditions and faiths, which represented aboriginal peoples from far-flung corners of the planet... They all live side by side with nature's wilderness, in places where ancient traditions endure. It doesn't matter which culture we're talking about - spiritual traditions just survive in places like that. For some people they might be little more than myth and fairytales, but for others those rituals are as real as our own urban jungle!"

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1.
Takaya Mija 05:36
2.
Farias 05:26
3.
Gerda 05:59
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Benga 04:44
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Oikoumene 07:41
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Tapachula 07:09
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Intifadah 05:13
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Clean Kron 03:25
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Sol De Morte 03:44
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Anubis 04:57
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about

The cult British band Fun-Da-Mental, Zulu Choir The Mighty Zulu Nation, Indian sarod performer Rampur Rani, unique Afro-French singer Julien Jacob, and other great musicians took part in recording of “Oikoumene”.

The musicians recorded the tracks in different cities and at several studios: in St. Petersburg ("House of 100 sounds," "Dobrolet"), England (PMA Basement Studios, Huddersfeild and Unit 13, London) and Paris (Passage A Niveaux).

The CD art design was created by famous Russian artist Boris Indrikov.

"It was interesting to give up all the electronics and the tricks, and work with live material. Whole year of hard work, and what a great experience! And the cooperation with so many, really talented, musicians from all over the world still feeds me with special energy. In the beginning, of course, there were many doubts, but now I can say that everything has turned out well. And this is the best of what we have done for all time, that's for sure! "- says the frontman of the band Fedor Svolotch.

While recording the album Theodor Bastard used an impressive collection of various instruments which were brought from distant journeys. In some songs you can hear such instruments as daf, doira, dumbek, udo, kalimba, reko-reko, caxixi, ashiko, talking drum and variety of djambe and kongas. Yana Veva, songwriter and vocalist, played the Chinese flute bawu. Rampur Rani performed on sarod - Indian national instrument. Dmitry Gorenko played the didgeridoo. Vladimir Belov — cello. And Zmitser von Holzman — Pan flute, ocarina, and other wind instruments. Fedor Svolotch recorded percussion, guitar, bass and own made instruments made of everyday objects like door springs, coconuts and empty bottles.

The basis for this album was laid when Yana Veva composed songs inspired with traditions and beliefs of the tribes living in far corners of the world.
She says: «These people live the wild life keeping ancient traditions. No matter what kind of nationalities we are talking. For some people they belong to myths and fairy tales, but for someone they are so real as urban jungles. And there are our roots. The roots of mankind. These islands of the Promised Land among the riot of nature. Where we came from. And if a person does not return to these surrounded by wild nature. If a man does not hear these voices from the forest, he fails to the insurmountable grief. With the new songs we broke with our eternal melancholy gloom. The closeness to nature makes a man happy. This is our album. There are almost no dark songs.»

And in conclusion a few words from Aki Nawaz (Fun-Da-Mental) about collaboration with Theodor Bastard:

"Theodor Bastard reflect the genuine art of musical expression in all its parameters, seeking sounds outside of comfort zones and dictated parameters and this runs right to the heart of Fun-Da-Mental and its own presentation. An artist has a choice to be part of breaking their own indoctrination and venturing into new zones, Theodor Bastard do this which is not only challenging but also courageous, we should be judged by what new movements we create not by been part of commercial success but the art itself and what and how it reflects on peoples journey into music."Do what you wish " were the instructions to us and thats the first and only rule of art and so we did.".

credits

released March 23, 2012

All songs written by Yana Veva and Fedor Svolotch (Theodor Bastard)*

* Except "Farias" and "Gerda" — composed together with Kusas, Taras Frolov. "Sagrabat (Diumgo)" composed together with Julien Jacob. "Anubis" composed together with Stefan Hetrich for Shiva in Exile album "Nour".

All drums recorded at "100 sounds house", Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Soundengineer: Andrey Kalinin.
Mixed by Andrei Aliakrinskiy at "Dobrolet" studio
Mastered by Boris Istomin at "Knobstudio"

Executive producer: Alexey Bazhin
Sound producer: Fedor Svolotch
All paintings: Boris Indrikov

(C) & (P) Theodor Bastard
www.theodorbastard.com

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Theodor Bastard Republic of Karelia, Russia

Music of Theodor Bastard band, who were at the origin of the World Music genre in Russia, is imbued with shamanism and magic.

Theodor Bastard seamlessly combine traditional instruments and electronics with a plethora of different ethnic and exotic instruments. And all this mystical richness is crowned with a beautiful voice of the vocalist Yana Veva - boundless, filled with the lightest aether.
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