Igor Outkine - tenor, accordion, balalaika and
Sarah Harrison - violin, domra
Igor studied classical accordion at Elektrostal's music college and traditional singing at the Gnesin Institute in Moskow. He performed extensively with top folk groups and with the Rozovsky Theatre of Moscow. He came to London in 1990 with the gypsy band Loyko and has continued to perform the music of his homeland in various venues.
Sarah trained as a classical violinist at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. . She has worked with variious artists and ensembles including Django Bates and Delightful Precipice, The Folk Orchestra (now Orbestra), Charanga Rivera and the Marianne Olyver Gypsy Orchestra.
THE MAZAIKA DUO is a perfect, yet totally unconventional marriage of violin, accordion and voice, with performances full of fun, excitement and virtuosity, with emotional depth and musical subtlety. Their twinkling humour, rapport with the audience and with each other gives the audience an intoxicating experience which they will not easily forget.
MAZAIKA can take you on a troika into the heart of Russia, where you will experience the joy and sorrow of Russian folk and Gypsy music and the fiery passion of the gypsy violin. Guitar, Double Bass and Balalaika are sometimes added to the ensemble for this repertoire.
MAZAIKA QUARTET has thrilled the audience w at the Russian Winter Festival in London's Trafalgar Square and have also appeared with their Russian band on national BBC Televison. They tour across the UK and peeara at a host of corporate and private Russian themed events each year.
MAZAIKA CABARET EXTRAVAGANZA in which the duo presents a brilliant evening of highlights from their Classical and Russian and Gypsy programmes, interspersed with some of their favourites from around the world, including Argentine Tango, Neapolitan song, songs from the twenties and thirties, Bluegrass, Hot Club Swing, Klezmer and popular song. Very popular on cruise ships and for corporate functions, this programme appeals to a wide audience. It can be performed self-contained or accompanied by their three piece band.