It’s rare to see a two-person band fill a room quite like Mazaika. In little under an hour, they took the small but appreciative audience on a dizzying musical world tour, beginning with Russian folk music and taking in tango, jazz, gypsy and even Italian opera along the way. Igor Outkine’s versatile work on the electric accordion was impressive, but Sarah Harrison’s fiendishly quick work on the violin provided the real highlights of the evening; the finale of ‘Lark’, where her violin seemed to burst into birdsong and be on the verge of taking flight, was exquisite. To listen to Mazaika is to hear a triumphant celebration of world music, played with wit, passion and virtuoso skill.
This review was originally published here.