11 May 2005 00:00 - 14 May 2005 00:00
Pulse Festival 2005
The inspirational Eastern and Central European music scene is the focus of the PULSE Festival 2005. Highly acclaimed bands from Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics and Hungary experiment with folk by fusing traditional and alternative elements in rich, colourful and evocative performances. Their unique way of dissolving the borders between music styles with crossovers of jazz, folk, rock and house will delight London audiences.
Wednesday 11 May
Zuzana Mojzisova (Slovak Republic)
With a charismatic and rich-voiced sound Slovak's most exciting jazz-folk singer, Zuzana Mojzisova takes song from the myriad inspirational sources of authentic Slovak folk music and transforms it into a new, popular style with jazz and rock features. www.zuzanamojzisova.sk
Cechomor (Czech Republic)
Czechomor's transformations of traditional Czech village music using electric violins, hot/sensational drums and rich voices create a vibrant atmosphere wherever they perform.
Sometimes heavily synthesised dance music, sometimes melting traditional jazz with the extra zest of a touch of hip hop, the leading urban band Zagar represents both ends of the scale in music styles.
Thursday 12 May
Besh o Drom (Hungary)
Budapest-based futuristic wedding band Besh o Drom is a 9-piece electro-acoustic collective, combining deep ethnic folk roots and wild jazz improvisation to spectacular effect.
Tara Fuki (Czech Republic)
Tarafuki is a vocal-instrumental duo weaving Polish and Czech texts and motifs together to create an extraordinary hybrid of traditional East European music with contemporary influences.
Friday 13 May
The most sought after Polish band offers extremely natural and hearty performances somewhere between folk, jazz, rock and dance, and take us on an imaginative musical voyage through the Bieszczady Mountains, where their music finds its inspiration.
Abuse (Slovak Republic)
A very personal style of music inspired by many genres such as trip hop, electro, industrial and crossover. www.abuse.sk
The Ecstasy of St. Theresa (Czech Republic)
Fusing the sound of traditional instruments with electronic background noise the band proves that delicate, emotional music can be audacious and cutting edge at the same time. Its musical content reflects what's happening in the world of modern experimentation.
Saturday 14 May
(Club Play, 58 Old Street, London)
DJ Trava (Czech Republic)
is a number one DJ in the Czech Republic. His sets are comparable to the European elite at the tech-house scene.
DJ Kasia (Poland)
is a young blood of the polish music scene, producing sets at the edge of minimal and tech-house
DJ Brano (Slovak Republic)
is a Slovak DJ performing in the British Isles for three years, musically contributing to tech-house and labels such as wrong rec.,bosh rec., movim rec.
More info about the festival on www.pulsefestival.net
Tickets from www.ticketweb.co.uk
116 Long Acre
WC2E 9PA London
From: 11 May 2005 00:00
To: 14 May 2005 00:00