Simon Scardanelli (UK), Ilmar Karuso (Australia)
The British and Australian poets and singers will meet on one scene. Two languages, two creative positions, two voices, two soundings.
Ilmar Karuso is an Australian musician, artist and designer, who became famous here mostly for his works for the Mariinsky Theatre in 1997. He now runs a local music project "The Ilmar Karuso Band" which is comprised of some of the best folk musicians in St. Petersburg.
The band is an interesting combination of acoustic instrumentation driven by rhythmic bass and drums. Original songs, sung in English, are augmented by unique versions of blues standards, the combination being described as "roots music with teeth".
The original style could best be described as a kind of "Music Verite", or "musical truth", and includes an emotional mix of influences from such diverse areas as ethno-folk, dark blues, rock, post-punk, and breakbeat. The line up consists of mandolin, violin, bouzouki, bass guitar, drums, vocals and blues harp.
Ilmar Karuso - MySpace.com
Singer and guitarist Simon Scardanelli enjoyed chart success in the late eighties with Anglo-Canadian duo Big Bam Boo, scoring a top 40 hit in the USA & Canada in March 1989 with "Shooting From My Heart".
Simon is a charismatic and engaging performer and his live shows are peppered with wry anecdotes and dry, self-deprecating humour – he is able to look back on a long and varied career with an ironic appreciation of its highs and lows. But it is the quality of songwriting and singing that will ring in your ears after a Scardanelli gig – as Sound on Sound wrote – "Simon's greatest asset is a fantastic singing voice... his performance on tracks such as "They Dance" bear comparison to the likes of Scott Walker."
Simon Scardanelly - MySpace.com
Where: Manhattan Club, Embankment Of [fontanki] river, 90, St. Petersburg
When: April, 10th; at 8.00 pm
Ticket: 250 rub (200 rub - preliminary sale in the Club)