Theodor Bastard is one of the most unusual and independent Russian bands. They were pioneers of the world music and neofolk genres in Russia. The themes of band’s songs are very far from everyday problems and based on mythology and fantasy.
The hallmark of the band is the unique female vocal by Yana Veva, the lead vocalist and author of many songs, whose voice is filled with glory and in the same time by meditative serenity and mild warmth.
Theodor Bastard band turn their performances into a magic act that sends the audience to Eastern musical tradition, to Balkan and to Northern folk. Yana Veva often sings in private language invented and spoken only by her and in rare languages ranging from African and Asian to Native American and many more.
The musicians use electronic instruments: synthesizers, samplers, theremin as well as plenty of ethnic instruments: darbuka, ashiko, conga, djembe, daf, didgeridoo, gusli, cimbalom, dulcimer, agogo, bawu, mbira, marimba, ocarina, morin khuur, tibetan horn, jew’s harp and classic instruments: cello, harp and many more.
Theodor Bastard albums were released in 5 countries: Germany, Argentina, Mexico, Turkey, Russia.
Theodor Bastard plays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.