Lazik - Irish-Balkan Fusion

"Lazik fuses Balkan, Gypsy and Klezmer music with melodies of the west: Irish, Breton and Scottish music. Lazik brings you a night of shimmering bellydance rhythms, wild dance tunes, Bulgarian upbeat mix, eastern dramatic and irish lightness.

Lazik is a reflection of the beautiful cultural melting pot that Cork has become. They started out as a group of session musicians, where they discovered they couldn't resist wandering off the didly-eye path of the standard Cork session repertoire.

To their delight they discovered that other great and well-travelled musicians had a similar appetite for different signature 'weird' world music. Thus, in 2005 they all decided to come out of the session closet and Lazik was, is and will be!

Their repertoire is varied, to say the l'east. Their love of suave melodies, crazy rhythms and wild dancing is the chore of our sound. Our journeys around the world collecting songs and tunes, and their various musical and cultural backgrounds provide us with a wealth of inspiration. Wild dance tunes with Scandinavian power and Bulgarian upbeat mix with Eastern rhythms; French chansons and Breton dances blend with Irish tunes and Greek, Turkish and Yiddish melodies.

They bring you a night of shimmering bellydance rhythms, rocking Scandinavian melodies and groovy Eastern European music.

Besides haunting the hills of Cork with groovy sounds, Lazik has toured The Netherlands, Belgium and France, rocked-up the Ennis Trad Fest 2006, shook the Cork Folk Fest 2006 and collaborated with the bellydancers of Rashenkoti for the Cork Ladyfest 2008 and Tribal Cure 2008. The band has supported the French/Malian band Tinariwen in Cork Opera House and cast a dancing spell on the fabulous audience of The Festival of World Cultures 2008 in Dun Laoghaire.

Lazik collaborated with Andy Ivrine for Cork Folk Festival 2009, Martin O'Connor and band for Festival of World Cultures 2010, and Txutxukan for Dingle Festival Na Beltaine and the fabulous 'Gypsy Carnival' Nights in Cork.

Lazik is just back after a break due to baby birth, and now touring to present the new album 'Far Fetched' released last year. LAZIK plays today as a quintet, featuring Christelle Moisan on Flute and vocals, Barry O'Donovan on Guitar, Stella Rodrigues on Fiddle and Vocals, Dylan Gully on Clarinet, Christian Martin on Electric Bass, and sometimes as guests: Yvonne Leahy on Fiddle and JB Heine on Percussions."