ORKESTAR KRIMINAL

"Ganovim-loshn" ("thieves' language") was the Yiddish sung in the inter-war underworld of Warsaw, Odessa and Istanbul. These are no ordinary folk songs. There is much violence, and lament to them... the extremes of the jewish wise-guy. Along with their Yiddish gangster repertoire, Orkestar Kriminal has absorbed the Rebetika Mortika hash den anthems of the 1930s Greek underground. They can also be found performing in Khmer, Spanish, Danish, Romani, Ladino, or whatever other tongue might attract the multilingual stylings of front-woman Giselle Claudia Webber. So long as the tune is catchy and a little shady, they'll give it their best shot.

Orkestar Kriminal was formed 3 days before Pop Montréal 2012, so that Gigi French's former orchestra could scam free passes to the festival. Gutsy and adventurous, these improv performers do inspired renditions of slum-based "world music" from a dangerously forgotten era. With Stefan Scheider (Thus:Owls, Foxtrott, Gentlemen Reg, Luyas) on drums, Julie Richard on tuba, Lisa Gamble (Gambletron, Hrsta, Clues, Thundrah) on musical saw and tambourine, Giselle Claudia Webber (Hot Springs, Gigi French, Red Mass, Giselle Numba One) on guitar and voice, Ingrid Wissink (Monogrenade, The Yiddenes) on violin and sometimes trumpet, Milan Simas (Trio Milan Simas) on clarinet, Sam de Minevich on guitar and bouzouki, Eddy Blake Eation (Cockroaches, Honky Tonk Heartbreakers, Bloodshot Bill and the Handcuffs), on upright bass, Etienne Barry on accordion, Ariane Gruet-Pelchat on violin, Danny Marks (Sexareenos, CPC Gangbangs) on percussion and Fab (Random Recipe) as beatboxer and MC. Orkestar Kriminal is a gang of punks singing the songs of a much older gang of punks. The bittersweet melodies they are steeped-in are delightfully infectious, so for Orkestar Kriminal, there is no turning back. Drenched in expression, celebrated and improvised, this is "cabaret noir" at it's finest!

Theatre du Verdure in Montréal, July 13th, 2013. With Giselle Webber (39 weeks pregnant) on vocals, Danny Marks on drums, Caroline Glass on oboe, Ariane Gruet-Pelchat on violin, Lisa Gamble on musical saw, trumpet and percussion, Julie Richard on tuba, Etienne Barry on accordion, Ingrid Wissink on trumpet and violin, Sam Minevich on guitar and bouzouki and FAB from Random Recipe beatboxing. (videographer: Chantal Allard)

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Orkestar Kriminal performing an old Russian gangster tune called Murka. September 29th, 2013 under the Van Horne / Rosemont overpass in Montréal.

ORKESTAR KRIMINAL PERFORMING AN OLD RUSSIAN TUNE AT L’OFF FESTIVAL DE QC, JULY 6TH 2013 - cameraman: Lars Rosing

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Прибыла в Одессу банда из Ростова,
В банде были урки, шулера.
Банда занималась тёмными делами,
И за ней следило Губчека.
Темнота ночная, только ветер воет,
А в развале собрался совет —
Это хулиганы, злые уркаганы,
Собирали срочный комитет.
Речь держала баба, звали её Мурка,
Хитрая и смелая была.
Даже злые урки — и те боялись Мурки,
Воровскую жизнь она вела.
Мурка, ты мой Мурёночек,
Мурка, ты мой котёночек,
Мурка, Маруся Климова,
Прости любимого!
Вот пошли провалы, начались облавы,
Много стало наших пропадать.
Как узнать скорее, кто же стал шалавой,
Чтобы за измену покарать?
Раз пошли на дело, выпить захотелось,
Мы зашли в фартовый ресторан.
Там сидела Мурка в кожаной тужурке,
А из­под полы торчал наган.
Мурка, в чём же дело, что ты не имела?
Разве я тебя не одевал?
Кольца и браслеты, юбки и жакеты
Разве ж я тебе не добывал?
Здравствуй, моя Мурка, Мурка дорогая,
Здравствуй, моя Мурка, и прощай!
Ты зашухерила всю нашу малину,
А теперь маслину получай!
Мурка, ты мой Муреночек,
Мурка, ты мой котеночек,
Мурка, Маруся Климова,
Прости любимого!

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In the night darkness only the wind is blowing
But a meeting near the market place was held
There the hooligans, evil bandits
Were gathering for an urgent committee.
A woman made a speech, her name was Murka 
She was sly and brave
Even the evil bandits were afraid of Murka
Because she was living a thief life
Chorus:
Murka, you are my purring one
Murka, you are my Kitty
Murka, Marusya Klimova
Forgive your sweetheart
Everything suddenly went wrong, round­ups began
Many members of our gang disappeared
How to find out who became a traitor
To punish him for the change
Once we went out for a robbery and decided to drink
We entered an expensive restaurant
Murka was sitting there in leather coat
And in her pocket there was a gun
Murka, what’s happened was there something you didn’t have?
Didn’t I dress you?
Rings and bracelets, skirts and jackets
Didn’t I give all it to you?
Hello, my Murka, my dear Murka
Hello, my Murka and good­bye!
You have revealed all our business
And now get a bullet for that!

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Orkestar Kriminal performing their rendition of Marihuana, originally performed by Trío Garnica in the late 20s. Sep 13th, 2013 @ La Sala Rossa in Montréal. 

Orkestar Kriminal performing their rendition of Marihuana, originally performed by Trío Garnica in the late 20s. March 22nd, @ Lion D’Or in Montréal. (Videographer: Chantal Allard)

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La Marihuana (originally recorded in 1929 in Mexico City, sung by Trío Garnica)

1. Fume y fume cantaba la rana
y echaba los polvos de la marihuana (2x)

(1. Smoke, smoke, sang the frog
as he blew out the dust of the marijuana.) (2x)

2. Marihuana tuvo un hijito 
y le pusieron San Espidito
como era abogado de los de Santa Ana,
porque era sazón para la marihuana. (2x)

(2. Marijuana had a little son
and they named him San Espedito,
and he was the lawyer for Santa Ana`s followers,
because he was really seasoned for the marijuana.) (2x)

3. Marihuana, ya no puedo ni
levantar la cabeza,
con los ojos retecolorados
y la boca reseca, reseca. (2x)

(3. Marijuana, I can no longer raise my head,
with my eyes so very red
and my mouth so very dry.) (2x)

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ORKESTAR KRIMINAL jouera 2 fois durant le festival POP MONTRÉAL gratuits et dehors, les amis. we play twice. outside. and free. 
28 SEPTEMBRE: PARC DE LA PETITE ITALIE @ 16h 
29 SEPTEMBRE: DESSOUS DU/BELOW THE VIADUC/OVERPASS VAN HORNE/ROSEMONT @ MIDI/NOON

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