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Gogol Bordello
December 2, 2009   
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Their lineup is as multicultural as the music they play. This is one bunch of guys who defy any attempt at classification. They even number Madonna among their fans. In fact, their lead singer starred in her first film as director, Filth and Wisdom (2009). Gogol Bordello will be playing at Warsaw's Stodoła Club Dec. 8.

Gogol Bordello was founded in New York City in 1999 by lead singer Eugene Hütz. They originally billed themselves as Hütz and the Bela Bartoks but Hütz figured that nobody in the States would even know who the great Hungarian pianist and composer Béla Bartók (1881-1945) was and so changed the name to Gogol Bordello from the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852) and the Italian word for brothel.

Gogol Bordello consists of nine musicians with a patchwork of ethnic backgrounds. There are two Russians, one half-Chinese/half-Scottish, a Jew, an Ethiopian, an Ecuadorian, a Thai, an American and then there is the Ukrainian-born Hütz himself. Their music is probably best defined as a mixture of gypsy music and punk rock but this only goes some of the way towards describing what Gogol Bordello sound like. They are sometimes compared with the Yugoslav-Bosnian musician Goran Bregović but Gogol Bordello's music is somewhat less ethnic and, some say, more exuberant.

Gogol Bordello are not your average punk band on account of their folk influences and their instrumentation, which includes classical guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, accordion, violin and percussion.

The group has four albums to their credit: Voi-La Intruder (1999); Multi Kontra Culti vs. Irony (2002); Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike (2005); and Super Taranta! (2007), which best typifies their sound. If you make it to the Stodoła gig, you just might get a sneak preview of some of the songs that will be on their next album, due for release next year.

Dec. 8, club opens 6:30 p.m., concert starts 8:00 p.m.
Stodoła Club
10 Batorego St., Warsaw
Tickets: zl.85 advance; zl.95 day of concert
Tickets available from Stodoła Club booking office
(opening hours Mon-Fri: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m.) or online at www.eventim.pl, www.shortcut.pl, www.ticketonline.pl
and www.ticketpro.pl
For more information, go to www.stodola.pl
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