Sat 9 February 2019 | 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Barby - Derech Kibuts Galuyot 52, Tel Aviv, 229 NIS
Great Russian alternative band AUKTYON comes back to Israel and will play their album “Wine teapot”
An Auktyon concert begins like this: The Russian band vamps wildly—an agitated burst of guitar, tuba, sax—as an oafish man, Oleg Garkusha, saunters onstage. Wearing the garish suit of an old-time huckster and carrying a briefcase, he begins to dance and yelp into his microphone, which sits center stage. In the course of a show, he loosens his tie, shakes a tambourine, jumps about and recites Russian poetry. It’s difficult to take one’s eyes off of him—which is notable, as he is not Auktyon’s true leader, but rather the group’s hype man. Look closer and spot the true top dog: Leonid Fedorov, a humdrum-looking guy who performs in Cheney-esque shadows, singing lead and playing guitar while a veritable circus erupts around him.
“Jay Ruttenberg, “Time Out New York
As with all great eccentric bands, its sound resists category. But the musical lineup, which leans to bottom-heavy horns such as tuba and bass clarinet, and the group’s demonstrative, jaunty style set up connections from ska to klezmer. At every shift of tempo, the connections meld or vanish as fast as they formed. Heard end to end, an Auktyon album is very much a journey
“Siddhartha Mitter, “Boston Globe