We are happy to present you a new track Fjorn Gaden

Dear friends, we are happy to present you a new track that will be included in our future album! The base of this song was originally written by Yana alone for one of the soundtracks for computer games that we write as composers. But when Fedor heard this, he immediately said to Yana: ‘We won’t give it to anyone, this song is created for the album!’ Then, when he added the drums, everything has become just fine.

Lyrics for Fjorn Gaden is based on the Younger Edda by the medieval Icelandic writer Snorri Sturluson. The Younger Edda consists of seven manuscripts, dating from 1300 to 1600. Our song is not a meaningful Old Norse text, but rather, some selected quotes. We just really like the sound of some words and some images. We did not have the goal to achieve some authenticity, so could you not look for it there. We are a quite modern band and we do not do reconstruction at all.

For Fjorn Gaden, we managed to gather an amazing cast. For example, Alexander Platonov, who has one of the lowest bass voice in St. Petersburg. In the past he shone on opera and theater stages, but now he has gone into Russian folklore. Such an amazing metamorphosis! In addition to the voice of Yana, the song also contains the vocals of Ekaterina Dolmatova, our regular back-vocalist and part-time vocalist of other Petersburg folk groups. On the track, you can hear the very interesting instruments made by our friend, a wonderful master Ilya Dobrokhotov, who played them. He played the nyckelharpa. This is a traditional Swedish musical instrument. Sometimes nyckelharpa is called the ‘Swedish keyboard violin’. Ilya also played the jouhikko there. This is a Finnish and Karelian traditional instrument also simply called ‘bowed kantele’. This gave the song a special northern flavor.

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dulcimer, nyckelharpa, jouhikko

T H E O D O R B A S T A R D «FJORN GADEN»:
Yana Veva – vocals, flute, keyboards, penny whistles
Fedor Svolotch – dulcimer, percussion, vocals, sound
Ilia Dobrokhotov – nyckelharpa, jouhikko
Ekaterina Dolmatova, Alexander Platonov – vocals
Vyacheslav Salikov – cello
All drums recorded at «Dobrolet studio», Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Soundengineer: Alexander Dokshin
Choir recorded at «Dobrolet studio», Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Soundengineer: Alexander Dokshin
Jouhikko and Nyckelharpa recorded at «Theo Records», Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Soundengineer: Fedor Svolotch
Mixed by Andrei Aliakrinskiy at «Dobrolet studio»

Mastered by Boris Istomin
Producer: Fedor Svolotch (Alexander Starostin)
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© & ℗ Theodor Bastard

Our new music video premiere for the song Les

Dear friends, we present our new music video for the song Les. We left behind many expeditions into the wilderness, broken equipment, severe weather conditions, dozens of locations, wild animals and mystical insights. We were covered with snow, shrouded in fog, the sky was whispering and the forests suggested. So this beautiful fairy tale was realized on the Karelian Isthmus and became a reality or something between reality and dream. The whole Theodor Bastard team took part in this video creation. Surprisingly, in the light of current realities, the song Les itself and the video have some special and new reading for us. You can characterize the video briefly with the words of one of the movie characters of the past: ‘We are all victims – that’s the essence.’ Happy viewing!

P.S. Dear, we remind you that we still need your help and continue to raise funds for the new album, the release of which was delayed by the pandemy and the concerts cancelling. Here you can support us: PAYPAL: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&token=wJT4gs58gYTLWP-Yh7G_aarmWZHBvUJ0tHqt1xmu5BWqSGGKrISfQDzqmW0-UYY9Q6gdhW

Live version of song Unhurei

We are happy to present you a live version of our song Unhurei. This song was in the beginning of our concerts for a long time, but it was never ever released. Here is captured a very exciting moment for us – the first Theodor Bastard concert at the Sundukyan Theater in Yerevan. We fell in love with Armenia instantly and for a long time. We really hope we will return to this magical land again!

Video of our first Siberian performance

We wanted a long time to share a video of our first Siberian performance. In 2017, we flew to Abakan and took a bus from there to the village of Shushenskoye, where the World of Siberia festival was held. Theodor Bastard were announced as one of the festival headliners. Amazing reception by Siberians, drive. Despite the cold and rain, it was something great. We are glad to present you a live video of the Zima song with good sound, recorded at the World of Siberia festival.

What is the most booming instrument?

What is the most booming instrument? Sure, these are drums. And they are the hardest. Sergey Smirnov, the drummer of Theodor Bastrad, tells in the fourth part of the film about: how to play standing, what is the metronome for, how drums can control the light. And about drum controllers, instruments in the set, cymbals, about tuning used by Theodor Bastard and how to work with metronome and midi synchronization. Comment please, write what you are interested in and we will try to reveal the topics important to you in the next issues.

The second part, about our instruments

The second part, about our instruments. Now about melodic. Leader vocalist Yana tells about her flute bawu. Slava tells about cello. Fedor tells about many others. Parts about drums and percussion are coming soon. Comment please, ask about interesting for you and we will answer in the next issues.

Instruments we use in recording

You often asked what instruments we use in recording. We have prepared a movie for you in 4 parts about them and about the structure of our creative process. First part is about electronic devices we use for making music. Next parts will be about percussion, string abd wind instruments. Comment please, tell us what is interesting for you and we will try to describe it in detail in the next issues.

Theodor Bastard travelling to WAFEST near Nizhny Novgorod

Dear friends, the summer of festivals is over. Now it’s time for the autumn studio work, recording and thinking. We remember this short and cold summer with pleasure. We remember our tours, meetings, events. This is the report about Theodor Bastard travelling to WAFEST near Nizhny Novgorod (400 km from Moscow to the east)

Theodor Bastard live video with good sound recorded at the WAFest festival

This is an unusual issue of our blog: Theodor Bastard live video with good sound recorded at the WAFest festival. This is not just a video, our beloved listeners are dancing right on the stage there. Funny chaos and psychedelic. It’s a pleasure to see how you move, dear audience. The festival review itself will be released next week. So far, enjoy Takaya Mija song played on the stage right on the water where hundreds of people dance side by side with us.

Travel film about our tour to Tyumen to Heaven and Earth festival

Dear friends, we take part in the festivals every summer. But we managed to record our travelling for the first time. For sure you are interested in what happens during the band’s tour? You can see the gig by the musician’s eye including from the stage. Unvarnished from the plane to the concert. Travel film about our tour to Tyumen to Heaven and Earth festival. Please tell us in comments what you want to see in the upcoming issues of our video diary.

Testing the new Neumann 105 BK concert microphone for Yana

Fedor and Yana testing the new Neumann 105 BK concert microphone for Yana and compare it with their old Shure beta 87. This video will be interesting to musicians and those who are engaged in vocals. And also to those who are interested to see what Theodor Bastard is doing outside the city in the summer. We will try to make such reviews about various equipment regularly.