The album Oikoumene by Theodor Bastard was released in February 2012.
Its name comes from Ecumene – an ancient Greek term for the known world. Because it is inspired by the history and culture all over the world.
The album has been recorded in St. Petersburg (House of 100 sounds and Dobrolet), Huddersfeild (PMA Basement Studios), London (Unit 13) and Paris (Passage A Niveaux).
British band Fun-Da-Mental, African band The Mighty Zulu Nation, French singer Julien Jacob and Indian musician Rampur Rani were participated in the recording.
We can hear many ethnic instruments: Chinese flute bawu, Indian sarod, Australian didgeridoo, Arabic darbuka, Persian daf, African kalimba, marimba, ashiko, djembe and udu, Brazilian reco-reco and caxixi, Cuban congas and ancient ocarina.
The mystical and surreal album artwork was made by Boris Indrikov – a member of the International Federation of Artists of UNESCO. His works can be found in collections in Russia, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Japan and the USA.