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Rock Picks: Ukrainian folk ensemble DakhaBrakha performs at Duke

DakhaBrakha performs a live version of their score of the 1930 silent film “Earth” at Duke University’s Baldwin Auditorium in Durham on Friday.
DakhaBrakha performs a live version of their score of the 1930 silent film “Earth” at Duke University’s Baldwin Auditorium in Durham on Friday. Duke Performances

The South By Southwest music festival always offers up some intriguing left-field discoveries, and one of this year’s most mind-bending was DakhaBrakha – a theatrically inclined Ukrainian folk ensemble with a deeply experimental streak. The quartet’s other-earthly drones sounded impossibly foreign, more descended from another galaxy than imported from another hemisphere, but the music was also lovely and more than a little hypnotizing. Friday offers a unique opportunity to hear DakhaBrakha locally, playing a live version of their score to the 1930 silent film “Earth” (Ukranian director Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s tale of resistance to Stalinist collectivization).

The music accompanies a screening of the film, at 8 p.m. at Duke University’s Baldwin Auditorium in Durham. Tickets are $10-$28. See dukeperformances.duke.edu for details.

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