Estrada Orchestra has been a forerunner of underground Estonian jazz-funk since 2013, they are a 5-piece orchestra based in Tallinn. Loosely defined genres and masterful improvisations places the ensemble in a psychedelic groove and avant-gard world of sounds. When to compare, names like Herbie Hancock and Mulatu Astatke pop into mind, though the list of kinsmen of Estrada is to be found even further.
Producer and bass player Misha Panfilov has influences from film music, deep funk and Eastern Bloc murky obscurities. Volodja Brodsky adds fusion influences behind the Clavinet and Rhodes. Both composers are equally obsessed with all that’s jazz. Flutist Ilja Gussarov, the solist and shaman of the bunch, orchestrates the crowd into a tribe with a vibe that shines in live shows. Sashko Petrov on tenor sax and percussion adds to the already vibrant recipe a soul of a vagabonder. Madis Katkosilt provides a solid backbone with his precise and slick rhythms.
After their self-named début album flew off the shelves in 2015, Estrada Orchestra released their 2nd LP “JAZZBEATJÄÄTIS” in 2017 via French imprint Stereophonk. Having gigged in Tallinn Music Week, Positivus and numerous festivals in Estonia the jazz groove act is ready to take on the international stage with support from the likes of Shawn Lee, Greg Foat and Alain Mion.
In March 2018, the third LP “Vaba” (trnl. “Free”) was released on Detroit’s imprint Funk Night Records. Free psychedelic jazz shines in this LP as the name suggests. Just 5 excellent musicians in a smoky basement, doing what they do best.
Estrada Orchestra will perform on Saturday 27.08 21:00 at Sakala Keskuse hoov.