What do you get when you throw together the prowess of six highly creative musical minds? Chaika - a powerhouse of musical innovation. Chaika are an ensemble of six young musicians united by a desire to create a uniquely captivating sound. Sensuous, cinematic and at times irresistibly danceable, their music is a rich tapestry of spine-tingling vocal harmonies that weave seamlessly into instrumental dialogues that draw influence from the Balkans and contemporary jazz. Clarinet, violin, piano, double-bass, guitar, accordion, vocals and percussion create soundscapes that go beyond the folk and jazz genres, recalling the textures and dynamic temperament of classical music and its demands of technical agility. They have toured extensively nationwide to great acclaim, performing at many high profile venues and festivals. They have been described as “deeply touching and meditative” as well as “exuberant, virtuosic and uplifting.” Individually their members have written for and performed with artists such as Monsieur Camembert, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Nicky Bomba, Mara! & the Martenitsa Choir, Baby et Lulu, Riley Lee, The Rhythm Hunters and The Song Company on national and international stages. Together they create music of spellbinding beauty and exhilarating energy.