Karpov Not Kasparov (DE)
Local heros in their native Bucharest but also quite active musical tourists, Karpov not Kasparov have been carrying their instruments throughout Europe during the past four years, playing their very energetic live set in alternative venues from London, Berlin, Milano, Vienna, Paris, Florence, Hamburg, Basel, Lyon, Torino, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Prague, Warsaw, Lille, Budapest, Belgrade etc.
The duo began making music based on the rules and strategies of chess. It might seem complicated but the output is always a very danceable tune, sometimes with jazzy flavours, sometimes inspired by Oriental folklore (because chess is an Oriental game) but always mixed with powerful 80’s dancefloor sounds. And wait! there’s more to it than just the music. You might also see at their gigs ballet dancers or maybe some sort of theatrical performance, sometimes chess games played by the audience and other times the musicians play a live score for obscure silent films.