Fronted by Polish-born strongman and rough diamond of stage and screen, Jacek Koman, with a voice that resembles a jetplane scraping along the runway, VulgarGrad play music by, for, and about Russian thieves: raucous drunken songs, inebriated waltzes, manic stomps and hot swing from the Cold War. Be prepared for a night of gun-slinging, vodka-swilling, foul-mouthed disorder, and watch out for the biggest, most triangular instrument you will ever see, the contrabass balalaika. Wear a striped top and learn to swear in Russian, and you will dance or the trumpeter will shoot you.
Singer Jacek Koman is well-known in Australia and Poland for his many TV and film roles, but he is known all over the world for his parts in films such as Baz Luhrmann’s Australia (as Ivan, the Russian barman) and Moulin Rouge – where he performed the unforgettable tango version of the Police song “Roxanne”.
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