“This is one of the most unexpected and musically adventurous records to come out of Canada this year. Don’t miss it." - The Record
"They’re the frenetic, hyperbolic version of the wildest live show you don’t have the musical vocabulary to lie to your kids about catching. They sing tales in more languages than I can count, borrowed from the underground legends of criminals the world over." - DMNDR
"Think one part hyped-up klezmer, one part gypsy rock, one part utter chaos — and a heck of a live show" - The Forward
Orkestar Kriminal is comprised of 5 male and 5 female improv performers who interpret inspired renditions of slum-based "world music". They sing gutsy and adventurous criminal songs from a dangerous and forgotten era, like Mexican tequila-smuggling tunes, Russian prisoner laments, and the grooves of a Yiddish gangster. They can also be found performing in Pashto, Greek, Hebrew, or whatever other tongue might attract the multilingual stylings of frontwoman Giselle Claudia Webber. So long as the tune is catchy and a little shady, they'll give it their best shot. Orkestar Kriminal's debut album "Tummel" was released in 2015, attracting a plethora of media attention, and winning a GAMIQ for "Roots Album of the Year". After continuous touring and a multitude of festival performances, the biggest criminal punks in world music have just unleashed their 2nd full-length: Ryobra, with Producer Josh Dolgin, released August 24th, 2018 on Coax Records.