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    Orkestar Kriminal's award-winning full length "TUMMEL", 12" Vinyl. Recorded live off-the-floor at Hotel 2 Tango with Howard Bilerman in the style of the 1920s, mixing the record by physically placing the musicians in the studio. Original album artwork by Popolo Press, and lyric sheet with French/English translations included. Includes 11x17 poster and digital download.

    SIDE A
    1. DER SHMAYSER 03:21
    2. TO TOUST 03:36
    3. POLOMANY KRYL'YA 03:35
    4. TSAMIKOU 02:57
    5. SHIMKE KHAZER 03:12

    SIDE B:
    6. OI CHASIKLIDES 02:16
    8. OZREINI KEL CHAI 03:38
    10. LA COCAINA 03:35

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ORKESTAR KRIMINAL: GISELLE CLAUDIA WEBBER (voice), SAM MINEVICH (electric guitar, bouzouki), LISA GAMBLE (musical saw, tambourine), INGRID WISSINK (fiddle, trumpet), MILAN SIMAS (clarinet), JULIE RICHARD (sousaphone), ALLEN WATSKY (steel string guitar), ETIENNE BARRY (accordion), ANNA FRANCES MEYER (backup vocals), PETER (SPANKY) HOROWITZ (drums).

Recorded September, 2014 at HOTEL 2 TANGO in Montréal, Canada.



Mastered by: HARRIS NEWMAN at Grey Market Mastering

Cover Photography, Styling, Makeup: JESSICA DANIELLE COHEN

Album Layout and Design: GISELLE CLAUDIA WEBBER

Insert Photography: LARS ROSING


1. Der Shmayser (The Wagon-Driver)

Ver s'hot felder,

Ver s'hot velder,

Ver s'hot a droshke,

Un ikh hob nor tsores, dales,

A balbeysl moshke.

Hey, ferdlekh flit zhe yogt zhe,

Shlept zhe di parshoynim:

Moshken reyves muz men brengen,

Andersh vet nisht loynen.

Ver s'hot shof

Un ver s'hot rinder,

Ver s'hot gor tekher,

Un ikh hob a vayb un kinder

hoyzn ful mit lekher.

Ver s'zitst af shtuln, benklekh,

Un ver in foteln,

Un ikh zits af moshkes kelnye

Trayb tsu di hoteln.

Zukh a porets zikh a khone,

A mlune zukh a latkhn,

Muz ikh hern, zen un shvaygn,

Tsu mol nokh zayn der shadkhn.

Brent der frost, brot di zun,

Tsi s'geyt a regn,

Ikh muz shtendik umetum

Zukhn naye vegn.


Who has fields,

Who has forests,

Who has a wagon,

And I have only troubles, poverty,

And a boss, Moshke.

Hey! Horses, fly! Pull!

Haul around the people:

One must bring profits to Moshke,

Otherwise I won't earn.

Who has sheep,

And who has cows,

Who has only rags,

And I have a wife and children

And pants full of holes.

Who sits on stools, chairs,

And who in easy chairs,

And I sit on Moshke’s coachbox,

Driving to the hotels.

A rich man looks for a hooker,

A crook looks for a hideout,

I must hear, see and be silent,

Occasionally I am the matchmaker.

The frost burns, the sun roasts,

It may even rain,

I must always,

Look for new ways.


Qui a les champs,

Qui a les forêts,

Qui a un wagon,

Je n’ai que problèmes, pauvreté,

Et un patron, Moshke.

Hue! Chevaux, allez! Tirez!

Emmène les gens:

Il faut apporter les profits à Moshke,

Sinon, je ne gagnerai rien.

Qui a des moutons,

Et qui a des vaches,

Qui a seulement des haillons,

J’ai une femme et des enfants

Et des pantalons plein de trous.

Qui s’assoie sur des tabourets, des chaises,

Et qui, dans des fauteuils,

Et je m’assois sur la carrosse de Moshke,

Conduisant aux hôtels.

Un homme riche cherchant une pute,

Un escroc cherchant une cachette,

Je dois écouter, regarder et rester silencieux,

Parfois je suis l’entremetteuse.

Les engelures du froid, le soleil qui brule,

ll se peut qu’il pleuve,

Je dois toujours,

Chercher de nouvelles façons.


from TUMMEL, released March 27, 2015



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Orkestar Kriminal Montreal, Québec

Along with their Yiddish gangster repertoire, Orkestar Kriminal has absorbed the Rebetika Mortika hash den anthems of the 1930s Greek underground. They can also be found performing in Khmer, Spanish, Danish, Romani, Ladino, Russian, Vietnamese, Hebrew or whatever other tongue might attract them. So long as the tune is catchy and a little shady, they'll give it their best shot! ... more

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