Mazaika was formed in 1996 after Russian accordionist and singer Igor Outkine get together with English violinist Sarah Harrison.
Their mutual broad test in music and classical background has allowed them to enjoy wide range of music styles. Their extensive repertoire consist of Russian folk and Gypsy music, Russian and Argentine tango, classical virtuoso showpieces, opera highlights, Neapolitan songs and French chanson, Hotclub jazz and Igor’s original compositions which always have a strong improvisational element.
Mazaika have given concerts and cabaret performances at Concert Halls and Music Festivals throughout Britain, Europe and the U.S.A. They gave three sellout performances at the Purcell Room on London's South Bank. Other notable concert venues include The QEH, St John’s Smith Square, Holders Festival in Barbados, Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Le Quecumbar, London’s premier gypsy jazz venue and the Hollywell Room in Oxford. Festivals include Rhythms of The World in Hitching, Pittenweem Arts Festival and Belladrum Festival(Scotland), Wild Flower Festival (USA).