Gogol Bordello @ Terminal 5

Gogol Bordello

Terminal 5

MANHATTAN, NY—Upon graduating from high school in the Ukraine in the late 1980s, Yevheniy Aleksandrovich Nikolayev-Simonov became active in Kiev’s burgeoning perestroika rock scene and started his musical career with the band Uksusnik (Vinegar Dispenser). The 1986 nuclear plant meltdown in Chernobyl changed the course of his life, however. His parents qualified as political refugees in 1990, and the family, descendants of Gypsies called the Servo Roma, began a seven-year trek through Poland, Hungary, Austria and Italy. He, his mother, his father and his cousin arrived in Vermont in 1992 as political refugees through a resettlement program. While in Vermont, he formed The Fags, which played what he called “Eastern European ethno punk metal.” Later, he moved to New York, took on his mother’s German maiden name and became Eugene Hütz, and formed the gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello. The collective presently consists of vocalist/acoustic guitarist Hütz, violinist Sergey Ryabtsev from Russia, accordionist Pasha Newmer from Belarus, guitarist Michael Ward from the United States, vocalist Elizabeth Sun from China and Scotland, bassist Thomas “Tommy T” Gobena from Ethiopia, drummer Oliver Charles from the United States and percussionist Pedro Erazo from Ecuador. Gogol Bordello’s most recent album is 2013’s Pura Vida

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