Tag Archives: Russia

Artist Profiles: Olena Podluzhnaya UUTAi

Olena Podluzhnaya, UUTAi

Olena Podluzhnaya, with the stage name UUTAi, is a singer and khomus player from Yakutia, Russia. Ms. Podluzhnaya focuses her musical efforts on meditative healing and is a neo-shamanic practitioner. In addition to the meditative music, she also adds her khomus playing to electronic club music, trance, techno and ambient music.

Ms. Podluzhnaya has crafted YouTube Channel, appeared at the Mariinsky Theatre, Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Italy’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent and Das SuperTalent. Additionally she has appeared at the Ancient Trance Festival in Taucha.

Discography:

Legend
Peregrination
Hear Your Heart

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Artist Profiles: Pavel Lukoyanov

Pavel Lukoyanov

Pavel Lukoyanov is a professional musician, a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in Gnesinykh. He plays the gusli performer, an ancient Russian folk instrument.

Pavel Lukoyanov plays various musical genres, including ancient epics and Russian songs, spiritual poems and hymns, traditional folk tunes, classical music, pop songs with modern arrangements, and jazz.

He is a teaching professor at Sergey Prokofiev’s Moscow Area Music College and also teaches gusli classes and workshops.

Discography:

Reminiscences, with Winter Sun (2012)

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Artist Profiles: Altai Kai

Altai Kai

Founded in 1997, Altai Kai is an ensemble of throat singers from the Republic of Altai. With an eye to preserving the traditional music of the Republic of Altai, the group revels in performing various styles of throat singing known as kai. Their performances often encompass songs of nature, folk heroes, dancing rhythms, and shamanic mysteries.

Altai Kai has performed at WOMEX 2007 and WOMAD. They are members of the Folklore Union of Russia, and the International Organization of Folk Art and the group tours internationally.

Altai Kai’s members are throat singer, producer and artistic director Urmat Yntaev (founder of the original band Karaty-Khan), throat singer and musician Alash Topchin, throat singer Eduard Sogonokov and throat singer, topshuur and ikili player Aidyn Orsulov.

Discography:

Where Altai Is In Rise – Musical Traditions Of Altai People (2002)
XXI (XXI Century)(2005)
Khan Altai (2005)
Made In USA (2006)
XXI Century (Version II)(2006)
Remix (2006)
Altyn-Taiga – Golden Taiga (2011)
Altai Kabai (2014)

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Artist Profiles: Shono

Shono

Combining the traditions of Buryat-Mongolian, the sound of Siberia and rock music, Shono (wolf in Buryat) Band was found in 2014 by musician and throat singer Alexander Arkhincheyev. Shono Band leans heavily on the Buryat musical traditions that includes musical epics or uligers, throat singing and the horse-head fiddle backing the lot with guitar, bass and drum driven rock music.

The group has received accolades on the Russian festival circuit and in performance spots in Russia and Siberia.

Shono released their first recording Okhotniki (Hunters) in 2015.

Shono Band’s members include Alexander Arkhincheev on throat singing vocals, moriin khuur, tsoor, sukha and huur, Evguenia Tomitova on yataga, Konstatin Tokarsky on drums and Vladimir Sidorov on vocals bass guitar and vargan.

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Artist Profiles: Sattuma

Sattuma

Formed in 2003 in Petrozavodsk, Russian Karelia, Sattuma is a Russian Karelian neo-folk music band that plays both traditional as well as their own compositions and arrangements, singing in Finnish, Russian and Karelian. They can often be scene on the concert hall, club and festival circuit. The name Sattuma is from the Finnish meaning “hitting the mark” or “chance or happenstance.”

Sattuma’s musicians are Eila Rinne on vocals, violin and jouhikko, Arto Rinne on vocals, bouzuki, kantele, harmonica and accordion, Vladik Demin on violin, flute, jembe and vocals and Dmitri Demin on clarinet, flute, mankeri, bagpipes, jembe, didgeridoo and saw.

Sattuma’s discography consists of Folk Music from Karelia and Finland (2003), Kudelma (2005), Palapeli (Sketis Music, 2008), Kinofilmi (2010), Joo Kylla! (Sketis Music, 2013) and Uuzi Kodi (2014). There is also the DVD of a 2010 performance of Live in Moscow. Club Dom available.

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Artist Profiles: Noid

Noid

Noid is a musical ensemble from Petrozavodsk in Karelia, Russia, founded in 2007. The ensemble composes, arranges and performs traditional songs in the Veps language, with world music or world fusion-style arrangements. The Vepses is a small indegious Finno-Ugric ethnic group located in Russian Karelia bordering Finland.

The name of the band is an ancient Vepsian magical word that could be translated as a sorceress/sorcerer, or a witch/wizard. Every Vepsian village had its own noid.

Band members include Alina Kartynen on vocals; Vladimir Solovjev on keyboards; and Alexander Shashin on bass.

Discography:

Kukirikku – The Music Of Vepses (2010)

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Artist Profiles: FolkBeat RF

FolkBeat RF

FolkBeat RF is an experimental music project based in Moscow. The four young women recreate traditional Russian folk songs mixing them with modern timbral and rhythmical elements that include the beatbox technique and loops. The album In Mixt features folk songs from different regions of Russia as well as original material composed by FolkBeat RF.

The lineup includes Svetlana Ivanova on vocals; Maria Zibrova on vocals; Svetlana Shestopalova on vocals; and Alyona Minulina on vocals, beatbox, arrangement.

Discography:

In Mixt (Sketis Music, 2015)
Светлая встреча – The Joyful Meeting (Sketis Music, 2016)
Сама Иду – I’m Marching On My Own (FireStorm Production, 2017)

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Artist Profiles: Alyona Minulina

Alyona Minulina

Alyona Minulina (also known as Alena and Elena) is a singer, DJ, and beatboxer as well as champion of Russia in live looping. Alyona Minulina is also a member of FolkBeat RF, an exploratory music ensemble from Moscow.

In 2018 she released Scythian Trace, a collaboration with Altay muscian Chichakov Aleksey, featuring new compositions and Altay folk songs.

Alyona Minulina

Discography:

In Mixt, with FolkBeat RF (Sketis Music, 2015)
Scythian Trace – Скифский след (ArtBeat, 2018)

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Artist Profiles: Aidys Norbu

Aidys Norbu started his throat singing career at the age of 13. He has represented the Tuva Republic in singing contests throughout the Russian Federation.

In 2008, Aidys Norbu became the winner of the contest “Music of spring” that was held in the Ural mountains. Moreover, Norbu has participated in a variety of contests across Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

He is a member of folklore ensemble “Tuva.”

Discography:

Kyzyl-Moscow III – Traditional music and throat singing of Tuva (Sketis Music SKMR-083, 2013)

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