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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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Artist Profiles: Folklore Ensemble “Tuva”

Ensemble Tuva

The ensemble Tuva (also spelled Tyva), from Kyzyl in the Russian Federation, is a true legend of Tuvan folk music. The members of “Tuva” constantly continue to improve their performance skills in the traditional performing arts. During its existence “Tuva” ensemble has gained its distinctive look, style, and international recognition of Tuvan folk lovers. Its repertoire, based on Tuvan folk songs, includes 5 styles of throat singing: khoomei, sygyt, kargyraa, ezengileer, and borbannadyr.

Over its decades of existence, the ensemble has had several generations of singers and musicians. Aidys Norbu and Mergen-Kherel Chadamba are two of the most recent artists, representing the fourth generation of the ensemble. Their repertoire shows off the best examples of traditional khoomei which is accompanied by traditional string instruments such as igil, byzaanchy, doshpuluur and morsing (Jew‘s harp) as well.

Discography:

Echoes from the Spirit World (Pan Records, 1992)
Kyzyl-Moscow III – Traditional music and throat singing of Tuva (Sketis Music SKMR-083, 2013)

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Artist Profiles: Alash

Alash at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, 2017 – Photo by Angel Romero

Alash’s music is firmly grounded in cultural and spiritual traditions of Tuva, a remote Russian Republic on the Siberian-Mongolian border, but incorporates newer sounds. “We like to play within the great range of expression that the tradition offers, finding areas where our knowledge of complex rhythms and western harmonies mesh well with the traditional sound and feel of Tuvan music,” said ensemble member Mai-ool Sedip.

The Alash Ensemble was founded in 1999 in the basement of the Kyzyl Arts College in Tuva’s capital city. The group, originally known as Changy-Xaya, became the resident traditional ensemble at the school.

The group learned more about traditional Tuvan music from the well-known master Xoomeizhi (throat singer) Kongar-ool Ondar, but they also began to learn about Western classical music and such concepts as harmony, theory and staff notation.

The members of Alash perform on traditional Tuvan instruments as well as hybrids of Tuvan instruments and violins and cellos. They find these Western instruments appealing, and have begun exploring the new sound worlds that have arisen from their unique, dual musical consciousness. The group incorporates many seldom-played traditional Tuvan instruments such as the murgu, shoor and limpi (wind instruments) as well as the more common igil and dosh-puluur.

The members of the ensemble acknowledge the influence of many diverse sources – Tuvan and otherwise – in their work. Ondar played a key role in the life of the ensemble since its early days as its artistic director, encouraging and guiding the group’s formation as an ensemble. The Alash ensemble is among the first of a new generation of Tuvan musicians who have matured in the musically fertile and adventurous post-communist period in Tuva, says Sedip.

We are inspired by the music of our grandparents, and their grandparents, and all the great Tuvan and Central Asian musicians of the post-Soviet era – Tuva Ensemble, Huun-Huur-Tu, Chirgilchin, Sarymai, Andrei Mongush and Alexander Sarzhat-ool,” notes Sedip. “We are also influenced by Sun Ra and Jimi Hendrix. We compose new songs, and arrange songs that we remember from childhood, such as “Saryglar.

The Alash Ensemble toured North America for the first time in Spring 2006 through the Open World Leadership Program of the Library of Congress, performing and teaching on the East Coast and in the Midwest. The group released its first U.S. CD, Alash Live at the Enchanted Garden, featuring its sold-out performance at the Enchanted Garden in Ridgefield, Connecticut on March 17, 2006.

During the summer of 2006, the group performed in a Mongolian festival in Taiwan honoring the 800th anniversary of Genghis Khan, traveled, performed and taught in Poland, and participated in Tuva’s well-known festival in Chadaan. In September 2006, Alash’s members performed with the Tuvan National Folk Orchestra, which won the grand prize in the All-Russia Competition of National Orchestras and Ensembles in Ulan-Ude, Republic of Buryatia.

The throat-singing ensemble returned to North America in 2007.

Original members of Alash were: Kongar-ool Ondar, artistic director; Bady-Dorzhu Ondar — Vocals, igil, doshpuluur;
Ayan-ool Sam: guitar, vocals, doshpuluur, chanzy, igil;
Mai-ool Sedip — vocals, byzaanchy, limpi; Ayan Shirizhik –vocals, murgu, shoor, kengirge, xapchyk, dunggur; and Sergei Sotpa –vocals, igil, shoor, limpi, xomus, instrument-master.

Kongar-ool Ondar died in 2013.

Discography:

Alash Live at the Enchanted Garden (2006)
Alash (2007)
Buura (2011)
Achai (2015/Smithsonian Folkways, 2017)

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Artist Profiles: Iva Nova

Iva Nova in 2016 – Photo by Vladimir Ubushiev

Iva Nova (Ива Нова) was formed in St. Petersburg in 2002, when five young Russian ladies met to create a new collective of musicians. All of them had extensive experience playing gigs with various groups. They started a new band combining the tunes and instrumentation of traditional Slavonic music with the energy and attitude of rock.

Their original songs, sung by Vera Ogaryova, with tunes and lyrics based on the riches of folk music, are catchy and sensitive.

Line Up: Vera Ogaryova – lead vocals; Katherina Fedorova – drums; and percussion; Inka Lishentevich – guitar, vocals; Elena Zhornik – bayan (Russian accordion), vocals; Elena Nokikova – bass

Discography:

Live 2002 (2002)
Iva Nova – Ива Нова (Soyuz Outpost, 2003)
Suitcase – Чемодан (Geometria, 2006)
To Yourself Gently – К Себе Нежно (Geometria, 2010)
20 V. Live From WackelsteinFestival (Geometria, 2013)
Twisted Saw – Крутила Пила (Geometria, 2014)
Uba Khoba (Geometria, 2018)

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Artist Profiles: Vedan Kolod

Vedan Kolod

The Ensemble of Slavonic Ethnic Music Vedan Kolod (meaning Prophetic tree) was created in February 2005 in Siberia, Russia, by Tatyana Naryshkina. In July of 2005 Vedan Kolod won the prize as the best Russian folk band in the International World Music Festival Ustuu-Huree.

In the summer of 2007 at the biggest Russian International Ethnic festival Vedan Kolod was the best in the Nomination Ethno-Experiment.

Vedan Kolod composes its own material, but it is based on recent research and analysis carried out by archaeologists and folklore specialists, interpreting events in ancient, pagan Russia before the coming of Christians coming. Vedan Kolod shows the culture of original Russian traditions and songs.

During its history, Vedan Kolod had revived numerous almost forgotten Russian folk instruments: gusli, ocarina, Slavonic drums, Scythian horn, sharkuncy and others, – restored, mastered and reconstructed by musical master Valerii Naryshkin. All these ancient kinds of instruments are used actually in a program of the Ensemble, as well as a low throat style of singing which existed in Ancient Russia. All songs are played without any electronic processing, just live.

Members: Tatyana Naryshkina – group leader. Plays vocal, flutes, Slavonic drums, ocarina, fuyara, vargan and others; Valerii Naryshkin – musical instrument maker, on vocals, two kinds of gusli, Scythian horn, ocarina, Slavonic drums, vargan, zhaleika, Slavonic bagpipe, fuyara, gudok and others; Daryana Antipova – Art-manager, on vocal, Slavonic big and small drums, fuyara, sharkuncy; and Polina Lisitsa – Slavonic small drum, vocal, lozhki, sharkuncy, flutes, vargan

Discography:

Plemena – Tribes (2005)
Tanec leshih – The dance of the wood spirits ( Sketis Music , 2007 )
Волчья Тропа – Wolf Trail ‎( Slavic Sunrise, 2008)
У Кривой Дороги ‎- At Curve Road (Crossroads Records, 2010)
Слово О Полку Игореве – Word About the Regiment of Igor ‎(2011)
Site of ancient settlement ‎( Slavic Sunrise , 2014)

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