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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: Veronika Bulycheva

Veronika Bulycheva

Russian singer, guitarist and composer Veronika Bulycheva was born in the Ural region of Russia. In 1992, she emigrated to Paris. After many years of successful artistic career fate brought her with a wonderful instrumental ensemble Emerald from Ekaterinburg, representing traditional “balalaika-rock” in the spirit of Balkan-styled carelessly-drunken music.

She sings in Russian and in French, sometimes combining both languages. Her lyrics describe talk about women and immigrants, simple scenarios in which basic human emotions are expressed: love, nature, nostalgia and exile. She incorporates blues, pop, bossa nova, French chanson and north African rhythms, all colored by jazz, classical and traditional Russian sonorities.

Discography:

Demoiselle Cygne (1998)
Tout ira bien (2004)
SPACIBA, merci.. (Sketis Music, 2008)
От всего сердца – De Tout Coeur (Artsmusic, 2011)
Voyage de l’Oural à Paris, Volume 1 (Sketis Music SKMR-095, 2012)
Of the Ural (Sketis Music, 2018)

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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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Artist Profiles: Vladiswar Nadishana

Vladiswar Nadishana

Vladiswar Nadishana is a Russian multi-instrumentalist and composer, who creates his own path in music, design, dancing, rites and other life processes.

His music style is ethnic fusion, ethnic jazz or world fusion – the creative synthesis of different musical traditions of the world on the basis of contemporary technologies.

In 1990, along with studying at the Cinema Engineers Institute in Saint Petersburg, Vladiswar Nadishana began his self-education in playing guitar. Then he mastered other instruments like fretless bass guitar, sitar, mandola, chanzy, jew’s harp, ethnopercussion (darbuka, jembe, kalangu, udu, frame drums); winds (bansuri, quena, kalyuka, zhaleyka, gayda). In addition, he has created some experimental musical instruments: dzuddahord, pruzhingum, plastrimbaphon, rablorrum, ghostcatcher, pin-sansa, spring-pivot-gamelan, banbang (beer and coffee-tins), etc.

In 1991 he founded his first group Soulbuilding Society together with Lavrenty Mganga, then he played in Ensemble Ri,with Lavrenty and Youl (1996). He also launched two other projects with Youl: phonic Duet (1994) and The Fourth Race (2001).

2000 -was the foundation year of a trio Russian-Tuvan Karma Knot with a throat singer from Tuva, Ayas Holazhyk. Vladiswar also played in the group Capercaillies at the Treshold of Eternity.

In Berlin he worked with famous ethno DJ Genetic Drugs and with Ramesh Weeratunga, a musician from Sri Lanka . All these groups and artists create music based on an experimental synthesis of musical traditions from all over the world (ethno jazz, ethno fusion, new world music etc.)

Since 2000 Vladiswar lives in Tibercul, the biggest ecovillage of the world. There he established The Department of Sound Microsurgery (DSM) . DSM is a creative research laboratory, tackling a wide variety of project: from mastering unknown ancient musical instruments to investigating the influence of modern sound electronics on the human energy structure. The Department researches also how musical instruments influence the consciousness and inner organs of the human body (the project Move Your Chakra!).

V. Nadishana created several solo albums in his own studio, recording with a computer, using a multi-track overdubbing method. Vladiswar possesses a big collection of musical instruments (more than 100) from different parts of the world.

He is laureate of the international festivals Ustuu-Huree, The Sayan Ring and New Songs of the Old Lands, and he is also the founder of the ethnofestival Free of Karma Zone.

Discography:

Takku Ta Tei (2000)
Penetration Into Substance (Sound Microsurgery Department, 2001)
The Traditional Music of Ancient Kuzhebar Aboriginies (2005)
Kuckhermann Duo, Vladiswar Nadishana, David Kuckhermann – Live At The Moscow Hang Festival (Sketis Music, 2012)

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Artist Profiles: Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble

Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble (Dmitri seated on steps) and The Paul Winter Consort in 1987

In the early 1970s, Dmitri Pokrovsky was a student of conducting at Moscow’s Gnessin Pedagogical Institute of Music. Frustrated with the current musical scene, he felt the need to discover something fresh and different, something that would break all the old patterns and rules. He found it in a remote village in Russia, embedded within the oldest of traditions.

In the strange sound made by a group of old women singing, Pokrovsky heard songs passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years. The songs were extraordinary, complicated, dense in form, and unknown in towns and cities. These were the Russian folk songs.

Dmitri Pokrovsky lectured at America’s Smithsonian Institute, Princeton University and the Omega Institute, and was a Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College, USA. Directing his Ensemble, Pokrovsky wrote numerous scores for films and was an active musical director in Russian theatre.

In 1988, Mikhail Gorbachev honored Pokrovsky with the Government Award, the Soviet Union’s highest recognition for artistic excellence, a testament to the scholarship, musicianship and vitality with which he and the Ensemble had preserved Russian tradition, culture and customs.

We began as collectors of folk songs. We traveled all over Russia , principally to the small villages and rural farming areas where songs and customs have remained the same for many, many years. We were to form a living library as well as a cultural laboratory. The great Russian composer of the 19th century Mikhail Glinka said, “songs are the soul of the nation“. We would like to share these songs with you as a window into the Russian soul.”

Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble

The renowned Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble was founded in 1973. Wearing traditional Russian village costumes and performing on ancient instruments, the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble brings the authentic folklore of Russia back to life. Some of their lively recreations of village songs, dances and pagan rituals are more than 2000 years old.

Since its founding, the Ensemble has been featured on the Paul Winter Consort’s Earthbeat tour (USA) and has given performances at numerous international festivals. The group has been featured in more than two dozen films, participated in many Russian theatrical pieces and appears regularly on Russian television.

Dmitri Pokrovsky died in 1996, but his legacy continues. The Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble continues to perform worldwide.

Discography:

Russian Folk Polyphonic Songs (1981)
Earthbeat, with The Paul Winter Consort (Living Music, 1987)
The Wild Field (Real World Records, 1991)
Gesichter Russlands – Faces Of Russia (Trikont, 1991)
Les Noces (Elektra Nonesuch, 1994)
Night In Galicia (CCn’C Records, 2000)
Voices Of Frozen Land (NBELIVE, 2002)
Nor Close To Town Nor Far (2008)
Russian Album (ART, 2016)

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Artist Profiles: Julia Vorontsova

Julia Vorontsova

Julia Vorontsova was born in St. Petersburg Russia in 1982. After studying violin and piano for three years at St. Petersburg State Music School she started composing her own poetry and songs while teaching herself guitar. She completed High School in the USA, and later studied communications at Baruch College New York City .

Vorontsova grew up listening to the classic Russian bard folk singers such as Bulat Okudzhava, Yuri Vizbor and more recently Veronika Dolina. Vorontsova may be considered the most recent link to these Russian poets who flowered silently during the Soviet era. She has a singular & unique voice.

Her song writing is deeply melancholic, but playful. She sings in Russian, Polish and English. One can expect from a performance by Julia Vorontsova post-traditional bard moods of deep feeling informed by a more current acid folk approach.

Discography:

From St. Petersburg With Love (2004)
Our Garden Circle (Foxglove, 2005
Over (Privet Records, 2015)

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Artist Profiles: Karelian Folk Music Ensemble

Karelian Folk Music Ensemble

The Karelian Folk Music Ensemble (KPME) is the only touring group of musicians playing traditional folk songs and instrumentals of Karelia, a large region that is part in Russia and part in Finland. Warmly received wherever they perform, the KFME are the keepers of the flame for this distinctive ethnic music.

The Karelian Folk Music Ensemble is a professionally trained and widely traveled trio of singers and musicians from Petrozavodsk, in the Republic of Karelia, Russia. The ensemble’s music is an exciting and interesting mix of Finnish, Russian and Karelian cultures. They sing in Finnish, Karelian and Russian, as well as perform instrumental and dance music.

The ensemble first visited the US in 1991 as a university group with the Petrozavodsk State University. They have since released three recordings on the Gadfly label, including “The Karelian Folk Music Ensemble” (Gadfly 501, an all-instrumental CD) and “Ingrian Folk Songs” (Gadfly 504) which is a set of songs from the region.

The members of the group are:

Igor Arkhipoff – Igor is a graduate of the Petrozavodsk Conservatory of Music. He has been a featured presenter in the Petrozavodsk State University Folk Ensemble, Toive, and is now their music director. He is also the music historian and bell ringer for the island museum of Kizhi, the director of a Finnish choir, Inkeri, and is on the music staff of the Petrozavodsk State University. In addition to performing in Russia, he has toured the USA, Finland, Sweden, Poland and Iraq.

Alexander Bykadoroff – Sasha is a graduate of the Petrozavodsk Conservatory in Choral Conducting. He has been a choir director, and an orchestra conductor of the Karelian national folk ensemble, Kantele. As a child, he performed piano in competitions as a child prodigy and since then has added many other instruments. He is a composer and music arranger and is currently the musical director of a folk group Myllarit. With Myllarit, he has toured Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the USA, Canada, Scotland and Germany.

Arto Rinne – Arto is a graduate of Petrozavodsk State University and was also a member of the Folk Ensemble Toive. He started his musical career as a singer in a boys’ choir when he was six. He sings and plays many instruments. Currently he performs with the folk group Myllarit and with them, has toured Russia, Finland, Sweden, Canada, Norway, the USA, Scotland and Germany.

Discography:

The Karelian Folk Music Ensemble (Gadfly Records, 1995)
Ingrian Folk Songs (Gadfly Records, 1997)
From The Land Of The Kalevala (Gadfly Records, 2001)
Winds Of The Past (Center Of Cultural Initiatives “Myllärit”, 2004)
Toive (Sketis Music)


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