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Second World Music Networking Conference Held in Russia

Tavrida Art festival – Photo by by Anna Sadovnikova

The biggest Russian festival Tavrida Art hosted Russian Ethno-Music Conference MusiConnect Russia — the second five-day showcase conference of its kind held in Russia.

Tavrida Art festival – Photo by by Anna Sadovnikova

The gathering was aimed at the development of the Russian ethno-music (world music) industry and organized by Daryana Antipova and Alyona Minulina.

Danya Voronkov – Photo by by Anna Sadovnikova

The conference took place during August 21 — 26, 2019 and it brought together 12 directors of ethnic (world music) festivals in Russia and one special guest from Hungary.

Vera Kondratieva – Photo by by Anna Sadovnikova

The participants included: Mikhail Chashchin of Festival Heaven and Earth (Tyumen); journalist Emil Biljarski of the Hungarian Ritmus és hang (Budapest); Natalia Ulanova of the international festival Voice of Nomads» (Ulan-Ude); Marina Gulyaeva of Kupalskaya skazka festival (Moscow); Daryana Antipova, co-director of the Russian World Music Awards (Moscow); Stanislav Drozdov, former director of the international festival Folk Summer Fest (Sevastopol); Ilya Shkurinsky of festival White Noise (Petrozavodsk); Irina Shuvalova of the the creative bureau Selsovet (Moscow), Yuri Pavlov of WAFest festival (Nizhny Novgorod), Irina Palekhova of Alatyr festival (Yekaterinburg), Alexei Polyakov of Call of Parma festival (Perm), and Olga Sitnikova of Protoka (Samara).

Festival directors – Photo by by Anna Sadovnikova

Tavrida Narodnaya is a compilation CD of the best musicians presented at the showcase festival. Festival directors listened to more than 25 participants who applied to perform and were chosen among 50 applicants. All musicians are under 35 years old. If you want to get more information about these projects please contact the compiler and showcase organizer Daryana Antipova (scythianhorn@gmail.com)

Zoya Strekalovskaya

Four groups were chosen to participate at the festivals:

Staritsa from Belgorod is going to play at Kupalskaya skazka» festival in 2010; Volya from Voronezh to participate at WAFest festival in 2020; Zoya Strekalovskaya from Yakutsk will go to Nebo i Zemlya festival in 2020; and Daniil (Danya) Voronkov from Moscow is going to perform at Voice of Nomads festival in 2020.

Festival directors meeting – Photo by by Anna Sadovnikova
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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: 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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