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Aquarium International
Aquarium International

BG. B for Boris. G for Grebenshikov. Boris Grebenshikov is extremely popular. His band, Aquarium, performs to packed houses. The band that accompanies Grebenshikov in concert has become cross-border

BG

BG. B for Boris. G for Grebenshikov. In Russia and Ukraine, in Belarus and Latvia, as well as in many other former Soviet Union countries, these initials immediately identify the man who, at 60, has often been considered as the greatest living Russian poet and singer and is a real cult hero there. Bilingual mathematician Boris Grebenshikov has also been known in the West since 1986 and the U.S. release of “Red Wave”, the first compilation of rock music from St Petersburg. Three years later, MTV audiences could see him on video clips, singing in English, and he was likened to a “Russian Bob Dylan, David Bowie or Marc Bolan” depending on the critics. Every Western journalist was trying to find an equivalent to the multiform talent of Boris, who had signed with CBS/Columbia. 

Boris Grebenshikov was not the first Soviet citizen seduced by rock and roll even though this music style, which communist ideologists considered as a sort of bourgeois perversion, was not to be found in record shops. He was not the first one singing rock in Russian or wearing long hair and faded jeans. But he was the first to fully pass on the whole Western spirit of his time. BG really is The Godfather of Russian rock. But he is also The Godfather of Russian reggae. And…he invented Russian Celtic music as well! He assimilated the cultures of the wide world and adapted them for present-day Russian-speakers. 

If he was discovering the outside world during the Soviet Eighties, when it was impossible to actually set foot across the Iron Curtain, the Capitalist Nineties were the years when he “discovered his own country” as he now says, visiting just about every Russian city and small town that had a concert venue. The “endless tour” that he undertook right after Russia became independent from the Soviet Union and that he still pursues today– have proved another inexhaustible source of inspiration for his songs.

Boris Grebenshikov is extremely popular. His band, Aquarium, performs to packed houses. People are ready to pay a hundred dollars to see BG. But don’t look for his villa on the French Riviera. All his earnings go to the next albums, so that he can record his songs exactly as he hears them. One song calls for a full orchestra? He rents a great royal orchestra with a great conductor – and to record it he has to have the famous Beatles studio, Abbey Road… 

For Grebenshikov, recent years have indeed been marked by the exploration of a new world of borderless possibilities. The “Russian Bob Dylan” thus recorded in the U.S.A in 1997, accompanied by his American counterpart’s musicians: The Band. In 1999, he revamped his blues in the electronic mirrors of Great Britain.

Grebenshikov can now allow himself the luxury of inviting great masters of traditional instruments on some of his songs: the Armenian duduk player Djivan Gasparyan, the Indian flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia or the American guitarist Henry Kaiser. In 2015 he made a record with Robert Wyatt.

The band that accompanies Grebenshikov in concert has also become cross-border. "Elements of Light" will be the place to come and taste this band!

Melnitsa
Melnitsa

IBIBIO Sound Machine
IBIBIO Sound Machine

Fronted by London-born Nigerian singer Eno Williams, Ibibio Sound Machine is a clash of African and electronic elements inspired in equal measure by the golden era of West African funk, disco, modern post-punk, and electro.

Fronted by London-born Nigerian singer Eno Williams, Ibibio Sound Machine is a clash of African and electronic elements inspired in equal measure by the golden era of West African funk, disco, modern post-punk, and electro. The intervening time since their self-titled debut album in 2014 has been spent forging a reputation as a high-energy live act appearing on stages such as Later… with Jools Holland, Glastonbury, Roskilde, and the BBC 6 Music Festival, as well as at iconic venues such as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London as part of Lauren Laverne’s “Wonder Women” series. 

The album title Uyai means “beauty” in Ibibio language and refers to the strength and free spirit of women in general and, in particular, the courage of the women in Eno’s family, to whom she often refers in her writing. “It is a continuation of Ibibio Sound Machine’s story in which the worlds of West African highlife and electronic London collide via the storytelling lyrical thread of frontwoman Eno Williams’ vocals in the Ibibio language of Nigeria,” the band explains. “There is a darker, edgier quality to the sound that maybe reflects the difficult journey the band took from making the first album to completing the second one. The songs are based more around themes of empowerment, freedom, and the liberation of dance for women, and people in general.”

 

Gulaza
Gulaza

Gulaza continues the natural evolution of Yemenite Women songs. Mystical texts that have passed for centuries from mother to daughter acquire a modern and contemporary meaning in a special instrumental composition.

 Gulaza continues the natural evolution of Yemenite Women songs. Mystical texts that have passed for centuries from mother to daughter acquire a modern and contemporary meaning in a special instrumental composition.

The combination of traditional Saharan strings, cello and acoustic guitars, and the fact that these songs are sung for the first time by a man - creates a unique soundtrack that takes the listener into a world of prayer, passion, dance, love and longing for freedom

Maria Pomianowska
Maria Pomianowska

Sheema Mukherjee is a British composer and sitar player. She is best known for her solo and collaborative work with musical collective Transglobal Underground and The Imagined Village. She is the niece of legendary sitarist Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. In 2005, Billboard referred to her as a "sitar prodigy".

Sheema Mukherjee is a British composer and sitar player. She is best known for her solo and collaborative work with musical collective Transglobal Underground and The Imagined Village. She is the niece of legendary sitarist Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. In 2005, Billboard referred to her as a "sitar prodigy".

 

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