DOM Cultural Center

02 February 2007

Angela Manukjan – vocals
Roman Lebedev – electronics, guitar
Alexei Borisov – electronics, guitar, back-vocal
Uri Balashov – zvukosuk, tibetian cup

Volga is a unique project on the Moscow music scene. It successfully combines experimental electronics, contemporary dance rhythms and original Russian folklore. Pagan psychedelia, shamanism, traditional melodies, lyrics from ancient Russian texts (12th-19th centuries A.D.) mixed with urban aesthetics and contemporary video art are the essential components of Volga's performances.

Volga's current line-up includes: professionally educated vocalist and folklore researcher Anjela Manukjan (joint projects with Richard Norvila aka Benzo and Species Of Fishes duo); internationally acknowledged electronics specialists and multi-instrumentalists Alexei Borisov (Notchnoi Prospekt, F.R.U.I.T.S., The Gosplan Trio, joint projects with KK Null (Japan), Jeffrey Surak (USA), Anton Nikkila (Finland), Adam Ebringer (Australia), The New Blockaders (UK), Tania Stene (Norway), Sergei Letov (Russia)) and Roman Lebedev (Metal Corrosion, Alien Pat Holman, Idioritmik); Uri Balashov, artist and inventor of selfmade instruments and Grammy winner (artwork for Frank Zappa “Civilization III” album, 1996). The performances of Volga are usually accompanied by video projections created in realtime by Moscow video artist Roman Anikushin and Parisian Oleg Kornev.

Volga often tours in Russia and abroad and has also participated in different international music festivals including Burg Herzberg Open Air 2000 (Germany), SKIF-4 (St.Peterburg, Russia, 2000), Vital Water 2002/04 (Altai, Russia), HUH Festival in Tallinn (Estonia, 2003), The Festival of Russian Contemporary Art in Kiasma Museum in Helsinki (Finland, 2004), Sayan Ring 2004 (Siberia, Russia), East-West Festival in Die (France, 2004), Progress Ex-04 in Ljubljana (Slovenia 2004), Days of Russian Culture in Bangkok (Thailand 2004), Ethnolife 2004, Ethnoland 2006 in Moscow, Prosvet festival (Moscow and Petersburg 2005-2006) etc.

The self-titled debut CD of Volga was released in 1999 by Moscow based Exotica Records and received very positive responses not only from critics but also from audiences in Russia and Europe as well. The follow-up CD, “Bottoms up!”, released at the beginning of 2003, is a collection of Volga's most melodic and danceable songs. The third release of Volga was a CD entitled “Concert”, recorded live at DOM club in Moscow and released by Sketis Music in April 2003. The fourth CD, “Three Fields,” was released by Volga in cooperation with Sketis Music in 2004 and got very positive response in England (Observer, The Wire) and some other countries. The next CD of Volga is a compilation of remixes, done by friends and colleagues from Russia, Finland, Sweden and Israel. The forth studo album of Volga will be released by Lumberton Trading Company (UK) and Manas records (Russia) in January of 2007.

“Volga” (CD, Exotica Records 1999)
“Bottoms up!” (CD, Exotica Records 2003)
“Concert” (CD, Sketis Music 2003)
“Three Fields” (CD, Volga/Sketis Music 2004)
“Selected works” (CD, Volga/Lollipop Shop 2005)

Angela Manukjan – vocals
Roman Lebedev – electronics, guitar
Alexei Borisov – electronics, guitar, back-vocal
Uri Balashov – zvukosuk, tibetian cup

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