Inna Zhelannaya

Inna Zhelannaya

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Ethno-trance-psychedelic shamanism performed by means of contemporary sound technologies.

Biography

2007-...
In 2007 the new project of Inna Zhelannaya has started, and immediately took up the position of the best world music band in Russia. The band includes:
Sergey «Grebstel» Kalachev – bass
Andrey Romanika – drums
Arkady Marto – keyboards, electronics, samples, kalimba
Oleg Mariakhin – sax.
Each participant uses a numerous amount of sound processors.
Inna Zhelannaya still works with traditional Russian folklore, but band’s music can’t be described in particular genre – it combines folk, prog-rock, jazz, trance, psychedelic and electronic elements.

1994-2004
In 1994 Inna organised her band. In 1995 she issued her first CD “Vodorosl” (“Alga”). One of the songs “Tol’ko s toboy” (“Only With You”) was included in CD-compilation “One World” by "Putumayo World Music" along side with Peter Gabriel, Gypsy Kings, Bob Marley, Johnny Ñlegg, Youssou'N'Dour, Angelique Kidjo and others. Supporting this album the band appears at One World Festival, Washington D.C., US, and also in NYC and some southern states. The high point of the US tour has become an appearance at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Atlanta City.
In October 1998 Green Wave Records (Moscow) released a CD “Inozemets” (“The Farlander”), recorded in Holland. Later on this album was issued under licence in the USA (by Shanachie company with the name “Inna And The Farlanders: "The Dream Of Endless Nights") and Germany (by JARO company and the name Farlanders: “The Farlander”). Since that the group took the name FARLANDERS and gave numerous concerts in Europe and the US.
In the end of 1998 the group successfully played on one of the world largest forum of ethnic music Worldwide Music Expo (WOMEX) in Stockholm and got a great number of invitations from different countries. Since 1998 the group FARLANDERS took part in lots of the most prestigious festivals of ethnic, jazz, pop and rock music, plays hundreds of concerts in Germany, UK, France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Serbia, Slovenia, Poland (including the concert of European stars on famous festival in Sopot), Czech Republic, Singapore, gave 20 concerts on well-known Edinburgh festival in Scotland. In 1999 the group visited the USA again within the new concert tour (Washington, New-York, Boston, Los-Angeles, San-Francisco). The telecasts and documentary films about the group started to be shoot, it’s concerts were aired by famous radio and TV companies, such as BBC (UK), ZDF, NDR, WDR, Radio Bremen (Germany), Radio France International (France), Radio Netherlands (Netherlands), Poland and Czech TV. articles and reviews were published by such editions as Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Village Voice (USA), Scotsman, Herald (UK), Frankfurter Rundschau, Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung (Germany), let alone numerous music magazines all over the world. Farlanders’ music got enthusiastic recall of such people as Piter Gabriel, Robert Fripp, Jan Anderson, Joe Boyd (one of the first Pink Floyd producers and very respected producer of ethnic music). According to monthly research of European radio stations, held by European Broadcasting Union, the album “Inozemets” (“Farlander”) is listed among the best world music releases of 1998 and 1999 in World Music Charts Europe. The concert in Vupertale (Germany) in October 1999 was included by the magazine “Folk World” in top best world concerts of 1999.
In 2000 Green Wave released its’ first concert album – “Moments”, recorded during the play in Bremen in fall of 1999. The same CD was simultaneously produced in Germany (Jaro). In 2001 German JARO republished a CD, recorded in the begging of 90-s by the band “Alliance” together with Maria Boine, a Norwegian singer and “World Music” star. JARO’s copy is called “Winter In Moscow” (Mari Boine, Inna Zhelannaya, Sergey Starostin).
In 2002 a new acoustical CD “Tantsy Teney” (“Dances of Shadows”) comes out (Inna Zhelannaya and Sergey “Grebstel” Kalachev) with execution by Kalachev and poems by Zhelannaya.
In the end of 2003 a new studio album “Vymysly” (“Figments”) was recorded and was fully compiled of versions of rock folklore. The album was issued by Green Wave in January 2004.

1989 – 1994
In 1989 Inna begun her co-operation with a rock-band “Alliance”. At the same time she took interest in folk songs and melodies, with witch she came across due to Sergey Starostin – one of the best Russian folk and jazz musicians, a singer and multiinstumentalist. Soon afterwards Starostin joined the “Alliance” and brought strong ethnic element to its’ music.
In 1991 the album “Winter In Moscow” (“MØte I Moskva”) was issued – a joint work of a very famous Norwegian singer Mari Boine, Sergey Starostin, Inna Zhelannaya and the group “Alliance”. 10 years later this CD was reissued by JARO company (Germany).
In 1994 the album “Sdelano V Belom” (“Made In White”) with four remarkable singles by Inna got Radio France International Grand Prix as “Best Pop And

Discography

1991 - "Winter in Moscow" (Mari Boine, Inna Zhelannaya, Sergey Starostin).
1991 - the "Alliance"`s album “Sdelano V Belom” (“Made In White”) appeared and contained a several remarkable singles by Inna Zhelannaya. In 1994 the album “Sdelano V Belom” (“Made In White”) got Radio France International Grand Prix as “Best Pop And Rock Music In The East”.
1995 - “Vodorosl’ ” (“Alga”). One of the songs was included in CD-compilation “One World” by "Putumayo World Music".
1998 - “Inozemets” (“ The Farlander”). Later on this album was issued under license in the USA and Germany.
2000 - – “Moments”, Live. Produced in Germany (Jaro).
2002 - “Tantsy Teney” (“Dances of Shadows”).
2003 - “Vymysly” (“Figments”).
2008 - “Zima” (“Winter”), Live.
2009 - "Cocoon" (coming soon).

Set List

We play only russian folk songs in contemporary arrangements:
"The Wheat", "Maryushka", "Thoughts", "Mermaids", "Ivan-Marya", "Falcon", "Maslenitsa", "Winter", "Alyonushka", "I planted the garden myself", "Ivan" and others.
The number of the songs in the set list may vary from 10 to 22 according to situation.
The average length of the songs is 5-8 minutes.