Nadya Golski
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Nadya Golski

Paris, Île-de-France, France | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Paris, Île-de-France, France | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
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"about Nadya Golski"

In a time where there is an increasing need for hand woven music and true emotions expressed, Nadya's 101 Candles Orkestra lights up the stage with an alchemy of Turkish influenced rhythms and melodies from the Balkans, Slavic melancholia, Latin romanticism, heart piercing Romany songs, and finally, touches of jazz and Gospel.. This ethnically diverse group of musicians from Sydney Australia, deliver their music with dazzling virtuosity and sensitivity. They do
it with ease, hilarity and fun. Virtuosic clarinet, accordion and violin, bluesy Hammond and Wurlitzer sounds, flamenco guitar, and playful bass lines and jazz scatting are bound to take listeners by surprise...all beautifully brought together by the sensuous and emotive vocals of Nadya Golski, whose voice weaves effortlessly around many languages. - WomeAdelaide

"in response to the album Crazy Moon"

Well loved Eastern European Gypsy dances and ballads mixed with French Cafe music with elegant references to jazz and Latin traditions, all led by the warm smokey, and sometimes powerful vocals of Nadya Golski.
- Sydney Morning Herald

"Nadya Golski"

Nadya Golski, un petit bout de femme toute timide. Et pourtant, dés qu’elle commence à chanter, vous tombez sous le charme de cette voix chaude avec un je ne sais quoi d’accent des pays de l’Est. Laissez vous emporter par le timbre de sa voix, vers les influences de ses voyages. Elle vous mènera de la Roumanie, accompagné par des chants tsiganes jusqu’aux chants tribaux de Papouasie de Nouvelle Guinée, sans oublier quelques notes de Gospel. Une véritable découverte à ne manquer sous aucun prétexte. - Satellit Cafe Paris

"Libra Radio review"

Nadya's abilities for singing (and languages) are truly flamboyant. It seems like any song she picks up and releases it trough her throat - it sounds perfect. For instance: on the Crazy moon album she sings in Gypsy, Polish, French and Spanish which is not a very common combination for an Australian. When i heard "Dis-Moi", a song in French, i got really attracted with everything what is going on in this piece. A rare combination of a French romance and very smart set Balkan style music background. - Libra Radio, Slovenia

"World Discoveries review of Crazy Moon"

It's impossible to quickly peg Nadya Golski's cds - except to point out they're fine picks for listeners of Eastern European music who prefer strong vocals over instrumentals.

Nadya and her 101 Candles Orkestra hail from Australia but their music is steeped in European traditions and is fueled by the fire of Nadya's strong vocals.

CRAZY MOON opens with music like French cafe music - soft jazz blends with smooth vocals - but moves into gypsy serenades and warm Eastern European sound spiced with accordion and sax.

Fourteen cuts of vocals move from French cafe to rembetika and folk/gypsy - even a Peggy Lee standard -with equal precision.

CRAZY MOON is lovely listening all the way through, no matter what European vocal tradition it's exposing.

Under the name Nadya Giga, look for her 101 CANDLES ORKESTRA: more heavily gypsy than CRAZY MOON, 101 CANDLES excels in clarinet, live recordings, Bosnian and Hungarian folk music, and more.

Listeners looking for the Eastern European sound will find here more quiet blends of folk and orchestral sound, all powered, of course, by Nadya's lovely vocals.” - World Discoveries, Eastern European Music

"“Candles in the Wind” (excerpt)"

The next album Crazy Moon was assisted by the Australia Council and performed on their European Tour, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2004. Crazy Moon stretches the genre from Eastern European gypsy and folk, and filters in influences from jazz, blues and Latin. Nadya’s rich and versatile voice weaves around many languages, creating warm and sensual shapes and colours, getting all ages dancing to a rich medley of styles and moods”

Gareth Koch,



Highway Driver

Moka the Gift


Heaven and Other Places

Nadya and Gigas 101 Candles Orkestra

Crazy Moon

Mezza Luna

Nadya et ces Amis a Paris

Presque Francaise



Naday Golski + Opus 4

Nadya Golski - vocals, Serge Camps - guitar & vocals, Pierre Procoudine Gorsky - guitar & vocals, Piotr Sapieja - violin & vocals, Frank Anastasio - double bass and vocals

I sing Eastern European, Jewish, Gypsy music, also combining French chanson with Balkan rhythms. Sometimes I add South Pacific Island influences. The major influences of my life are reflected in the songs I sing French, Bosnian, Romany, Polish, other Slavic languages and even dialects from Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, (where I spent some of my childhood). These added influences give a uniquely Australasian and at the same time Parisian approach to what I do; which is predominantly Eastern European, French and Gypsy Swing. Australasian because of the geography of my upbringing, and Parisian because of the permissiveness of cultural exchange, historically renowned for encouraging artistic melting pots. 

My latest project is an album project with Opus 4, DJ Click, and Nadya and Giga's 101 Candles Orkestra. 

I am eager to promote my Paris based collaborations to give me more exposure in Europe, and gain more opportunities to play in festivals and venues, etc, in Europe where I am spending more and more time. This is why I have Included Nadya plus Opus 4 with DJ Click, with whom we are completing an album which is due to be released in October via Berlin-based label Monkey Records. The proposed showcase at WOMEX would feature myself and Opus 4.

As I am based partly in Australia and partly in France, I collaborate with different groups and musicians. In Paris, I collaborate with Opus 4, an all male vocal harmony group who are best known for Gypsy Swing, and whose superbly smooth vocal harmonies are reminiscent of the great vocal harmonists of America in the 1960's. My latest project is an album collaboration with Opus 4, and DJ Click, a Paris based DJ, who specialises in world music, particularly Gypsy and Eastern European. 

I also work when in Paris with the Roberto de Brassov Trio, featuring renouned Romanian Gypsy virtuoso accordionist and vocalist, Roberto De Brassov. 

My Sydney based ensemble, Nadya and Giga's 101 Candles Orkestra, is a seven piece ensemble with me at the front, featuring virtuoso musicianship from violin, bass and kazoo, mandolin, domra, guitar, accordion and Egyptian percussion and sometimes trumpet and Macedonian clarinet.

I have included general information about my other projects and collaborations as general information, and I have included a You Tube clip of me with Opus 4, as well as an old clip of my former South Pacific project, also included as background.

I have performed in major festivals including Sziget, WomAdelaide, Edinbourgh Fringe, Stockton, Leeds, Sydney Festival, Woodford and Bellingen and Montreux Jazz Under the Stars.

I have also performed in major venues in Paris including "Divan du Monde", " Attelier Charonne", "Satellit Cafe", "Au Trois Artes", " La Dame du Canton". And in Poland I have performed in major venues in Warsaw and Lublin, and conducted vocal workshops instructing in the techniques of tribal singing.

When In Sydney, I perform regularly at Sydney's renowned international world music venue, 'Camelot Lounge". I have also performed at the Sydney Opera House.


As a young girl I sang with the avant garde Gardzienice Theatre Company in Poland during the communist era. The company was particularly influenced by the way nature is reflected in traditional singing techniques and concentrated on Slavic, Hassidic and Gypsy music. This work became a strong influence underlining and informing my future direction.

I later went on to study in Paris at Ecole le Coq.

My next project involved the South Pacific Islands. I recorded an album in South Pacific languages, Highway Driver, specifically for the Papua New Guinean and South Pacific market. My first tour was a promotional tour of the South Pacific Islands, sponsored by Pepsi Cola and later Coca Cola, in which I achieved legendary status.

I then became interested in exploring my earlier work with Eastern European music. I represented Australia in Khazakstahn in the "Voice of Asia Festival" and won the Peoples Choice award.

Later on Nadya and Giga's 101 Candles Orkestra was born, a Sydney based band focusing on Eastern European, Balkan and Gypsy music. Nadya and Gigas 101 Candles Orkestra', Crazy Moon and now "Mezza Luna" have been recorded with 101 Candles.

I now spend half of the year in France and half in Australia.

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