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Reelroad

Санкт-Петербург | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Санкт-Петербург | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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May
15
Reelroad @ Prijutino

Vsevolozhsk, None, Russia

Vsevolozhsk, None, Russia

Jul
10
Reelroad @ Rainforest festival

Sarawalk, None, Russia

Sarawalk, None, Russia

Jul
09
Reelroad @ Rainforest festival

Sarawalk, None, Malaysia

Sarawalk, None, Malaysia

Music

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Any good festival will have at least a few surprises, and this year's Globalquerque offered several. The seven-piece group, Reelroad, began during a little outbreak of Celtic music in 1990s St. Petersburg, Russia. Increasingly drawn to its own traditional music, the group these days sounds something like a Slavic Steeleye Span. With a host of instruments (bagpipes, whistles, Irish harp, violin, bass guitar, mandolin, drums, and more), exquisite vocals based on traditional Russian village singing, and witty introductions by founder Alexey Belkin, this seven-piece band was by far the best new discovery at the festival. - Dirty Linen (Mar/Apr 2009) - Chris Heim


Any good festival will have at least a few surprises, and this year's Globalquerque offered several. The seven-piece group, Reelroad, began during a little outbreak of Celtic music in 1990s St. Petersburg, Russia. Increasingly drawn to its own traditional music, the group these days sounds something like a Slavic Steeleye Span. With a host of instruments (bagpipes, whistles, Irish harp, violin, bass guitar, mandolin, drums, and more), exquisite vocals based on traditional Russian village singing, and witty introductions by founder Alexey Belkin, this seven-piece band was by far the best new discovery at the festival. - Dirty Linen (Mar/Apr 2009) - Chris Heim


I Get Around (2007)

There's nothing like a little light-hearted folk music to liven up the cold, dark days of winter, so why not take a listen to the Russian folk group Reelroad's I Get Around. Delightfully colored with Russian wing-shaped gusili, bagpipes, guitar, flute, Irish harp, banjo and Russian fifes, called zhaleikas, I Get Around travels down the Russian contemporary folk road with plenty of bright vocal harmonies and an easygoing sound that blazes new paths. Part of the post-folk performance movement in Russian folk, Reelroad has deep roots in Celtic music, but now has reached back into its own Russian folk traditions and propelled that traditional sound into the future with contemporary sensibilities.

Opening with the bright "In Our Little Garden," Reelroad launches headlong into a sparkling sound full of good-natured guitar and violin, adding joyful vocals that will have listeners trying to keep up. Finely harmonized vocals infuse such wonderfully rich tracks like "Bathhouse Is Steamy and Ready" and "You May Dawn," making the I Get Around sound uniquely tight and neat. The easy sway of "Peacock" and the raucous vocals of "Rains Pours Down" reveal a spunky side to Reelroad's sound. Tracks like the ebullient "Poppy on the Hill" and the sweet lullaby sound created on "I Will Saw My Sorrow" are real showcases for Reelroad's talent.

Fashioning Reelroad's sounds are Alexey Belkin on gusli, Galician bagpiipe, shuttle pipe, zheleika and vocals; Svetlana Kondesyuk on flute, zheleika and vocals; Natalie Visokikh on violin; Alexey Skosirev on bass guitar; Anastasia Karaseva on Irish harp, tin whistle, pandereta and vocals; Alexander Cap Dmitriev on acoustic guitar, banjo and vocals and Denis Nikoforov on drums.

I Get Around revels a whirlwind sound crafted out of Russian folk traditions and launches it into squarely into the future. Deftly spinning harmonies and marrying those to harps, whistle, guitar and revolving rhythms, Reelroad crafts a sound that is fresh and modern, catapulting Russian folk music on to center stage of the new folk sound. - World Music Central (Jan 2009) - TJ Nelson


I Get Around (2007)

There's nothing like a little light-hearted folk music to liven up the cold, dark days of winter, so why not take a listen to the Russian folk group Reelroad's I Get Around. Delightfully colored with Russian wing-shaped gusili, bagpipes, guitar, flute, Irish harp, banjo and Russian fifes, called zhaleikas, I Get Around travels down the Russian contemporary folk road with plenty of bright vocal harmonies and an easygoing sound that blazes new paths. Part of the post-folk performance movement in Russian folk, Reelroad has deep roots in Celtic music, but now has reached back into its own Russian folk traditions and propelled that traditional sound into the future with contemporary sensibilities.

Opening with the bright "In Our Little Garden," Reelroad launches headlong into a sparkling sound full of good-natured guitar and violin, adding joyful vocals that will have listeners trying to keep up. Finely harmonized vocals infuse such wonderfully rich tracks like "Bathhouse Is Steamy and Ready" and "You May Dawn," making the I Get Around sound uniquely tight and neat. The easy sway of "Peacock" and the raucous vocals of "Rains Pours Down" reveal a spunky side to Reelroad's sound. Tracks like the ebullient "Poppy on the Hill" and the sweet lullaby sound created on "I Will Saw My Sorrow" are real showcases for Reelroad's talent.

Fashioning Reelroad's sounds are Alexey Belkin on gusli, Galician bagpiipe, shuttle pipe, zheleika and vocals; Svetlana Kondesyuk on flute, zheleika and vocals; Natalie Visokikh on violin; Alexey Skosirev on bass guitar; Anastasia Karaseva on Irish harp, tin whistle, pandereta and vocals; Alexander Cap Dmitriev on acoustic guitar, banjo and vocals and Denis Nikoforov on drums.

I Get Around revels a whirlwind sound crafted out of Russian folk traditions and launches it into squarely into the future. Deftly spinning harmonies and marrying those to harps, whistle, guitar and revolving rhythms, Reelroad crafts a sound that is fresh and modern, catapulting Russian folk music on to center stage of the new folk sound. - World Music Central (Jan 2009) - TJ Nelson


Discography

2001 - Reelroad
2004 - Arrow
2007 - I get around
2014 - Past the gates

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SUMMARY

"Reelroad crafts a sound that is fresh and modern, catapulting Russian folk music on to center stage of the new folk sound." World Music Central, January 2009.

Reelroad plays traditional Russian music in an original post-folk style in concert halls and festivals throughout Europe and Russia. In 2008 the band crossed the Atlantic to perform at world music festivals in Mexico and the United States. In early 2009 Reelroad celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Reelroad's repertoire favors obscure folk songs from northern Russia and central Siberia, music driven underground for decades.

Reelroad has two styles of performing Russian folk music. The first echoes the village with the sound of Russian instruments such as the gusli (zither), zhaleika (fife) and kaljuka. Traditional vocals are prominent, due in part to Reelroad members Anastasia Karaseva and Aleksandrs Dmitrijevs, founders of the authentic village choir Dubinushka. Acoustic guitar, violin, flute and bagpipes round out the sound. In the second style, developed for the large stage, Reelroad projects and amplifies the village sound with bass guitar and drums.

MORE ABOUT REELROAD

All seven Reelroad members are musicians. Four serve as vocalists as well, singing in traditional Russian village voice. Anastasia Karaseva plays the tin whistle, pandereta and Irish harp. Alexey Belkin manages Reelroad and plays winged gusli (psaltery), bagpipe and zhaleika (fife). Aleksandrs Kep Dmitrijevs plays acoustic guitar and harmonica. Alexander Gorbunov is a professional violinist. Alexey Skosyrev made the fretless bass guitar he plays, as well as Anastasia's harp. Svetlana Kondesyuk, a graduate of the Academy of Arts, plays the flute and bagpipe. Denis Nikiforov learned to play the drums in the army, studied at the Academy of Arts, and works at the famous Hermitage museum.

In addition to concert performances, Reelroad teaches Russian folk dances in clubs and dance schools. The band welcomes dancers of all skill levels and aims to dispel the belief Russian folk dances are boring or difficult.

Reelroad has toured extensively in the United States (World music
festivals in Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, as well as Globalquerque and Lotus, the Detroit Institute of Arts and New York City's Drom), Mexico (Festival Internacional Ollin Kan), Denmark (GoGlobal festival), Malaysia (Rainforest World Music Festival), Latvia (Vendene), Poland (Folk Meetings) and Finland (Faces).

In March 2014 Reelroad has released new album - "Past the gates"

audio https://soundcloud.com/reelroad

Instrumentation:

Alexey Belkin - Russian wing-shaped gusli, bagpipe, fife (zhaleika), vocal

Anastasia Karaseva - harp, tin whistle, pandereta, vocal

Aleksandrs Dmitrijevs - acoustic guitar, vocal

Svetlana Kondesyuk - flute, fife, kaljuka, bagpipe, vocal

Alexander Gorbunov - violin

Alexey Skosyrev - bass guitar

Denis Nikiforov - drums


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