Sasha Ilyukevich & The Highly Skilled Migrants
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Sasha Ilyukevich & The Highly Skilled Migrants

London, England, United Kingdom | SELF

London, England, United Kingdom | SELF
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Discography

Demo Album 'Woe from Wit', 2007
Debut Album 'Ha Numa', 2009
Single 'On The Edge Of Your Spring', 2011

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Sasha Ilyukevich is a songwriter and musician, originally from Belarus, but now based in London. He writes and performs in Russian, and over the last few years Sasha's music has attracted a growing following in Russia and the ex-soviet bloc, but also in England, where he now performs regularly. After various private performances Sasha debuted professionally at 'The Luminaire' venue, London in December 2007 on the strength of word-of-mouth publicity generated by a demo album 'Woe From Wit'. Soon afterwards he started collaborating with Phil Brunner (drummer), Ned Crowther (bassist) and Marianne Noordik (flutist), and they subsequently began to perform together, calling themselves 'The Highly Skilled Migrants'. They have since played at many venues in London , such as Cafe OTO in Dalston, Stoke Newington International Airport, Shunt in London Bridge, 12 Bar Club in West End, Inn on the Green in Kensington, King's Head Theatre Pub and The Old Queens Head in Islington. In addition, they toured in Russia and Belarus in June 2010, playing in St. Petersburg , Moscow and Minsk.

In June 2008 Sasha and the Highly Skilled Migrants began recording their first album ''HA NUMA'' in Golden Hum Studio, London, which was completed in February 2009. The album was released in September 2009 on St. Petersburg 's Bomba-Piter label, one of Russia's major record companies.
In March 2011 Sasha Ilyukevich released the single 'On the Edge of Your Spring'.

For live performances Sasha Ilyukevich & The Highly Skilled Migrants are usually a 4-piece band, consisting of acoustic and electric guitars, flutes, double-bass, drums and percussion. Their sound is influenced by Russian traditional gypsy music, combined with blues and folk-rock. Finally, they describe their music as 'BolshoNova' Folk 'n' Roll!