Born in a small village in Russia, ÅMBE discovered the violin and piano at the age of 4. She progressed rapidly, perhaps unfortunately so. At the age of 6, she was uprooted from her family to be trained as a prodigy in Ukraine. After a life of classical conservatories and academies, as well as international contests in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and Denmark - she left everything in pursuit of her real passion.
She started performing at different New York clubs and cafes - singing, playing the piano and violin. ÅMBE even managed to record an album with the Grammy winning composer and pianist Fernando Otero, during which she appeared as a featured vocalist with her remarkable range and astonishingly high, ethereal singing. This album got nominated for Latin Grammy 2015 (best modern classical album of the year).
Late summer 2016 she released the first single from her debut album “Enemy Of The People” that is coming out at the beginning of 2017.
ÅMBE is not another singer songwriter. She is a true musical hybrid and artistic polymath.
Her strong Russian, perhaps even heavy-handed classical background in violin, piano and composition is combined with the modernity of experimental electronics and advanced drums programming. A deeply poetic entity, her unmistakably recognizable voice serves as the best instrument to deliver such organics.
This is what makes ÅMBE often associated with futuristic, multitalented artists like Bjork, Imogen Heap, James Blake and FKA Twigs, though with a strong voice that is her own unique polyhedral Universe.
Listening to AABARAKI is like taking a late night subway ride deep into the heart of Brooklyn (with some friends you just met, headed to a party in some abandoned building). Everything is coming at you fast and furious, but with a depth and underlying meaning that might take hours or days to truly understand.
With an “alt-soul” sound described as “Gnarls Barkley meets The Black Keys,” the four-piece band consists of guitarist Brian Forbes, vocalist/keyboardist Akie Bermiss, drummer Attis Clopton, and bassist Ari Folman-Cohen. “Akie’s voice is the guide and conscience,” says Brian, who is also the band’s founder. “His soulful intellect and passionate fire lead you on an evolving journey and you’re never sure exactly where you’ll wind up. ” The band follows suit with electrifying guitar and production; deep, throbbing bass lines and a “constant pocket” on the drums that keep heads nodding. The result is a slow burn that spontaneously erupts into a full-on frenzy.
AABARAKI released their first self-titled EP in 2011 strongly announcing their presence on the Brooklyn indie soul scene. In 2013 a full-length album of a blistering live performance capturing the explosive energy of an Aabaraki live show was released. The music on the album was embracing the creative fusion of rock, funk and soul, that was compared to the acts like Frank Ocean and The Weekend.
Late 2016 AABARAKI is releasing the first single from their new long-awaited album coming out in 2017.
Where dance, art and fashion meet music...Where poetry and philosophy are united in all the shades of the black-and-white piano palette...Where the silhouette touches a hungry canvas...Where the soft velvet of the voice is intertwined with the silky strings of interlaced melodies...From this rich and delicate matrix of artistry, Kaiya is continuously born.
KAIYA's music combines indiepop and electronics, while sometimes having a flavor of what could be called a neo-retro sound.
Her debute single is coming out early 2017, followed by an EP by the end of the year.
KAIYA's creativity takes its inspiration from old romantic french movies and performances by Serge Gainsbourg...Songs by Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse...The femininity of Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren...The elegant sophistication of Antonio Marras and Rocco Barocco's fashion design...Renaissance and Surrealist art...Klimt’s gilded paintings and Degas's dancers...the classical ballet and poetry of the 20th century...The tenderness of falling leaves...The soft brilliance of sunsets.
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