Two shows with Zulya Kamalova

After last summer’s show in Kazan with a live band playing ‘Six Days Loving’, Zulya got invited as one of the very few solo artists to perform on December 19, at the first in a series of celebrations for the 100 year existence of the Republic of Tatarstan. We performed a well known traditional called Bolubolum (The Nightingale) in an enormous theatre hall in Kazan (seating 3000 people) in front of the Tatar president and a range of important guests. After this event, which featured two hours of dance groups, choirs, orchestra performances and some other solo artists, we got to work for a full show on the 23rd of December at Kazan’s famous Kamal Theatre.

The theatre has quite a history, being the most prominent in all of Tatarstan, and Zulya’s band was the first ever independent artist to be performing there. We had a fantastic sound, with matching lights, and about 600 of the 800 seats were full. People loved the show, but there was an extra buzz about the fact that Zulya pulled off doing the show in this place at all. It was filmed and recorded so we will upload some video’s soon, meanwhile here is a few pictures.

The band got a bit expanded, now apart of Zulya featuring Gennady Lavrentiev on Tablas, Guitar and violin, Marat Fayzullin on Quray and Synths, Andrey Kazantsev on Drums, and myself playing bass on the Claude Viol. We had a few special guests such as Andrey Sidorov on Accordion, Oscar Yunusov sang a duet with Zulya, Saida Muhametzanova sang a few songs together with Zulya, Radif Kasapov sang a song in duet, and last but certainly not least, Yolduz Minnulina added some live poetry in her own unique way over our music

Instrumental track with Dimitris Sakkas

Young talented clarinet player Dimitris Sakkas from Greece has asked me to help him arrange and produce some instrumental tracks, which will be a variety of well known songs – played on the clarinet. The first track we did was ‘Dernière Danse’ by French singer songwriter Indila. At Dimitris request we added some swinging backbeat acoustic guitars to the song to give it a different feel. He has been a favourite of a large and growing audience in Greece since he performed on national television at a very young age. It has been great fun and easy to work with him.