Zulya & The Children of the Underground

The Russian Evolution

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Traditional folk songs, Soviet pop, jazz favourites and more

It’s been 100 years since the world was shaken by the October Revolution, and in this concert, Zulya and The Children of the Underground look back at the last century of Russian song and celebrate the influence it has had on her art — from traditional folk songs to the Soviet pop, jazz and old movie favourites of her childhood, to the great 20th-century Russian composers and her own best original songs from her varied back catalogue.

Difficult to label, the music has been described as ‘Kurt Weillish, Euro-cabaret jazz colliding with lullabies constructed to tear your heart out’. After 12 years, four albums, one ARIA award and two ARIA nominations, the ensemble’s live performances are haunting and nuanced, with Zulya’s smouldering vocals supported and enriched by the sounds of the accordion, clarinet, guitar, double bass and percussion.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Zulya Kamalov

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