Volga is an unparalleled musical project rooted in the Moscow scene. Successfully combining experimental electronics with contemporary dance rhythms and Russian folklore, psychedelic paganism and shamanism. Their melodies and lyrics are taken from ancient times, mixed with the urban aesthetics of a modern age. Live their music comes to life with intense video art projections, engulfing the audience sonically and visually.
Just as the central Russian river of the same name unites 200 streams, this band merges together so many musical currents and tides that it magically develops into a new kind of life-giving riverbed. One stream, born of the spirit of mystery, pours ancient Russian texts into this magical mixture, another releases electronic rhythms of trip hop to meet them. Caught by their resilient wave, and foreshortened at once by the beats of the bases (originating either in dub or in house music), the ritual ethnic motifs no longer recognise the familiar shores but seek to overflow them and forge new and unknown boundaries.
Some might say Volga is the sound of the Middle Ages erupting in our times. Others might object by saying that this is the third millennium speaking to us in the language of the Russian Middle Ages. Their versatile lead singer, Angela Manukyan, has collected an utilises as her lyrical base ancient texts of different dialects from Russian villages of different regions dating back as far as 1100 A.D. Each dialect requires an unique vocal technique and stands for a singular sound, carefully studied and mastered by the singer and brought to life in the music of Volga.
Volga's current line-up includes: vocalist and researcher Angela Manukyan (joint projects with Richard Norvila aka Benzo and Species Of Fishes duo); electronics specialist and multi-instrumentalist Roman Lebedev (Metal Corrosion, Alien Pat Holman, Idioritmik); artist and Grammy winner Uri Balashov. The performances of Volga are usually accompanied by video projections created in realtime by Moscow video artist Roman Anikushin and Parisian Oleg Kornev.