Based in Glasgow since their formation in 2001, KOSHKA (formerly Kesha) came together as a result of Oleg Ponomarev, Nigel Clark and Lev Atlas’ mutual love of music as diverse as classical, folk, and hotclub. Although no strangers to the big stage, having played to thousands during their respective careers, KOSHKA honed their sound playing intimate shows at Russian Café Cossachok and have rapidly become an in demand world music act.
Owen Pallett (born Michael James Owen Pallett-Plowright, on September 7, 1979) is a violinist and singer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and winner of the inaugural Polaris Music Prize. On December 18th, 2009, Pallett announced that he would be retiring his old artist name, Final Fantasy, and would be henceforth releasing his material under his own name. Previous albums released under the Final Fantasy name are planned to be re-packaged and re-released under the new name of Owen Pallett.
iamthemorning is a neo-classical vocal indie band from Russia. Full band consists of piano, vocals, guitar, bass-guitar, drums and string quartet and sounds like prog-rock with arrangements, influenced by Russian Classical Music heritage and various ethnic motifs. The sound may vary, as the band can play both acoustic sets (grand piano, vocals, string quartet) - and then it turns to fragile neo-classical (thought, rather gloomy) collective, and prog-rockish sets when fragility of neo-classical concept is being empowered by sophisticated rhythm section and jazzy guitar.
Article One is a Christian rock band from London, Ontario. The band originally performed under the name Appertain Display but has since adopted the name Article One in honour of article one of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The group consists of Nathan Piche (vocals, guitar, and keys), Matt Piche (violin and vocals), Dave DeSmit (drums and vocals) and Mark Laidman (bass guitar). The band is currently signed under the label Inpop Records.
Hexvessel is a psychedelic folk-rock band that was founded by Englishman Mat "Kvohst" McNerney, vocalist for blackmetal bands Dødheimsgard and Code. He moved to Finland in 2009 and was joined by a coven of musicians from Tampere that feature members of Galacticka and Dark Buddha Rising. Fusing late 1960s and early 1970s English folk and psychedelia with a love for Finnish nature, pagan mysticism, folklore and the occult, they play a witches brew of acoustic balladry and heavy tripped-out atmospherics. Interior-world-music for secret ceremonies and forest rituals.
Meniscus's lush ambient soundscapes, driving bass lines and poly-rhythmic beats create a unique musical experience that has been hypnotising Australian audiences since 2005. The Sydney trio's unique brand of instrumental post rock blends the moody dynamics of acts like Mogwai and Sigur Rós with the prog rock technicality of King Crimson. The critical success of the band's 2007 EP The Absence of I elevated Meniscus's profile globally with rave reviews from The Silent Ballet (“Beautifully crafted and impeccably conceived.
At the age of 29, Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is one of the most compelling artists on the international concert circuit. She was named "America's Best" young classical musician by Time Magazine in 2001, and appears regularly with the world's great orchestras in Europe, Asia, and North America. Highlights of Ms. Hahn's 2008-2009 season include the recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, and some of the Bach arias with singers Matthias Goerne and Christine Schaefer.
Diana Yukawa is an award winning solo violinist. Following her 2 successful solo albums with BMG Japan Diana has signed to Sony Music Japan as an international artist. Diana’s new album “The Butterfly Effect” was released on 21st October 2009 in Japan and comprises a new modern sound for the violin, far removed from her previous classical albums. At only 25, Diana has lead an extraordinary life.
Born (July 1987) in West Kilbride in Ayrshire, United Kingdom, she started to learn the violin at the age of four. By the age of nine, she had already passed the eight grades of musical examinations, and in September 1997 began to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School for young musicians in rural Surrey. At the end of her first year, she played solo in the school's annual concert at Wigmore Hall, and performed in London and Paris as soloist in Bach's Concerto in D minor for two violins and orchestra.
Rachel Podger is a violinist specialising in music from the Baroque era and known for her performances on a Baroque instrument (roughly a full tone lower than a modern violin and usually played with gut strings). Podger's recordings of the Bach's solo sonatas and partitas, and her recording of the same composer's double violin concerto (with Andrew Manze) and sonatas with harpsichord (with Trevor Pinnock), have all been met with critical acclaim.