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Tamar Buadze is a singer, choir conductor and singing teacher from Georgia. She studied singing and choral conducting at the Tbilisi Conservatory and has been head of the music school for traditional Georgian music in Rustavi since 2006. With her renowned youth choir Tutarchela, she regularly performs at international folklore festivals and choir competitions. In 2012 she received the Georgian Order of Merit for the distribution of Georgian traditional songs in Europe.

Tiezerk, which means universe in Armenian, is a duo from Yerevan that knows no artistic boundaries. The two young singers and multi-instrumentalists Lusine Mlke-Galystan and Eliza Baghdiyan take traditional Armenian music as their basis and transform it into artistic, poetic and also passionate arrangements to create their unique musical style. Both women work closely with the MIHR Theatre of their older sister and brother, the only independent dance theatre in Armenia, and they perform regularly in multidisciplinary stage productions.

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Mariana Sadovska is an award-winning singer, multi-instrumentalist and actress from Ukraine who now lives in Cologne. She has conducted many ethnomusicological expeditions in rural Ukraine and Poland, collecting a large number of traditional songs and stories and researching rituals. In 2013 she received the RUTH World Music Award for her artistic processing and the further development of this exciting material in numerous stage projects.

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Dessislava Stefanova is a singer and choir director from the Bulgarian city Stara Zagora. She was a member of the famous Filip Kutev National Folk Music and Dance Ensemble in Sofia for three years before emigrating to London in 2000, where she studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Dessi is the founder of the London Bulgarian Choir and the Swiss Bulgarian Choir and regularly teaches Bulgarian singing workshops in different countries.

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Gabriella Aiello is a singer, actress and dancer from Rome who is specialised in traditional songs of Italy. Trained at the Scuola Popolare di Musica di Testaccio in Rome, she is particularly fascinated by the different vocal techniques in singing: from bel canto, jazz and overtone singing to traditional singing styles from different cultures. Gabriella has participated in numerous music and theater productions and has been a regular performer at multi-ethnic festivals all over Europe.

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Petya Dragneva and Dragni Dragnev both work as musicians / singers and music teachers at the National Music School for Humanities and Arts “Konstantin Preslavski” in Varna, Bulgaria. Petya studied traditional Bulgarian singing and the Bulgarian lute  Tambura at the Academy of Music and Dance in Plovdiv and has been leading the children's choir “Медени звънчета” (copper bells) since 2001. Dragni studied the traditional Bulgarian bagpipe Gajda at the music school “Orpheus” in Shiroka Laka and then continued his studies at the Academy of Music and Dance in Plovdiv. Today he teaches various types of Gajda (Jura and Kaba). The couple can be found as course leaders in countless seminars and workshops for traditional Bulgarian music all over Europe.

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Iŋgor Ántte Áilu Gaup (Ailloš) is a musician, composer, actor and yoiker from the Norwegian part of Sápmi, the traditional living area of the Saami minority. Having grown up in a reindeer herding family, he learnt how to yoik early on despite the negative connotation this vocal art form still had when he was a child.  Today, Ailloš teaches the traditional yoik as well as Saami culture worldwide. He also likes to experiment with exciting musical crossovers between Yoik and Indian, African and Inuit vocal traditions.

Vitaly Yevseyev is a musician and folklorist. Originally from the Siberian city Omsk, he now lives in Moscow but frequently travels the world with nothing but a guitar. On his numerous expeditions into remote areas of Siberia, Vitaly has collected traditional songs, dances and fairy tales of various ethnicities. These treasures form the basis for the artistic output of his and his wive’s band URGAband, which transforms Siberian traditional songs to exciting contemporary rock music versions.

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Filip Arilon is a folk dance researcher, singer and multi-instrumentalist from North Macedonia. Familiar with Macedonian dances since childhood, he studied ethnochoreology (dance ethnology) at the music academy in Štip and has been collecting dances, songs and instrumental pieces from his country ever since. Filip teaches these cultural treasures worldwide in various music and dance seminars.

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Filip Arilon is a folk dance researcher, singer and multi-instrumentalist from North Macedonia. Familiar with Macedonian dances since childhood, he studied ethnochoreology (dance ethnology) at the music academy in Štip and has been collecting dances, songs and instrumental pieces from his country ever since. Filip teaches these cultural treasures worldwide in various music and dance seminars.

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Musicians at ConcertOnline

Andhira - four musicians from Sardinia who have been making music together since 2001: Elena Nulchis (vocals, Indian harmonium), Egidiana Carta (vocals and flute), Michela Saba (vocals) and Luca Nulchis (piano, Indian harmonium, vocals) work with the archaic expression of the shepherd's songs of their homeland Sardinia, but go far beyond that in terms of content. Their music tells stories, expresses longings, tells of hidden and mysterious places, of human malice, of the sanctity of nature and its elements, of precious memories ...

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HÜMA are a multicultural band from Zurich with musicians from Turkish, Kurdish, Macedonian and Swiss backgrounds. They describe their music as ethno-jazz, a modern approach to traditional music from the East with exciting jazz and rock influences. The seven band members - Hakan Can (oud, vocals), Ülkü Can (vocals), M. Ali Demren (guitar, vocals), Ezgi Berberoglu (string tambour), Nehrun Aliev (accordion, clarinet), Mirco Häberli (double bass) and Raphael Zuzak (percussion) - are not only experts in classical Turkish as well as Kurdish and Turkish traditional and popular music, they also write their own songs.

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«Obsigänt» are four strong, individual voices with a passion for natural yodel. Christa Hunziker, Rita Kalberer, Christine Michel und Gabriela Notter have been singing together for years in the choir “Singfrauen Winterthur”, and at the same time cultivating their interest in natural tones. Since 2014 they have been performing as a quartet or in cooperation with other formations. Their repertory includes traditional Swiss yodels, polyphonic songs and jazzy arrangements. The name “obsigänt” is a Swiss dialect word signifying the rising of the moon.

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Les Amuse-Gueules are three singers dedicated to natural yodel. Marion Knoth, Regula Stadler and Susanne Trost Vetter have been yodelling their way round the globe ever since 2012. Original natural tones and yodels are to be found in many regions of the world, not only in the European alps, and sometimes they sound surprisingly similar. Les Amuse-Gueules present various types of typical yodels from Austria and Switzerland, but also krimantshulis from Georgia, joiks from Lappland and Northern America as well as yellis of the Baka-pygmies in Africa. In addition, les Amuse-Gueules perform contemporary compositions of yodels mainly from Austria: funny, anarchic, lovely, queer, singular, but always diverse, fresh and new.

www.amusegeules.ch

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