"Zulya’s seductive voice sends the hairs on the back of your neck tingling to life, and the effect then spreads out into more sweeping paroxysms of delight." - Sydney Morning Herald
Zulya is a multi - award winning artist who draws heavily on her Tartar, Russian heritage, singing and composing music that is likened to "the bitterness underpinning the sweetness of dark chocolate." The lyric themes are universal and archetypal - mythology, fairy tales, longing, restlessness, and transformation.
During her last twenty year Australian residence, Zulya has produced six internationally acclaimed CDs - including three with the Children of the Underground. In 2012 Zulya was awarded the official title of the Honoured Artist of Republic of Tatarstan by the president of Tatarstan. Other awards include: nomination for the Outstanding Musician (Melbourne Music awards 2010), Australian Recording Industry Award (ARIA) for 3 Nights (2007), National Archive Award for The Waltz of Emptiness (2005) and The Best LIVE World Music Artist (2002).
Throughout this time, she has made regular appearances at all major festivals and venues around Australia: Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre (2013), Brisbane Power House (2010), Sydney Opera House (2010), Melbourne Recital Centre (2009), Women in Voice - Queensland Performing Arts Centre (2005), WOMADELAIDE (2003); Ten Days on the Island (1999). European highlights include: Red Square (Moscow, Russia), Creation of Peace Festval (Kazan, Tatarstan), Living Water Festival (Altai Mountains, Siberia) and Radiokultrhaus in Vienna, Austria.
Recently, Zulya has embarked on her first-ever theatre production, Evolution, Revolution and The Mail Order Bride. The new work for stage blends elements of both music and theatre and stylistically has been coined 'musical tragicomedy'.
“One thing that distinguishes Michailidis from the plethora of guitarists is his melodic strength. It's the music, not his technique that catches your ear.” The Canberra Times
The career of Lucas Michailidis spans more than 20 years. During this period, he has built and sustained a practice and profile, both in Australia and overseas, as composer and performer. His acoustic fingerstyle work is characterised by a musical lyricism, sophisticated counterpoint and resonant harmonic progressions underpinned by an extensive exploration of alternate tunings.
His two solo recordings, The Offering and Freshwater Road have garnered attention worldwide along with glowing reviews across Australia. He is a past winner of the Open Strings competition in Germany (2001) and has had his composition All Grown Up included in the Korean Fingerstyle compilation CD, My Love, My Guitar - The Best of Acoustic Guitar alongside guitarists Tommy Emmanuel and Pierre Bensusan in 2006. His music has been published by John Stropes in the US (Stropes Editions, Ltd.) Mel Bay along with Guitarist Australia magazine. Two of his compositions are presently included in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prescribed listed of notated solo works for contemporary / popular guitar.
He has been a member of Zulya and The Children of the Underground since 2004 and performances as soloist and band member have extended to Europe, South Korea and the USA, along with all major cities and festivals around Australia, coinciding with regular appearances on state and national radio.
" Anthony Schulz stands out on accordion, with his sophisticated use of harmony and countermelody.” - Rootsworld.
One of the more unique and individual voices in Australian improvised music, Anthony Schulz has developed and expanded a sound world that shatters all preconceptions of the Piano Accordion. In 1996 he was a founding member of the groundbreaking Australian ensemble Frock, a group that speaks through the meld of disparate cultures, historical displacement and a vision for the future that is both hopeful and challenging. Frock’s ongoing exploration of improvisation, form and ensemble relationship has led them to produce seven albums and perform their music throughout Australia, Europe and Asia.
At one point thrashing his accordion in the dissonant expressionism of Berg’s Wozzeck and to the next improvising freely with ECM icon Barre Phillips; he then re-appears in a contemporary jazz performance with the noted jazz vibraphonist Dave Samuels or renowned guitarist Doug DeVries. In 2007, Anthony was awarded an ARIA for his work with Zulya and the Children of the Underground “…The original songs are built mostly around Anthony Schulz’s inventive Piano Accordion playing." (Dave Curry, Canberra Times).
Anthony’s performances have been described as, "... surprising, beautiful, somewhat mysterious music... often, simultaneously, ancient, modern, intricately constructed & improvisatory." (Doug Spencer, The Planet)
Andrew Tanner is known an exceedingly versatile double bassist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. His playing is marked by a keen melodic sense and the uncanny ability to play the right note at the right time.
Equally at home in genres as disparate as: gypsy, latin, free improvisation, punk, death metal, cabaret, classical and jazz. Andrew has performed throughout Australia with Vodka Party, The Brothers Boing, the Tania Bosak Moods in Mambo Ensemble and Rektango, has played in Moscow with his own project, the Andrew Tanner Band, and more recently throughout Australia with the hugely successful VulgarGrad, performing Russian criminal songs, and in Melbourne with country-punk outfit Roadkill Rodeo (Erkki Veltheim), Kurdish funk group Baran, and country-folk-rock troubadour Floyd Thursby.
Andrew has worked with Zulya Kamalova since 2001 and has performed with her independently, and alongside the Children of the Underground throughout Europe - Russia, Serbia, Finland, Tatarstan and Siberia.
“Australia’s most versatile clarinettist." Real Time 2014
Aviva Endean's performance practise spans a wide variety of musical styles and performance contexts including experimental and improvised music, theatre, creating immersive sonic environments, chamber music, folk music and inter-arts collaborations.
Aviva’s own projects have included ensembles as diverse as Quiver New Music ensemble (contemporary chamber music and improvisation), The Barons of Tang (gypsy-death core), Mamushka (avant-gypsy-jazz), In the Half Light (a show for immersive lighting and solo clarinet), The Intimate Sound Immersion (for one blindfolded audience member at a time) and The perfect Human (for acapella voices and lo-fi lighting). Aviva has also collaborated with many other musicians and organisations across a range of styles including Tania Bosak and the Barefoot Orchestra, Babaganoush, Chamber Made Opera, Arcko Symphonic Project, 6 Degrees ensemble, Golden Fur, Aphids, Astra Chamber Music Society, A is for Atlas and Sanctum Theatre.
Aviva’s music has taken her around the world several times including performances in Japan, Indonesia, New Zealand, Mexico, across the USA, Canada, the UK, and Europe for major festivals including Tziget, Roskilde, WOMAD, The Tokyo Experimental festival.