A debut album “Oy vesna, vesna…”(Oh spring, sweet spring…) as well as a video clip for it titled “Sydyt’ Mlada za stolichkom” (Here is Mlada sitting) released by Maryna Yurasova, a young jazz songtress, who performs under her stage name Mlada, were presented in Kyiv Art- Club “44” just before the beginning of the year 2006.
This project includes original jazz arrangements of the Ukrainian folk songs as they are seen by the songtress. Among those who contribute to the album we can name such famous Ukrainian jazz musicians as Vitaliy Ivanov (sax), Olexiy Saranchin (piano), Volodymyr Shabaltas (guitar), Denis Dudko (double bass), Sergey Tabunshik (drums),Roman Grinkiv (bandura), Rodion Ivanov (keyboards).
Pavlo Shepeta is the author of new arrangements.
The album includes seven songs and two bonus tracks. One of the songs “Krokove koleso” (The Rolling Wheel), is dedicated to a cultic jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, whose music has inspired the musicians to create the disc.
A famous music critic and radio presenter Olexiy Kogan called the album release as a “quiet sensation” and noted Mlada’s tremulous and delicate attitude towards folk music and the original sound of her voice – archaic and modern at the same time.
The “combined” star-band, which plans not only to give concerts in clubs but also to participate actively in ethnic and jazz music festivals, has made its “live” debut during presentation of the disc.
Maryna Yurasova was born in 8th of January 1979 in Kyiv, learned to play piano in a music school and then studied at R. Glier Kyiv State Higher Music College, Department of Pop Vocal.
Yet being a student, she began to compose songs. Subsequently, she presented those songs at the festival “Chervona Ruta-97” and became a diplomant of that festival. At the same time she began to perform as a jazz vocalist.
Over the last years she took part in different art projects of Ukrainian jazz bands. In 2003 she was invited as a songtress to participate in recording the album “Prysvyaty” (Dedications) by Igor Zakus. She also compiled the exclusive concert programs and presented them in Kyiv music clubs. The most famous projects ( in addition to “Oy vesna, vesna…” ) include “Capricorn’s dream”- lyrical jazz project. “Children project” 2004 – based on children songs from movies and cartoons. “Bjork acoustic project” 2005 – based on songs of the famous singer Bjork arranged in modern jazz version.
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