Bios of Muha's band members
Iryna Muha is a singer and a songwriter; multi-instrumentalist and the founder of Muha. Iryna grew up in Vinnitsa, Ukraine; she spent her teens in Darkhan, Mongolia where her parents moved for work. Iryna’s early music influences were her father’s accordion playing and her mother's singing at home. The traditional ‘table songs’ that are sang around the table at social gatherings have given the roots to Iryna’s current work.
With the interest in Eastern European folklore, as well as wider world music traditions Iryna explores instruments from hurdy-gurdy to berimbau, from jew’s harp to harmonica. Iryna is a keen collaborator and a believer that music is a common language among all people and that we should communicate more often, especially across the borders. With her band Iryna collaborated with such artists as Mayur Narvekar ( India), Aref Durvesh (India), Keith Waithe ( Guyana), Constant Bushinsky ( Ukraine) and others.
Dmitry Fedotov, is a renowned guitarist and composer with a diverse career in music for over 30 years, that began in Latvia from the early 80’s. Dmitry is the founder, composer and lead guitarist of Pilgrim , which performed extensively across former USSR until Dmitry moved to the UK in 1990. The band recently released a new album, Dawn Chorus, with a new line up. Dmitry has worked extensively in music production and performance alongside teaching music to hundreds of musicians over the last 18 years.
Performance - Pilgrim 1983-1990; Bedlam Choir 1992-1995; session guitarist for Boney M and The Real Thing 1996-1998; Muha 2006 ongoing; Pilgrim, Dawn Chorus 2013 ongoing. Composition and production – Albums: Odysseus (solo), Taras (Muha), Dawn Chorus (Pilgrim), Reka (Muha). South Asian dance performance music commissions: Manushi, Bisakha Sarker, Kali Das and Shane Shambhu.
Dmitry Fedotov is the talent and hard work behind all Muha’s studio recordings.
Louise Clements- bass player/ percussionist in Muha since 2008, she also incorporates vocal rhythms from Kathak - a North Indian Classical Dance, including Teentaal (16 beat cycle) and Jhaptaal (10 beat cycle).
With British- Armenian roots Louise is from a family of musicians, raised in the New Forest her professional career spans work as a curator/artist/dancer/writer/musician.
Currently working as Senior Curator in QUAD center for Art and Film, Director Curator for FORMAT International Photography Festival Derby and Kathak Dancer with Manushi Dance Company, alongside; writing, running workshops and other contemporary art collaborations for performance or exhibition. She lives by the saying: ‘Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody is watching.’
Nikki Mckenzie - Nottingham born, started to play drumkit by taking lessons in jazz and Latin music from Victor Scott (junk4funk workshops) . Nikki has been playing drumkit for about six years, but started to play percussion in band with friends as they already had a drummer! Main influences are funk and latin disco with lively busy bongos and cowbells/blocks included. Nikki's interests have always been been in the rhythms and influenced by many jazz, Latin and Afrobeat players. Joined Muha in 2011.
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