The Life of Music and the Music of Life
Eh Molodoj. Authentic folklore song from Ryazan’ district by Gerasimova (recorded in 1950s), Russia and our interpretation of it featuring hurdy gurdy (2014)
We are happy to announce – MUHA latest long awaited album Reka is out on September 1st!! On the album we have few our interpretations of Ukrainian and Russian folklore songs. This is one of the originals we’ve been working from. We reveal our folk version later, stay tuned and share!
Sunday Stabroek, Feb 14th 2014
‘ … On Valentine’s day in the Rupununi , the red haired Iryna Muha stole the show. The petit Ukrainian artiste, who sings in the style of Eastern European folk singers, seemingly made everyone fall in love with her. Her style, personality and talent crossed language carries to introduce something new to everyone and make them like it. Ukrainian music, or Iryna’s version of it at least, is fun and of sort that you would likely skip to when no one’s looking. But it is also varied, sometime mournful and melancholy, with similarities of native American music. It was a learning experience too as Iryna gave bits of background about her country…’
Guyana Chronicle , Feb 18 2014 On a photo with Aref Durvesh.
Free concert by the dynamic contemporary Eastern European folk band – Muha, to celebrate the Premiere Screening of an extraordinary new music video created by 6 talented animation artists in Chongqing, China
A multicultural artistic collaboration between popular Nottingham-based Eastern European Contemporary Folk band Muha and computer animation artists from China has resulted in a stunning music video that celebrates the infamous Cossack hero, Taras Bulba.
The song “Taras”, taken from Muha’s 2010 album of the same name, recounts how the eponymous hero of Nikolai Gogol’s historical novella bravely unites fellow countrymen against a common enemy, only to ultimately meet a gruesome end but thereby guaranteeing a place in the world’s cultural history.
In 2010, Zeng Tu- a celebrated artist filmmaker based in Chongqing, founder of the film department at the Sichuan Fine Art Academy and frequent collaborator with Muha Bassist Louise Clements, was artist in residence at QUAD, a centre for contemporary art and film in Derby. Having already released their CD album “Taras”, the band approached Tu to create a music video. The artist was immediately drawn to darkness and legend of the song Taras.
For over 18 months Zeng Tu co-ordinated a six person design, 3D-imaging and animation team consisting of the best recent graduates from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing, working as a collective based in an old tobacco factory converted into artists’ studios called – 501. After nearly 18 months the 100% CGI-animated video was complete.
Art and music lovers are invited to attend the free Muha concert, during which the animated video will be exclusively screened in full.
Support comes from Graham Dale – a multi-instrumentalist, inventor and instrument maker who has been described as ‘music genius of rural England’. Graham will perform vocal looping specifically created for this event inspired by various music traditions from around the world.
In Russian art and mythology Wonder Birds (чудо птицы- Rus) are the birds with female heads. The most famous wonder bird is Sirin. According to myth, the Sirins lived “in Indian lands” near Eden or around the Euphrates River.
In 17-18th century Sirin symbolized world’s harmony. People in those times believed that only really happy people could hear Sirin, while only very few could see one- because she is fast and as difficult to catch as human happiness. She symbolizes eternal joy and heavenly happiness.
Sirin is now lived in my garden, to brighten it up in any weather