Russian Evolution – Zulya and the Children of the Underground

With Emily Rosner (free in the Festival Hub bar).

It’s been 100 years since the October Revolution shook the world. ARIA-winning Zulya and the Children of the Underground look back at the last century of Russian song through the lens of traditional folk, Soviet pop, jazz, old movie favourites, great 20th-century Russian composers and originals. They interpret music contemporary to the major events of the last century – traversing the building of the Soviet Empire, the Great Patriotic war, the Space Race, the thaw of the 60s and stagnation of the 70s, Perestroika’s 80s, the chaos of the Yeltsin years and the grim authoritarianism of the Putin era – all set to stunning archival footage.

With an over 20-year career as a harpist and vocalist, Emily Rosner boasts exceptional musicianship and a repertoire of diverse styles. She has recorded with artists including Lisa Miller and Kate Cebrano and will be playing enchanting performances before both shows free in the Festival Hub bar.

“5 stars. Swinging like a Bolshevik Marlene Dietrich, Zulya and the Children of the Underground are able to strike a deft balance between melancholic sadness and the unbridled joy that is never too far away. ”
Songlines, UK