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(01 April 2000) Currently living in Canada,
Alla Kadysh has a sultry Russian accent
and a songwriting style that embraces jazz, folk, and ethereal
World Beat. Her eleven-track
debut album, Perichole's Sincerity Theory (SOCOM
(Canada) 1996) is attracting attention from radio stations
and the print media alike because of its unusual combination
of styles. The eclectic singer described by CMW media as
"Loreena McKennitt meets Sarah McLachlan with a dose of
Marlene Deitrich." Kadysh has sung back-up for well-known
Russian recording artists and toured the European
continent with various shows as well as with her own band. She also
works as a session singer, writes music for films and television
and performs in different venues in and around Toronto. Further
information about the artist and the album's title are available
at the artist's
The vocally laced album features heartfelt songs sung in a
contemporary and worldly style with stunning vocals, soaring
at times to incredible heights, primarily accompanied by light
instrumentation. Alla's extensive vocal range illustrated as
the album progresses.
We asked Alla about artists that may have influenced her songwriting.
"I don't think I'm influenced by any particular artist
when writing, but styles do influence me. For example, I was
listening to different Celtic bands before I wrote "Wrong Century,"
so it has some Celtic flavor, and I was into French chanson for
"Bear with Me". She is always craving something new and interesting
and consequently there isn't an artist or band she listens to all
the time. She told us, "I could listen to a song I like 56 times
a day for three weeks in a row and never come back to it again. The CD
changer in my car holds 6 CDs. I can tell you what's in it at this
moment: Portugese Fado singer Misia Sting's "Fields of Gold";
Sholeh Haghighat—traditional Persian music with amazing vocals;
Astor Piazzola "Songs From The Heavy Heart";
French band "Paris Combo"; and a women of jazz compilation
featuring Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Rita Reys and
Nina Simone." Alla also travels with a tape of whatever music
she's rehearsing at the time.
Contrasts are evident ranging from the upbeat contemporary
opening track "Woman From The Wrong Century" to the swinging
jazz influences of "Dummy Babe" and the worldly textures of
multi-tracked "Soul Of The Perichole." "Nothing's Wrong"
and "Bear With Me" hav a certain cabaret flare while "So
Pretty," with its sensitive vocal part, resembles a quiet
torch ballad. Alla plays piano and keyboards and is
accompanied by Wes Wraggett (electric and acoustic
guitars, keyboards and samples) and other supporting
Alla had couple of years of training in Musical Theatre college
and some private vocal tutoring. Her style developed from
stage experience. Alla's career is her music; She told us,
"I'm a proffessional performer. I do everything from the
studio side singing to private partys." She continued,
explaining about her live performances, "I play almost every
Friday in different Chapters and Indigo bookstores around
Toronto, some clubs and restaurants, festivals if I'm lucky
and whatever other gigs I can get."
She told about the songwriting process,
"The melody and the story idea come first, it is
never a problem. Then there's the long process of fitting the
lyrics into the melody where I'm cursing my English every 20
seconds and sleep with the Oxford [dictionary] under the pillow,
unless I'm writing the Russian song in which case it just flies."
SHhe told us about the studios she uses in different stages.
"Some songs I arrange myself and record bits and pieces at my home
studio, some i have no idea what to do with. Wes Wraggett,
composer and musician, arranged few songs on my CD. Then
everything goes into professional studio and gets recorded
with live musicians."
Artwork for the album includes lovely photographs illustrating
Alla's personal beauty. She told us, "the pictures were done by
a professional photographer, and my step daughter Julia did all
the computer graphics for both the album and the website." When
asked about the web, she told us, "The internet
has been a great promotional tool so far. I used to call people
trying to book the gig or get some press and they would invariably
ask, 'Alla ... who?' Now I tell them, 'You know, one of my songs
is No. 1 in Canada on a world fusion chart of MP3.com.' This usually
gets me some attention. Not to mention the convinience of being able
to send your demo over the net."
You can hear Alla's songs
mp3.com and order her album
Perichole's Sincerity Theory at amazon.com
here. Certainly worth further exploration, the album is vocally
stimulating and a relaxing listen!