IVA NOVA (RUS)
“Iva Nova is the coolest Russian female band„,
writes Russian Rolling Stone Magazine.
The ladies of IVA NOVA were inspired by the Slavic folk music, but they gave it a personal touch. A rather wild touch, we might add. Don't expect traditional Russian folk, these ladies rock a little too hard for that. But when the two lead singers do some harmonies, they make one think of Vartinna. Their sonic expression is girlish and playful, yet feminine and proud. And if the accordion player picks up accordion, she can make you dream of the Russian countryside. But when one of the singers picks up her guitar, she brings you right back to the big city.
The band was formed in 2002 in St. Petersburg, and traveled to Western Europe for the first time in 2004, after the release of their debut album. Ever since, they've been touring extensively, playing numerous clubs and festivals in eleven countries (even Iceland). In the meantime, they've released a second album Chemodan, an energizing and passionate recording.
Besides lyrics on Russian IVA NOVA have songs on Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Georgian and Tatar languages. Along with exploiting endless folklore resources they creatively experiment with other styles. Their live show is a mix of lyrical songs and punky-energetic dances.