Moscow-born Daria Kulesh combines a truly extraordinary voice with strong Russian and Ingush heritage.
Her debut solo album Eternal Child was described as "phenomenal" by FATEA Magazine and named 'Album of the Month' and Runner Up in ‘Best Album of 2015 from a Female Artist’ by FolkWords, among numerous other accolades, awards and nominations.
Her sophomore album Long Lost Home is inspired by Ingushetia (Ghalghai Mokh) – the lost home of Daria's Grandmother Fatima Akhrieva. A mountainous republic in the south of Russia, it’s a land of immense beauty and harrowing tragedy, of fascinating culture and age-old traditions.
Daria's personal link to the stories injects the songs with raw passion and power; the single from the upcoming album, The Moon and the Pilot, has been described by Mike Harding as “one of the most beautiful new songs of the last 10 years”.
Daria is very excited to be working with award-winning multi-instrumentalist Jonny Dyer and People's Artist of Ingushetia Timur Dzeytov who will feature on the upcoming album alongside Vicki Swan, Jason Emberton, Lukas Drinkwater and Kate Rouse.
The date of the album launch – 23 February – marks the tragic anniversary of Stalin’s outrageous injustice, the deportation of the Ingush and the Chechens in 1944, an event that resonates with the recurrent harsh reality of social displacement caused by inhumane governments and war. Yet Long Lost Home isn’t all about tragedy – it’s a celebration of the unique identity, spirit, culture, history and traditions of Ingushetia.
Daria will be joined on stage by Jonny Dyer, People’s Artist of Ingushetia Timur Dzeytov, Vicki Swan, Phil Underwood, Evan Carson, and Kate Rouse.