You may have heard Galya Bisengalieva’s violin skills without actually knowing it because the Kazakh-British virtuoso has worked with the likes of Radiohead, Frank Ocean, Suzanne Ciani, Steve Reich and Terry Riley. She has also appeared on the soundtracks including Alma Har’el’s Honey Boy, Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here and Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s The Mustang.
Last year Bisengalieva came out of the shadows and into the spotlight with her first solo work aptly titled EP ONE. The three-track release featured her own composition ‘TULPAR’ (a winged horse in Kazakh mythology) sit alongside works by French pianist Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch and Scottish composer Claire M Singer.
Returning with EP TWO on her NOMAD Music label the project once again features one of her own compositions and two collaborative pieces. The EP is rounded off by a remix of ‘TULPAR’ by the brilliant electronic producer Actress.
Opening with ‘Zhora’, a piece written by turntablist Shiva Feshareki. It merges Feshareki’s cutting-edge turntablism techniques with Bisengalieva’s effortless fluidity of interpretation. Next, we have the darkly menacing ‘Umay’ (the goddess of the earth and fertility in Tengriism) written by Bisengalieva. It’s a deep, entrancing, listening experience. The third track, ‘Claycorn’, written by experimental composer CHAINES, was inspired by the animation of award-winning Czech game developer Amanita Design and their fantastical cast of characters. Galya’s violin is skillfully distorted to the point where it is entirely unrecognisable.
Enjoy the EP below and look out for more brilliance from the violinist/composer extraordinaire in the future!
4. Tulpar (Actress, 26 Drones Remix)