After touring eight countries across Europe, the UK, and the Middle East last year, Swiss-based artist ADAYA and her band (comprised of musicians from Europe and North America), have released their first album The Other Side.
The Other Side is a prophetic album rooted deep in folk traditions from the British Isles and steeped in colors of contemporary psychedelic folk.
ADAYA's poetic and mature songwriting is the result of many years of traveling and from being an uncompromising full-time musician.
Adaya Lancha Bairacli was primarily a solo artist until 2014, when she began collaborating with the multi-talented American bassist Aaron Goldsmith.
Their band began to expand in 2015 with the addition of Buck Curran, who gives an ethereal touch with his Electric Guitar (for the past decade he's been a member of the renown American Psych-Folk duo Arborea).
Also in the current line-up is Swiss percussionist Corinne Windler, along with Moniek de Leeuw (also composer and violinist of 'The Balcony Players') from Holland. ADAYA's music has been compared with the ,music that developed out of the Folk Rock scene of late 60's and 70’s.
Without being purely nostalgic, ADAYA’s lyrics are deeply intuitive and always thoughtful, and while rooted in classic progressive folk and the experimental side of psychedelic music, everything is complimented into a unique perfection and makes her music sound timeless.
Folk Radio UK recently described ADAYA's music: "This is high caliber music, both stunning and original in concept and delivery, we’re looking forward to hearing more".
ADAYA and her band will tour extensively in Europe throughout the Summer and Fall of 2017, presenting The Other Side ...which already stands as a contemporary classic and the beginning of a promising career.
Photo by Daria Marchik
Adaya is a talented songwriter with honest lyrics in a unique and passionate style.
Drawing on the folk traditions of many cultures, her music has moved audiences throughout Europe.
Time and time again she travels to places where the songs and cultures enrich her imagination.
Inspired by the festive medieval scene in Switzerland, as well as the international community of street performers and troubadours traveling the world, Adaya made an early commitment to live from and for her music, and has not looked back since.
With banjo, guitar and her charismatic voice she performs her own songs, along with a handful of Irish and English ballads and leads the band with grace and an open heart.
Foto by Daria Marchik
Navigating the rich harmonic textures and rhythmic intensity of the low end of the frequency spectrum, Aaron’s quick ear and playful musicality have allowed him to perform in many genres and with a wide variety of talented artists. From Balkan Cumbia to Celtic Americana, speed jazz to rockabilly swing, folk punk to ska funk, electro cumbia to chamber folk, and everything in between, if there’s a style he discovers, it’s not long before he’s playing it, on an arsenal of hybrid bass instruments adapted from different world folk traditions, including the contrabass, bass harmonica, fretted and fretless acoustic bass, African sintir, electric fretless sitar bass (his own invention), and his treasured Mexican Mariachi bass; the guitarron. Aaron's bass produces a rich sonic foundation on which the music of Adaya can soar to the heavens or plunge to the depths of the sea.
In addition to Adaya, Aaron occasionally performs with Carpathian supergroup Szkojani Charlatans Celtic folk band Tir Awen Balkan and Thracian experts Kaba and Americana folk punk collective Railyard Ghosts
Buck Curran (from Maine, US) is a guitarist who plays melodies haunting and beautiful. He is one half of the successful psychedelic-folk duo ARBOREA. Since 2006, they have released 5 albums and performed extensively throughout the US, UK, and Europe . . . including festivals (Philadelphia Folk, Green Man, Hopscotch, SXSW, etc) and sessions on the BBC, NPR, WNYC, and WXPN. In autumn 2014 they met Adaya in Ireland and since summer 2015 Buck collaborates with the band, adding his signature style and otherworldly melodies to the musical stew.
Buck's new solo recordings can be found here:
Moniek skills on Violin braught her all over the world together with her Holland based Gypsy Klezmer Band The Balcony Players. Friends with Aaron for years, she met up with he and Adaya in Israel, where they played a row of shows together, as well as recording. At last Moniek's violin is now on 'I am Born' and will be heard throughout the upcoming album. This summer she will be joining the band for a series of shows, and in the future, who knows?
Photo by David Manuel Stucki
Corinne plays music since she can remember.
While studying Jazz Saxophone in Lucern and finishing several CAS for Music Management, she toured and composed several musical projects such as X-Elle and her most current Band named "Birgs".
Music and more Information about Corinne and her Projects you can find here; http://www.windlersounds.com/
Photo by David Manuel Stucki