Ilya are songwriters and composers Joanna Swan and Nick Pullin.
They are from Bristol and work from their studio in the woodland that surround the Avon Gorge in North Somerset.
Ilya started work on their debut album in 2001 and They Died For Beauty was released on the Virgin label to massive critical acclaim; delivering the bands first flagship song ;Bellissimo’ ( which was and still is, used in worldwide advertising campaigns by Revlon and Cacharel). Ilya played live extensively throughout the UK and Europe during this period.
ILYA have written songs and instrumentals for Revlon. Casheral, YSL, and Christian Dior as well as two independent feature length films, Born From The Foot and Telugu and a Bulgarian short film called Rabbit Troubles. Songs from their albums have appeared innumerable times on television around the world: (Six Feet Under, Nip and Tuck, The Chelsea Flower Show to name but a few) and Soleil Soleil from their first album was used in the Hollywood blockbuster Mr Brooks in 2007.
Ilya’s 2nd album, Somerset was released on Universal Digital in 2005 to amazing Internet reviews.
“Somerset is the glorious delivery of all those wonderfully exciting promises they made the first time round. It swims in a thick fog of classic sensuality, the songwriting having eventually caught up with Joanna’s vintage, ethereal tones. They Died For Beauty’s inconsistencies have been ironed out to phenomenal ends. Ilya have fulfilled their own prophecies and then some, meeting their most far fetched expectations and thrillingly, going even further. Without exaggeration, this is one of the decade’s most devastatingly beautiful albums” David Welsh/Music OMH.
Carving Heads On Cherry Stones is the bands 3rd album and is only physically available through CDBaby and the bands own web-site,
Joanna has also made album with composer Lunabee from Belgium " Nino Rota meets Scott Walker in a ballgown" The album Lunabee and Swan was released in 2007 and is available on iTunes and physically from the band website. www.lunabee.be or www.ilyasounds.com ( follow the link)
Joanna has also made an album with French composer Francois Elie Roulin called Robots Orchestra. " A concept album with a twinkle in it's eye. Imagine the musical hair performed by robots without any". Released in the Autumn of 2008 and distributed by Harmonia Mundi. Also available on itunes.