"3 Nights" re-affirms Zulyaâ€™s reputation as one of the most exotic and enthralling performers and songwriters in Australia. With songs sung in three languages â€“ English, Russian, and Zulyaâ€™s native tongue, Tatar â€“ "3 Nights" showcases Zulya and the Children of the Underground at their most magnificent: exquisite musicianship, superb songwriting and intricate arrangements, to say nothing of Zulyaâ€™s sublime voice.
Most excitingly and for the very first time, after residing fifteen years in Australia, on "3 Nights" Zulya sings her own songs in English. For listeners and fans familiar with Zulyaâ€™s music who until now have enjoyed her songs in Russian and Tatar â€“ the communication of its meaning and emotion going beyond language â€“ this prospect is very exciting.
Zulya and the Children of the Underground released their 1st (and Zulyaâ€™s 4th) album, "The Waltz of Emptiness (and Other Songs on Russian Themes)" in 2005. Since then, the album has received amazing coverage in major press around the world, including a glowing 4.5 star review from German Rolling Stone. Songlines (UK) described it as "Antipodean brilliance" and awarded it 4 stars.
The album spent 4 months in the top 20 of the European World Music Charts after its release in Europe in March 2005 and even entered the top 10 (July 05), which brought this album to the position 23 out of 1051 submitted to the panel over the whole year â€“ a feat never achieved by any other Australian album!
"3 Nights" is set to follow up on the successes of "The Waltz ..." with thirteen beautiful new songs.
Originally from Tatarstan in central Russia, Zulya is familiar to audiences throughout Australia as a performer and interpreter of traditional and original music derived from her Tatar and Russian cultural roots.
Zulya and the Children of the Underground create a unique sound derived from the combination of the melancholy, beauty and drama of Zulyaâ€™s distinctive song-writing with the extraordinary musicianship of her Australian band members (Anthony Schulz â€“ accordion, Lucas Michailidis â€“ guitar, Andrew Tanner â€“ double bass, Justin Marshall â€“ drums, percussion).
- Artist of the Year 2001 (Australian World Music Awards)
- World Music Artist of the Year 2002 (Australian LIVE Music Awards)
- Album of the year 2000 for Aloukie (Australian World Music Awards)
- World Music Album of the Year 2003 nomination for elusive (Australian Record Industry Awards, ARIA)
- Best Album 2005 for The Waltz of Emptiness (National Film and Sound Archive Award)
"I'm not sure if an Australian band has ever been nominated for the BBC's Awards for World Music, but on the strength of this, it's about time." Songlines (UK) Jonathan Walton
"The Tatars have their legendary war prowess to thank for much of their honourable place in the world's history books. I never knew they made such beautiful music as well" The Volkskrant (Netherlands) 2003
"One of the things that makes Zulya utterly captivating is that singing is so transparently a joyous activity for her. Even when the songs bear a profound melancholy, conveying such richness of emotion seems fundamentally elating" John Shand 2002