Svitlana Nianio

We first discovered singer and multi-instrumentalist Svitlana Nianio’s music on the aptly titled ‘Music The World Does Not See’ – a small compilation of Polish and Ukrainian artists from the 1990’s with deep roots in Slavic folk traditions, as well ear for the avant-garde. Described as “deeply rooted in primeval myths, creating a world of magic realism” Svitlana’s music pushes ancient Ukrainian folk music in haunting and unpredictable directions, whilst retaining a tender minimalism at its core.

Svitlana still makes music to this day, but has a long history in the Ukrainian underground; as member of her ЦукорБілаСмерть (Cukor Bila Smert’), in solo projects or collaborations. We believe her work is deserving of more people’s ears, so it is a pleasure to welcome her to the UK for the first time for this edition of Counterflows.