Yakruna band is creatively different project of two world music stars from Russia – Luiza Imangulova and Marian (Mario) Caldararu.
The voice of the band is Luiza Imangulova – a folk songs performer and multi-instrumentalist, playing traditional string and wind instruments. She is a Tatar born in Kazakhstan, nonetheless she sings Russian folk songs since the age of three. Luiza graduated from Samara Academy of Culture and Fine Arts and has been teaching folk singing for over thirteen years. She is the director of a children folklore ensemble Zhar-Ptitsa ("Firebird"), which has won numerous awards at international competitions in Poland, Austria and Czech Republic.
Marian (Mario) Caldararu is the pulse of the band. Sophisticated drummer and percussionist. For many years of his activity Mario collaborated with well-known musicians and took part in interesting projects. The list is impressive: Arkady Shilkloper
and Klaus Burger, Sergey Filatov's Ethnosphere and ethno-jazz trio Trigon (Moldova), Sergei Starostin and Matthias Schneider-Hollek, Leo Slepner and Pascal von Wroblewsky, Andrey Goncharov and Stefan Charisius. Mario has traveled half of the world with his performances; he played major international festivals in Russia and abroad. He also has been giving percussion master classes in Europe, including the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg.