Yakruna is still a new name at Russian ethnic-jazz scene. The group has been formed by two musicians well-known to world music fans – Luiza Imangulova and Marian (Mario) Caldararu. The line-up also includes Alexander Nadezhdin – bass (ex-Mango-Mango) and Alexander Borisov – guitar.
Yakruna's music is a lively canvas of different nations traditional songs framed by elegant lace of ethno-jazz. The members of Yakruna can be called the creators of their own music universe, where folklore – wisdom of ancestors – unites with jazz – contemporary mood.
"Green Street" is the debut album of Yakruna. Оn this recording сustomary guitars and drums are joined by saxophone, reed pipe, low whistle, gusli, kugikly, kantele, kalyuka, doyra, tambourine, uillean pipe.
It is a live bridge between original song tradition and contemporary music concept. Sounds of instruments of different countries and cultures entwine here into bewitching music mosaics. It provides the framework for precious authentic lyrics and emphasizes beauty of Luiza's distinctive vocal.
- Oryol na dubu (Eagle on the Oak)
- Ulitsa (Street)
- Po boru khozhu (Walking through the Forrest)
- Korovat (Bed)
- Myata (Mint)
- Irlandsky veter (Irish Wind)
- Blokha (Flea)
- Sberegla (Saved You) – (Kalinov Most cover) – bonus track.
Title of the album – "Green Street" captures the idea of the group. It is spring in its essence, album-triumph where every song is like a holiday or celebration covering horizon with its wide sound.
The keynote of the album is family issues – relationship and feelings, everyday life, customs and traditions, workdays and holidays.
The opening track of the CD is 'Eagle on the Oak'. It is an audio performance with its own fragile dramaturgy. It tells a story of a daughter's love for her dad. Song vividly describes an important moment of growing up and delving into the fuss and whirl of adult life when you always lack time. However, childhood memories find their way through hectic everyday life and warm girl's heart. They make her to take a break and find the opportunity to see her father.
Further on – 'The Street' – which sounds like a true song-festival, solemn and light. It gives the special spring mood to the whole album. The lyrics is a mix of traditional Russian Trinity Sunday songs.