Deepa Nair Rasiya
British-Indian singer songwriter, Deepa Nair Rasiya has been making waves in recent years, on the World Music platform internationally and is being increasingly recognized as a pioneering and innovative composer with a deeply soul-stirring vocal style.
Her South Indian heritage, combined with her exploration of and training in both Western music and North Indian Classical music have come together to shape her into a unique musician straddling with ease a range of musical genres and earning her an unrivalled place amongst the female Indian vocal artistes of the UK today.
In addition to her initial training in Carnatic classical, Deepa has also received training in Hindustani music briefly from Ustad Dilshaad Khan and intermittently from the eminent vocalist Smt Veena Sahasrabuddhe and guidance recently from Shri Mukul Kulkarni of Pune.
“This music is a special genre of vocal art, called sean-nós…in this type of singing O’Leary is a master” – General Anzeiger (Bonn, Germany)
“As we listen we become possessed by the fascinating charismatic singer Caitríona O’Leary with her angelic and ethereal voice” – Crescendo Magazine (Germany)
“As always, it is the voice of Caitríona O’Leary that captivates and captures the listener immediately…. the instrumentalists are at their best and the result is truly overwhelming.” – Toccata Alte Musik Actuell (Germany)
Caitríona O’Leary is known internationally for her intense and passionate performances of Traditional Irish song, Folk and Early Music.
Most recently she recorded The Wexford Carols an album of traditional folk Christmas carols with the producer Joe Henry featuring guest artists Tom Jones, Rosanne Cash, Rhiannon Giddens and an all star band.
She has recorded seventeen critically acclaimed albums with her band Dúlra, and the celebrated early music ensembles, Sequentia, The Harp Consort, Joglaresa and eX (the Irish-based ensemble she founded in 2006). These have been for EMI Virgin Classics, BMG Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Heresy Records/Naxos, Vox and Avie.
Caitríona has toured and performed around the world, including such venues as the Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall and Cité de la Musique and has appeared at numerous festivals including, Beethovenfest Bonn, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Festival Cervantino Guanajuato (Mexico), Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Concerts Spirituels Geneva, Zagreb Summer Evenings Festival, the Split Summer Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival, Belfast Festival at Queen’s, etc.
Dina e Mel
Dina Bušić is a classically trained musician who received her degree in Musicology from the Zagreb Academy of Music. Even throughout the years working as a music critic, music teacher, music producer at the Croatian National Theatre Zadar, and Director of the Zadar Concert Office, singing remained the golden thread woven into the fabric of her life. Her soprano features through lyrical softness, and her performances show idiosyncratic expressiveness painted in Mediterranean tones.
Guitarist Melita Ivković’s artistic expression was largely shaped by her work with the Zagreb Guitar Quartet with which she has been travelling the world with since 1993. She won international awards, released two albums, and produced a number of works by renowned contemporary composers.
Melita’s musical experience shows layers of influences from many genres, some of which she became enamoured with as a classical guitar student, such as rock, jazz, bossa nova and other. Her own compositions and arrangements are best described as measured and stylistically thought out and heartfelt synthesis of music styles, from classical harmony to modern and ethno rhythms.
Dina and Mel confidently took on the extensive scope of work required for the project Nightingale – Forgotten songs of the Zadar Arbanasi. In addition to singing the songs of her ancestors, Dina also researched them as an ethnomusicologyst, and edited them into a unique whole in collaboration with musicians of similar musical sensibilities: Edin Karamazov and Miroslav Tadić while Mel blended rich melodies into an amalgam resting on the foundations of classical harmony and vibrant as the vast traditional musical elements from nations she draws inspiration from – from Brazil to Albania!