Sasha Almazova & Non Cadenza are an outstanding jazz/soul outfit from St. Petersburg,
the «northern Venice» of Russia. The band is fronted by singer and lyricist Alexandra Almazova.
Together with her colleagues, the outstanding jazz musicians, she creates what Non Cadenza like to call «Russian soul» — a mélange of modern jazz and timeless romance. This combination of heartfelt passion and dizzying stagecraft has led to invitations from countless clubs at home. Sasha Almazova & Non Cadenza have entertained fashionable dancefloors and charmed the most discriminating festival juries.
The band’s debut album appeared in November 2011, called «Beskonechnost’» («Eternity» or «Timelessness»). That title alone speaks to the lasting impact of a sophisticated recording. The songs were first honed under the watchful eye of Moscow’s best studio technicians — and then embraced by audiences across Russia, Ukraine, and the Baltic during 2012 and 2013.
In September 2013 the Saint Petersburg jazz/soul outfit Sasha Almazova & Non Cadenza is proudly announcing a new album; it bears the title «Neprilichno,» i.e., «Indecent.» Lead singer Sasha Almazova adds a little context: «Despite the album’s title, you won’t hear anything improper or slanderous! The thing is that we live in an often absurd world — in a society where everything’s either back to front or upside down. Things that used to be forbidden or considered indecent have now become commonplace. The same changes have happened in the artistic world, especially in music.»
When it comes to branding Sasha Almazova & Non Cadenza,
the band insists on the peculiar designation «Russian soul.»
Sasha Almazova: «Why Russian soul? Well, all of us were raised on Western music. I mean Incognito, Ray Charles, or Earth Wind & Fire, for example. I myself listened to loads of female jazz singers. All that goes back to an African-American heritage. Whatever we produce is going to be filtered through our personal musical upbringing; the kind of singing
I like best,
the performance style that’s dearest to me is soul.
There may be lots of nods towards Western culture in our songs,
but the music of Sasha Almazova & Non Cadenza is deliberately
performed in Russian language alone. That’s what we mean by Russian soul.»