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Alla Seydalieva

Alla Seydalieva

Alla Seydalieva was born in Samarkand city in Uzbekistan . Her origin is Tatar. Her mother is a music teacher , who plays tree instruments: piano, accordion and oboe. From the early age Alla’s mother has been her inspiration for music. At the age of six she started studying classical piano at a music school in Samarkand. At the age of 14, she started to attend vocal school back home. After graduating from secondary school, she was still heavily involved in sports playing basketball for Uzbekistan! After the graduating from Bukhara State University she decided to quit playing sports as a professional and went to study at theatre school as well as working in musical theatre for three years. She has been involved in various music projects, jobs, festivals, concerts and recordings. She is happy that in her music career and she has worked in different genres such as pop, jazz, blues, rock, opera, musicals, r&b, hip-hop.

In 2010, Alla moved to London to study for the Bachelor’s Degree in contemporary music performance ( vocals) at Tech Music School. At the end of her third year in university she developed greater interest in fusion of pop/rock music with middle eastern themes. During this time she was a lead singer in trip-hop band “The mouth of ghosts”. I continued with my musical education and went to study for the MMus at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. In my final performance I presented a set of traditional folk singing of Asian countries with the mix of contemporary styles.

HVUM: We know a little bit about you from our earlier conversation and from online profiles. We know that you have multi-cultural interests and that you are passionate about your music and theater, but tell us the story of Alla…Give us a look into the personal side of Alla.

AS: Growing up in Samarkand and being from a musical family, it was inevitable that I would be involved in some sort of music as an adult. My passion for music grew day by day and after moving to London in my mid 20s. it was obvious that the city inspired me to take a different approach in writing my music, I started to express my emotion in a more complex way from the musical point of view. Being a singer and song writer, I always wanted to combine both and I believe that one does not exist without the other, I enjoy doing both with a lot of passion. All the emotions I go through helps me write music later on, weather its being happy, feeling low or being angry. I believe that when I go though one of these emotions, I feel like there is someone inside me who wants to express this in writing my music. If I wasn’t a musician, then I would probably be a chef or an astronaut! I have also played professional basketball in my country and for my national team for about ten years.

HVUM: How have you pursued developing your career. In building your career, what has worked particularly well for you?

AS: I tried developing my career by expanding my knowledge in music. The fact that I tried myself in different genres of music gave me a greater confidence in my ability as a musician and a performer.

HVUM: How did your interest in multiple cultures and cultural folk music come about?

AS: When I was leaving in Uzbekistan I was not massively interested in folk or traditional music. But since I came to London I wanted to feel closer to my home so music seemed to be a perfect connection between us.

HVUM: We’d like to offer our followers a chance to listen to one of your multicultural works, “Tibetan Sky”.

AS: Yes , this one was one of my collaboration pieces.

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HVUM: Bring us up to date on your music. We know you’ve been involved in several projects such as Mouth of Ghosts, but where are you now and where to you plan to go with work underway?

AS: I am currently focusing on my solo career by promoting myself as a solo artist. I am doing two different projects where in the first one it’s more mainstream and another one is more folk. I am also collaborating in a duet with my friend singer-songwriter Mila Verney in playing one piano four hands and sing. This music is more about sensuality and passion.

HVUM: Great! In the spirit of letting people get a sense for you recent work, we want to show a video recorded live at Cabaret at Paradise By Way, London -“Guide me”.

Lead Vocals – Alla Seydalieva
Acoustic guitar – Sam Connor
Bass – Darya Sidorova
Oud, Saz, Pipa – Charlie Cawood
Keys/ Vocals – Mila Verney
Drums-Joshua Bisset

HVUM: Wow! Thanks for that. Think about your singing and songwriting thus far. What do you consider to be the greatest moment of your career. Be honest now!

AS: Every performance is like the first one . But a good decision of mine was coming to London and furthering my career.

HVUM: What do you like to do other than music? What does Alla do to relax and have fun?

AS: Playing basketball , going for morning runs to help me keep fit and focus. I love dancing , acting , cooking , meeting friends , reading books, write poems.

HVUM: You really have an amazing set of interests! Okay, finally, I have to ask you my favorite question. Do you have any superheroes? Who and why?

AS: I don’t have any but I do watch a lot of films in my spare time.

Alla, thanks so much for taking time out to share your story with us here at HorizonVU Music. I know our followers will find you and your music to be exceptional. I hope that you’ll stay in touch with us.


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The Met’s spring 2013 Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, examines punk’s impact on high fashion from the movement’s birth in the early 1970s through its continuing influence today. Featuring approximately one hundred designs for men and women, the exhibition will include original punk garments and recent, directional fashion to illustrate how haute couture and ready-to-wear borrow punk’s visual symbols.

Focusing on the relationship between the punk concept of “do-it-yourself” and the couture concept of “made-to-measure,” the seven galleries will be organized around the materials, techniques, and embellishments associated with the anti-establishment style. Themes will include New York and London, which will tell punk’s origin story as a tale of two cities, followed by Clothes for Heroes and four manifestations of the D.I.Y. aesthetic—Hardware, Bricolage, Graffiti and Agitprop, and Destroy.

Presented as an immersive multimedia, multisensory experience, the clothes will be animated with period music videos and soundscaping audio techniques.

The exhibition is made possible by Moda Operandi.
Additional support is provided by Condé Nast.

Find out more at http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2013/punk and read Robert Smith’s New York Times review.


Gareth Dylan Smith aka Dr. Drums

Gareth Dylan Smith

Gareth Dylan Smith IS Dr. Drums, and in addition to his own blogging, he’s agreed to join us on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP. Drawing from his teaching, and most definitely, his experience as a heavy duty rocker and drummer of the band “The Eruptors” http://www.eruptors.com/ Gareth is going to bring us great VUs and reVUs in keeping with HorizonVU Music’s focus on women in rock, alternative and folk.



Rachael Travers is a folk singer from London, England. There are plenty of these, and they seem to be especially prevalent at the moment, following the collective decision of mainstream media to focus their gaze for a season on ‘nu-folk’. However, against a backdrop of Marlings, Mumfords and Staves, what sets Travers apart in this nebulous UK ‘scene’ is her voice – a uniquely beguiling instrument in which she combines the purity of Alison Krauss, the playful agility of Dolly Parton and a heart-wrenching emotional palette approaching the depth of Jeff Buckley. With lyrics that are direct and suggest a youthful naiveté, Travers visits some deeply personal spaces in her music; her songs are strength and tenderness, conversation and introspection, confidence and uncertainty. She reels in her listeners, addressing all of the songs to ‘you’, with memorable original melodies She tends to perform either alone with her guitar, or accompanied by a band that includes banjo, mandolin, double bass, drums, and harmony vocals reminiscent of Emmy-Lou Harris with Gram Parsons. I attended a performance in the spring of this year where Travers showcased new material at a songwriters’ circle in North West London. The songs were disarmingly honest, her performance powerful, and the entire audience wrapt, spellbound.

With live shows being rare (a delicacy not to be missed) and often announced at short notice, a selection of Travers’ music is available on her 2011 Ivy Road EP. Wearing her heart on her sleeve, Travers disrobes emotionally on this touchingly intimate clutch of songs that take the listener on a journey through an undulating landscape of love. On the opening track, ‘Forgive Me’, she sings of love unattainable, and leaves us ‘clenching on to the night, with nowhere else to go’. She declares frustration at God, whom she later rejects completely in the final song when she sings ‘I don’t believe in God no more, I’m sorry to say’. The title track is a soothing, beautiful and impassioned reminder to a companion about a path taking him or her to where ‘you’re loving again’. ‘All I ask’ sees Travers at her breathiest and most needy, and also her most defiant, in a song of unrequited love in which she ultimately confesses in the poignant final line that ‘all my world would fall apart, if you weren’t in my heart’. On ‘You are the One’ she is upbeat and feisty, angry over more unrequited love. She dismisses her would-be suitor, admitting nonetheless that ‘I dream of your hand for me to hold’. It is on this cut that she sounds most like Dolly Parton, showcasing a Nashville finesse that few of her contemporaries pull off with such alacrity. The final song, ‘No More’, features Travers’ voice at its most intimate. A slow crescendo, this might be the cream of the crop. It is a plea for autonomy and some space of her own; her pure, crystal voice soars high into the distance, away from her suffocating, controlling lover.

Travers tells listeners that ‘all I ask is for your love’. You can start by accessing most of the songs from Ivy Road here: http://soundcloud.com/rachaeltravers, where Rachael Travers sings of her heart.

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