Aniko Dolidze is a Ukrainian vocalist with a Georgian soul and a distinctive voice.
She strives to be outside of any format and to be honest with her listeners. Therefore, behind each program, there is a huge layer of work the viewer does not see:
“After my preparations for the concert, the neighbors can sing the whole program together with me, it looks like.”
In her voice, the tenderness and power of the two nations are united. And the mix of two cultures – the Ukrainian and the Georgian – is reflected in her repertoire. Aniko sings Georgian and Ukrainian folk songs, reinventing them and breathing a new life into archaic ethnic motives.
Aniko is sure that the color of a voice are determined by the nationality, the places where you were born and where you live.
Aniko is native to the Ukrainian city of Chernihiv and it was there, where she received an elementary musical education in piano class. She chose music intuitively in her childhood – she enrolled in a music studio on her own.
“I was raving about the piano like all children, probably. I dreamt about a piano, I drew the piano keys and air-played it.”
At the age of 12, Aniko began to attend a vocal studio, and in 1999, she started studying at the faculty of pop vocal of the R. Glier Kyiv Institute of Music, and in 2003 – at the jazz department of the same institution.
It is during her student years that the first experiments with Ukrainian and Georgian folklore began. She also was first introduced to jazz at that time and fell in love with that music eventually.
Having graduated from the jazz department, Aniko returned to her alma mater in 2013 as a teacher. She has her own principles, which seem paradoxical at first sight:
“I don’t think a teacher should inspire a student, it’s just the opposite. My students inspire me, and their achievements make me rejoice.”
Ethnic Travel Project
This includes “centuries-old folk songs from different corners of Georgia, run through our passion for jazz”, as well as original Georgian-folk-styled pieces.
“I love folklore – this is how the people perceive the world. I fell in love with jazz forever and I would try to unite what I love in one.”
The first experience of cooperation with jazz musicians, the project that began with the performance of the song Nakaduli continues to evolve and new songs are constantly added to its repertoire.
Aniko Dolidze & Land Forces Jazz Orchestra
The repertoire of Aniko Dolidze & Land Forces Jazz Orchestra includes three concert programs: “Swing Era Dance Hits”, “Merry Swinging Christmas” and “Dear Ella”.
Gratitude to Giya Kancheli
This is the project dedicated to the music of the brilliant Georgian composer Gia Kancheli written for the theater and cinema. The project was born during a trip to Georgia and an unexpected acquaintance with the composer. Since then, Kancheli’s music has become a talisman for Aniko.
is the project dedicated to the music of the brilliant Georgian composer Gia Kancheli written for the theater and cinema. The project was born during a trip to Georgia and an unexpected acquaintance with the composer. Since then, Kancheli’s music has become a talisman for Aniko.
“Kancheli’s music is deeply meaningful and wise. And it’s a great pleasure to be able to touch it with my heart. The musical language of Kancheli opens and reveals the soul. This is the language I want to speak sincerely to the public.”
The Ukrainian jazz musician Rodion Ivanov acted as an arranger and a pianist of the project, the other participants being Serhii Sidorenko (trumpet, flugelhorn, guitar, sound effects), Ihor Zakus (bass guitar), and Roman Yakovchuk (drums).
“Jazz Kolo” by Ihor Zakus
With Aniko, the project recorded four programs: “Christmas”, “Acid-Kolo”, “Voices”, and “Duets”.
Aniko Dolidze Big Band
This is a musical time machine that brings us back to the 1930s and the 1940s – the era of swing and big bands – immersing the listener into the atmosphere of New York dance clubs.