Jenia Lubich, a Russian indie pop singer-songwriter, coming from St. Petersburg. Her voice can be heard on Nouvelle Vague’s most recent albums, and in 2011 she had released her first solo-album in Russia. Called “C’est la vie,” the CD was recorded at Kwaidan Records in Paris with French musicians and contains 11 songs that Jenia wrote in Russian, French and English.
C’est la Vie” includes the ironic “Russian Girl” (who has “vodka in her blood” and “dances with brown bears,”), frantic “Pagubno” (“pernicious”) , love song “Galaxy,” mysterious “Make it Red”, dreamy “Le blanc Danse”, very cinematic “Chernoe” (The Black), which is the sketches of St. Petersburg images and impressions: “I wrote “Chernoe” when I was walking over Palace Bridge in the rain, cars were speeding by, and it was cold and dark. It’s true, ‘in this black city only the night is white,’ that’s what I felt”. The album ends with a song “C’est la Vie”, which gave the title to the entire CD. As Jenia says “This expression is French, but every Russian knows what it means. This song is about life and its turns, somehow it reflects the content and the essence of the whole album”.
Before joining Nouvelle Vague and then embarking on a solo career, Jenia Lubich took part in a number of projects. She performed with classical repertoire in Finland & Hungary. In 2000 she started studying Modern Vocal, as well as Piano, Music History, Music Journalism at Smolny College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (St.Petersburg, Russia) and Bard College (New York, U.S.A.). Her song “Ville de France” appeared among the tracks of De-Phazz, VFSix and Incognito on a “Nu lounge” CD collection, published in Moscow in 2006. But the turning point in her artistic life was her meeting with Nouelle Vague, when she attended their concert in St. Petersburg in April, 2008. “I was really impressed, and after their show I managed to pass a demo CD with my songs to a producer Marc Collin. A week later, I got a message from him saying that the quality of the recording was horrible, everything was horrible, impossible to understand but there was something about it and, he asked me if I could come to Paris for a recording session.
As a result in the third and in the fourth albums of Nouvelle Vague “NV3″ and “Les Couleurs sur Paris” Jenia’s voice can be heard in “Marooned” , “Aussi Belle q’une Balle” and “La Crise Economique”. In October, 2008 JENIA recorded an aria of Violetta “Addio del passato bei sogni ridenti” from Verdi’s “Traviata” for the “Private Domain” project by Iko and Marc Collin, held by Naïve Music. In July 2009, Jenia presented her songs, accompanied by piano and guitar in Paris, at the music club, Le Reservoir. Also in summer 2009, she performed with Nouvelle Vague in France, Belgium and Canada, for the special French project Les Francofolies – a festival held in French-speaking countries. And later she continued working with Nouvelle Vague, taking part in their shows in Vannes (France), Cesme (Turkey), Moscow, Saint Petersburg (Russia), Helsinki (Finland) etc. In Autumn, 2009 she participated in Nouvelle Vague’s “French tour”, which had started in the famous concert hall Olympia in Paris and continued in different cities of France, Belgium and Switzerland.
Later on Jenia Lubich developed her own project, which had started with the recording of her solo-album in Paris with Marc Collin as a soundproducer. It was previewed by her five-song EP “Russian Girl” in December 2010. Both EP and The CD features Marc Collin on keyboards, Olivier Libaux on guitar and Thibaut Barbillon on bass, all of whom are musicians with Nouvelle Vague. It also features Jean Pierre Bottiau and Bruno Ralle. French singer Nicolas Comment is featured on “Le Blanc Danse,” a song for which he also helped to write the French lyrics, while Lubich sang backing vocals on Comment’s 2010 album “Nous Etions Dieu.”
In St. Petersburg, Jenia formed her own band with a guitarist Stas Berezovsky, a drummer Andrei Ivanov, keyboard player Denis Kirillov and bassist Dmitry Touriev.
Curiously, the Russian public reacts to Jenia Lubich’s songs written in French and English with the same enthusiasm as to her Russian songs. “I hope, people don’t think that I sing in English and French because I have nothing to say — as I lived for some time in New York and have a lot of connections with France, I think I have the moral right to present them to the public. I use English, or French, or Russian because I hear some music of my own in these languages. Every language has its own notes and rhythms”.
Seen as very much a St. Petersburg artist, and developing her own project in Russia, Jenia keeps up her international connections. Recently she has recorded a track, called “Morning Flow” for Stephane Pompougnac CD Colllection “Night and day”, and also she wrote and recorded a song “Everlasting Roads” for a CD “La Musique du Fabourg” by a French DJ Malik Alary. Jenia participates in Nouvelle Vague’s shows now and then, and at present Kwaidan Records prepares her “C’est la Vie” album for the release in France in 2012
Published: November 30, 2011
Pictures made by Tanya Tikka