It all started in 1997, when artist/painter and songwriter Ilias Muratov together with a Music College graduate and bass player, Leo Zanis, decided to form a music group. This group was going to be slightly different than others. Not only will Ilias sing in Russian, but the music would incorporate swing and Latin touches along with modern pop and rock.
The duo performed in small clubs and cafes in the lower Manhattan area. Though the lyrics were in Russian, the audience response was very good. Inspired by this success, they decided to record an album. Now Yoke have three full length albums out for everybody to listen at Spotify. Ilias’s songs are deeply rooted in Russian folk music. With Latin and Afro rhythms and Ilan’s background in jazz, pop and rock, the different styles complemented and invigorated one another.
The Russian lyrics are a lure to capture the listener while the music vividly draws images, each song a different story, time and place. The band will be performing in New York’s Club Bonafide and keeping the dream alive.