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HERO Single out worldwide March 17, 2014!

 GET IT HERE: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hero-ep/id840993534

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Love, Elly






 

04/07/2014

One week to go

In one week's time my EP Hero will be released to the world, as will the EP "Как Дети".

I am in Minsk, and this is where we performed last night. I really love it here. And this is a photo of the arena from the other night where the concert was:

Audience minsk

I really don't see how it gets any better than this, really, except that if this was MY concert 100%... but I guess that is just something to work towards starting now. Performing in an arena is so addictive. I loved every minute of it.

I have had so much fun performing with Shura & Lyova of B-2! And doing this with an orchestra on-stage has been such a treat.

Lyova

Shura & me

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One week to go until my release of the Hero EP, the official music video for "Sorry", the "Как Дети" ЕР, which features three new songs in Russian.

А если вы читаете это по русски, приходите ко мне на концерт в это воскресенье:

Afisha moscow show

03/19/2014

Hero, Hero

What an unreal couple of days. 

I am on tour in Russia, supporting a veteran Russian band, B-2. I get to do the opening set, but then also sing seven duets with them throughout their own set, PLUS sing one of my own songs with orchestra.

Yes, I forgot to mention that there's a symphony orchestra, too, in addition to the band.

I am loving every minute of it. So far we have done two cities - Kursk and Oryol. The audiences in both were so warm and welcoming, it was like a dream. Maybe it is a dream. But it's also a homecoming of sorts. After all, I am Russian. I grew up here. I may not have spent the recent years here, but the roots run deep. For my opening set, I sing songs both in English and Russian.

The political situation leaves a lot to be desired... and here's to hoping it will improve, and very soon:( But as for this moment, I am here to sing for these people  - and hopefully remind them that sometimes you do get through, that life is not JUST struggle - sometimes after years of struggle you do get to live the dream.

On top of that, the PegBoard Nerds version of my single Hero is so, so good - and the Superman video it's attached to has gone viral - over 5 million views in the last two days. Here's the thing: I am already in heaven thinking about the fact that in the last 48 hours 5.5 million people have heard my voice.

That's enough for me.

But the response is mostly so positive - and today my site crashed because, apparently, the traffic to the site was too heavy for it to handle. This had never happened to me before: a definite first.

Hero is a very special song for me. I'll tell you why in the next post, though, because it's midnight here and I am absolutely knackered. Tomorrow's another show. See you then, goodnight.

Спокойной ночи!

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Hero Lyrics and FAQ

 

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FAQ:

1. Hero is written, produced, arranged and performed by me, aka Elizaveta Igorevna Khripounova. It was my first time producing something all by myself. Hooray!

2. The choir at the end of the song is crowd sourced from all over the world.

3. Yes, there's also kids yelling & singing (thanks, elementary school in L.A.)

4. There will be an acoustic version of Hero coming out later this spring.

5. Mixed by Rob Chiarelli, masted by Bob Ludwig.

Additional vocals by Ben Cassorla & Timur Bekbosunov

6. Pegboard Nerds Rule:)

7. There will be a crowdsourced Hero video going live in early May.

8. Buy my single version on iTunes and pre-order the Hero EP, out April 14, 2014.

I am an independent artist, 2014 is the year of much new music, many new videos and concerts, so I need your love and support:)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hero-ep/id840993534

 

HERO

Oh the hero comes

I can hear the drums

and our horses run to the kingdom come

Through the pale moonlight

our hearts ignite to the call.

 

Oh, claim your prize 

to the crown of stars

In the name of love

be the sacrifice

You and I will stand and fight

our backs to the wall.

 

Oh Hero, hero

I want to be a hero

Hero, hero

I want to be a hero

 

There is no escape

let the fever rise

as our horses rage 

and our goal's in sight;

maybe I'm the one -

I'm the one who will fall.

 

Oh, lay me down

on a bed of stone

I will wait for you 

as I rest my soul

I will watch you ride

when you respond to the call.

 

Oh Hero, hero

I want to be a hero

Hero, hero

I want to be a hero

 

Shut your eyes

Shut your eyes

Don't be scared to shut your eyes

Watch those lights 

from the stars

in your head, hypnotized

Join our fight for what's right

let your heart be your guide.

 

Ой герой, герой ты мой

Вот зовет герой меня в бой

Ой герой, герой ты мой

ты возьми подругу с собой.

 

I feel alive

I hear it coming, yeah...

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03/18/2014

Superman!

Remember how I said I wanted breakfast?

Well, all in all, I'd rather not eat and make an EPIC video for Hero, so... maybe I should start tightening up my belt. Or something. I have competition!

Speaking of epic videos and things, PegBoard Neds who are an electro dub step duo and I collaborated on a very DIFFERENT version of Hero. And now Superman flies through the air to my voice. Yes.

 

 

 And here is the new version by the Nerds, feat. me. 

I love it. I really hope it makes it into a Marvel film of some kind. An epic song for a fight in slow motion or a chase scene etc etc. Oh I can see it all in my head!

 

 

 

03/17/2014

Here we go

My first single is out, and it's Hero, of course.

 

 

Go get it on iTunes so I can go buy some breakfast;)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hero-ep/id840993534

There are other special annoucements in the pipeline, but it's a good start.

But I'm jumping on a train and tomorrow night I'll be singing in front of 3,000+ people.. with a symphony orchestra. Because why not?

It all begins now.

 

02/11/2014

The future holds fun things

..such as a crowdfunding campaign!

And a video or two.

I am finally over my cold and I have a month until my tour in Russia.

The Russian EP is finished and getting mixed.

I have started my own RECORD LABEL! It is called....wait for it.....wait for it.....

FLower Army Records

I can't wait to start releasing music. Me curly

02/07/2014

London

London is all gray skies and piercing wind. The rain lets up occasionally and then it's plain lovely. 

I went for walks and got rewarded by sun:

London sun

 

I also got rained on quite a lot.

London rain

 

After a while I decided to take matters into my own hands and bought a hat. It came in handy. I also got lots of compliments. Strange, because you'd think the English wear hats more often. But I guess not, I was the only one rocking the wide brimmed gray sexy hat. It was good for the rain.

 

I also went to see a Paul Klee exhibit at the Tate Modern. It was a feast for the senses.

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He had a good life, that Klee. He got to be in Germany at the height of the Bauhaus movement and spent time with Kandinsky. They probably smoked cigarettes and debated art and philosophy over wine or something stronger in late night cafes and bars. Lucky him. He spent most of his life doing what he loved and in the right place. He died just before the start of the 2nd World War - probably a  good thing since it would have broken his heart. His last painting was called 'Twilight Flowers' and it made me cry. 

Here is a quote of his, I love the last sentence about the artist being 'a creature on a star among stars'.

Klee said

I stayed with friends and was surrounded by cats. It's nice to have a warm cat around on a cold night, let me tell you.

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This one, though, was as large as a panther - I swear! But very sweet and cuddly.

London cat2

On occasion the sky looked magical, like in a Peter Pan story:

London sky

I went to the Borough Market and spent lots of money on edible things. Can you blame me?

Borough market1

My Troubadour show was sold out and packed. The sound guy was a cute Italian serious bloke and he was very good. I think I'll hire him again!

I caught a cold and brought it back to L.A. On the way back I woke up and saw glaciers:

Glaciers

01/19/2014

a day of rest

I had an incredible couple of days and only now getting a little bit of rest. Next week I still have some vocals to finish for my Russian record and then I am off to London.

Joe's Pub performance was a grand time for me and it seemed to really connect with the audience, as well. It was sold out and people were so nice. I think I have become a better performer since the last time I sang here. New Yorkers are a tough crowd, they are very sophisticated and demanding.

I loved being part of the Prototype Festival. Unfortunately my buddy Timur the Tenor couldn't join me on the Odi et Amo duet at Joe's. I would have liked that because our performance at the LuEsther Lounge together was quite something. I think being paired up with another singer of an operatic background on a pop-ish duet makes me get louder and more dramatic/operatic than usual, and that it turn fires him up... and off we go into the stratosphere of vocal omnipotence;)

There are so many things I want to add to my live set, though. Electric guitar is going to become a permanent part of it, as I work on this in February, once I am back. Choreography...

But it's important to realize that I have come a long way as a performer in these last two years since the very advent of the first Beatrix Runs songs.

Joes pub2

On to London in a few days. Can't wait.

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01/16/2014

New York!

I love New York. Well, I was born here. When I come back, I am always both a little scared and excited. It's almost as if I am feeling the city challenge me and say: 'So? Have you accomplished your destiny? Where are you at? Why are you slacking? This is not why you were born here, little girl! Step up!'

Unlike Los Angeles, where I am just face to face with myself and act like a hermit, NYC has an energy all its own. It's alive, it breathes, shudders, buzzes. It provides stimulation everywhere and on every level.

My show tomorrow night is sold out:

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I will have a wonderful bass player performing with me, Anthony Maceli.

If you are reading this, and missed out, I am performing a short set late tonight at The Festival Lounge at Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St NYC 1003. It's like an after hours hangout space for festival goers.

I go on at 11 PM, and it's free.

Yesterday New York was chilly and sunny.

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One of the things I simply can't understand is how New Yorkers don't all weigh 300 pounds, simply because there are so many incredible places to eat everywhere, ten per every city block.

A fan drew a picture of me and posted on Facebook. It's beautiful, but what's even more striking to me is the owl. You see, I have been writing a story (animation screenplay sort of thing) and there is an owl in it. I have neglected the story in the recent months because the music took over. But this is like a definite sign to keep at it and finish it. All right, I'll do my best!

Me and owl

(drawing by Melissa Posch)

The show at Witzend in LA was also sold out and a few fans showed up to sing Hero with me. Some of them were 10, others in their 20's, 30's, 40's & 50's - I'd say we had quite a diverse group. It was a great start to a tradition, I think. It felt great.

Witzend choir

I love to sing.

Right now I am pretty tired, though. But it's a good tired. Tonight, I'll be joined on Odi et Amo by a pretty amazing tenor (and friend) Timur Bekbosunov. He is quite something - I guess I'll just use his own description on his personal site because I couldn't come up with anything better: "The tumultuous sensation of omnipotent splendor, fueled by passion for contemporary art, culture and politics".

Only a tenor would come up with something like that;)

01/09/2014

Poem

I came across some beautiful imagery by Ed Fairburn. He draws faces in vintage maps. My friend and designer i102fly will go crazy when she sees the link I sent her because she has (shhhh!) a map fetish. She even has map patterned pants. But who am I to talk? I love maps, too. Although probably not with such passion, and I can't read them very well, ever. But to me, maps have always represented adventure and possibility.

Then it struck me: oh my, when was the last time I wrote a poem? Sad, sad state of affairs when a self proclaimed POET AND FLOWER ALCHEMIST hasn't written any poetry for... well, for a very long time.

And here is a little improvised poem that shaped itself because of the imagery.

 

The years, travels and worries
Laughs, loves, tears
Secrets, songs and stories
all inscribed on our faces.
Time's an artist, too, you know
He works slowly, gently
Every face is a little different
A canvas to fill with minute details.
So why do we shame ourselves?
Why do we seek to erase history?
Who said Time's art is ugly?
My face carries a map of my journeys
Both on the inside and the outside
This scar is chicken pox when I was ten
This wrinkle is for the one who got away
And these lines are growing because I laugh a lot.
I am a wanderer and a lover
I sing and I love to sleep
I get spots when I eat too much sugar.
My face remembers everything
and maybe
It is time to forgive myself in it.
(ek, 2014)

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