The Heavenly River

The Heavenly River


The music of the group The Heavenly River has a unique concept. It is based on a particular rhythmic foundation called “taal” that is played on the Indian drums instrument “tabla”. This is skillfully played by Sergey Puchkov, who mastered it in the Indian city of Nagpur.

Named “fusion”, the music is compiled from different musical styles, including Ukrainian (Slavic) folk melodies and elements of Indian classical music, all blended together with jazz improvisations. In this way, the unique form of this music was created, based on the ethnic foundations of different cultures in combination with the essence and structure of the Indian raga.

Before the group came together, every one of the four performers had been on an artistic exploration, each seeking their way in seemingly never-converging musical styles. Professional musicians Sergey Isakov and Sergey Puchkov had been members of rock groups and then graduates of an Indian Academy of Music and Fine Arts, where Sergey Isakov mastered the Indian slide-guitar, while Sergey Puchkov was developing skills in playing the tabla drums. Valeria Marchenko and Ruslan Pashynskyi, before joining “The Heavenly River”, participated in different jazz projects.

Since its formation “The Heavenly River” has taken part in a number of Ukrainian jazz and other festivals as well as international festivals of spiritual music held in Italy, Greece and Russia (namely in Moscow) and participated in various concerts. They have regularly played at the musical clubs of Kiev, were guests of a ‘Resheto’ musical TV program on TET TV Channel (Kiev) where they gave a performance and an interview, contributed to the ‘Puls asfalta ‘ (‘Pulse of asphalt’) project of the TV company “Ulichnoe televidenie” (‘Street TV’).

heavenly-river-LightThe year 2001 saw their debut album “The Light”. The album was made in collaboration with Alexey Kabanov, who imbued the music with the sound of another original Indian instrument: the sitar and santoor.

In “The Light”, the main theme was the state of harmony and unity with Nature, as well as Spiritual Enlightenment.

The philosophy of “The Heavenly River” is determined by the spiritual standpoint of its founders. “The deep inner world matters for us more than anything else. Our name fully depicts the music we play” – says Sergey Isakov, the group’s leader.

Due to the spiritual basis and the absence of a vocal element, the admirers and audiences of “The Heavenly River” are not defined by age or any other criteria. Anyone can find something personal in their music, which evokes joy and a state of harmony in the listener.

At present the group is recording a new album, but this does not keep them from participating in many musical festivals, (e.g. such as “Kraina Mriy-The Land of Dream”-, jazz sessions and various types of concerts.

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