Upside Down

Review by The Vortex

Review by Glenn Astarita «All about Jazz»

Review by Paolo Peviani «All about Jazz»




Mouse Wedding

Leo Records 2007, CD LR 489

Unlike Year’s Cycle, Upside Down was not born out of unifying conceptual idea. The album is more a collection of individual pieces. Each in a way is a reflection of how the two musicians were probing their way towards coherence and tightness of their musical communion: whimsy ease of Alexander’s violin flies over solid and earthy foundation of Evelyn’s accordion. I only wish there was more of her inimitable vocals, although in one piece they scream together.

Their first live performance is scheduled in Bucharest for late April 2007 — in between the time when I write these notes and the album comes out. A duo has been born.

Alex Kan, BBC, London

The album title intimates a musical approach that defies the norm. In effect, they effortlessly merge Russian-folk with jazz improvisation and the classical element, while venturing into a rather opaque, avant-garde realm. The duo also treks into the free jazz vicinity, yet occasionally tempers the variable flows with lighthearted jazz and chamber-esque motifs. Simply stated, hearing is believing.

Glenn Astarita “all about jazz”

Evelyn Petrova—  music, accordion, voice

Alexander Balanescu—  violin, voice


1. Upside down – 9’08

2. Journey – 8’52

3. Shout – 6’42

4. Hungry wind –7’04

5. Torn dress –8’05

6. Dream – 5’58

7. Mouse wedding – 5’22

Total time: 51’37




Evelina Petrova and Roberto Dani
Part of the project "Mirrors. Dedication to Andrey Tarkovsky"
Fornacepasquinuci gallery, Italy 2014

Two fragments
(Lullaby, Round-Dance)

Evelina Petrova and Alexander Balanesku. Video from Ethnomechanica world music festival 2009 in Saint-Petersburg.

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