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TATI / Bio

With powerful vocals and intricate arrangements, Tatiana Kochkareva’s intelligent indie-rock is both dynamic and haunting; a result of her early classical and jazz training mixed with her love of rock music greats like Pink Floyd and Queen. A Moscow native with a passionate voice evoking comparisons to Nina Simone, Kochkareva will release her third album, Infinity, on April 19, 2012.

Brooklyn Academy of Music says Kochkareva’s “voice eschews indie preciousness for richer timbres, bringing a worldly depth to songs about everything from personal triumph and tragedy to social graces and dreams.”

Following her studies with Irina Vladimirovna (a student of the great Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich), Kochkareva was awarded a full scholarship to study jazz at the University of Miami – at the age of 16.

Launching her from Moscow to Miami, that bold move inspired her first rock album, the emotionally stirring and passionate Moments. Recorded in 2006 with bassist Alexander Kuzmichev (of award-winning Russian rock band, Voskreseniye), the collaborative debut produced the vindictive rock ballad “Memories” and the high-energy alt-rock track “Chances,” about fearlessly pursuing your goals. Moments established Kochkareva as an artist to watch, and led to her 2007 appearance as a guest on Fabrika Zvezd, Russia’s take on American Idol.

Relocating to New York City two years later, Kochkareva began work on her sophomore album, Dreamers. Unmistakably rock, Dreamers returns to the influences characteristic of Moments, while incorporating more pop sentiments, and pairs Kochkareva’s Nina Simone-esque jazz vocals with deeply personal lyrics about the struggles she’s experienced throughout her career. Lee Zimmerman of the Miami New Times said it’s “an ebullient, engaging offering that suggests whimsy and reality can make a tidy meld when imbued with passion and purpose.”

The title track, a light-hearted love song, “Dreamers” reveals a softer, more hopeful side of Kochkareva, and was featured in the documentary/reality art series “Off Broadway” aka “Warhol’s Children,” which aired on Sundance TV. Conversely, the powerful “What Is It?” and “Good Morning, Heartache” reveal the emotional struggles she suffered in her personal and professional life.

Written over the last three years, Kochkareva’s upcoming Infinity was recorded with Jeff Berner (Naam, Tigercity, Wakey!Wakey!) at Brooklyn’s GaluminumFoil studios, and is set for release on April 19, 2012. The album features Sarab Singh, Spencer Cohen, Daniel Platzman on drums; Jeff Berner, Michael Feinberg on bass; Jeff Berner on drum programming/sequencing and guitar; and Tatiana Kochkareva on vocals, keyboard and harmonium.

Infinity marks a more eclectic take on Kochkareva’s sound and is filled with electric elements and sonic experimentation. "We didn't limit ourselves to using typical rock instrumentation or the implied and organic sound of the instruments that were played,” she said. Each song on Infinity is sung, recorded and produced in completely different ways, to represent the different emotional sentiments; thus naturally sonically contrasting. “It’s very much an emotional album, where the most important role of the production was to recreate the feeling that was originally put into the song,” she said.

The hauntingly powerful first single, “Winter,” represents the end of something that used to be dear and a certain melancholy that comes with it; an inescapable process we all go through at many points of our lives. “To me, winter is one of the main symbols of metamorphosis. It's the last season of the year and brings us to a certain finale. We see it in nature, when suddenly everything stands still and freezes in time until it can come back to life,” she said.

Infinity continues to build on Kochkareva’s reputation as a dynamic vocal powerhouse, instrumentalist and indie-rock artist, with her stirring music and enchanting live performances leading the way. Look for Tatiana Kochkareva’s Infinity on April 19, 2012.

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