SVETLANA AND HER MODERN TIMES BIG BAND

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Svetlana with Seth Weaver's Big Band at Zinc Bar, NYC.  Photo by Nina Galicheva

charmed an all-Manhattanite audience, fronting the Seth Weaver Big Band at Zinc Bar....  vividly channeled the deadpan vindictiveness of Ellington’s Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me, and balanced that with an exuberant take of It Had to Be You (NY MUSIC DAILY) 

her original, It’s All Good, that made for the best song of the night.  It’s an update on classic 30s swing for the here and now. As she hit the chorus, she suddenly rose from a warmly enveloping calm to an eye-opening leap: “When you hear the BIG NOISE, it’s not thunder or storm.” Then she took the audience groundward again: “It’s just the sound of my heart breaking.”  The song ended on a characteristically enigmatic note, a little defeated, a little defiant (LUCID CULTURE).

Svetlana has been a featured soloist with several big bands (including Seth Weaver Big Band, Manhattan School Of Music Big Band, NY Jazz Academy Big Band and more), including her monthly residency at New York's legendary Zinc Bar, with Seth Weave Big Band.  Svetlana is in the process of developing her own big band project, Modern Times Big Band, combining classic big band sound, thrilling arrangements by the best NYC big band leaders, and Svetlana's own captivating front woman stage presence and vocals! Modern Times Big Band borrows it's name from a 1936 American comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin - in which Chaplin's iconic character struggles to survive in the modern, industrialized world - with the music and love shining the light towards uncertain but hopeful future!  Modern Times Big Band music reflects this idealism - and also provides thrilling experience that can be appreciated both by the jazz lovers and the 21st century modern audiences alike! Available repertoire includes American Songbook classics, Holiday Classics and Svetlana's Originals. 

Photos by Nina Galicheva and Richard Velasco