Inna Zhelannaya

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Inna Zhelannaya
Inna Zhelannaya at Bodø Jazz Open 2014
Background information
Born (1965-02-20)February 20, 1965
Moscow, Russian Federation
Genres Psychedelic folk, World music, Ethnic electronica
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1985–present
Labels GreenWave Records, Jaro Medien

Inna Yurievna Zhelannaya (Инна Юрьевна Желанная, February 20, 1965, Moscow) is a Russian singer-songwriter, best known as a frontwoman of the folk band Farlanders (1994-2004).[1]


Inna Zhelannaya was born in Moscow and spent her childhood years in Zelenograd, Moscow Oblast where she studied at a musical school and sang in a choir led by her mother, Alla Yosifovna. After the graduation she joined the musical college in Elista, Kalmykia, then returned to Moscow to continue her education. As a student, she got interested in rock music and started writing her own songs.[2]


In 1985 Zhelannaya along with Eduard Vokhmyanin formed her first band, Focus. Two years later she became the leader of her own group, M-Depo. In 1989 Zhelannaya joined the well-known Moscow band Alliance and started collaborating with author and multi-instrumentalist Sergey Starostin. The latter introduced her to the Russian musical folklore and soon became the band's member too.

Alliance's album Sdelano v Belom (Made in White) was released in 1991 and two years later won the Radio France International's the Best East-European album award. In 1994 the band travelled to France to take part in the concert for the Radio, but without the singer: Inna Zhelannaya departed in 1992 to give birth to her child.[2]

In 1994 she re-emerged with her own band, Farlanders, joined by ex-Alliance members Sergey Kalachyov (bass), Sergey Klevensky (clarinet) and Sergey Starostin. In 1995 they released the album Vodorosl (Seeweed). The song Tolko s Toboy (With You Only) was included in the Putumayo World Music compilation (featuring also Peter Gabriel, Gipsy Kings, Bob Marley, Johnny Clegg among others) which led to Farlanders’ traveling to the USA when they toured the East Coast, starting in Washington DC. The tour's highest point was the band’s performance at the 1996 Summer Olympics' opening ceremony.

Inozemets (Foreigner, 1998) CD, recorded in the Netherlands and released by Moscow GreenWave Records, came out in the USA under the title Inna and the Farlanders. Later that year the band played at the WOMEX (Worldwide Music Expo) forum in Stockholm. Live album Moments, recorded in Bremen, Germany, came out in 2000 on GreenWave.[2]

In 2001 the German Jaro Medien record label released Winter in Moscow CD, recorded in the early 1990s by Zhelannaya, Starostin and Norvegian singer Mari Boine. It was followed by Tantsy Teney (Shadows' Dances, 2001), an acoustic set of songs written by Sergey Kalachyov based on Inna's lyrics. Another studio album Vymysly (Fairytales) featuring Russian folk songs came out in January 2004 on GreenWave.[2] Farlanders' jubilee 2004 concert celebrating the band's 10 years career (it was released on DVD in 2006, as Инна Жаланная и Farlanders) proved to be their last: the band broke up to reunite just once, on April 2, 2005, to perform at the Goldenmask theater festival, with Trey Gunn, whom Inna played with in 2004.[1]

Gunn also played on three songs of Inna Zhelannaya's Kokon (The Cocoon, 2008) CD.[3] Before that in 2006 the singer joined the band Malerия to record the album 77RUS which came out in June of that year.[4]

As of July 2013, Inna Zhelannaya works with a new band featuring Sergey 'Grebstel' Kalatchov (bass), Oleg Maryakhin (saxophone, electronics), Dmitry Frolov (drums) and Vladimir Goubatov (sound engineer, referred to as a band member). Her new songs combine elements of folk, progressive rock, jazz, trance, electronic, and psychedelia.[5]


Inna Zhelannaya[edit]

  • Vodorosl (1995, 1995)
  • Zima (live, 2008, Inasound Records. Recorded on June 3, 2007 in Moscow Art Theater)
  • Kokon (2009, Inasound Records)

Inna Zhelannay and Farlanders[edit]

  • Inozemets (1998, Green Wave Records)
  • Moments (live, 2000, Green Wave. Recorded in Germany)
  • Vymysly (2004, Green Wave)


  • Winter in Moscow (2001, Jaro Medien GmbH), with Sergey Staroston and Mari Boine
  • Tansy Teney (2002, Green Wave), with Sergey Kalatchyov
  • 77RUS (2006, Никитин Records), with Malerия


  1. ^ a b "Zhelannaya, Inna Yurievna". Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Zhelannaya, Inna Yurievna". Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  3. ^ GuruKen. "Inna Zhelannaya - Kokon". Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  4. ^ "Inna Zhelannay". Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  5. ^ Lipatov, Artyom. "". Fort Ross. 

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