|Born||28 June 1988|
|Genres||Sung poetry, Indie folk, Daina|
Alina is of mixed Polish (father) and Russian (mother) heritage. Her father, a Lithuanian Pole was born in Lithuania and mother in Voronezh. Later their families were exiled to Kazakhstan and lived in the same house. After marriage they moved to Lithuania, to the town of Visaginas which serviced the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant, where Alina's father went to work. The town had predominantly Russian population, the Alina's family spoke Russian, but Alina and her brother were sent to the only Lithuanian-speaking school in the town. When asked about her ethnicity (in 2010), Alina said that she did not definitely feel herself Lithuanian or Russian, but that her mentality is definitely Baltic. In her childhood she went to a special musical school and played piano.
Orlova's fame preceded her first studio album when she was awarded an alternative music award A.LT back in her home country, while at the same time also being named a "Breakthrough of the year 2006". Her song Nesvarbu was voted by the readers of Lithuanian youth magazine Pravda as the best debut of the year.
In 2008 her debut album Laukinis šuo dingo (The Wild Dog Dingo, named after a Russian book by Ruvim Frayerman for teenagers about teenage love) was released under the MetroMusic label and presented in Vilnius St.Catherine church on 22 January; a week later she had a similar concert in Kaunas State Drama Theatre. Later the same year Orlova held concerts in Russia, London, Liverpool. According to her fansite, she is going to perform in Poland, Ireland, participate at Europavox festival in France, and elsewhere.
Orlova received positive recognition both worldwide and in Lithuania where she is seen as a huge success - her "cozy" gigs are highly anticipated there. According to music critics, Orlova has a "high-trilling voice and a unique line in exhilaratingly dark, Baltic folk pop". Noticed by the Travis front-man Fran Healy, Alina's song "Vaiduokliai" was picked up as one of the seven tracks to be featured on the digital-only EP, entitled "Play. Stop. Rewind" released worldwide by LIPA Records.
|2008||Laukinis šuo dingo|
- Алина Орлова (in Russian), retrieved 2012-01-11.
- "Алина Орлова: «Я не знаю, кто я»" Alina Orlova: "I don't know who I am", an interview, September 9, 2010
- "Alina Orlova: Introduction". Archived from the original on October 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) The title of the album is a wordplay: "dingo" is "dingas" in Lithuanian, while Lithuanian wikt:dingo is past tense of the verb dingti, "to go away, to disappear". Hence the title is actually translated from Lithuanian as "Wild Dog Went Away".
- "Atlikėjos A.Orlovos koncertai - Liverpulyje ir Londone" (in Lithuanian). Lietuvos Rytas. 2008-05-28. Archived from the original on 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2008-08-01. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Alina Orlova: Concerts". Archived from the original on 2008-09-21. Retrieved 2008-08-29. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Bella Todd. "Alina Orlova + Madam + Thee Intolerable Kidd". Archived from the original on 2008-09-29. Retrieved 2008-10-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Lithuanian singer and songwriter Alina Orlova comes for her first UK tour". Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the UK. Retrieved 2008-10-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)