LAFESTA music project story

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Presently, LAFESTA is one of the most stylish music projects in Eastern Europe. LAFESTA music project was created in May, 2008, and during this period made more than 1040 concerts in 16 countries and 11 international music festivals.

The name «LAFESTA» can be defined in two ways. According to the literal translation from Spanish, the name of project means a «holiday». And if to decipher the name as an abbreviation, then LAFESTA is «Lounge and Funk Electro STyle Attune» (consonance of styles lounge funk and electro).

The idea of LAFESTA creation belongs to its current leader – Igor Kuksenko, who had worked earlier as a stage manager of documentary films and organizer of youth art-project «Kvartal» before the band appeared. Igor got acquainted with jazz saxophonist Nikolay Maystruk and they started to perform music together in night clubs and restaurants in the «DJ & saxophone» format.

For the first time the future group members met in the restaurant «Angel Lounge», where Nikolay invited Olga Rossi to listen to their performance. At the same time Olga had already been the winner of international pop and opera contests and had concert tours in Italy, Germany and Poland. Moreover she performed leading roles in performances of the opera studio of the Kiev Conservatory.

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The first LAFESTA performance took place in June, 2008, at the party in Kyiv restaurant «Monaco». In a month studio work at the creation of author remixes on the world hits started. The first band’s concert tour had a club format and took place in the Eastern Ukraine: Odessa, Yalta, Simferopol, Kherson... And in 6 months LAFESTA had an intense concert schedule (4-6 concerts a week).

In autumn 2009 LAFESTA received the first invitation to perform abroad – on the seaside of Japan Sea in Vladivostok, where LAFESTA gave a concert at the party in the lounge-club «Clubnica». During 2009-2011 LAFESTA had been a resident of such stylish Kyiv lounge-bars and lounge-clubs as B-hush, OK-bar, D'Lux. Afterwards the band had concert tours in such countries as Germany, Spain, Italy, Morocco, Great Britain, Austria, Turkey, Poland, UAE, Sweden, Georgia,Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and performed on the same stage with Jamiroquai, Shade, Lara Fabian, Louie Vega, Inusa Dawuda, De-Phazz, Garou, Candy Dulfer.

LAFESTA took part in the events of such famous world brands as Apple, Google, L'oreal, UEFA, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Visa, Sony, Canon, Nokia, Siemens, Infiniti, Bentley, Jaguar, Bosh, Shell, BMW, Audi, Pierre Cardin, Davidoff, Bacardi etc.

4 music video clips, filmed by LAFESTA in London («City jungle», 2012), Barcelona («Easy», 2011) and Valencia («Electro opera», 2011) were rotated on the leading TV music channels: MTV, M1, Star.TV, The song «Electro opera» was appreciated by the directors of «The City of Arts and Sciences» insomuch that they allowed to film the clip in the territory of «La ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias». The last musical clip (lounge remix on the song «Oj, ty, misiaciu») made 14 classical Ukrainian paintings alive.

In October 2013 at the center of Kyiv LAFESTA presented its unique authors program - Electro&Lounge opera, accompanied by its own symphony orchestra, modern ballet and large video-projection. It harmonically combined charming Olga Rossi's opera voice, stylish music of LAFESTA and symphonic orchestra.

In winter 2014 LAFESTA music project finished the music album «Coral Reef», which which is combined of 10 songs connected such unique styles as electro opera, jazz-lounge, deep-house, funky-house and pop-dance. Some songs from the album became the soundtracks for such TV shows as «Socialite Life», «HD Fashion TV», and «Madrid Fashion Week».

According to music magazine «Djam», LAFESTA is one of the most stylish and popular music projects in Eastern Europe.