Inna Zhelannaya, the first world music star of Russia, is known for combining old, Russian folksongs with modern music productions. Some pieces, as old as 1000 years and coming from even the pre-Christian era, are found throughout her records re-worked with electronica, trance and progressive rock.
Inna founded the Russian super-group "The Farlanders" with Sergey Starostin who was awarded the BBC’s prestigious “World Musician of The Year” award in 2003. This was, in large part, due to his work with Inna. “Inna and the Farlanders” has performed in hundreds of prestigious festivals throughout Europe, Asia and the USA.
In 2000, Inna began releasing her series of solo recordings. Her records have charted in international categories in Germany, France, Russia and Asia. Articles and reviews in Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Village Voice have proclaimed her as a “strikingly unique voice.”
"Cocoon", the first release of Inna Zhelannaya’s in the USA, is based entirely on old, Russian folk songs. Executed with the utmost care for these ancient melodies, the meditative "Cocoon" has been acknowledged as a boundary smashing work for Zhelannaya. The CD is co-produced with King Crimson’s Trey Gunn and features his playing on several tracks.