STIHIA MUSIC FESTIVAL
14-15 May 2021
Concept and cause
Is there anything more eclectic than the sound of electronica synthesised with the sight of an imaginary sea and the smell of a desert? Last Stihia showed us that, our differences notwithstanding, we all share an urge for the Unknown.

Conceived by a group of enthusiasts, Stihia is a caravan for voyagers, a manifestation of escapism, a network of cultures, all disassembled and put back together in a reinvented reality awash with secrets to uncover.

A festival on the edge of the dried-up sea is an enormous canvas for creative personalities, who are in constant pursuit of better version of oneself. Let Stihia become internal amplifier of your voice of accountability, hope and harmony…




Line-up
Ah! Kosmos
Ah! Kosmos
Başak Günak also known as Ah! Kosmos is producer and performer born in Istanbul, based in Berlin.

Ah! Kosmos uses experimentation with found sounds and analogue and electronic composition to experience how sound vibration and melody resonates with bodies and other beings. Her music paints euphoric melodies over rhythms with echoing guitar and floating vocals. It combines buoyant, crunchy percussion with minor-key, determined melodic soundscapes. Both timeless and otherworldly, Günak's work unconsciously defies being tied to a genre, tapping into something beyond an immediate surrounding or experience to communicate something more transcendental.

Andrea
Andrea
Andrea comes from Turin, Italy. Passionated by music and art, since his childhood, he started to buy vinyl records approaching music across all different genres. In his productions Andrea tries to mix sundry elements related to 90s Breakbeat and IDM with excursion to warehouse techno and house. Turin city has a key role in his sound; its dark and post-industrial soul clearly emerges in every track. Emotive melodies and abstract sounds, heavy kicks and low-end drum, atmo-pads and chord progressions are the significant elements of his music.
Edit Select
Edit Select
Tony Scott has been producing electronic music since the early 90s under various pseudonyms. He established the Edit Select project, as well as its eponymous label, in 2007, focusing on atmospheric yet stripped-down, back-to-basics techno tracks for club use. Several 12"s appeared, including releases on labels like Ostgut Ton and Figure, as well as remixes for the likes of Speedy J, Chris Liebing, and VCMG. His signature sound is a space wrapping, atmospheric electronic sound journeys - perfect fit for the Stihia's ambience.
IDA
IDA
IDA is a Finnish DJ and promoter based in Glasgow, UK. Launched in 2015, IDA's Acid Flash parties have quickly become one of the most exciting fixtures on Scotland's club circuit. Take the classic sounds of 80s Chicago acid house, and put them in the talented hands of Ida Koskunen and you have a unique, modern celebration of acid-themed house and techno from a well-travelled crate-digger who certainly knows her way around a 303 bassline.
Galya Bisengalieva
Galya Bisengalieva
The music of Galya Bisengalieva is dark and atmospheric. The Kazakh-British composer and violinist centers unyielding drones as she weaves across genres like folk, ambient classical, and electronic music. She released her first two records, EP ONE and EP TWO, on her own NOMAD Music Productions, a label she founded to champion experimental sounds. She recently released her debut album '"Aralkum" on One Little Independent Records. Galya's focus on wide expanses of tone suit the album's subject: the Aral Sea and the desolate landscapes formed from its disastrous shrinking. Galya Bisengalieva has closely collaborated with some of the world's finest musicians spanning many genres including Moor Mother, Pauline Oliveros, Steve Reich, Suzanne Ciani, Laurie Spiegel, Terry Riley, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Mica Levi, Thom Yorke, Sarah Davachi and Actress.

Linda Lazarov
Linda Lazarov
Owing much to early electro-industrial explorations and Detroit's afro-futurist underwater mythos, Helsinki-based Linda Lazarov has been striving to diversify and challenge dance floors home and abroad. Having co-founded Electronic Market collective and played records at local clubs Kaiku, Ääniwalli and Post Bar as well as venues across Europe, her ambition is to weave sonic matter together to uncover shrouded emotions and invite presence of mind. Conducting experiments without compromising danceability, her search for synergy forms a balance between stark and soothing soundscapes.
Nazira
Nazira
Nazira is Kazakhstan based DJ. She came onto the radar in 2016 through her Unsound: Dislocation sets in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and shortly thereafter debuted at the main festival in Krakow. She effortlessly travels between left-field techno, electro, acid and industrial with smiles all along the way. Nazira has been featured in Mixmag, Pitchfork and Resident Advisor. She also runs her Almaty based ZVUK project - a DIY event series that makes its home wherever the vibe will take it. Nazria is truly one of the most remarkable artistic voices of the Central Asia! So better it is to host her at the then shores of the Aral Sea.
Nina Kraviz
Nina Kraviz
Nina Kraviz is a producer, songwriter and occasional vocalist. Nina hails from Irkutsk, Siberia, and during the last decade made a long twisting journey to the pedestal of the world's electronic music scene. With encyclopedic knowledge of the genre and exceptional taste, Nina is a rebellious game changer. Artist's signature sound is a raw blend of house and techno with a very recognizable acidic feel. Since 2014 she has been running the ТРИП record label, which discovered remarkable characters to the world of contemporary music.
Prisheletz
Prisheletz
Prisheletz is the artist with long track record of cosmic multidimensional voyages and is domiciled on the planet of St. Petersburg. He is a member and resident of Electro Music Coalition, a label releasing and promoting electro for over 20 years. Prisheletz has been one of the most committed ambassadors of the electro genre long before it became popularized in our part of the world. Artist also runs his own multi-genre project Ectro Usic, which was released on the Austrian based label Laton. We are waiting him to accomplish his interstellar trip through giant molecular clouds, ionized gases, circumventing ultraviolet radiation nebulas, before we, humans, witness his arrival to Stihia! Call the linguists to the site!
Zack
Zack
Stihia is truly a Central Asia rooted event aimed to the discovery and pull of local talents from the region. Zack is our next artist and he comes from Kyrgyzstan. He is one of the DJs who represented the local scene at Unsound Dislocation in Bishkek in 2016. He is also a cofounder of Electronic Music Meet, a small but thriving community with a core audience of about 150 people. Quoting Resident Advisor, the preferred approach of that community remains "from the ground up", which means being patient, avoiding advertising and letting the right people encounter their parties organically. Palpably passionate about music and developing the local scene, Zack sees his role as communal, "helping young (and not so) people leave their bedrooms to party with others". Zack will certainly complement the kaleidoscopic puzzle of Stihia!
Savitsky Museum of Art
In the nearby city of Nukus you can visit the Savitsky Museum of Art, which houses the world's second-largest collection of Russian avant-garde works, as well as one of Asia's best art collections. You will also find Moynaq's city museum close by.
Electronic ambience
We want to provide an escape from the generic music you hear during your day-to-day existence in clubs and bars; a non-commercial abstraction-fuelled line up that transcends standard electronic music
Walking tours
Moynaq port was once a thriving fishing port. The abandoned site's vast emptiness and scenic panoramas provide a tonic for the bustle and drama of daily life.
Stargazing
The seabed has some of the lowest light pollution levels in the world, creating an indescribably majestic night sky. This effect is heightened during the new moon, which will coincide with mid of May.
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Location
Stihia festival will be held at the Moynaq Ship Graveyard in Uzbekistan, where a monument commemorating the tragedy of the Aral Sea now stands.

The hypnotic and harmonic sounds will be directed towards the lost sea, with the DJs echoing the rainmakers who were once part of the region's nomadic tribes. Click here, here and here to see the scenery.

STIHIA 2019. Aftermovie.


STIHIA 2018. Aftermovie.
The Dream

One day divers to the depths of the Aral Sea will search for the Great Unknown.