Aneliya Avtandilova is a St. Petersburg based composer, musician, collaborator and writer.
Equally inspired by religious medieval art and Pinterest, her work explores the possibilities of languages, themes of place, nature, the unknown, pantheism and transcendent experiences.
Her solo artistic pseudonym Gdeto (from the Russian word где-то meaning "somewhere") comes from 2017, when she released an EP “Pillow Book”, named after Sei Shōnagon ’s work.
Her band Cheekbones (aka Chkbns) has performed at KEXP, SXSW, Canadian Music Week, Reeperbahn Festival and The Great Escape, besides touring around Asia and Europe.
In October 2019 she embarked on a residency to artistic development organisation Metal in Liverpool UK, developing and presenting 'Mass1', the first of a potentially un-ending body of work.
Aneliya also has two published books of fairy tales both in her native Russian and in translation, while her English poetry has been featured in the likes of Poetry Matters and Plum Tree Tavern.
A feature-length film, surreal comedy "Gary, Barry, Larry and Countess of Noral", for which Aneliya co-wrote a screenplay is currently being filmed in New York.
photo by Polina Washington