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 rhythm and melody, themes of physicality, nature, 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, and a new focus for the future.
Aneliya also has two published books of fairy tales in Russian, while her English poetry has been featured in the likes of Poetry Matters and Plum Tree Tavern.
Photo by Polina Washington