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Alisa Apreleva is a Russian-born singer, composer, producer, and a music therapy advocate. Her music is rooted in a wide variety of genres: from authentic Eastern Slavic folklore to chamber to jazz to rock to film music. Alisa uses voice and an array of acoustic instruments (cellos, harp, accordion, hang drum, piano, ethnic drums), along with looping and electronic processing, in her compositions, creating the style best described as "acoustic ambient".

EthnoLoops, one of her most recent project, is a solo set for voice, cello and a loop station, where Eastern European and Native American traditional songs coexist with original compositions to create a universe full of joy and color.

Alisa Apreleva's album "Lucidus" (2011) for voice, drums and three celli featured finest musicians from Russia, United States, Mexico, India, Costa Rica in production and presentation, and was enthusiastically welcomed by critics, fans and musical connoisseurs in Russia, Europe, United States and Latin America.

Alisa Apreleva started performing professionally early in her life as a classical singer and pianist. Since 2001, Alisa has acquired popularity as a singer-songwriter and a widely published poet. In 2003-2004 Alisa worked as an actress with “Tample” musical theater (Moscow, Russia). 

Alisa graduated summa cum laude from Moscow State University in 2003 (M.A., with major in Russian Language studies) and in 2013, ten years later, she earned summa cum laude degree from Berklee College of Music (B.M., majoring in Music Therapy). In 2014 she launched MuzTerapevt.Ru, a nonprofit educational initiative about music therapy in Russia. She also supervises clinical training for music therapy students at Berklee College of Music.

In the meantime, she studied film scoring with Hummie Mann ("Robin Hood: Men in Tights", "Language of the Heart", "Sleepless in Seattle, "Simpsons"), within the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program; and advanced her masterity of classical composition with Tibor Pusztai, composer and conductor from Hungary.

In 2014 she launched MuzTerapevt.Ru, a nonprofit educational initiative about music therapy in Russia. On January 25, 2014, Alisa also released online her new album, "About Love" (2014), which applies the principles of classical chamber composition and recording to a structure and the vibe of an indie-pop production.

Alisa Apreleva is featured on "Mi única llave" CD by José Mercé (2012, produced by  Javier Limón), "Eastern Tapestries" by Christiane Karam (2012), and more.


Some of the venues Alisa Apreleva has performed at are: Grand Concert Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, DOM cultural center (Moscow, Russia), Webster Hall (NYC, NY), Middle East Downstairs (Cambridge, MA), Berklee Performance Center (Boston, MA), Old South Church (Boston, MA), Amante Club (San Francisco, CA), Jewel Box Theatre (Seattle, WA), Library of Arts (Voronezh, Russia),   Laboratorio de Arte Alameda (Mexico City, Mexico).