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Nika Nemirovsky was born in Uzbekistan, in a time when the Soviet Union was collapsing and Uzbekistan was yet to reestablish itself as a nation.
Politically, it was no-man's land, but the rich culture and warmth of the place persisted. When she was one, her family came to the US as refugees, and settled in Chicago amongst its bustling immigrant community. Nika’s childhood was infused with Russian films and animation, pantomime and physical theater, and a constant rotation of highly eclectic music. Russian language, family, custom, and folk medicine have remained core fibers of Nika’s world, and her lyrics reflect a deep connection to allegory, superstition, myth, and tradition.
Midway through an arts education degree, Nika found herself disillusioned with the reality of becoming a teacher and relinquishing her artistic practice. She found expression through writing songs, picking up guitar for the first time at 21 years old. She taught herself to play through writing, drawing upon the creative ethos of The Dirty Projectors, Lhasa De Sela, and Kate Bush. “I’m kind of a misfit. Growing up, I never cared enough to insert myself into any cliques. It just wasn’t what I had interest in, and my music reflects that. My voice has a very sweet quality to it, and I adore beauty, but there is always an invocation for the listener to step a little deeper into their own questions and curiosity, and find a feeling of intimate connection to body, nature, mystery, and femininity.

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