Sub-Radio
Indie Pop Band
Indie Pop Band

Sub-Radio makes indie pop that grooves, stabs, winks, punches, inspires. Founded by six childhood friends, they built a following in their hometown of Washington, D.C. on the strength of ecstatic live shows and a stream of releases. Following a national tour in 2019, their 2020 EP, produced by Andrew Maury (Shawn Mendes, Lizzo, COIN) and Mike Kamerman (Smallpools), takes the band in a bigger and brighter direction than ever.

Sub-Radio is Adam Bradley (vocals), Matt Prodanovich (guitar, vocals), Michael Pereira (drums), John Fengya (keys, guitar, vocals), Barry Siford (bass), and Kyle Cochran (guitar, keys).

Matthew Prodanovich

Matthew Prodanovich, 27, started his music career by picking up a classical guitar when he was 12. He quickly found writing songs to be something he was truly passionate about. Matthew formed a band with his childhood friends who were also learning classical guitar at the same time as him. The band would eventually become Sub-Radio. During college Matthew honed his songwriting skills with an Individualized Study degree with a concentration in Music Industry from James Madison University. He also studied classical guitar for three years while attending the university. The diversity of music that he was exposed to while at school allowed him to expand his songwriting abilities. During Matthew's time at college, Sub-Radio quickly turned into a local band playing mostly local venues to a touring act that has now performed hundreds of shows across the country. Matthew now lives outside of Washington, D.C. with his girlfriend and continues to write and perform with Sub-Radio.

Adam Bradley

Adam Bradley, 27, has been writing songs since the 7th grade, where he began his musical education on the classical guitar. Since then he has been the frontman of a six-piece pop band composed of childhood friends, currently performing as Sub-Radio. His strong vocals have been compared to famous pop tenors like Adam Levine and Freddie Mercury. Bradley attended American University in Washington, DC, and formerly worked as a PR professional on progressive issues. He lives in Silver Spring, MD, with his partner and two cats.

Michael Pereira

Michael Pereira, 26, plays the drums for the indie pop band Sub-Radio. He is a curious soul, with a passion for learning and exploring. A self-taught musician, he joined the band when he was 16, where he found his love for performing alongside his best friends. He is known for his high energy, gregarious presence, and radiant joy onstage. His enthusiasm and diverse upbringing from a mixed race family and global travel make him a social magnet, while a college education in physics and professional experience in the engineering sector fuel his craving for understanding. He is a man of high ideals, immense gratitude, and believes a smile is all it takes to make somebody’s day.

Kyle Cochran

Kyle Cochran, 25, is the newest addition to Sub-Radio. His love for music can be traced back to hitting cookware with wooden spoons, but the connection truly took hold when he got his first guitar at the age of 12. During these formative years, he would form and join a variety of bands, and before graduating high school, Kyle was teaching guitar lessons to a small collection of students. Kyle would go on to pursue a Bachelor’s of Music at James Madison University. It was at JMU that Kyle met the original lineup of Sub-Radio, though he would not join the band for a few years. He graduated in 2016 with a concentration in Music Industry, which he put to use finding work in live event production, sound reinforcement, and studio recording before joining Sub-Radio in early 2019. He currently lives in Leesburg, VA.

John Fengya

John Fengya, 26, is the keyboardist, backing guitarist, and backing vocalist for Sub-Radio. He began his musical career at age 8 learning the piano. At age 11 he spent a year learning the alto saxophone in his middle school band. Soon after, at age 12, he enrolled in his school's guitar program where he and Sub- Radio guitarist Matthew Prodanovich first crossed musical paths. The two often sought each other out to perform and compose together; in the years following, this partnership would eventually blossom to include fellow classmates and musicians, forming the basis of Sub-Radio as it is known today.

In 2015, Fengya earned a B.S. from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. He has since been performing and touring with Sub-Radio and has spent time supplementing his musical career by working as an IT professional.

Jeltoksan
Musician
Musician

Bexultan Bagytzhan was born in Atyrau in 1996 he started his music career in 2018 and performing under the name Jeltoksan. Last February he released his debut album Korgasyn that revolves around rap and R&B.

Musical performance: "Stream of vision and musical vibrations, through songs".

Dudeontheguitar
Singer, Composer
Singer, Composer

Nurbek Elemes is a musician from Saryagash performing under the name Dudeontheguitar. Recently, he released his first, indie-pop album Kõrpe.

Frank Valdes Dance Team
Dance Team
Dance Team

Frank Valdes Lopez is the Director of a dance studio with more than a decade of teaching experience. He graduated from the Cuban Peoples School of Arts with a degree in Dance and Choreography. In 2007, Frank started to teach in Cuba and two years later moved to Kazakhstan to teach at the club Copacabana. Over the years, he gave master classes across Kazakhstan and in Dubai, took part in international festivals in Dubai, Moscow, and Istanbul with his own choreographic performances.

“Social dances can change your life: your behavior, attitudes to others and yourself. Like any Cuban, I love my culture and our dances. They aren’t like anything else when it comes to emotional expression. My goal is to teach people to dance with love towards our culture, music».

Social dance flash mob

Karina Ivanova
Singer, songwriter
Singer, songwriter

Karina is a musician from Atyrau. Since her first gig at the age of 14, she has been performing with bands and doing solo acoustic nights. Once she performed in New York City among several other local musicians.

Besides music, Karina has been involved in theater productions in KELT and participated in the Watermill Center International Summer Program 2019 in Long Island, New York, as a performing artist. Karina wrote her first poetry book "4:02" in 2014 and is about to publish her second collection of poems.

Currently, Karina is working on her first album in collaboration with her friend, beat maker, producer and composer, Dias Adil. The album consists of 10 songs, originally written by Karina in English, and is a mix of alternative, indie and folk genres.

In December 2019, the creative duo of Karina and Dias released a single called "Taking off masks".

20-minute singing performance in collaboration with Dias Adil and Jeltoksan.

Dias Adil and I are going to perform the songs from our upcoming album, and the Go Viral audience will be the first to hear them. My songs are about the importance of being true to our core values and soul essence, choosing love over fear and trusting our path, and my intention is to inspire others to come back to their hearts and act on their callings.

Me And My Invisible Orchestra
Indie-pop duet
Indie-pop duet

Me And My Invisible Orchestra is a Kazakh indie pop project from Almaty. Songwriter - Malika Kolesova, music writer-sound producer Konstantin Kokhan. In the compositions of the project, you can hear the influence of French and American pop music of the 60s, elements of trip-hop and dream-pop.

 

.Ra
DJ
DJ

Zhanara Usevich is a journalist, screenwriter, manager and producer. Once in a while she joins music projects as DJ under the alias .RA (Point Ra). In half an hour show she wants to use music to establish a link with Go Viral festival participants.

“Sound makes us want to share our emotions. Let those emotions be joy, passion and a bit of bright melancholy so we can meet again”.

Qyrq Qyz
Music performance
Music performance

Across the steppes of Central Asia, modern bards still sing the tale of Gulaim, the teenage warrior who defended ancient clans from Eastern invaders with the help of her qyrq qyz, or 40 girls, Amazons of Turkic legend.

Enduring for centuries in a male-dominated epic tradition, this powerful matriarchal narrative comes to full-throated life in the Aga Khan Music Programme's multimedia retelling, conceived and directed by Uzbek filmmaker and artist Saodat Ismailova, scored by Tashkent-based composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, weaving an emotional tapestry of legendary female power. Screening duration 86 minutes. Performance taped in partnership with BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in New York, Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, and Musée de quai Branly in Paris together with ARTE.

Chorshanbe Alovatov
Singer, Musician
Singer, Musician

Chorshanbe entered the big stage in the 6th grade and performs in the fusion style. The artist admits that from childhood he constantly listened to the performances of his father, who performed traditional folk songs in the falak genre, therefore the little singer performed his first performances in the same genre. Alovatov won his debut major victory in 2011 at the Golden Voice competition, taking first place.

In 2014, he also performed falak at the "Flowers of the Capital" ("Shukufakhoi Poytaht") competition and again became the undisputed winner, in 2017 he repeated his success at the "Parvin" festival.

In 2019 he became the sole winner of the Bob Music Awards.

In December 2019, Chorshanbe participated and became the winner in Central Asia's Got Talent - this is an analogue of the British TV show Britain's Got Talent. After winning this show, Chorshanbe gained great popularity throughout Central Asia.

ARO
Author, perfomer
Author, perfomer

Arman Seitzhapbarov - the author of songs and poems in alternative Kazakh pop music genre. He is one of those who pioneered this genre. The distinguishing features of his poems are complex rhymes and techniques for Kazakh singing. 

Making Waves
Documentary film
SHOKAN
Short film
The River of nomads
Documentary film
Documentary film

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

Directed by veteran Hollywood sound editor Midge Costin, the film reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema, introduces us to the unsung heroes who create it, and features insights from legendary directors with whom they collaborate. Featuring the insights and stories of iconic directors such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Barbra Streisand, Ang Lee, Sofia Coppola and Ryan Coogler, working with sound design pioneers–Walter Murch, Ben Burtt and Gary Rydstrom–and the many women and men who followed in their footsteps.

About the filmmaker

Midge Costin holds the Kay Rose Endowed Chair in the Art of Sound Editing at USC School of Cinematic Arts given by George Lucas in 2005. She has been a feature film sound editor in Hollywood where her work is featured in Oscar-nominated films for Sound Editing, and won the Golden Reel award for Sound Editing on Crimson Tide. She is a past board member of the Motion Picture Sound Editors, a lifelong member of the Editors Guild, and lectures internationally on the transformative power of sound.

Short film

In Kazakhstan, the famine takes up little space in the public arena, and officials remain reluctant to call it a genocide. This short film explores these differences using two models explaining variation in the politics of memory: one emphasizing the instrumental calculations of politic and the other emphasizing the historical and cultural constraints that frame contemporary debates. These two models complement each other rather than compete.

My idea was to make it as easy as possible for the viewer, the key was the school, its students and teacher. Truly each of us in history lessons would like to move to another temporary space and feel at ourselves. Therefore, I tried to transfer us into disastrous times for our nation. The famine claimed the lives of at least 3 million Kazakhs. One sixth of the indigenous population left their historical homeland forever. Of the 3.5 million Kazakhs in 1897, who accounted for 82% of the region's population, by 1939 only 2.3 million remained. Even today, when the facts about the famine are widely publicized and accessible, we have the lack of memorials about it.

In Kazakhstan, political calculations led the regime to emphasize unity and stability over divisive debates about the past, but historical factors made depoliticizing the famine feasible. Nevertheless, it is important that all citizens know about and understand some of the more important aspects of the Holodomor, the Kazakhstan genocide. When the history is left unwritten, the rivers fork and spread and swallow up entire nations. Kazakhstan was one of them.

Documentary film

The Shu River (Chu, Chuy) is one of the most important waterways of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and all of Central Asia. In May 2021, the creative group Adamdar/CA from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan made a cultural and ecological expedition along the Chu River - from its source in the Teskey-Ala-Too mountains in Kyrgyzstan to the river mouth in the sands of the Moyinkum desert in Kazakhstan. In the process, a film was made about the significance of this great river for the present and future of the region.

 

Ulbolsyn
Drama
Beyond the Clouds
Documentary film
Ustaz
Documentary film
Drama

Strong-willed and determined Ulbolsyn lives in the city. Her younger sister Azhar is going to graduate from school in the village of Karatas. Ulbolsyn has big plans for the future of her beloved sister – she saved enough money so that Azhar could enter a prestigious foreign university, which would allow her to make a good career and become free and independent. However, when Ulbolsyn comes to Karatas for Azhar, she discovers that the girl was kidnapped by the local healer Urgen, a highly respected person in the village. He is going to make Azhar his ‘tokal’ – the younger wife. But Ulbolsyn does not intend to leave it this way, and she decisively enters the struggle with the patriarchal world of Karatas

Documentary film

Have you ever heard of a special type of people who are not afraid to dream? The type of person becomes even more special when you are a woman who has grown up and was inspired by the fact that your dreams, your mission and value are spelled out in invisible ink in the invisible “book of life” according to the expectations and “rules” of the society.

The documentary "Behind the Clouds" is a chain of stories telling about women who  take responsibility today and are ready for a new experience without renouncing the past, showing respect for their roots, aspire for greater achievements and dare to dream.

The main intent is to raise awareness on women’s issues and development in Central Asia by showcasing such models who represent ordinary footage of life with real struggles and personality formation. Through these stories the documentary intends to communicate a strong and independent narrative about women, who do not set limits for themselves even if sometimes life itself feels like one limitation. 

It is not surprising if in the 3 daring heroes of the documentary behind "Beyond the Clouds" many women recognize themselves, remember the dreams of self-realization that have recently been relegated to the background.

Documentary movie crew believes in the community of talented, passionate and hardworking women who have ordinary and “un”discovered stories that can benefit society as a whole.

Documentary film

 

"Ustaz" documentary is a new Binocle series from Kana Beisekeev and Kairat Nurmugambetov.

The film tells about four heroes who once decided to become mentors to children. These are stories from different parts of the country, where the heroes are very different from each other, but they all have one thing in common - their dedication to their craft. Teacher of physics, school director, physical education teacher and the head of orphanage are the people through whom the love for the profession is shown in the film.

Perhaps this profession may seem undervalued, but we have found heroes who say otherwise. "Ustaz" is an attempt to say thank you to teachers and people who work with children.

Музыка
Indie Pop Band
Indie Pop Band

Sub-Radio makes indie pop that grooves, stabs, winks, punches, inspires. Founded by six childhood friends, they built a following in their hometown of Washington, D.C. on the strength of ecstatic live shows and a stream of releases. Following a national tour in 2019, their 2020 EP, produced by Andrew Maury (Shawn Mendes, Lizzo, COIN) and Mike Kamerman (Smallpools), takes the band in a bigger and brighter direction than ever.

Sub-Radio is Adam Bradley (vocals), Matt Prodanovich (guitar, vocals), Michael Pereira (drums), John Fengya (keys, guitar, vocals), Barry Siford (bass), and Kyle Cochran (guitar, keys).

Matthew Prodanovich

Matthew Prodanovich, 27, started his music career by picking up a classical guitar when he was 12. He quickly found writing songs to be something he was truly passionate about. Matthew formed a band with his childhood friends who were also learning classical guitar at the same time as him. The band would eventually become Sub-Radio. During college Matthew honed his songwriting skills with an Individualized Study degree with a concentration in Music Industry from James Madison University. He also studied classical guitar for three years while attending the university. The diversity of music that he was exposed to while at school allowed him to expand his songwriting abilities. During Matthew's time at college, Sub-Radio quickly turned into a local band playing mostly local venues to a touring act that has now performed hundreds of shows across the country. Matthew now lives outside of Washington, D.C. with his girlfriend and continues to write and perform with Sub-Radio.

Adam Bradley

Adam Bradley, 27, has been writing songs since the 7th grade, where he began his musical education on the classical guitar. Since then he has been the frontman of a six-piece pop band composed of childhood friends, currently performing as Sub-Radio. His strong vocals have been compared to famous pop tenors like Adam Levine and Freddie Mercury. Bradley attended American University in Washington, DC, and formerly worked as a PR professional on progressive issues. He lives in Silver Spring, MD, with his partner and two cats.

Michael Pereira

Michael Pereira, 26, plays the drums for the indie pop band Sub-Radio. He is a curious soul, with a passion for learning and exploring. A self-taught musician, he joined the band when he was 16, where he found his love for performing alongside his best friends. He is known for his high energy, gregarious presence, and radiant joy onstage. His enthusiasm and diverse upbringing from a mixed race family and global travel make him a social magnet, while a college education in physics and professional experience in the engineering sector fuel his craving for understanding. He is a man of high ideals, immense gratitude, and believes a smile is all it takes to make somebody’s day.

Kyle Cochran

Kyle Cochran, 25, is the newest addition to Sub-Radio. His love for music can be traced back to hitting cookware with wooden spoons, but the connection truly took hold when he got his first guitar at the age of 12. During these formative years, he would form and join a variety of bands, and before graduating high school, Kyle was teaching guitar lessons to a small collection of students. Kyle would go on to pursue a Bachelor’s of Music at James Madison University. It was at JMU that Kyle met the original lineup of Sub-Radio, though he would not join the band for a few years. He graduated in 2016 with a concentration in Music Industry, which he put to use finding work in live event production, sound reinforcement, and studio recording before joining Sub-Radio in early 2019. He currently lives in Leesburg, VA.

John Fengya

John Fengya, 26, is the keyboardist, backing guitarist, and backing vocalist for Sub-Radio. He began his musical career at age 8 learning the piano. At age 11 he spent a year learning the alto saxophone in his middle school band. Soon after, at age 12, he enrolled in his school's guitar program where he and Sub- Radio guitarist Matthew Prodanovich first crossed musical paths. The two often sought each other out to perform and compose together; in the years following, this partnership would eventually blossom to include fellow classmates and musicians, forming the basis of Sub-Radio as it is known today.

In 2015, Fengya earned a B.S. from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. He has since been performing and touring with Sub-Radio and has spent time supplementing his musical career by working as an IT professional.

Musician
Musician

Bexultan Bagytzhan was born in Atyrau in 1996 he started his music career in 2018 and performing under the name Jeltoksan. Last February he released his debut album Korgasyn that revolves around rap and R&B.

Musical performance: "Stream of vision and musical vibrations, through songs".

Singer, Composer
Singer, Composer

Nurbek Elemes is a musician from Saryagash performing under the name Dudeontheguitar. Recently, he released his first, indie-pop album Kõrpe.

Dance Team
Dance Team

Frank Valdes Lopez is the Director of a dance studio with more than a decade of teaching experience. He graduated from the Cuban Peoples School of Arts with a degree in Dance and Choreography. In 2007, Frank started to teach in Cuba and two years later moved to Kazakhstan to teach at the club Copacabana. Over the years, he gave master classes across Kazakhstan and in Dubai, took part in international festivals in Dubai, Moscow, and Istanbul with his own choreographic performances.

“Social dances can change your life: your behavior, attitudes to others and yourself. Like any Cuban, I love my culture and our dances. They aren’t like anything else when it comes to emotional expression. My goal is to teach people to dance with love towards our culture, music».

Social dance flash mob

Singer, songwriter
Singer, songwriter

Karina is a musician from Atyrau. Since her first gig at the age of 14, she has been performing with bands and doing solo acoustic nights. Once she performed in New York City among several other local musicians.

Besides music, Karina has been involved in theater productions in KELT and participated in the Watermill Center International Summer Program 2019 in Long Island, New York, as a performing artist. Karina wrote her first poetry book "4:02" in 2014 and is about to publish her second collection of poems.

Currently, Karina is working on her first album in collaboration with her friend, beat maker, producer and composer, Dias Adil. The album consists of 10 songs, originally written by Karina in English, and is a mix of alternative, indie and folk genres.

In December 2019, the creative duo of Karina and Dias released a single called "Taking off masks".

20-minute singing performance in collaboration with Dias Adil and Jeltoksan.

Dias Adil and I are going to perform the songs from our upcoming album, and the Go Viral audience will be the first to hear them. My songs are about the importance of being true to our core values and soul essence, choosing love over fear and trusting our path, and my intention is to inspire others to come back to their hearts and act on their callings.

Indie-pop duet
Indie-pop duet

Me And My Invisible Orchestra is a Kazakh indie pop project from Almaty. Songwriter - Malika Kolesova, music writer-sound producer Konstantin Kokhan. In the compositions of the project, you can hear the influence of French and American pop music of the 60s, elements of trip-hop and dream-pop.

 

DJ
DJ

Zhanara Usevich is a journalist, screenwriter, manager and producer. Once in a while she joins music projects as DJ under the alias .RA (Point Ra). In half an hour show she wants to use music to establish a link with Go Viral festival participants.

“Sound makes us want to share our emotions. Let those emotions be joy, passion and a bit of bright melancholy so we can meet again”.

Music performance
Music performance

Across the steppes of Central Asia, modern bards still sing the tale of Gulaim, the teenage warrior who defended ancient clans from Eastern invaders with the help of her qyrq qyz, or 40 girls, Amazons of Turkic legend.

Enduring for centuries in a male-dominated epic tradition, this powerful matriarchal narrative comes to full-throated life in the Aga Khan Music Programme's multimedia retelling, conceived and directed by Uzbek filmmaker and artist Saodat Ismailova, scored by Tashkent-based composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, weaving an emotional tapestry of legendary female power. Screening duration 86 minutes. Performance taped in partnership with BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in New York, Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, and Musée de quai Branly in Paris together with ARTE.

Singer, Musician
Singer, Musician

Chorshanbe entered the big stage in the 6th grade and performs in the fusion style. The artist admits that from childhood he constantly listened to the performances of his father, who performed traditional folk songs in the falak genre, therefore the little singer performed his first performances in the same genre. Alovatov won his debut major victory in 2011 at the Golden Voice competition, taking first place.

In 2014, he also performed falak at the "Flowers of the Capital" ("Shukufakhoi Poytaht") competition and again became the undisputed winner, in 2017 he repeated his success at the "Parvin" festival.

In 2019 he became the sole winner of the Bob Music Awards.

In December 2019, Chorshanbe participated and became the winner in Central Asia's Got Talent - this is an analogue of the British TV show Britain's Got Talent. After winning this show, Chorshanbe gained great popularity throughout Central Asia.

Author, perfomer
Author, perfomer

Arman Seitzhapbarov - the author of songs and poems in alternative Kazakh pop music genre. He is one of those who pioneered this genre. The distinguishing features of his poems are complex rhymes and techniques for Kazakh singing. 

Sub-Radio
Indie Pop Band

Sub-Radio makes indie pop that grooves, stabs, winks, punches, inspires. Founded by six childhood friends, they built a following in their hometown of Washington, D.C. on the strength of ecstatic live shows and a stream of releases. Following a national tour in 2019, their 2020 EP, produced by Andrew Maury (Shawn Mendes, Lizzo, COIN) and Mike Kamerman (Smallpools), takes the band in a bigger and brighter direction than ever.

Sub-Radio is Adam Bradley (vocals), Matt Prodanovich (guitar, vocals), Michael Pereira (drums), John Fengya (keys, guitar, vocals), Barry Siford (bass), and Kyle Cochran (guitar, keys).

Matthew Prodanovich

Matthew Prodanovich, 27, started his music career by picking up a classical guitar when he was 12. He quickly found writing songs to be something he was truly passionate about. Matthew formed a band with his childhood friends who were also learning classical guitar at the same time as him. The band would eventually become Sub-Radio. During college Matthew honed his songwriting skills with an Individualized Study degree with a concentration in Music Industry from James Madison University. He also studied classical guitar for three years while attending the university. The diversity of music that he was exposed to while at school allowed him to expand his songwriting abilities. During Matthew's time at college, Sub-Radio quickly turned into a local band playing mostly local venues to a touring act that has now performed hundreds of shows across the country. Matthew now lives outside of Washington, D.C. with his girlfriend and continues to write and perform with Sub-Radio.

Adam Bradley

Adam Bradley, 27, has been writing songs since the 7th grade, where he began his musical education on the classical guitar. Since then he has been the frontman of a six-piece pop band composed of childhood friends, currently performing as Sub-Radio. His strong vocals have been compared to famous pop tenors like Adam Levine and Freddie Mercury. Bradley attended American University in Washington, DC, and formerly worked as a PR professional on progressive issues. He lives in Silver Spring, MD, with his partner and two cats.

Michael Pereira

Michael Pereira, 26, plays the drums for the indie pop band Sub-Radio. He is a curious soul, with a passion for learning and exploring. A self-taught musician, he joined the band when he was 16, where he found his love for performing alongside his best friends. He is known for his high energy, gregarious presence, and radiant joy onstage. His enthusiasm and diverse upbringing from a mixed race family and global travel make him a social magnet, while a college education in physics and professional experience in the engineering sector fuel his craving for understanding. He is a man of high ideals, immense gratitude, and believes a smile is all it takes to make somebody’s day.

Kyle Cochran

Kyle Cochran, 25, is the newest addition to Sub-Radio. His love for music can be traced back to hitting cookware with wooden spoons, but the connection truly took hold when he got his first guitar at the age of 12. During these formative years, he would form and join a variety of bands, and before graduating high school, Kyle was teaching guitar lessons to a small collection of students. Kyle would go on to pursue a Bachelor’s of Music at James Madison University. It was at JMU that Kyle met the original lineup of Sub-Radio, though he would not join the band for a few years. He graduated in 2016 with a concentration in Music Industry, which he put to use finding work in live event production, sound reinforcement, and studio recording before joining Sub-Radio in early 2019. He currently lives in Leesburg, VA.

John Fengya

John Fengya, 26, is the keyboardist, backing guitarist, and backing vocalist for Sub-Radio. He began his musical career at age 8 learning the piano. At age 11 he spent a year learning the alto saxophone in his middle school band. Soon after, at age 12, he enrolled in his school's guitar program where he and Sub- Radio guitarist Matthew Prodanovich first crossed musical paths. The two often sought each other out to perform and compose together; in the years following, this partnership would eventually blossom to include fellow classmates and musicians, forming the basis of Sub-Radio as it is known today.

In 2015, Fengya earned a B.S. from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. He has since been performing and touring with Sub-Radio and has spent time supplementing his musical career by working as an IT professional.

Jeltoksan
Musician

Bexultan Bagytzhan was born in Atyrau in 1996 he started his music career in 2018 and performing under the name Jeltoksan. Last February he released his debut album Korgasyn that revolves around rap and R&B.

Musical performance: "Stream of vision and musical vibrations, through songs".

Dudeontheguitar
Singer, Composer

Nurbek Elemes is a musician from Saryagash performing under the name Dudeontheguitar. Recently, he released his first, indie-pop album Kõrpe.

Frank Valdes Dance Team
Dance Team

Frank Valdes Lopez is the Director of a dance studio with more than a decade of teaching experience. He graduated from the Cuban Peoples School of Arts with a degree in Dance and Choreography. In 2007, Frank started to teach in Cuba and two years later moved to Kazakhstan to teach at the club Copacabana. Over the years, he gave master classes across Kazakhstan and in Dubai, took part in international festivals in Dubai, Moscow, and Istanbul with his own choreographic performances.

“Social dances can change your life: your behavior, attitudes to others and yourself. Like any Cuban, I love my culture and our dances. They aren’t like anything else when it comes to emotional expression. My goal is to teach people to dance with love towards our culture, music».

Social dance flash mob

Karina Ivanova
Singer, songwriter

Karina is a musician from Atyrau. Since her first gig at the age of 14, she has been performing with bands and doing solo acoustic nights. Once she performed in New York City among several other local musicians.

Besides music, Karina has been involved in theater productions in KELT and participated in the Watermill Center International Summer Program 2019 in Long Island, New York, as a performing artist. Karina wrote her first poetry book "4:02" in 2014 and is about to publish her second collection of poems.

Currently, Karina is working on her first album in collaboration with her friend, beat maker, producer and composer, Dias Adil. The album consists of 10 songs, originally written by Karina in English, and is a mix of alternative, indie and folk genres.

In December 2019, the creative duo of Karina and Dias released a single called "Taking off masks".

20-minute singing performance in collaboration with Dias Adil and Jeltoksan.

Dias Adil and I are going to perform the songs from our upcoming album, and the Go Viral audience will be the first to hear them. My songs are about the importance of being true to our core values and soul essence, choosing love over fear and trusting our path, and my intention is to inspire others to come back to their hearts and act on their callings.

Me And My Invisible Orchestra
Indie-pop duet

Me And My Invisible Orchestra is a Kazakh indie pop project from Almaty. Songwriter - Malika Kolesova, music writer-sound producer Konstantin Kokhan. In the compositions of the project, you can hear the influence of French and American pop music of the 60s, elements of trip-hop and dream-pop.

 

.Ra
DJ

Zhanara Usevich is a journalist, screenwriter, manager and producer. Once in a while she joins music projects as DJ under the alias .RA (Point Ra). In half an hour show she wants to use music to establish a link with Go Viral festival participants.

“Sound makes us want to share our emotions. Let those emotions be joy, passion and a bit of bright melancholy so we can meet again”.

Qyrq Qyz
Music performance

Across the steppes of Central Asia, modern bards still sing the tale of Gulaim, the teenage warrior who defended ancient clans from Eastern invaders with the help of her qyrq qyz, or 40 girls, Amazons of Turkic legend.

Enduring for centuries in a male-dominated epic tradition, this powerful matriarchal narrative comes to full-throated life in the Aga Khan Music Programme's multimedia retelling, conceived and directed by Uzbek filmmaker and artist Saodat Ismailova, scored by Tashkent-based composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, weaving an emotional tapestry of legendary female power. Screening duration 86 minutes. Performance taped in partnership with BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in New York, Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, and Musée de quai Branly in Paris together with ARTE.

Chorshanbe Alovatov
Singer, Musician

Chorshanbe entered the big stage in the 6th grade and performs in the fusion style. The artist admits that from childhood he constantly listened to the performances of his father, who performed traditional folk songs in the falak genre, therefore the little singer performed his first performances in the same genre. Alovatov won his debut major victory in 2011 at the Golden Voice competition, taking first place.

In 2014, he also performed falak at the "Flowers of the Capital" ("Shukufakhoi Poytaht") competition and again became the undisputed winner, in 2017 he repeated his success at the "Parvin" festival.

In 2019 he became the sole winner of the Bob Music Awards.

In December 2019, Chorshanbe participated and became the winner in Central Asia's Got Talent - this is an analogue of the British TV show Britain's Got Talent. After winning this show, Chorshanbe gained great popularity throughout Central Asia.

ARO
Author, perfomer

Arman Seitzhapbarov - the author of songs and poems in alternative Kazakh pop music genre. He is one of those who pioneered this genre. The distinguishing features of his poems are complex rhymes and techniques for Kazakh singing. 

Кино
Making Waves
Documentary film
SHOKAN
Short film
The River of nomads
Documentary film
Ulbolsyn
Drama
Beyond the Clouds
Documentary film
Ustaz
Documentary film
Making Waves
Documentary film

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

Directed by veteran Hollywood sound editor Midge Costin, the film reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema, introduces us to the unsung heroes who create it, and features insights from legendary directors with whom they collaborate. Featuring the insights and stories of iconic directors such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Barbra Streisand, Ang Lee, Sofia Coppola and Ryan Coogler, working with sound design pioneers–Walter Murch, Ben Burtt and Gary Rydstrom–and the many women and men who followed in their footsteps.

About the filmmaker

Midge Costin holds the Kay Rose Endowed Chair in the Art of Sound Editing at USC School of Cinematic Arts given by George Lucas in 2005. She has been a feature film sound editor in Hollywood where her work is featured in Oscar-nominated films for Sound Editing, and won the Golden Reel award for Sound Editing on Crimson Tide. She is a past board member of the Motion Picture Sound Editors, a lifelong member of the Editors Guild, and lectures internationally on the transformative power of sound.

SHOKAN
Short film

In Kazakhstan, the famine takes up little space in the public arena, and officials remain reluctant to call it a genocide. This short film explores these differences using two models explaining variation in the politics of memory: one emphasizing the instrumental calculations of politic and the other emphasizing the historical and cultural constraints that frame contemporary debates. These two models complement each other rather than compete.

My idea was to make it as easy as possible for the viewer, the key was the school, its students and teacher. Truly each of us in history lessons would like to move to another temporary space and feel at ourselves. Therefore, I tried to transfer us into disastrous times for our nation. The famine claimed the lives of at least 3 million Kazakhs. One sixth of the indigenous population left their historical homeland forever. Of the 3.5 million Kazakhs in 1897, who accounted for 82% of the region's population, by 1939 only 2.3 million remained. Even today, when the facts about the famine are widely publicized and accessible, we have the lack of memorials about it.

In Kazakhstan, political calculations led the regime to emphasize unity and stability over divisive debates about the past, but historical factors made depoliticizing the famine feasible. Nevertheless, it is important that all citizens know about and understand some of the more important aspects of the Holodomor, the Kazakhstan genocide. When the history is left unwritten, the rivers fork and spread and swallow up entire nations. Kazakhstan was one of them.

The River of nomads
Documentary film

The Shu River (Chu, Chuy) is one of the most important waterways of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and all of Central Asia. In May 2021, the creative group Adamdar/CA from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan made a cultural and ecological expedition along the Chu River - from its source in the Teskey-Ala-Too mountains in Kyrgyzstan to the river mouth in the sands of the Moyinkum desert in Kazakhstan. In the process, a film was made about the significance of this great river for the present and future of the region.

 

Ulbolsyn
Drama

Strong-willed and determined Ulbolsyn lives in the city. Her younger sister Azhar is going to graduate from school in the village of Karatas. Ulbolsyn has big plans for the future of her beloved sister – she saved enough money so that Azhar could enter a prestigious foreign university, which would allow her to make a good career and become free and independent. However, when Ulbolsyn comes to Karatas for Azhar, she discovers that the girl was kidnapped by the local healer Urgen, a highly respected person in the village. He is going to make Azhar his ‘tokal’ – the younger wife. But Ulbolsyn does not intend to leave it this way, and she decisively enters the struggle with the patriarchal world of Karatas

Beyond the Clouds
Documentary film

Have you ever heard of a special type of people who are not afraid to dream? The type of person becomes even more special when you are a woman who has grown up and was inspired by the fact that your dreams, your mission and value are spelled out in invisible ink in the invisible “book of life” according to the expectations and “rules” of the society.

The documentary "Behind the Clouds" is a chain of stories telling about women who  take responsibility today and are ready for a new experience without renouncing the past, showing respect for their roots, aspire for greater achievements and dare to dream.

The main intent is to raise awareness on women’s issues and development in Central Asia by showcasing such models who represent ordinary footage of life with real struggles and personality formation. Through these stories the documentary intends to communicate a strong and independent narrative about women, who do not set limits for themselves even if sometimes life itself feels like one limitation. 

It is not surprising if in the 3 daring heroes of the documentary behind "Beyond the Clouds" many women recognize themselves, remember the dreams of self-realization that have recently been relegated to the background.

Documentary movie crew believes in the community of talented, passionate and hardworking women who have ordinary and “un”discovered stories that can benefit society as a whole.

Ustaz
Documentary film

 

"Ustaz" documentary is a new Binocle series from Kana Beisekeev and Kairat Nurmugambetov.

The film tells about four heroes who once decided to become mentors to children. These are stories from different parts of the country, where the heroes are very different from each other, but they all have one thing in common - their dedication to their craft. Teacher of physics, school director, physical education teacher and the head of orphanage are the people through whom the love for the profession is shown in the film.

Perhaps this profession may seem undervalued, but we have found heroes who say otherwise. "Ustaz" is an attempt to say thank you to teachers and people who work with children.