Alexey Kononenko was born in 1980 in Vladivostok Russia, capital of the remote Primorsky Region (near the Japanese Sea).  His first musical lessons began at the age of 7, when Alexey tried piano.  However, it didn't last long...

The final choice of musical instrument had been made at the age of 14, when Alexey took several guitar tutorials from his uncle.  Never looking back, Alexey devoted all his time to guitar, with main influences such as Stratovarius, Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, Al Di Meola, Dream Theatre, Shadow Gallery, In Flames, Amorphis and the like. Forging his guitar skills, Alexey included in his repertoire a variety of classical compositions and borrowed some Celtic music ideas. After involvement in several musical projects, his main objective remains to achieve harmony of progressive and traditional styles.
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Originally from Australia, Hedy-Marie has an electrifying and distinctive voice. She studied vocal training at the young age of 16 with Sylvia Holland “Academy of Fine Arts”, Tatiana Vasaliva “Opera Teacher”, Judith Radanovich and Taylor Fox. She continued her interests in music and studied at Capilano University Jazz music program for song composition. Her first album “Siempre De Fiesta”, 2003 (translated “Always celebrating”), was released on the World radio station, and has been featured numerous times on BCTV as well as participating in variety show performances.

She sings in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English. Her versatility has enabled her to perform with various acts, toured with a musical stage production, NNM rock & roll show band, sang with La Clave 12 piece Latin Orchestra, where she toured through Canada and the US. Her interest with metal music brought her to work as a bass player with many original local bands over the years. Composing symphonic metal songs has always been her passion as is listening to bands that influence her style like Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil, Dream Theatre, Symphony X, Evanescence, Tool and Metallica.
Rolf Popp, born in North Bay, Ontario and moved to Vancouver at the age of 7 where, at the age of 12, began his first drumming lessons after seeing Buddy Rich for the first time on Johnny Carson. He quickly realized that drums was his passion after listening to influential drummers such as Buddy Rich, Ian Paice, and Carl Palmer, to name a few. Today, his passion continues with influences to now include Jason Rullo, Mike Mangini, and Jukka Nevalainen.

Rolf has been involved in local Vancouver music scene for over 10 years now drumming to a wide range of classic and progressive rock music in such bands as Live She Cries, TVRS, Queen of the Ryche, and Solar Fire playing at venues such as The Terry Fox Theatre, The Shadbolt Theatre for the Arts, The Media Club, Granville Island, to name a few. Rolf continues his passion for drumming by continually expanding his drumming styles and techniques.
Kevin grew up in the richly artistic community of Nelson, British Columbia, where he was exposed to all types of music and theatre. Kevin moved to Montreal in 1996 to pursue music studies at McGill University, completing his Master’s Degree in Opera Performance.

In 2002, Kevin moved to Zurich, Switzerland, where he did an apprenticeship at the Zurich Opera house. Some of his favourite productions include singing the role of Pilate in numerous productions of Jesus Christ Superstar (including the ThunerSeespiele, the largest musical festival in Switzerland), as well as opera performances in Bremen, Frankfurt, Wiesbaden and Zurich. Kevin also completed a 60-city tour of Germany, Austria and Switzerland with “Night of the Musicals”, Europe’s longest-running touring musical show.

Some of Kevin's recent projects include directing and acting in a touring production of "Rent", performing in the ensemble for Vancouver Opera's "Evita", and starred in a commercial for Carrabba's Italian Restaurant as an opera-singing chef.

Former session musicians participated in the recording of A Tear From The Conquered Realm (2014) album):
Kelly Stodola - Drums
Tony Kerr - Bass
Finn Manniche - Cello
Cameron Wilson - Violin
John Dean - Piano (Soundwavestudio)
Alyssa Stevenson - Flute
Alys Howe - Harp (Harp by Jamie Newsom)

Laura Kelsey - Vocal
Ruthie Lipshulch - Back Vocal
String Quartet:
Christine Lin - Violin
Daejin Kim - Violin
John Kastelic - Viola
Clara Shandler - Cello

Special Thanks to Ken Burke and Blue Wave Studios for assistance in recording this album!

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Aug 27, 2016 - MNET Radio Festival

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NEW ALBUM (2014)
- A Tear From The Conquered Realm -
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