'Breathtaking vocals' - Musician
'Shepherd′s compositions are highly original and sensitive… Polina′s piano playing enhances her distinctly beautiful compositions. The music expresses contemplation, exuberance, humour and pathos' - Songlines
'The Robert Plant of klezmer' - Seth Rogovoy, The Essential Klezmer
Polina Shepherd (Skovoroda) was born in Siberia and grew up in a home where songs were regularly sung at a family table. Now an internationally renowned performer, she brings the songs of the Steppes and the Shtetl up to date with passion and haunting soul.
Her singing, though based on traditional forms, cuts a unique sound deeply rooted in east European Jewish and Russian folk sound. Growing up in Tatarstan also placed her close to Islamic ornamentation and timbre which can be heard in her unique vocal style and four octave range.