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Ukrainian sisters open legendary band's British shows
Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes is so impressed with the music of Bloom Twins he has asked them to open his band's forthcoming British arena shows.
Making an impression: Bloom Twins (pic: Richard Shaw)
The 19-year-old identical twins, Sonia and Anna Kuprienko, aka Bloom Twins, have been working on their debut album with Nick who has co-written and produced the songs.
They are now preparing for their big break, appearing on stage before Duran Duran and main support Seal at a series of shows, including Birmingham's Genting Arena on December 4, 2015.
Born in the Ukraine, the twins grew up in a small town near Kiev. They are both classically trained, becoming accomplished musicians and singers at an early age.
They decided to leave Ukraine's political turmoil and move to London to pursue their musical vision. The sound that has emerged is an intoxicating mix, shaped by their unusual background and perspective, crossing several genres of music.
Musical vision: Bloom Twins (pic: Richard Shaw)
They fuse electronica with haunting melodies, delivered in their distinctive vocal style, embellishing the sound with flute, harmonica and piano.
After uploading their debut track, Fahrenheit, to YouTube in 2013 they were featured in fashion/ music/ lifestyle magazines such as Paradigm, Vogue, Numero and ID. A support slot to Eels at O2 Academy in Liverpool followed.
In 2014 Bloom Twins continued to build their online presence, releasing a string of new songs and videos which generated much social media attention. They also performed at a series of exclusive live events,including The Great Escape Festival, Hermes's Flaneur Experience in London, the Summer series at Somerset House, Ronnie Scott's and Heart in Ibiza.
Online presence: Bloom Twins (pic: Richard Shaw)
Following the release of a cover version of the classic Bob Marley song, Get Up, Stand Up, the twins were featured on BBC Newsnight with Jeremy Paxman and graced the pages of broadsheet newspapers including The Sunday Times and The Guardian, along with Newsweek magazine.
This year they have continued to build momentum, playing several headlining concerts at venues around London and making an appearance in Unicef's Imagine campaign alongside Katy Perry and Will.i.am.
Their debut album is due for release in 2016.
Duran Duran/ Seal/ Bloom Twins 2015 UK tour dates:
Nov 27 : Manchester Arena ;
Nov 28 : First Direct Arena, Leeds;
Nov 30: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff;
Dec 2: The Brighton Centre;
Dec 4: Genting Arena, Birmingham;
Dec 5: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle;
Dec 6: SSE Hydro, Glasgow;
Dec 8: O2 Arena, London;
Dec 9: Bournemouth International Centre;
Dec 11: Capital FM Arena, Nottingham;
Dec 12: Echo Arena, Liverpool.