Based in London and Tel-Aviv, Staraya Derevnya (Russian: Старая деревня, “Old village”) is an experimental psychedelic band that has been active since 1994. It is named after the historic district of Saint Petersburg. The group’s music style is self-defined as “krautfolk” and is characterised by free-form jams, hypnotic rhythmic patterns and an eclectic mix of instruments. Their live performances are described as played in near-total darkness in order to shift audience attention to projected animated paintings, improvised together with the music.

Galya Chikiss is a singer and pianist, composer and electronic producer, born in Belarus, based in Berlin. Having recorded her first album in 2005, she has produced a large musical output from post-punk and psychedelic rock to minimalistic synthesizer pop and spectral ascetic electronics. As a solo artist and in various collaborations she has created her personal and idiosyncratic style.

Studio albums

  • Boulder blues (2022), Ramble records
  • Inwards opened the floor. (2020), Raash records
  • Still life with apples, Collaboration with Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet (2020), Steep Gloss
  • Kadita sessions (2016)
  • From inside the log (2010)
  • Expedition (1999, Remastered edition 2009)

Live albums

  • Oto / Tusk (2020), TQN-aut
  • Live at Cafe Oto 13.10.17 (2018), OTORoku


  • Forgot what was important (2022), Ramble records
  • A view from a hill (2017), Linear Obsessional Recordings
  • Utterances (2016), Linear Obsessional Recordings
  • Gnashing of the teeth of time (2013), Weakie Disks
  • Сеть-5 Альмагест (2001), Bomba-Piter


  • I’m thicket (2008)
  • Onelegged (2007)