Victoria Unikel (entertainer)

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Victoria Unikel
Виктория Робертовна Уникель
  
Born (1977-10-30) October 30, 1977 (age 43)
Moscow, Russia
NationalityRussian
CitizenshipRussia
Alma mater
  • Gnessin State Musical College
  • Russian Institute of Theater Arts
Occupation
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Actress
AwardsTop art award from MOSAIC Federation
Musical career
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Also known asUnikel, Unik-El
Genres
  • Dark wave
  • Rock
  • Industrial Rock
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
InstrumentsCello
Years active1996 - present
Labels
  • The Orchard
  • Sweet Rains Records
Websitevictoriaunikel.com

VICTORIA UNIKEL (Russian: Виктория Робертовна Уникель, born October 30, 1977), is an award-winning[1] Russian-American artist - singer, actress, composer, writer, and producer.[2] She is also known as Unikel, Unik-El.

Biography and education

Victoria was born in Moscow, on October 30, 1977, to parents with a Jewish, Polish, Russian, Dutch, and Ukrainian lineage and a long history of victimization by the Soviet Communist Party. She has been playing the cello since the age of 5, eventually graduating from the Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow in 1995 as a gifted cellist.[3] From 1998 to 2002 Victoria attended the Russian Institute of Theater Arts, and graduated as summa cum laude.[4] Victoria also performed on theater stages of Moscow in the late 2000’s.

Career

From 1996 through 1998, Victoria was a top model with the modeling agency Modus Vivendis,[5] taking part in runway shows and being featured in TV advertising and on the pages of magazines.

Victoria began recording and producing music albums in the ambient pop style, and these were played on Russian radio, on compilation albums, and a movie, Slova i Muzyka[6]. She then expanded to producing music in English, German, Latin, and Sanskrit languages. Among her projects are The Exorcist (genre: rock), Balance (genre: dark wave), Homo (genre: industrial rock).

Victoria is the producer, composer, singer, and songwriter all her projects, including The Exorcist - a well-known political, anti-Communist, project that was featured on Russian television, and whose lead singer was an actual exorcist from the Russian Orthodox church. Victoria witnessed several actual exorcisms[7] held by the Russian Orthodox church.Religious themes, including prayers, were woven into every song, and they all revolved around the destruction of the Communist party and principles. There was a petition signed by thousands, and the scandal surrounding this project spilled over[8] into television and all media.[9] The music from The Exorcists was frequently used in German fashion shows to back the runway display.

When political pressure from within the church turned into attention from the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, the priest/singer was forced to quit Victoria’s project. He was replaced by Nikita_Dzhigurda.[10]

Among her political activism, she organized a protest to remove Lenin’s body from the Kremlin along with Nikita Dzhigurda in 2009. The song created for this campaign was titled ‘Remove the Idol From the Kremlin Walls’.

Victoria’s project under the name Balance released an album by the name of Requiem, including the Latin prayers from the Requiem Mass and Sanskrit texts as its lyrics. The album itself and music from this album were distributed in Germany and Russia, and was featured in several movies, where Victoria is listed as composer.

Victoria’s project under the name Unikel, with the album by the name Homo, was in the industrial rock genre. The music from the projects Unikel and Balance were featured in the well-regarded dance performance art show created by Victoria, under the name Unikel Show.[11]

Victoria’s original music was featured in several American, Russian, Ukrainian, French, and Israeli films.[12] In Germany, Victoria had her own fashion label, Unik-El, that produced fashion shows[13] and was featured[14] in others’ projects.[15]

Victoria has been a vocal supporter of the LGBT community, notably taking part in the Red Ribbon project from 2008-2011[16]. The Red Ribbon project was sponsored and supported by the Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit.

Writing

Victoria has produced a comic book, The Exorcist,[17] that is published by comiXology, the largest publisher of comic books in the US.

Recently, she also completed writing her first young adult sci-fi novel: Emma+Luke= Disappear to Nowhere.[18] She is also the screenwriter behind several current film projects – Innocent Voice,[19] Flower of Cambodia.[20]

Discography

  • Balance[21] - dark wave music album
  • Exorcist[22] - rock music album
  • HOMO[23] - industrial rock music album
  • The Exorcist[24] - comic book published by comiXology
  • Orthodox religious prayer album 1[25]
  • Orthodox religious prayer album 2 [26]
  • Orthodox religious prayer album 3 [27]
  • Orthodox religious prayer album 4 [28]
  • Orthodox religious prayer album 5 [29]
  • Orthodox religious prayer album 6 [30]

Her music albums are distributed by Amazon, iTunes, Sweet Rains Music, and The Orchard.

Filmography

  • Detka[31] 2012
  • Nash Domashniy Magazin[32] 2010
  • Ranetki[33] 2010
  • Pravo na Lubov[34] 2005
  • Chastnyi Detektiv[35] 2005
  • The Moscovite from Africa[36] 2004
  • Bourne Supremacy[37] 2004
  • Taksist: Krutye Povoroty[38] 2004
  • Dasha Vasilieva – Lubitelnitsa Chastnogo Syska[39] 2003
  • Stilet[40] 2003
  • Villisy[41] 2002

Awards

Victoria has received a top art award from MOSAIC Federation – she was awarded on-stage at the annual MOSAIC Gala Event [42] in New York City by Tony Schiena and the Ghana Ambassador to the United States - Baffour Adjei Bawuah.

Victoria Unikel in the media

              

References

  1. Street Guide, New York (2019-09-11). "MOSAIC FEDERATION HOSTS FIRST GALA AGAINST HUMAN SLAVERY IN NYC". New York Style Guide. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  2. "Victoria Unikel". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  3. "Выпускники". gnesinka.com. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  4. "КАФЕДРА МАСТЕРСТВА АКТЕРА". gitis.net. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  5. "ModusVivendis model management Moscow". www.modusvivendis.ru. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  6. Slova i muzyka (2004) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-05-03
  7. "Actual Russian Orthodox Exorcisms".
  8. "Controversy over The Exorcist project".
  9. "Controversy over The Exorcist".
  10. "Dzhigurda joins The Exorcist".
  11. "Unikel show".
  12. "International filmography".
  13. "PopUp Fashion Show Alexa Shopping Berlin - video dailymotion". Dailymotion. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  14. Zoe (2008-10-15). "Creative Link & Redcat 7 Fashion show…". Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  15. lifePR (c) 2002-2020 (2008-10-01). "Deutschlandpremiere in Berlin: Fashion Pop up im ALEXA, ALEXA Shopping Centre GmbH, Pressemitteilung - lifePR". www.lifepr.de (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  16. "No Angel Nadja Benaissa auf AIDS-Gala geehrt". Promiflash.de (in Deutsch). 2011-08-28. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  17. "THE EXORCIST -". www.exorcistcomics.com. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  18. "Beware of rainbows". Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  19. Innocent Voice, retrieved 2020-05-03
  20. Flower of Cambodia, retrieved 2020-05-03
  21. "Requiem (Unik-El) [with BALANCE] by Victoria Unikel & BALANCE". Apple Music. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  22. "Exorcist Victoria Unikel". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  23. "Homo (Unik-EL) by Victoria Unikel". Apple Music. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  24. "The Exorcist #1 - Comics by comiXology". www.comixology.com. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  25. "Orthodox Religious Prayer album 1". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  26. "Orthodox religious prayer album 2". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  27. "Orthodox religious prayer album 3". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  28. "Orthodox religious prayer album 4". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  29. "Orthodox religious prayer album 5". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  30. "Orthodox religious prayer album 6". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  31. Detka, retrieved 2020-05-03
  32. Nash domashniy magazin, retrieved 2020-05-03
  33. Ranetki, retrieved 2020-05-03
  34. Pravo na lyubov, retrieved 2020-05-03
  35. Chastnyy detektiv, retrieved 2020-05-03
  36. The Moscovite from Africa, retrieved 2020-05-03
  37. The Bourne Supremacy, retrieved 2020-05-03
  38. Taksist: Krutye povoroty, retrieved 2020-05-03
  39. Dasha Vasileva. Lyubitelnitsa chastnogo syska 1, retrieved 2020-05-03
  40. Stilet, retrieved 2020-05-03
  41. Villisy, retrieved 2020-05-03
  42. Street Guide, New York (2019-09-11). "MOSAIC FEDERATION HOSTS FIRST GALA AGAINST HUMAN SLAVERY IN NYC". New York Style Guide. Retrieved 2020-05-03.

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