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Youddiph (Maria Katz)
"Vechniy Strannik" (Eternal Wanderer)
Eurovision 1994 Logo Maria Katz (scenic pseudonym 'Youddiph') won Russian National Final, which was held on 12th of March 1994 by TV-channel RTR. She sang a song "Vechniy Strannik" (Eternal Wanderer), words for this entry was written by herself (using the alias "Piligrim"), music and English lyrics were composed by Lev Zemlinski. The song is said to have been written originally in English. Later Lev Zemlinski became Russian conductor at Eurovision Song Contest in 1994.
Russia took 9th place (among 25 participants), having got 70 points. Youddiph was voted by: Ireland (4 pts), Cyprus (3), Iceland (4), UK (5), Croatia (1), Portugal (2), Estonia (1), Romania (3), The Netherlands (5), Germany (6), Lithuania (6), Norway (3), Greece (4), Austria (6), Hungary (6), Poland (10), France (1).
Here are the results of Russian Jury 1994: Iceland 1 point, Cyprus 2 votes, Hungary 3, Portugal 4, UK 5, Poland 6, Germany 7, Norway 8, France 10, 12 pts went to Ireland
The opinion! The very gifted vocalist Maria Katz weared wonderful and expensive terracote dress… Right after her performance Pugacheva , however, commented it as: "Well, what did you expect from her actually? It is good , that the girl stood out for her dress!".

Info on Russian Final 94:
partition 'Nat. Contest' -> 1994
Maria Katz's official site:
http://www.hitstart.ru/katz/index.html

Lev Zemlinski's official site:
http://www.webcenter.ru/~zemlinsk/

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The biography. ↓
Lyrics of 'Vechniy Strannik" ↓
Different versions of this song. The Discography. ↓


The biography
   Masha Katz "always wanted to sing", she was "employed the teacher in 5 years old". In her 15 she had debuted on the professional scene in musical television contest "Utren'naya Zvezda" ("The Morning Star") and represented a song "Ostav' nebo ptitzam" ("Leave the sky for the birds").

      In 1991 Maria started to work in group "Kvartal" ("The Quarter"). Together with Masha very beautiful song titled "Perviy Bliuz" ("The first blues") was recorded. From the end of 1992 she became a constant member (as a back vocalist) of group "Liga bluza" ("League of a blues") and made a studio recorging of a song "Vasha doch' " ("Your dauther") (photo at the left)

Maria Katz weared wonderful and expensive terracote dress at Eurovision       In 1994 Maria became the First Russian Participant of Eurovision in Dublin. The singer acted under number 23, got 70 votes и had the 9th place.
      Masha Katz came back to Russia. She continued singing back vocals in the group "Liga Bluza" ( for example, songs "See you later, Alligator" or "Gloria"). Also she sang (and still singing) for advertising soundtracks ( she is most claimed session vocalist in Russia, her voice sounds in uncountable quantity a TV- and radio advertisements and jingles).
Photosession. Maria Katz. Clisk to enlarge the photo       In 1994 Masha together with Sergej Efimov (ex- "Kruiz" ("Cruise")) and a group "Udar" ("Impact") acted with musical show "Krasavitza i chudovische" ("Beauty and The Beast"). In 1996 she formed her own blues project "Maryland". For some time Maria was the presenter of TV-show "Programma "A" ("The "A" Program"), where she worked with Sergej Antipov, Grigorij Shestakov, Svetlana Delijska.
      Maria have been singing and now sings back-vocals for all famous singers. Annualy more than 50 albums are recorded with her help. Her voice is attracted for recording at studios such singers as Alsou, Alla Pugacheva, Valeriy Melandze, Igor' Nikolaev, Filipp Kirkorov (backvocal for English, Spanish, Russian and Jewish versions of "Diva"), Vitaliy Leontiev, Sofia Rotariu, Garik Sukachev, Krupnov, Valeriy Siutkin, Shufutinskiy, Vlad Stashevskiy, Aziza, Igor Saruhanov, Masha Rasputina, Dmitriy Malikov, Tania Biulanova, groups "Bravo", "Beliy Orel", "Neprikasaemie", "Megapolis" and many, many others…


Maria Katz. Photosession. Click to enlarge the photo       In 1997 by order of the company "XXth Century Fox" she sang a part of the main heroine of animation film "Anastasia", and was said to be the best non-American singer who worked on the soundtracks for this animation film
      In 1999 Maria was invited by Gidon Kremer and Leonid Desiatnikov to take part in a creative experiment in the Nikita Mihalkov's program "Russkiy standart" ( " Russian standard " )
      Maria Katz taught the class of vokal in Valentine Gneushev's troupe (the main producer of "Cirk na Zvetnom bulvare" ("Circus in Colour parkway "), and also in a musical "Metro".
      Maria is the author of unique system of vocal producing , due to which one she has achieved an admission as leading vocalist of Russia.
Maria Katz as a teacher of studio vocal       In 2000 Masha Katz was engaged in teaching activity in the "Rainbow Music Agency" corporation, training the students to the bases of studio vocal within the framework of the program of her own workshop. (photo to the right).
      In that year Maria was a member of a Russian Eurovision Jury and gave her votes to ESC 2000 participants. Here is what she said about Russian performance: "In the beginning of the song Alsou was singing out of tune, but however, that didn't spoil the whole impression after her performance. And, of course, it's much better that Alsou sang in English". By the way, Masha Katz was offered to be Alsou's back vocalist on the ESC scene, but Maria refused
      In the first part of the year 2002 Maria Katz as a vocal teacher is engaged in production of Russian version of the Mucisal "Chicago",which producers were Alla Pugacheva and Philip Kirkorov.
Masha Katz with a group 'Drugie Pravila'. Click to enlarge the photo       Since the fall 2002 Maria Katz, singer with delightful voice and talented vocal producer, has been working with a pop-group 'Drugie Pravila' (The other rules), which became winner of Russian reality show "Stan' zvesdoj" (Operacion Triunfo and PopStar type show). Masha reveals them all secrets of vocal skill, which are only in the power of real music professionals.
      In March 2003 'Sony Music' released russian version of soundtrack for Musical "Chicago". On this CD main characters have voices of: Philip Kirkorov (Billy Flinn), Maria Katz (Velma Kelly, Mary) and Lada Kolosova (Roxi Hart), who was the soloist of jazz group 'Liga Bluza' as well as Masha Katz.
Maria Katz on the scene. Click to enlarge the photo       Now Maria Katz is engaged in opening-up for an output of her solo album and is the vocal producer in the company "Hit Start ".
      Helping young talents in a record of their debut compositions, she promotes full deployment of natural vocal capacities of the singers in every possible way, and, not being bought up , share her experience with them.
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Lyrics of 'Vechniy Strannik'
"Вечный странник" (Cyrillic alphabet)
Поэт Пилигрим, композитор Лев Землинский

Ты не со мной сейчас, ты далеко -
В разных мирах жить нелегко.
Может быть, только сон может помочь
Увидеть тебя, коснуться рукой

И снова ночь уходит прочь, твой голос далеко,
И я кричу тебе через моря:
"Наш дом хранит твоё тепло,в нём пусто без тебя"
В этом доме я. Maria Katz. Photosession. Click to enlarge photo

Вечный странник, я твоя судьба.
Знаю, помнишь обо мне.
Ты всегда в пути, но для тебя
Яркий свет в моём окне

Там далеко рассвет, в небе заря
Вновь полыхнёт ярким цветком.
В утренней тишине я не одна:
День принесёт встречу с тобой

И снова ночь уходит прочь, твой голос далеко,
И я кричу тебе через моря:
"Наш дом хранит твоё тепло,в нём пусто без тебя"
В этом доме я Maria Katz. Photosession. Click to enlarge photo

Вечный странник, я твоя судьба.
Знаю, помнишь обо мне.
Ты всегда в пути, но для тебя
Яркий свет в моём окне

Вечный странник, я твоя судьба
Знаю, помнишь обо мне
Ты всегда в пути, но для тебя
Яркий свет в моём окне
"Vechniy Strannik" ("Eternal Wanderer") (translit)
Words by Piligrim, music by Lev Zemlinski

Ti nye sa mnoi sichas, ti daliko
V raznikh mirakh zchit' nye lekhko
Mozchet bit', tol'ka son mozchet pamoch
Uvidyet' tibya, kasnutsa rukoi

I snova noch ukhodit proch, tvoi golos dalyeko
I ya krichu tyebe cherez marya
Nash dom khranit tvajo tyeplo,v nyom pusta byez tibia
V etam domye ya Maria Katz. Photosession. Click to enlarge photo

Vyechniy strannik, ya tvaya sudba
Znayu, pomnish aba mnye
Ti vsigda v puti, no dlya tyebya
Yarkij svyet v mayom aknye

Tam daliko rasvyet, v nyebe zarya
Vnov' polikhnyot yarkim tsviytkom
V utrinij tishinye ya nye adna
Dyen' prinisyot vstryechu s taboi

I snova noch ukhodit proch, tvoi golos dalyeko
I ya krichu tyebe cherez marya
Nash dom khranit tvajo tyeplo,v nyom pusta byez tibia
V etam domye ya

Vyechniy strannik, ya tvaya sudba
Znayu, pomnish aba mnye
Ti vsigda v puti, no dlya tyebya
Yarkij svyet v mayom aknye

Vyechniy strannik, ya tvaya sudba
Znayu, pomnish aba mnye
Ti vsigda v puti, no dlya tyebya
Yarkij svyet v mayom aknye

"Magiс word" ("Eternal Wanderer") (English Version)
Words and music by Lev Zemlinski

Living in different worlds, trying to find
Any way through.How can we do?
Hoping to understand what is insight.
In each other's soul, in each other's hand

I dial again, hang on the phone, it's hard to catch the words.
I'm crying through the oceans and the seas.
The door is locked, the keye is lost, and so I'm asking Lord:
"Take away my fears!"

I had never thought I'll go so far.
No one ever can support.
Now you came and opened up my heart
With the only magic word.

Listening to your heart, how can I find
Anything else to talk about.
Living in distant land, trying to meet
Each other's soul, each other's hand.

Another night is passing by, your voice is far away.
I'm crying through the oceans and the seas
Who in the world can tell me why it was so hard to say
When you're close to me.

Another night is passing by, your voice is far away.
I'm crying through the oceans and the seas
Who in the world can tell me why it was so hard to say
When you're close to me

Maria Katz. Photosession. Click to enlarge photo

Maria Katz. Photosession. Click to enlarge photo

Maria Katz. Photosession. Click to enlarge photo

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Different versions of this song. The Discography.
Audio:
VECHNIY STRANNIK (Вечный странник) (Russian version) 5:05 (on promo cass./cds.)
MAGIC WORD (Eternal Wanderer) (English Version) 5:09 (CD-album "Eternal Wanderer")
VECHNIY STRANNIK (short version) 3:00 (only on preview video ?)
VECHNIY STRANNIK ('Live' at Eurovision) 2:59 (mp3 only)
VECHNIY STRANNIK ('Live' at Nat. Final) ? (mp3 only)
Видео:
VECHNIY STRANNIK (video clip) 3:00 (only on previews)
VECHNIY STRANNIK ('Live' at Eurovision) 2:59 (from Eurovision 1994 broadcasting)
VECHNIY STRANNIK ('Live' at Nat. Final) ? (from National Final 1994 from broadcasting by RTR channel)
Cover versions:
Zon, ster, maan (Dutch) - group "Mrs. Einstein" (CD "Goes Europe" 1997)

Promosingle 'Eternal Wanderer (Magic Word)'. Click to enlarge the image Promosingle 'Eternal Wanderer (Magic Word)'
1. Eternal Wanderer
2. My Boy Is Drivin' A Bus

Promo cass./cds. 'Eternal Wanderer'
has english title although
the song is in Russian.

CD album 'Eternal Wanderer «Magic Word»'. Click to enlarge the image CD album "Eternal Wanderer «Magic Word»"
Label: Tau Product 1994; cat. number: TAU 00087

1. Magic Word (Eternal Wanderer) 2. Heavy Sin 3. Free Love
4. We Can Be Friends 5. Without You 6. Circle Line 7. My Boy Is Drivin' A Bus
8. My World 9. Keep Your Heart 10. Dreams Of Youth

Words & music by Lev Zemlinski
    Youddiph- vocal, back vocal; Lev Zemlinski - keyboards, harmonica; Igor Kozhin - el.guitar, ac, guitar;
    Alexei Ostashev - bass guitar; Yulia Frolova - back vocals (3); Ivan Volkov - saxophones;
    Vadim Chebanov - ac.guitar; Sergei Kalugin - ac. Guitar

CD-single 'Magic Word' (re-release). Click to enlarge the image CD-single 'Magic Word' (re-release)
Counry: Belgium; label: Madierpo; cat. number: CDS97001

1. Magic Word (English Version) 5:09
2. Eternal Wanderer (Russian Version) 5:09

In 1997 both versions were re-released in Belgium
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