Project Locrea (from LO-ve and CREA-tivity) is a world-folk fusion ensemble created by flutist Yana Nikol, dedicated to creating and performing original compositions and contemporary arrangements inspired by folk music of different countries. Combining sound and instrumentation of world folk traditions with classical, jazz and contemporary music conventions, the project’s focus is to bring a better understanding and deeper connection between cultures in current days.
In December 2021 the ensemble released their eponymous first album. In recognition the group was nominated and won two WAMMIEs - Washington Area Music Awards 2022 in the categories of Best World Music Group and Best World Music Song for their rendition of the Ethiopian folk song "Abet, Abet" featuring Munit Mesfin.
The ensemble is also part of the Touring Artist Roster of the Virginia Commission for the Arts - a grant program that provides opportunities for Virginians to experience high-quality performing arts events and promote high-quality Virginia artists
Project Locrea has performed at AMP by Strathmore (Bethesda, MD), Blues Alley (DC), Creative Cauldron (Falls Church, VA), Atlas Performing Arts Center (DC), Levine School of Music, Casa Phoenix (DC), Culture Center at the Opera House (Havre de Grace, MD) and many others, and internationally - at the MACAO Youth Music Festival in Macao, China.