Born: May 22, 1956 | Died: July 2, 2008 Primary Instrument: Keyboard
Natasha Shneider’s voice is sultry and hypnotic and her keyboard mastery is represented in her electric piano, organ and Moog bass playing. Alain Johannes’ guitar playing is emotive and textural with a virtuoso’s flair for subtlety. His voice adds a powerful complement to Natasha’s and this duality of expression gives the songs a timeless quality. Jack Irons is the rhythmic heart of Eleven. His drumming is profound and always rooted in a complete understanding of the pulse that gives music the power to communicate. On “Howling Book” the band is at the height of its creative powers. From the emotional balladry of “Kill Me No More”, “Howling Book” and “Simple Kiss” to the full-tilt rock of “Show Me Something” and “All My Friends” and the groove-heavy atmosphere of “You’re My Diamond” and “Now Is The Word”, Eleven have captured the essence of their vision: a unique synthesis of all styles and periods of music focused and forced onto a rock aesthetic.
She also played left-handed bass on the group's first three albums. Shneider and Johannes were part of the line-up of the band Queens of the Stone Age for the recording of their 2005 effort, Lullabies to Paralyze and on the tours to support it. Previous band affiliations include Desert Sessions, Black Russian, and Walk the Moon; she was also a significant contributor to Chris Cornell's 1999 solo album, Euphoria Morning.
Shneider also acted in two feature films, playing the roles of Russian cosmonaut Irina Yakunina in 2010 (1984), and former Polish exchange student Wanda Yakubovska in the film Spiker (1986), as well as minor roles in the TV shows Miami Vice and Hill Street Blues. She also wrote and performed her own song, Who's in Control, for the 2004 action flick, Catwoman and contributed harpsichord to the 2008 Louis XIV track Guilt By Association.
The native of Moscow, Russia, Natasha died from cancer on July 2, 2008.