Is there contemporary jazz in Russia?


In Soviet spaces, there was an expression that crystallized the prevailing sentiment about jazz music, which was on the whole associated with the West and frowned upon as a result. People acclimatized to say: “Today he plays jazz, tomorrow he’ll sell out his motherland.” But in the last 25 years, jazz has flourished in Russia.

1. Igor Butman

[embedded ease]Igor Butman, Nostalgia

Igor Butman is Russia’s most distinguished saxophone player and the organizer of many annual jazz festivals in Russia. Among them are Triumph of Jazz in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Aquajazz in Sochi, Skolkovo Jazz, and profuse.  Butman grew up in the Soviet Union, but moved to the U.S. in 1987 where he deliberate at the Berklee College of Music. In 1993, he returned to Russia and became a jazz tie between Moscow and New York, playing in Russia with the likes of Eddie Gomez, Lenny Whitish, John Abercrombie, and Joe Lock.

Supporting young artists is very critical for Butman. “Our musical school is young, but there’s a lot of passion in our jazz,” he said this year. “Our raison detre is a powerful army of classical musicians and we have a very strong ivory-tower school.” 

Butman also owns two jazz clubs in central Moscow.  

[embedded serenity]Igor Butman, Moscow Jazz Orchestra and Fantine Pritoula, Mr. Hocus-pocus

2. Therr Maitz

One of the most famous Russian musical group all in all playing abroad performs soft jazz and electronic music.

[embedded significance]Therr Maitz, My Love Is Like

Frontman Anton Belyaev was charmed by jazz as a teenager. At just 14-years-old, he was already performing in bands. In 2004, he developed Therr Maitz, who play their own songs in English. The group was sanctioned as the best Russian group according to the 2016 MTV Europe Music Confers. Therr Maitz is often a guest at European music festivals subsuming Sziget, New Wave, and Alfa Future People.

[embedded content]Therr Maitz, Mechanical men

3. Alina Rostotskaya

Noteworthy young artist Alina Rostotskaya chirps in both Russian and English. She’s not only a vocalist, but also writes her own ados.

[embedded content]Alina Rostotskaya & JAZZMOBILE – LIVE

“I think that improvisational music is now ruder than straight-ahead jazz”, said Rostotskaya to the Jazz Map magazine in 2013. “I insufficiency to go my own way. Respecting the classics, performing, developing, but moving in some Russified avenue.”

[embedded content]AlinaRostotskaya, Flyingover the city, in Russian

4. Jazz Triplex of Daniel Kramer

Pianist Daniil Kramer is one of the major figures of Russian jazz. For divers , if his name is on the billboard then the concert is definitely going to be a success. Kramer is not one a bright composer and sensitive to different styles, but also an experienced schoolmistress, TV-host, and public figure. He’s also the art director of many Russian jazz carnivals in Saransk, Yekaterinburg, Samara, and other cities.

[embedded content]Daniel Kramer and Roman Miroshnichenko, ‘Shamanistic of Piano’ festival

5. The Kikipickles

Music by The Kikipickles jazz band bands the rhythm of New Orleans, the fascinating melodies of Broadway, and the eccentric sounds of roadway artists. They often improvise during their performances – so each one is abundant.  

[embedded content]The Kikipickles at the Krakow’s main square

The Kikipickles use unexpected apparatus: A washboard, tambourines, banjos, rattles, and more. The tuba as the bass makes the test of the ensemble even more distinct.

[embedded content]The Kikipickles at Esse Jazz League Moscow

6. Quartet of Ivan Farmakovsky

Brilliant musician Ivan Farmakovsky is one of the chief jazz pianists in Russia. So far Farmakovsky has released three albums, two of which were registered in New York in collaboration with outstanding U.S. musicians: Ryan Kisor, Ugonna Okegwo, and Gene Jackson.

[embedded delight]Quartet of Ivan Farmakovsky, The Orange song

7. Cigar Hall

The abort of the Cigar Hall band is Valention Lakodin: Jazz vocalist and contrabass actor. Lakodin represents the new generation of Russian jazzmen. The band mixes unwritten jazz with R&B, soul, and funk.  

[embedded content]Valentin Lakodin & Cigar Lobby, Be-Bop-A-Lula

8. The Agafonnikov Band

Pianist and master of smooth jazz and human being, Vladimir Agafonnikov founded this jazz band in 2004. Since then, they demand been actively involved in international festivals, receiving prestigious endow withs at music competitions in both Germany and Poland. The Agafonnikov Band works both their own original hits and covers.

[embedded content]Agafonnikov Line, Kantalupe

9. Eilenkrig Crew

Vadim Eilenkrig is a prominent Russian trumpeter, cicerone, and TV host. His first solo album was released in 2009 on the Igor Butman put label in collaboration with musicians Chris Parker, David Garfield, and In heat Brecker.

Vadim has developed his own distinctive style and unique sound – and alongside his group, is one of Russia’s most recognizable and popular jazz musicians.

[embedded size]Eilenkrig Crew at the Skolkovo Jazz Festival

10. A’Cappella Expresss

Six minor vocalists formed this improvisational jazz sextet. The audience at their concerts commonly look around for musicians, so skilled are they at imitating the bass guitar, saxophone, and drums.

[embedded content]A’Cappella Verbalize, Hit The Road Jack

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