Alexey Kruglov

Alexey Kruglov (born 1979) is a Moscow performer. He is one of the leaders of new jazz in Russia, one of the versatile Russian performers of a new generation, a saxophonist, composer, director, poet, actor, performer, producer, organizer of Leo Records Festival in Russia, owner of the Krugly Band group, art director of Art Circle club. He graduated the Gnesin`s Russian Academy of Music as a jazz saxophonist in (class of Alexander Oseichuk) and the Studio of Individual Director of Boris Yukhananov as a theatrical director.

He collaborates with artists from different directions and generations. Among a wide field of artists with whom played and collaborates now such amazing musicians as Joachim Kühn, Gebhard Ullmann, Franks Gratkovsky, Fritz Hauser, Rowell Rudd, Simon Nabatov, Luca Sisera Roofer, Almut Kuhne, Carolyn Hume, Paul May, Pago Libre, PUR Collective (with Krzysztof Knittel`s group), Jaak Sooäär, Mihkel Mälgand, Tanel Ruben, Tonu Naissoo, Oliver Sheidle, Masahiko Satoh, Jun Kavasaki, Masami Suzuki, Viacheslav Ganelin, Vladimir Tarasov, Vladimir Chekasin, Alexey Lubimov, Dmitry Kourlandksi, Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra by Yuri Bashmet, Russian folksingers from Pokrovsky Ensemble, Sergei Starostin, Arkady Shilkloper, popular Soviet-Russian actors Igor Kostolevsky, Vladimir Korenev, poets Herman Lukomnikov, Alexander Bubnov, painters Oleg Kudryashov, Mikhail Pogarsky, Grisha Bruskin, directors Boris Yukhananov, Dmitry Krymov and many others. He collaborated and played with stars in art as legendary jazzmen Jimmy Heath, Christian McBride, Joe Lovano, Gary Bartz, legendary Soviet poet Andrey Voznesensky and dancer Vladimir Vasiliev, actor Emmanuil Vitorgan. He plays as an actor at Granovsky theatre and as a performer in Mayakovsky theatre and Electrotheatre Stanislavsky.

He works in different art directions: he plays classical music (from baroque to contemporary music), jazz in many styles, creates his own musical-theatrical and drama performances, takes part in many experimental projects collaborating with the artists from the huge space from different genres. He develops his art-method Dromuse based of the unity between word, sound and plastic and built at the intersection of music, theatre and poetry. He released more than 80 albums (on Leo Records, ACT Music, Losen Records e t.c.), directed around 40 performances based on poetry and texts by different authors like Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Vladimir Vysotsky, Nikolay Gumilyov, Ilia Zdanevich, Alexander Block, Dmitry Prigov, Velimir Khlebnikov, Osсar Waild, Jean Anui, his own poetry. He took part in many festivals and art events all around the world as well as in USA, the Great Britain, Japan, France, Germany, Austria, Poland, Serbia, Finland, Israel, China, countries from the post-soviet space.

He is a winner of Russian and international competitions (for example - "The Brilliant Note" in Staicele in Latvia in 2000) and a winner of various awards. He is a holder of the presidential scholarship "New Names" (1998). He was named "The Hope of The Year" in 2000 in Russia in a pool of Russian journalists. In 2011 he and his album recorded with Jaak Sooäär Trio "Sea Colours" were named the "The Discovery of The Year" in pools of Jazzthetk magazine. In that year Jazz Wise magazine named him "The Future of Jazz" and put his album "Russian Metaphor" on the list of the best five albums of the year. The album «Military space» was is a list of 10 best albums of the year 2013 by NPR Music. The album «The Mighty Five» by Kruglov-Sooäär Quartet was selected as the second best album of the year 2015 by AP Reviews. Often his album are selected in Russian magazines in pools of best albums of the year. Many times his albums were selected in the Europe Jazz Media Chart. In 2020 Alexey Kruglov was recognized in a list of citizen diplomats award by Foreign Ministry of Estonia.

Yuri Vinogradov

Yuri Vinogradov (born 1985) is a classically trained historian of philosophy, visual artist, music blogger and self-taught musician/composer/ improviser from Reutov, Russia. He was born in 1985. Professional philosopher-epistemologist, Yuri thinks that music isn't the object of sense only, but requires intellectual approach in both listening and composing. Yuri is deeply interested in contemporary and classical music and composing techniques.

Yuri began to study music at the age of 14. After a few years of lessons with a private teacher he started to improvise and compose music. He has never studied music in schools or colleges but mostly practiced by himself. He learned to play piano, bass and guitar. Yuri played in various punk rock bands and continued to improve his skills as an improviser. He became interested in classical music, and then contemporary music, especially music of the XX century - Schoenberg, Webern, Messiaen, Cage and others. After finishing his education as a historian of philosophy he equipped home studio and started to record his piano improvisations and to compose electroacoustic, electronic and psychedelic jazz-rock music.

Yuri considers music as an adventure, as a journey under the alien sky with unfamiliar constellations of stars on it. In his compositions, he crosses the boundaries of genres, methods and musical eras. In his music you can find both ultracontemporary atonal intervention and a wide, breathing anachronic melody. He does not express emotions through music, but allows sound structures to run their own free play.

Yuri lives with serious chronical depressive disorder which deeply affects his life in many ways. Music for him is the way he overcomes depression, it's a space of joy and freedom.

You can check Yuri Vinogradov's projects, music, texts here.

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