|Solyd Records is the name of Andrej Gavrilov's label. This label comes from Moscow and it publishes some of the most ambitious CDs in the East.... really interesting CDs, not avantgarde, but poetry with music, songwriters, romances. We are very excited to include this label in our catalog!
Biosentes makes remarkable music, a mixture of traditional tuvinian music, free improvisation and new music. Emotion and suspense, brought together in a masterly way.
In 1988 a new theatre was founded in Kyzyl. It was created by Resh Milojan - Armenian artist, poet, musician and theatre director, living in Tuva, married fifteen years to a Tuvinian actress. The theatre is referred to as the 'Kyzel', which means 'dream' in Tuvinian.
The theatre was constructed as a modern building, a picturesque version of traditional rituals and mysteries. Basically Tuvinian in style, but not exclusively. It was the poetic version of the existence of shamanism, now in the forms and frameworks of art.
1990 - By arrangement with the theatre, under the direction of Vresh Milojan, the musical group 'Biosintes' was born. At the beginning, the basic function was the creation of recordings for and the participation in the performances taking place at the 'Kyzel' theatre. Primarily Tuvinian, Armenian and Russian musicians with very diverse backgrounds - one musician originally played in folklore groups, someone else played in restaurants, another in pop groups. They all played in the group. Primarily the music of the group was orientated around an ethnic type of improvisation, sometimes constructed on a rock ostinato, sometimes completely free. But a major inspiration was Tuvinian throat-singing, and first of all, slow songs.
1991 - Moving away from the theatre, the touril lfe of 'Biosintes' begins. And after its first appearance on festivals, the group came to the attention of the public, critics and promoters.
1991 - 1994 - the group actively and successfully performed on festivals and played concerts in Kyzyl Yakutsk, Krasanojarsk, St. Petersburg and Moscow. Its material constantly varied. It shrank from seven members to three, enlarged itself again by the addition of invited guest musicians. In 1994 - besides sensational performances in St. Petersburg and Moscow, 'Biosintes' opened itself for Europe and opened itself to Europe, making a month long tour of Germany and Austria together with fellow countrywoman Sainkho Namtchylak, already well known in the world of new improvised music. This tour ended with a performance of Berlin's 'Total Music Meeting' Festival, (the recording of which you are holding in your hands at this moment).
1995 - 1996 - the group has occasionally performed on Russian festivals, and has once again changed its material and now has again returned to the place of its birth, the theatre, which in the last years has moved over to Moscow. The circle has closed.
This was the brief history of 'Biosintes'. But in parallel with its history (however, rather frequently criss-crossing it - almost Lobachevsky' geometry), there was another history - the history of contacts and interaction of the new improvising music with Tuva, the Tuva public, Tuvinian musicians and Tuvinian music.In 1991 Peter Kowald - free jazz missionary - appeared in Tuva with the comrades. He gave a concert in Kyzyl, communicated with musicians, showed hisart and closely and attentive got acquainted with Tuvinian art.
1991 - 1994 - Ken Hyder, Tim Hodgkinson and Vladimir Miller from Britain, Heinz-Erich Gödecke and Hans Schüttler from Germany, Austrian 'Die Knödel' occasionally came to concerts and workshops in Tuva. All these visits were organised or inspired by Sainkho.
1994 - a remarkable workshop and concert of British and Tuvinian musicians, including the group 'Biosintes', and serveral authentic shamans was held in Kyzyl.
This is their first album for Solyd. Their other offering is on FMP (CD 80 - Germany) and is called BIOSINTES: The First Take.