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Don Carlos

Artist: Sergei Kuriokhin
Sergei Kuriokhin - Don Carlos CD
Label: SoLyd
Regular Price: $15.95
On Sale For: $8.97 
Year: 1996
Format: CD


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Recorded live in Leningrad, 1986 by Sergei Firsov.

Sergei Kuriokhin was born in 1954 in the city of Murmansk in the north-western Russia, lived in Moscow and since 1971 - in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). Graduated from the music school where studied piano and at the Orchestra Dept. of the Institute of Culture Became interested in rock music, started playing in the school rock band in 1964. Started playing jazz in 1969. Participant and laureate of the All-Union Jazz festivals where he played with A. Vapirov, V. Chekasin, V. Tarasov, V. Ponomaryova and many other Soviet musicians. In the 70-ies so 80-ies played keyboards with "Akvarium" rock band. In 1980 created his own Pop Mekhanika Orchestra which united musicians and of the most diverse genres. Sergey Kuryokhin and his Pop Mekhanika Orchestra toured all over Europe - in Germany, Sweden, Finland, Italy, United Kindom, France, Denmark, Holland, as well as USA and other countries.

S. Kuryokhin realized a joint concert with Yuzi Takahashi, Japan with the participation of John Zorn and Bill Laswell from the USA and other Russian and Japanese musicians. S. Kuryokhin also took part in the realization of the Nam June Paik's Olympic Games programme in Seoul. Several documentaries were made about Sergey Kuryokhin in Russia and abroad. For the last few years Sergey Kuryokhin wrote film music. Among his project was a cilt movie "Buster's Bedroom" (dir. Rebecca Horn, Germany, starring Geraldine Chaplin and Donald Sutherland).

He also gave solo piano concerts In 1991 Sergey Kuryokhin successfully performed in England at the Bath International Music Festival organized under the patronage of Prince Charles He also kept doing shows with Pop Mekhanika Orchestra inviting such different personae as Bennink, Henry Kaiser, Pete Cosey (Miles Davis Group), Paul Wertico (Pat Metheny Group), Mars Williams (Psychedelic Furs), Daid Moss, Blixa Bareld (Einsturzende Neabauten), Chris Cross (Ultravox), Westbam, musicians from the Echo and The Bunnymen, The Christinans, It's Immaterial, Elements of Crime, etc.

He died of sarcoma of the heart in 1996.

Sergei Kuriokhin: piano, keyboards - Sergei Letov: tenor sax, bass clarinet, flute - Grigory Sologub: guitar - Yury Kasparian: guitar - Victor Sologub: bass guitar - Aleksandr Titov: bass guitar - Africa (Sergei Bugaev): percussion - Aleksander Kondrashkin: drums

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