New Music From Russia; The '80s'
Release date: 1989/10
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"One of the most important releases of the decade." RUBBERNECK.
"A fascinating monument to a decade of music from a significant music scene we still know very little about." WIRE.
"It represents the most substantial recorded evidence to date of a burgeoning movement of musical activity..." THE NEW YORK TIMES.
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The original audio 8 CD box release of DOCUMENT was supplemented by a
32-page full-colour booklet. Here are some excerpts from this booklet:
IntroductionPersonal notes of a frustrated record producer.
Artist Portraits (Selection)
"OCEAN - this is the archetype of every living, it is the beginning and the end and the invisible essence. ... It has neither beginning nor end nor form. ... Silence is the absense of contradiction. OM (perfect existence in its integrity and singularity) is the knowledge of being. The perfect state of the OCEAN."
-- quotes Valentina Goncharova
"The pianist, composer and bandleader Sergey Kuryokhin was born in 1954. He started studying piano at the age of 4. ... He is working on music for a string quartet, and he has been commissioned by KRONOS STRING QUARTET to write music for them. He is supposed to collaborate with Alfred Schnittke for Yuri Lubimov's production "Little Tragedies", and he is planning another tour of USA. The current of energy and fantasy generated by this artist seems inexhaustible. At the moment it is showing no sign of slackening."
-- quote Alexander Kahn, July, 1989
Alexander Sakurov was born in Ivanova in 1961. He studied piano, flute and in 1978 he started playing saxophone in restaurants and in the circus orchestra. Russian orthodoxy is a great spiritual inspirator for Sakurov. He is fascinated by old slavonic musical culture and sings in a church choir. His favorite jazz musicians are Coltrane, Ganelin Trio, Jan Garbarek. Favourite composers - Bach, Mussorgsky, Schnittke.
DOCUMENT 8 ______________ I. Vladimir Chekasin solo and duo in blue - 20'18 II. Vladimir Tarasov something is happening in the seascape - 18'25 III. Vyacheslav Ganelin simultamente - 18'45 IV. Ganelin/Tarasov/Chekasin ... old bottles - 16'15 DOCUMENT 7 ______________ I. Sergey Kuryokhin/Igor Butman/ Alexander Pumpyan first recordings - 5'05 - 4'22 II. Moscow Improvising Trio 1. natural selection - 5'30 2. conspircay - 6'25 3. cogito - 6'35 III. "The Roof" 1. I and me - 3'05 2. ooh! - 2'00 3. grave - 4'59 4. coto - 7'05 IV. The Makarov New Improvised Music Trio incomplete tendencies of meta reality - 27'23 DOCUMENT 6 ______________ I. Vladimir Chekasin/Sergey Kuryokhin/ Boris Grebenshchikov exercise - 19'15 II. Homo Liber 1. St. Petersbourg'86 - 12'00 2. homage to Velemir Khlebnikov - 17'00 3. old basllade - 6'47 III. Alexander Sakurov/Yuri Dronov big explosion - 14'20 DOCUMENT 5 ______________ I. Anatoly Vapirov/Sergey Kuryokhin 1. Thracian duos - 34'55 2. portraits: Benny Goodman is just round the corner - 6'33 Duke Ellington in bedouin garb - 4'50 II. TRI-O mirage - 6'19 III. TRI-O plus Sainkho Namchylak transformation of matters - 20'05 DOCUMENT 4 ______________ I. Orkestrion 1. 1987 - 6'15 2. Tsaritsin - 11'40 3. Abyss (meditation) - 17'30 II. Petras Vysniauskas/ Kestutis Lusas in memoriam - 37'45 DOCUMENT 3 ______________ I. Jazz Group Arkhangelsk above the sun, below the moon - 39'55 II. The Vladimir Chekasin Big-Band concerto for voice - 27'53 DOCUMENT 2 ______________ I. Valentina Goncharova ocean - 55'47 II. Valentina Ponomareva 1. midnight walk - 7'15 2. eternal call - 9'15 DOCUMENT 1 ______________ I. Dearly Departed - 33'20 II. Vyacheslav Guyvoronsky/ Vladimir Volkov 1. Skambha gita - 20'45 2. jazz raga - 12'37 3. five netsuke - 5'22
The Ganelin Trio. They have been known by the three sounds - GèTèChè - the abbreviation of the first names. ... The last disc of the DOCUMENT features three solo performances, and a part of the Trio's performance of 1984. Checkasin opens the disc with an extremely rare extended solo of striking beauty and tension. That's were he is really a genious - playing saxophone. One wishes he had done it more often. For Tarasov solo playing has become his main format now, he reinforced his drum set with heaps of electronics. ... To sum it all up, to show how wonderful the Trio used to sound, the closing piece of the DOCUMENT is the collective performance in Britain, 1984. It swings and it is abstract, it's melodic and it's chaotic, it's impeccably structured and yet there is total surprise every second, it's permeated with a refined sense of style and yet it's eclectic - it's great music from a great band."