St. Petersburg Duo

Vjacheslav Gaivoronski

was born in Moscow in 1949. At the age of 14 he came in touch to music. 1965 he started his studies at the Leningrad Conservatory and became a member of different ensembles, e.g. with Anatoly Vapirov. He started his first trio.

After examination in 1970 he got a job at the Theatre for musical comedy in Kemerovo, West Sibiria. He continued to play Jazz and, very surprising, he studied medicine at the same time.

Immediately after finishing these studies he returned to Leningrad, worked in a hospital and in 1978 he founded a new duo with the bass player Vladimir Volkow, who in the age of 18 just began to discover Jazz. For 10 years they have been the Leningrad Duo, which found a lot of appreciation in the former Soviet Union. But only in 1988 they could release their first record and only in 1989 they could perform first time in the west.

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Vladimir Volkow

born 1960, is one of the most important bass players from Russia. He is a member of jazz-ensembles as well as of symphonic orchestres. Beside of Jazz he performs old music, here his instrument is the viola da gamba. He participated in many festivals (e.g. Vilnius, JazzJamboree Warsaw, Europa Festival Jazz Noci, in Münster und Zürich). Concerts in Russia, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and USA. He published records at Melodya and at Leo Records.

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Their music does not impress you with its novelty or inventiveness, their performances do not boast of of mindblowingly dexterous solo passages, their presentation might even seem boring: no show, no gimmicks, no elctronics. Few musicians are so indifferent to fashion and so cool about success. Maybe these were the qualities which made their path to recognition so long and difficult.
Theirs is music about music. A fairly typical postmodern, eclectic, polystilistic approach. But whereas Chekasin and Breuker, Zorn and Kuryokhin are toying with the myriads of styles available, obviously enjoying themselves and letting the listener enjoy their weirdest phantasies, Gaivoronski and Volkow adress themselves and us to DEITY in music, to that spiritual perfection, to the ideas of the eternal and divine in art, to that something which transcendends aesthetics and becomes ethical, and which we find either in the work of a genius, or in the authenticity of genuine folk music.
All their reflections on the variety of musical worlds - the greatness of BACH (in their 'Advance to the Past' with B.A.C. and quotations from the 'Art of Fugue'), or Coltrane (...), or Russian folklore ('Russian Songs') - are recreated with an ascetic minimum of means. Two monophonic instruments.

Alexander Khan, 1989, in: DOCUMENT, Leo Record

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Yankee Doodle, V.Gayvoronski /Trompete und V. Volkow / Solyd Records 1994, SLR 0022 (Russia)
Kings & Cabbages, Moscow Composers Orchestra, Conducted by Vladimir Miller. Leo Records Laboratory, 1994, LEO LAB 005 (Great Britain)
Life at City Garden, Moscow Composers Orchestra and Sainkho, directed by Vladimir Miller. CD 95027, U-Sound 1995 (Russia)
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