Arkady Gotesman isn’t a standard artist: many consider him a jazzman and percussion virtuoso, but it is almost impossible to pinpoint what it is that he does. Yet Gotesman himself seems to be rather nonchalant about this; he clearly is a man of action and practice, able and willing to try the challenges that arise when working in different formats – not only the diverse world of music, but also theater and literature.
The main features of this artist – an extraordinary range of activity and the ability to instantly listen into his partners’ – whoever they are – music, speaking, writing or object making. This characteristic is crucial for a good jazz musician, whose reaction and intuition must never lose contact with the present moment, be able to foresee and creatively complement.
On jazz scene, Gotesman has collaborated with the following musicians:
• Percussionists- Changhito, Vladimir Tarasov, Freddy Shtuder, J.Baron ,Tim Daysi.
• Singers- Vladimiras Prudnikovas, Kantor- Joseph Malovani, Eska Mvuzgari (UK).
• Piano players- Viačeslavas Ganelinas, Julian Joseph, Anthony Coleman, Andrei Razin.
• Reeds-John Jorn, Charles Gayle, Petras Vyšniauskas, Ned Rothenberg, Abram Fefer, Albert Beger, Mikolaj Trazska, Waclav Zimpel.
• Cello player- Davidas Geringas.
• Double-bass players: Barry Gay, Dominik Duval, Jack Siron, Brade Jones, F. Pilinger, Vladimir Volkov, J.Cload Jones.
• Trumpet players: Dave Daglas, Frank London, Viačeslav Gaivoronsky, Kasper Tranberg, Byron Wallen, Arkadi Shilkloper, Rasul Siddik.
• Dancer Anastasija Lyra.
• many other artists from Lithuania and other countries.
• Composers - V.Ganelinas, A.Šenderovas, O.Balakauskas, Š .Nakas, G. Sodeika, Z.Bružaite, H. Raduleskas,V.Bartulis.
• Lithuanian chorus -„Polifonija“, “Jauna muzika“, “Brevis“.
• Percussion Ensemble “ Giunter Percussion.“
• Theaters – O. Koršunovo-theatre, National Drama Theater, “Meno Fortas“, Panevėžys Juozo Miltinio theatre.
• Festivals- “Kristupo” festival, ”Jauna Muzika”, “Iš arti”, Birštono jazz festival, Ukmergės theater festival, festival “Jazz Globus”(Israel) and others.
A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, composer, pianist and arranger,
Andrei Razin was destined for the career of an academic musician,
but his creative interests have a much wider range.
He produced music scores for the theatrical performances, modern chamber instrumental
and vocal music,
jazz compositions, music for TV shows and advertisement videos.
performed with Arkady Shilkloper, Mike Ellis, Aleksei Kozlov, Vladimir Chekasin, Roswell Rudd, Klaus Kugel etc.
Andrei Razin was also awarded the "Composer of the year" (2002)
awards by Russian Jazz Journalists Association.
As a leader of Second Approach Trio (new-jazz, modern creative)
Andrei Razin performed in Germany, Finland, Norway, Lithuania, Israel, Austria, USA, etc.
Alexei Mikryukov aka King Imagine was born in 1972. His first song was sung and recorded at the age of 4. He began his career in music as a gutarist in the punk collective Zooy E Orchestar in 1989. In the same period some of the first bootleg recordings were made, all of them now lost. In the summer of 1993 he meets Eugene Alexandrov, with whom organizes The Schizotronics..and records solo. In 1996 together with the Kiev poet Danylo Kubai,he founds the noise industrial group Ilam, Inc. (or, rather a noise orchestra with 13 musicians, which gave an incredibly insane concert in the Kiev Actors House of Culture) and also the project Rooteniya Pe Since 1998 cooperates as sound engineer with the first Ukrainian reggae/dub group Rootmans Band, Karina Kuznetsova (with whom he works to this day) and the bass guitarist Kirill Machinski aka Roots Controlla, with whom he founds the digital roots dub project Dub Compressors. In 1999 together with the composer Alexander Kohanovski aka Pankifared he starts the studio project Superapes, recording 2 albums, making experiments with electronic and ambient music, as well as composing music for escalators, elevators and corridors. Since 2004 actively cooperates with Foa Hoka as sound producer, remixer and contributor of music. Since 2005 releases his output on the d.i.y. CD-R label SKP Records (Kiev). Since 2006 actively cooperates w/International movement Ukr.tele.kom - as remixer, co-author and remastering engineer.