Sergei Kuryokhin - Spectre of Communism
Sergei Kuryokhin (1954-1996) was a visionary Russian entertainer, actor, composer, pianist, conductor, producer and director of several ground-breaking cross-genre and cross-cultural projects in the Soviet Union and Russia. He stated that only insecure people may restrict their development by limiting their minds to one set of ideas, be it a political party, a religion, an art form or a lifestyle. He also declared that madness is an important quality of Russian culture.
During the late 1970s and early 1980s he played piano with the jazz quartet of Anatoliy Vapirov at several jazz festivals. In 1981 Kuryokhin joined the popular Leningrad underground band “Akvarium” and collaborated as keyboardist, composer and the bands co-leader along with Boris Grebenshchikov. In 1984 he launched his best known project: ” Orkestr Pop-Mekhanika” (Popular Mechanics Orchestra). The show was staged at major arenas and concert halls in St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Novosibirsk among other cities in Russia and abroad.
This album contains the title piece (49 mins.) composed by Kuryokhin, plus an introduction in Russian of 4 minutes. Kuryokhin plays piano and keyboard, his band plays guitar, bass, electronic drums, tenor sax, bass clarinet. Not sure when this was recorded but this CD in 2001 was its first release.