New jazz fusion album "Bashkir Caravan" is coming out!
New jazz fusion album "Bashkir Caravan" is coming out on Landy Star in Russia! After 20 years break we were together again in an album recording. Within those participating were members of "Orlan" back in 1980s — trumpeter Rustem Galiullin, bassist Oleg Yangurov, and drummer Rustem Karimov, as well as new members — keyboard players Vladislav Senchillo and Ruslan Yanbaev, and percussionist Ruslan Kapitonov.
«Caravan» as a title cannot escape from an association with traditional jazz. However, no straight quotes are there in the title composition or in any others. Kireyev's play definitely adds a touch of mainstream jazz into the ethnic fusion music on the album, and enriches it. We encounter suites ones again. Particularly the main song “Bashkir Karavan” presents a meditative Oriental dance with ceremonial horns and conspiratorial throat singing vocals by Kireyev, smoothly turning into a dialog between the saxophone and the trumpet and going back in the conclusive part. After the “Bashkir Caravan” and the first interlude (Kireyev's voice and saxophone in avant-garde forms) there comes “Tatar dance”. Both the cheerful melody — Kireyev managed to create a real fusion hit — there is a radio version in the album, too. Two compositions stand apart — those composed by Rustem Galiullin — “Salavat” and “Kuvash kupere” (“Bridge over Kuvash River” from Tatar language). They are divided by another interlude, a more structured one. The trumpeter's scores are more flexible and almost funky, however, as a whole, it reflects the same original fusion aimed at the listener. Orlan's fusion music is assimilated easily so to call in for a dance, at the same time keeping the sophisticated language of improvising music in solos and during the episodes of folklore music involved.
27 November Oleg Kireyev & ORLAN band will perform at The Kremlin Palace
Oleg Kireyev & ORLAN band will perform at The Kremlin Palace in concert "A native of Bashkortostan"
November 27 at 06 pm
This concert is important event of the cultural life of Moscow, and it will introduce Russian public with great national art of the Bashkir people.
The concert will feature the State Folk Dance Ensemble of Belarus them. Faizi Gaskarova, Aydar Galimov, International Charity Foundation of Vladimir Spivakov (Talented Children RB), Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Shatunov, Hania Farhi, Askar and Ildar Abdrazakov, Flury Kildiyarova, Fidan Gafarov, Azamat Gafarov Nazif Kadyrov Fadis Ganiev, Lily Biktimerova, Rome Khasanov, Alsou, Robert Yuldashev and the group "Kuraysy" Idris Gaziev, Vasyl Fattakhova, Ensemble "Caravanserai," Children's Ensemble "Victoria", Oleg Kireev, and a group of "Orlan" Filyus Kagirov, Alfia Avzalova.
Entertainers: Lyajsan Utyasheva, Rasul Karabulatov, Rushan Babic.
25 November 19:00 Oleg Kireyev`s Quartet presents Bee-bop Era perfomans
Oleg Kireyev`s Quartet presents The Bee-bop Era program in the chamber hall of the State Philharmonic Tchaikovsky
November 25 at 19:00
Bebop - a special jazz style that emerged in the 40th years of XX century and is characterized by fast tempos and difficult florid improvisations based on harping harmony, not melody.
The new style, which emerged as the opposition swing, was formed in the experiments of young musicians at the jam gigs at the club "Minton Play-House" and other places of the district 52nd Street in New York. Bebop was the first style of modern jazz, who boldly left the sphere of popular music and took a step toward "pure" art. It was promoted to the field of interest boperov classical music.
Alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, drummer Kenny Clarke, pianists Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell... Many great musicians created their music in the style of bebop. And it's not easy music for understanding. But bi-bop melodies performed Oleg Kireev and his wonderful ensemble by reveal his caustic charm so natural that leave no one indifferent.
The concert is jazz columnist, radio and television personality Michael Mitropol
The program includes:
C. Parker, J. Gillespie, M. Davis
Glossy magazine in Russian called "Jazz.RU"
Sales date: May 11 or 12, 2010. Issue headliner: Oleg Kireyev and Keith Javors with «Rhyme & Reason» new album
Small extract from an interview:
The USA is the motherland of jazz, and there are lots of nice jazz musicians there. So, Russian jazzmen are not so welcomed there, they have enough of their own. However, you managed to succeed in America, and deserve good responses from critics. How did you manage doing so?
— I first came to the States in 1994. I got a full membership scholarship from Bud Shank for his summer workshop. Bud was a legendary alt-sax player. We were a small group of students, all professional musicians, grant holders. My teacher was John Clayton from Clayton Brothers, he thought me an ensemble. Drum player was a famous guy, too. Now, he is accompanying Diana Kroll. His name is Jeff Hamilton. So, it was a star company of people. Since then, I have been establishing new contacts in America. And besides, I managed to play a couple of compositions together with Bud Shank at one of the festivals. He invited me because I was one of the best players, and an exotic stranger from remote Russia. In reality, we played together two continuous sets, just because it was very beautiful. At the end, the people applauded to the strange Russian on foot.
CD "Rhyme&Reason" review:
Oleg’s “Springtime” evolves through several sections. It starts with some free interplay by the quartet, before amelodyworthy of Charles Mingus emerges. The tenor saxophonist takes an adventurous solo over Boris’ rhythmic bass pattern and the stimulating commentary by Keith and E.J. Scott Yanov, 2009
The release of the new album “Rhyme & Reason” on Inarhyme Records label is April 2010 – the musicians are spending considerable time touring Europe and North America to boost sales and connect with their listeners.
Russian saxophone player Oleg Kireyev and American pianist Keith Javors are debuting their new extraordinary project “Rhyme and Reason”. The project, based on their own compositions, glides effortlessly atop the modern jazz mainstream. The new project of Oleg Kireyev and Keith Javors was conceived just over a year ago, in September 2008. After an initial performance at the legendary “Chris Jazz Café” in Philadelphia, they played many East Coast venues into the Spring of 2009 including “Blues Alley” in Washington and “Iridium” in New York. As it happens, during long rehearsals and stage performances the musicians became close and decided to launch an album and project under the name “Rhyme and Reason”. The new album was recorded at Tony Bennett’s studio in New Jersey, marking the first time Kireyev has recorded in North America. Besides Mr. Kireyev and Mr. Javors, the album features the support of Boris Kozlov from the Charles Mingus Band on bass and E J Strickland from the Ravi Coltrane Band on drums.
Whether you are deciding to buy jazz music in your local store or through a jazz music download site, Oleg Kireyev should be on your shopping list as one of the best Russian saxophone players and composers and currently one of the best jazz music artists, period. Originally from Bashkiria (Russia) near the European/Asian border, he has been influenced by the powerful heritage of bebop and traditional jazz, combined with African rhythms, Latin jazz music and Asian and Moldavian free jazz music. It's no secret that all those music styles have been historically shaped though jazz & blues music.
For Oleg, as for many, getting jazz lessons in the early 70s in the former USSR was simply out of the question. Since both jazz piano and jazz saxophone were not taught, and Mr. Kireyev got bored studying classical compositions, jazz improvisation, first on the piano, and then on the saxophone, were his first attempts at jazz. Prior to this he started improvising melodies that could only be heard in his head, in a style that many years later became known as smooth music jazz. These melodies, once put down on paper, would be later called by crtics “incredibly good and smooth, full of verve, and style, and class”, ranking him as a top Russian jazz musician.
Lovers of the best jazz music take their time to trace the origin of jazz music. What they know about the history of jazz music is a central part of their personal musical experience.
A well-traveled person, Oleg has lived in Poland, England and America. Poland, although an Eastern Bloc country, was famous for its wide array of high-caliber jazz performances and it was there that Kireyev was first noticed there by international jazz aficionados. A scholarship to the Bud Shank jazz saxophonist school pulled him into the international jazz scene, where he is now one of the most well known musicians. After receiving a special award for outstanding performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland he began to garner worldwide respect at jazz festivals and jazz clubs.
After receiving accolades at the London Jazz Festival, New York Jazz Improvisation Festival, and North Sea Jazz Festival, Oleg Kireyev was then invited to New York jazz clubs such as Symphony Space, Iridium Jazz Club, Smoke and Smalls, where he collaborated with famous jazz musicians such as George Cables, Nicolas Bearde, James Weidman, Chris Washburne, Boris Kozlov, Peter King, Dick Pierce, Doug Weiss, Fay Victor, Ray Alexander, Scott Hamilton, Steve Ellington, and Adam Nussbaum. Jazz concerts in London jazz clubs featuring Oleg’s jazz band were played on air at leading jazz radio programs on UK stations including BBC and Radio Saga.
Oleg approaches jazz music projects with energy, creativity and sophistication. He founded the “Orlan” Jazz Band in 1985 and which became a revolutionary music phenomenon for the then-Soviet audience. Fascinated by Bashkir folklore, Oleg was the first in Russia who started to practice an ethnic approach to jazz. Much later “The Feng Shui Jazz Theatre” premiered at New York's Symphony Space in 2008 and exploded onto the jazz scene with his signature style featuring a great diversity of musical influences and instrumentation. With no end in site Oleg has recently launched into the “Rhyme and Reason” project together with The Keith Javors Trio, which debuted in New York in February, 2009.
Oleg Kireyev's jazz CDs number ten and one more is on the way. His 2007 album “Mandala”, released by New York recording label Jazzheads, was a first round Grammy Award nominee for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Oleg’s most recent effort, “Rhyme and Reason”, is planned for release in May 2010, and will be followed by a big Euro–American tour.
"Oleg's playing is a marvelous combination of styles, incorporating a whole lot of players. I hear echoes of the 1920’s and John Coltrane combined with the unstructured jazz". Bud Shank, musician , USA .
What's cool (to me, at least) about the result is how unabashed the band is in swinging genuinely hard on chestnut exotica like Puerto Rican-born Ellington trombonist Juan Tizol's "Caravan," which Oleg Kireyev turned to as an encore, and seems born to blow, dervish-like. Howard Mandel, president of the Jazz Journalists Association, USA
"A Russian sax player with a reputation for hard swing and high excitement..." The Express Star, GBR.
"The musician performing looked like a priest of a strange music patronizing God. Through all the night his eyes were shining with that fire of a man who totally devoted himself to the deed beloved". OpenMusic magazine, Russia.
"The tenor saxophonist from Ufa in the Urals is establishing a reputation as an entertaining and skilled musician... Revolutionary Russian reedman Oleg Kireyev..." The Evening Mail, GBR.
"The Russian sax player breaks down genre borders". Paul Freeman / Entertainment Writer, USA
"Wow! I said, and settled in to listen to a saxophone performer from Russia! Incredibly good and smooth, full of verve, and style, and class, and that is what Russian saxophonist Oleg Kireyev..." Lee Prosser (JazzReview.com®)
More quotes and reviews
Oleg performed at: Symphony Space (NYC), Iridium Jazz Club (NYC), Yoshi's (CA), Smoke (NYC), Smalls (NYC), Chris Jazz Cafe (PA), Blues Alley (Washington, D.C.), etc.
Jazz Festivals: Montreux Jazz Festival (SH), London Jazz Festival (UK), SXSW (USA), New York Jazz Improv (USA), Malborough Jazz Festival (UK), Liechfild Jazz Festival (UK), Birmingham Jazz Festival (UK), Klaipeda Jaz Festival (LT) and many others.
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CD "Mandala" 2008, Jazzheads, was include at Grammy First Round Nominations in category "Best Contemporary Jazz Album CD"
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