Moscow Art Trio

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The trio is one of the most exciting new jazz formations. The boundaries between jazz, folk and classical music have become irrelevant. Or, as critic Mike Zwerin wrote in the International Herald Tribune: ‘Rarely
have the frontiers between epochs, Eastern and Western folk music, and jazz and classical music been so gracefully negotiated as by the Moscow Art Trio.’ …
‘The personalities of the trio’s members are more important than the instruments they play.’

Pianist Misha Alperin is the composer and guiding force of the trio. He has been living in Oslo since 1993 and is a central figure in the new improvised music of the far north. Horn player Arkady Shilkloper was a member of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and has worked with the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra. His unique ability to combine different musical languages
has made him famous far and wide. Folk singer Sergey Starostin has always had a great interest in folk tales and folk music, even while he studied classical music.
Whenever he traveled around the former Soviet Union, he would collect stories, songs and traditional instruments. In the Moscow Art Trio he plays folk reeds and clarinet. He also writes most of the lyrics. The trio first performed in Moscow on the 5th of June, 1990. Since then, the Moscow Art Trio has been
performing all over the world. They have produced many CDs and cooperated with artists such as the Bulgarian Voices Angelite and Huun-Huur-Tu of Tuva.

Albums

Village Variations

Label: Jaro
Distribution in France: Abeille
Release date: October 30, 2008

The trio is one of the most exciting formations of new jazz. The boundaries between jazz, folk and classical music have become irrevelant. Or, as critic Mike Zwerin wrote in the International Herald Tribune: “Rarely have the frontiers between epochs, Eastern and Western folk music, and jazz and classical music been so gracefully negotiated as by the Moscow Art Trio. The personalities of the trio’s members are more important than the instruments they play.”
Some years ago, Andrey Boreyko, an old friend of mine who is a conductor, gave me the idea to write music for orchestra. I had doubts about this because I never wrote music for “anonymous” instruments. I always wrote for musicians I knew personally and played with. But somehow his idea stayed with me and began to live its own life.
During the next years this developed into “Village Variations”, music for Moscow Art Trio, String Orchestra and Percussion. A commission from Det Norske
Kammerorkester (The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra) in 2007 made this possible. To play with this orchestra was a great pleasure and a learning process for all musicians involved. Misha Alperin

Moscow Art Trio - Village Variations