JAZZ, IMPROVISATION AND RUSSIAN FOLKLORE ROOTS
VLADIMIR VOLKOV – Double Bass, Viola Da Gamba
Vladimir Volkov, one of the leading free-jazz-musicians of Europe, is a music phenomenon passing different genres and styles. The musicians combine avantgarde, improvised music with traditional folklore roots in a very creative way. They played on many international stages and won several international awards. Vladimir Volkov also played in “Collegium Europe“, run by Wieland Kuyken, “The Moscow Composers Orchestra” and in the Cross Culture Project “Vershki da Koreshki” (VeDaKi) with musicians from Senegal and Tuva. He also worked with Anatoly Vapirov, Petras Vysniauskas, Tomasz Stanko, Ernst Reijseger, Kenny Wheeler, Bobo Stenson, Ned Rothenberg, Klaus Kugel, Michael Moore and Kaigal-ool Khovalyg (Huun Huur Tu). In 1998 he played in the project Black Sea with Izmailov, Tavitian, Vapirov and Yankoulov which was especially organized for the Leipzig Jazz Festival. Since then he has played with Arkady Shilkloper and Sergey Starostin of Moscow Art Trio and with Sainkho Namchylak and Vladimir Tarasov. In 1999 he has toured with his band “Vershki da Koreshki” and the Norwegian singer Mari Boine thoughout Europe.
He took Part 2003 on Big East West Project for Graz European Cultural Capital.
The New East Quartet feat. Tomasz Stanko organized and presented 2003 by Barbican in London combines some of the most creative musicians in East-European jazz. A kind of Super formation which caused a very big sensation.
The New Projects are Volkov Trio feat. Sergey Starostin and Baltic Quartet with Bobo Stenson, Petras Vysniauskas and Klaus Kugel.
“Avans the Past (Avans proshlumo)” with Gayvoronsky (Melodia / 1988)
“Document Box / New Music from Russia” (Leo Records / 1989)
“Russian Songs” with Gayvoronsky (Melodia / 1990)
“Yankee Doodle Travels” with Gayvoronsky (SoLyd / 1994)
“Real Life Of Plants” Volkov Trio & Shilkloper (Long Arms / 1996)
“Much Better” Volkov Trio & Friends (Green Wave / 1998)
Volkov-Shilkloper-Starostin Trio (Boheme / 1998)
“Live in Norway” Volkov, Shilkloper, Kondakov, Scheuber (Boheme / 1998)
“Gombu Zor” Vershki Da Koreshki Group (VeDaKi Records / 1999)
“Once There Was Sun” Volkov Trio & Sergey Starostin (Green Wave / 1999)
“Volkov’s playing is like the wind in spring – sometimes stormy, somethimes lyrically touching, sometimes dark – then bright. An exceptional bass player”
“… in this highly intelligent experiment (the group Vershki Da Koreshki) in the field of ethno free jazz Volkov is playing his contrabass in a marvellous speed and succeeds in making the big box floating and chirping.”
Alex Ruhle / Suddeutsche Zeitung
Duet with Gayvoronsky
Trio with Arkadi Schilkloper and Sergey Starostin
Vershki da Koreshki Group
New East Quartet feat. Tomasz Stanko
Volkov Trio feat. Sergey Starostin