Their first time in NYC, Vezhlivy Otkaz, which means “polite refusal” in English, is one of the most original and erratic rock bands in Russia. It was formed in 1985 with a then-popular reggae/ska blend. Since then, they have gone through numerous stylistic changes, flirting with everything from free jazz to Russian folk. Their sound, however, has always been unique and immediately recognizable. Roman Suslov’s rhythmic guitar work and unusual high-pitched vocals gives VO’s music a precisely constructed, crystal-clear sound that is completely devoid of any of the extra noise so typical of rock-n-roll. The sound is so well organized that sounds almost academic. Come see them Tuesday, June 25th at Drom in NYC.
Presenting JetLAG-2019: Utopia. JetLAG has always been Utopian. To feature Lenya Fedorov at a Russian open-air “slyot” was a utopia. To make the unprecedented, unrepeatable miracle-like gathering happen again was a utopia, too. To eventually find a loud-night-set-friendly campsite in the natural wonderland of Peaceful Valley was utterly utopian. And so it was to produce a huge annual festival with no sponsors or grants, building merely on the collective enthusiasm and commitment of its people, getting bigger, better, and tastier every year. To achieve the unique effect of creative co-working between three generations, two or more cultures, many different value systems and lifestyles: if this is not utopian, the concept makes no sense. But we did it. And together we will do more.
Join the JFSM Duo for two sets and a soundhealing/master class in this absolutely incredible space, “The Museum of Modern Rennasaince”, featured on the Netflix series “Amazing Interiors”. They will be filming both sets for a DVD that they will put out later in 2019 which will include some brand new songs by the duo. Come be part of this one time only amazing night of art, spirituality and music!
New music from the collaborative project of Fedorov & Kruzenshtern, behind which extravagant name stands Leonid Fedorov, permanent leader of the band “Auktyon”, and Igor Krutogolov, bassist and leader of Israeli avant-rock band “Kruzenshtern & Parohod”. Their new album “Permanence of Mirth & Mud” based on the poems of avant-garde poet Daniil Kharms, was recorded in Israel at different times during 2017, and will please the connoisseurs of uncommon and non-stereotypical genres. Come see them on Friday, June 29th at Joe’s Pub in NYC.
From art-rock to post-punk, from free jazz sax squall to Latin percussion to military marching band tuba holding down the bottom, Auktyon is unlike any band you’ve seen before. They can connect with fans of everyone from Gogol Bordello to the Boredoms, Talking Heads to Pere Ubu, Ozomatli to Mr. Bungle. Now the lead singer Leonid Fedorov presents his solo material. See him on Sunday, June 17th at Joe’s Pub in NYC.