Evgeny Masloboev / Anastasia Masloboev: Russian Folksongs in the Key of Rhythm (2008)
Evgeny Masloboev's credits include music teaching and the institution of a theater targeted for children along with compositions for plays and Russian film. Essentially, the artist possesses a broad musicality that is engineered with polytonal overlays and persistent flows via his expansive array of implements. Within the eastern folk attributes of these endearing compositions, Evgeny Masloboev conjures up the rhythm of life, while his daughter's heavenly chants and endearing lyricismiterated in her native tongueadds an aura of mystery and spiritualism.
Many of Evgeny Masloboev's pieces incorporate subliminal Asian frameworks and African cadences to round out the core Russian themes, often treated with his block-flute lines and small marimba-based ostinato passages. He also generates ethereal backwashes and tribal-like patterns in spots. However, the jazz element surfaces due to his steadily flowing snare drum based shuffle groove laid out on the ten-minute piece simply titled "Bird." Here, the sounds of bird chirps loom as the lead instrument where Evgeny Masloboev elicits imagery of nature's inherent music and rhythmic nuances, spiced up with a jazzy touch. Nonetheless, music of a distant land blossoms into a marvel of beauty and ingenuity throughout this strikingly persuasive album.
Track Listing: Prologue; Holidays; St. Ivan; Kvashnya; Dialogues; Arrow; Little Garden; Bird; Dark Night; Lullaby; Epilogue.
Personnel: Evgeny Masloboev: drums, cymbals, block-flutes, vargan, all other instruments; Anastasia Masloboeva: voice.
Record Label: Leo Records
Style: Fringes of Jazz