Meet Vladimir Vysotsky: Vladimir Vysotski (b. 1982) is a pianist, composer, songwriter and producer. He studied classical and jazz piano at Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory and Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Received the Nokia Young Talent Award in 2004. Today, Vysotsky participates in several jazz and experimental bands in the Estonian Music scene. He has an eclectic music style, getting inspiration from many sources and freely combining different music genres to create a fresh and unique sound.
Keyboards, piano, live electronics.
Teachers and/or influences? My first "teacher" was probably a Michael Brecker
record, borrowed from a friend . It got me addicted to listening to jazz and, as a consequence, a strong wish to learn it, because before that time I was playing only classical music. Later, during my school years, I studied jazz music with Jarmo Savolainen, Kari Ikonen, Anders Jormin
and other prominent musicians in the Scandinavian jazz scene.
I knew I wanted to be a musician when... For me to be a musician is one form of expressing myself, I think I always knew it.
Your sound and approach to music: I'm very demanding about sound quality. I believe that every single detail in music creates the whole picture, so I can spend many hours fine-tuning my keyboard parts in the studio.
Your teaching approach: I always try to be guiding, not dictating anything to my students. If they have enough motivation to learn, then it is excellent, if notI'm there to help them find this motivation. I believe that jazz music at some point can only be learned, not taught.
Your dream band:
An ideal band for me is that where musical communication between its members is achieved without a need to explain anything verbally.
Road story: Your best or worst experience: Driving to the gig at the right venue but to the wrong city...
It all works for me as long as there is a good sound and a warm audience!
Your favorite recording in your discography and why? My musical taste is changing over time. Previously it was a long Brad Mehldau