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The Ganelin Trio: Creative Tensions

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Imagine a time, not so very long ago, when a foreign Jazz/Improvising Trio created such a stir in Britain that they made the TV news! Imagine the national newspapers queuing round the block for interviews. And imagine London's Bloomsbury Theatre filled with musicians, journalists and arts administrators--not to mention the odd, very odd, raincoated spook. That noise was the Ganelin Trio in 1984 on their first visit to these shores, from Russia with love. All that noise left ...

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Ganelin Trio Priority: Live in Lugano 2006

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There's nothing like hearing a group in concert to reawaken interest. The Ganelin Trio Priority played a staggering set on the penultimate evening of the June, 2007 Vision Festival, a continuous and constantly morphing shock-and-awe campaign in which all national and international demarcations were obliterated.

Slava Ganelin himself, the founder and only original member of the fabled Soviet improvising trio, began the proceedings with a piano solo that was authoritative and moving, hovering somewhere between homage and prayer as it ...

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Ganelin Trio Priority: Live at the Lithuanian National Philharmony Vilnius 2005

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Ganelin Trio Priority Live at the Lithuanian National Philharmony Vilnius 2005 Nemu Records 2007

Pianist Vyacheslav Ganelin is arguably Soviet Russia's most significant improvising export. Of course, the unreceptive atmosphere during the early part of his career made renown in his native Lithuania untenable, but fans of international free jazz are very much familiar with his long- standing trio. This DVD, the first such release by the new-ish Euro-jazz label ...

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Ganelin Trio Priority: Live at the Lithuanian Philharmony Vilinius 2005

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Ganelin Trio Priority Live at the Lithuanian National Philharmony Vilnius 2005 Nemu Records 2007

This video-audio document of an on-location performance presents the Ganelin Trio Priority at its best. This trio--led by Russian-born Israeli composer Vyacheslav Ganelin with Lithuanian saxophonist Petras Vysniauskas and German drummer Klaus Kugel --is the main musical vehicle of Ganelin in the last years, with a steady touring schedule (including a concert in the forthcoming Vision ...

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The Ganelin Trio: 15 Year Reunion: Live At The Frankfurt Book Fair

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The Ganelin Trio reunion is cause for celebration. Coming from the USSR—a country that attempted to ban the saxophone after World War II—the group caused quite a stir back in the early ‘80s. Some may remember the cloak-and-dagger tales: the master tapes for their first commercially-issued recordings available outside the USSR were literally smuggled out of the Eastern Bloc, arriving in anonymous packages at the door of Leo Feigin, the operator of Leo Records.

Whatever the smugglers endured, it was ...

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The Ganelin Trio: Strictly for our Friends

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Evolutionary biologists fret constantly about the long-term consequences of isolation. The giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands and the mutant flowers of Hawaii provide two examples where species have run rampant in isolation. In this era of immediate communication and internet accessibility, one often forgets that music has also undergone similar experiences. Political forces, driven by the Communist agenda, offered crushing isolation to experimental musicians in the Cold War-era Soviet Union. In this environment, the Ganelin Trio actually managed to ...

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The Ganelin Trio: Con Affetto

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The “Ganelin Trio” were among the first of the new wave or new jazz bands to perform behind the Iron Curtain while also attaining considerable attention on these shores, back in the early 1980’s. Continuing with Leo Records’ new batch of previously unreleased or reissued – with bonus tracks material on the label titled, “Golden Years of New Jazz”, is the Ganelin Trio’s Con Affetto which was recorded live in Moscow, 1983 and released here for the first time.

The ...

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The Ganelin Trio: Con Affetto

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The Ganelin Trio created some of the best improvised music ever played in the old Soviet Union, which you may think is like saying they're the best country music singers in the Metropolitan Opera company until you hear this disc. Recorded live in Moscow in 1983, this performance consists of Ganelin's fifty-seven minute “Semplice," plus three relatively brief encores.

As may be expected, “Semplice" is a huge, sprawling tapestry, full of rich and shifting textures. It begins like a piece ...


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