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Slava Ganelin / Lenny Sendersky: Hotel Cinema

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Back when electronics instruments entered the vanguard of jazz, rock and other genres, the old adage, man vs. machine became a proverbial response due to excessive gyrations and overly hectic interplay between conventional instrumentalists and synth performers. Thankfully, things settled down and a maturation process evolved over time. Fast forwarding to the modern era, well-travelled Russians, saxophonist Lenny Sendersky and legendary free-jazz keyboardist Slava Ganelin spin an articulately crafted extended work into a hybrid jazz improvisational--symphonic opus forum. Recorded live ...


Slava Ganelin / Vladimir Volkov: Ne Slyshno

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Ne Slyshno is a spontaneous live studio recording from September 2005 that brings together two bold thinking improvisers who surpass any definition of genre or style: Israeli (of Russian descent) composer/pianist Slave Ganelin and Russian double bassist Vladimir Volkov. Ganelin needs no introduction as one of the pioneers of the free improvised scene that emerged from former Soviet Russia. Volkov has been playing with modern ensembles such as the Collegium Europe and The Moscow Composers Orchestra, collaborated with like-minded musicians ...


Slava Ganelin / Ned Rothenberg: Falling Into Place

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The Ganelin Trio--probably the most recognized group of the Russian jazz scene during the last decade of the USSR--was officially disbanded at the end of the '80s. Both saxophonist Vladimir Chekasin and percussionist Vladimir Tarasov remained in now-independent Lithuania, keeping themselves busy in different projects mostly in Europe, while pianist Vyacheslav (Slava) Ganelin moved to Israel, where he works as a composer, often doing solo concerts and occasionally performing and recording in and out of the country with his old ...


Slava Ganelin and Ned Rothenberg: Falling Into Place: Live in Jaffa

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New York-based reed master Ned Rothenberg managed to perform twice during his last family trip to Israel two years ago, and in both instances he collaborated for the first time with Israeli musicians. Two duets from Rothenberg concert in Jerusalem with free-improv bassist JC Jones were documented on Jones' second release (Duos II, Kadima Collective, 2005), and now this collaboration with iconoclastic composer Slava Ganelin, Falling into Place, recorded live in concert in Jaffa, has been finally released.

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Slava Ganelin: Two Different Trios

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The recording career of composer and keyboard player Vyacheslav (Slava) Ganelin has always been quite sporadic, especially since he emigrated from Russia to Israel in 1987. Ganelin was previously associated with the London-based Leo label, which documented his early work with the now legendary Russian Trio with reed player Vladimir Chekasin and drummer Vladimir Tarasov. According to rumor, Ganelin smuggled their first tapes from the former USSR to Leo's head, Leo Feigin. The new Israeli label Auris Media is trying ...

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