The Ganelin Trio
When originally formed in 1971 this Soviet trio consisted of Vyacheslav Ganelin (Kraskov, USSR; keyboards, flute, percussion, guitar), Vladimir Chekasin (b. Sverdlovsk; reeds, trombone, violin, percussion, voice), and Vladimir Tarasov (b. Archangelsk, USSR; drums, percussion). Although firmly based on composition, a recording or concert performance by the trio is a rich mix of Slavonic folk, free jazz, contemporary classical music and parodies of all three traditions. Their first album, Con Anima, was recorded in the USSR in 1976, but the Soviet state record label, Melodiya, was highly dilatory about issuing their recordings. Leo Feigins London-based Leo Records took on the task, though his first releases, of tapes smuggled out of the USSR, were issued with a disclaimer that the musicians bore no responsibility for their musics appearance on record. In the 80s the trio began to play outside the Soviet Union and Eastern bloc, scoring a great success at...