The autumn print issue of Art MUSE bore the provocative name "History and Hysteria" referring to visual culture in its classic widely accepted form versus the contemporary art that inevitably challenges the status quo of the art world.
We carefully selected the 5 most noticeable musicians of the Russian capital representing their genres who had been performing extensively across the capital and therefore influencing the audial cultural experience of Muscovites.
We were trying to find out if there is such a juxtaposition and what influences the formation of the personal visual experience of a contemporary city dweller.
In this article we will endeavour to conduct a similar research into the realm of music in its classical and contemporary forms, as well as an eclectic fusion of the two. We carefully selected the 5 most noticeable musicians of the Russian capital representing their genres who had been performing extensively across the capital and therefore influencing the audial cultural experience of Muscovites.
Irina Irianova is a celebrated pianist and a member of the duet "Fornett", which includes another laureate of international competitions Sergey Iranov (clarinet, saxophone). At their chamber music evenings Irina and Sergey perform classical works of various styles, genres and eras. Their goal is to encourage a more sophisticated and culturally rich taste for music among their listeners. The artists believe that knowledge of music history as well as being aware of the variety of musical instruments and their specific sounds is essential for modern city culture. The celebrated musicians set a high standard for the quality of music by anchoring their listeners' taste in the rich world of classical music, unravelling the messages that the composers left in their creations.
Irina Irianova and Sergey Iryanov
Nikita Sukhikh violinist, composer, and arranger. Nikita plays the 18th-century Italian violin, for which he also composes instrumental and vocal pieces. His listeners as well as music critics observe both the contemporary sound and the inherent connection to historical musical traditions in Nikita's musical compositions. In his work as a composer he relies primarily on the Western European tradition, which originates in the Gregorian chant. This tradition, while not officially defined, is still inherently present in European music from Renaissance and to the modern days in the works of the authors of the 20th century such as Olivier Messiaen and Paul Hindemith. This tradition, which consists of the use of modal harmonies, and melodic moves that, as it were, send us back to ancient legendary times, is clearly perceived and carried on through the musical art as well as striking violin performances of Nikita Sukhikh.
Ericka Janes and Andreas Wake are the bright representatives of the electronic Indie-rock on the Moscow Music art scene. The musicians build a bridge between the traditional sound and the most daring Avant-guard experimentation within the musical fabric of their own compositions by blending genres and mixing in the Armenian folk tunes. Their sound is spacious, authentic and soulful. Ericka's lyrics encompass the modern emotional experiences of being in and out of a romantic relationship, living in a fast-changing world and trying to find one's own path, find their very straightforward and natural connection to her audience living through very similar experiences as their admired singer-songwriter. Andreas excels at creating the right atmosphere and space for each of the band's tracks with the sounds of his guitar, which completes their creations and makes them sound just right. There is nothing to add or remove.
Ericka Janes and Andreas Wake
Yevghenyi Lastochkin (Vφ) represents yet another music genre, which probably departs from traditions the most. He is a musician, performer, and sound engineer, who explores the boundaries of music by venturing into its connection with visual arts and collaborating with various Moscow-based digital artists to create hybrid spaces where Synesthesia can be experienced by the audience. In his latest albums Infinitely Large Room (2021) and Any Observing Equipment Will Interfere (2020) he deploys modular synthesizers and analog signal processing to create decisively experimental electronic music that redefines and reloads tradition and gives it the new and refreshed vantage point.
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