We are happy to present our authors who took part
in the Literary-musical cafe.
Gregory Dikshtein, singer-songwriter
Many of you who are familiar with Russian bard songs, an intelligent and most sincere direction of Russian underground culture developed in the early 1960’s, certainly know Gregory Dikshtein’s name. His songs have been spread in every Russian speaking community all over the world and even translated into other languages. His songs crossed the boarders of the Soviet Union much earlier then the author himself had a chance to do so. His songs were published in Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Israel, and U.S.A. His published discs and books helped people to get to know him better. He was invited to Israel, Germany, Frances, Ukraine, all the countries of the former Soviet Union, and France were successfully performed various concert programs. During the last fifteen years Russian speaking Americans gathered to listen to him in many different cities in America. He performed at over one hundred concerts throughout America and he had hundreds of programs broadcasted on the Russian radios all over the world! English-speaking listeners also had a few chances to familiarize themselves with the songs of a Great Russian songwriter and performer, all in-one, Gregory Dikshtein. Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin in Madison, Stanford University, Hartford University, Michigan University, and University of Illinois have organized his concerts and enjoyed his performances.
Gregory Dikshtein took part in 14th Literary-musical Cafe
Alex Kiskachi, a musician, singer and songwriter, is
well known not only in his hometown, but also far beyond
the Southern California scene where he regularly performs
with his band or solo unplugged. After successful tours
throughout the both coasts and Midwest, he comes to
Texas for the first time.
Alex’s music fuses gloom yet self-irony and raunchiness
of blues, drive and madcapping of rock-n-roll, pure
emotion of latin rhythms. His lyrics are deeply metaphorical
and filled with wordplay and symbolism, yet follow the
best traditions of Russian poetic heritage. His musical
influences encompass a wide range of seemingly eclectic
sources: from the early 20th century Russian chansonnier
Alexander Vertinsky to legendary Russian rock bands
Aquarium and Auktyon, from Paul Simon to Tom Waits.
Here’s what Alex says about his shows: “Concerto for
winds, strings and freaky voices. Music for emotional
men with a sense of rhythm. Lyrics for intelligent women
with a sense of humor.”
A lot of outstanding musicians have played and currently
play in his band. In the current tour, Alex Kiskachi
will be joined by Leo Chelyapov, a well-known saxophone
and clarinet player and a former member of legendary
Russian bands “Brigada S” and “Bravo”. He is currently
a leader of the Los Angeles-based klezmer orchestra
“Kings of Klezmer”. Alexander Kuznetsov, a talented
Austin musician, will also perform at the concert (bass).
Alex Kiskachi’s albums:
Unfaithful Syncopations (2005)
Alex Kiskachi’s website: http://kiskachi.com
The tour info: http://kiskachi.com/concerts/txtour08.html
Kings of Klezmer:
"We give Alexey Kiskachi's
Chronicle three thumbs up" - Los Cabanos Times
"Magnifique!" - Le Monde
Alex will take part at 13th evening of "Literary-musical
Igor Irteniev is relatively "famous"
he is a political satirist and writes poetry. He has
published books and used to appear on TV reciting his
Igor, a truly unique figure in contemporary
Russian culture. Taking on a gamut of parts -- from
a 1970's underground artist to a 1990's political commentator
and "voice of the people", Irteniev is a poet
whose sharp satirical verses brilliantly reflect (and
influence) the mindset of contemporary Russia or, at
least, that of the culture-oriented part of its population.
Igor took part at 12th evening of "Literary-musical
Information about Irteniev (Russian only):
was born in 1979 in Rovno (now 'Rivne'), Ukraine, and
began his music studies at age twelve, shortly after
moving to Adelaide, South Australia. At seventeen, he
moved to Canberra to continue his studies with Timothy
Kain at the Australian National University, where he
received his undergraduate training. Further private
studies took him to Angelo Gilardino in Italy, Caro
Barone in Paris and David Leisner in New York. Aleksandr
is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, most
notably the Australian-American Fulbright Award in the
Visual and Performing Arts, as well as a First Prize
at the Tokyo International Guitar Competition. Currently,
he is pursuing graduate studies in music at the University
of Texas at Austin, studying guitar with Prof. Adam
Aleksandr took part at 9th evening of
"Literary-musical cafe ".
Vocal Quartet "Credo"
Grinberg — soprano, director.
Born in Nizhniy Novgorod. Musical training at the Nizhniy
Novgorod Musical College. Later she studied choral conducting
under professor D. N. Ardentov at the Academy of Arts
in Saint-Petersburg. While a student in the Academy,
Irina started performing choral works with the Saint-Petersburg
Chamber chorus under N. N. Kornev’s management. In 2000
she organized the vocal ensemble “Credo” which she directs
to this day.
Chihacheva — mezzo-soprano.
Born in Saint-Petersburg. Marina finished college at
the Saint-Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. She
started her concert career as a soloist with one of
city ensembles. Marina first encountered the art of
choral singing in chamber chorus “Rossika”. At the present
time she sings in the chorus of the Fiodorovskiy Cathedral
in Tsarskoe Selo. Since the organization of “Credo”
she has been the unchanging mezzo-soprano of the ensemble.
Polikarpov — tenor.
Born in Borovichi (region of Velikiy Novgorod). Studied
guitar at Novgorod School of the Arts, and studied composing
at Saint-Petersburg Conservatory under S. M. Slonimskiy.
While a student at the Novgorod School of the Arts,
he began serious vocal training and concert activity
with the Novgorod Academic Chorus. To date Artem has
worked with many choral groups of Saint-Petersburg.
He composes choral music and does a lot of arranging
and transposition work for “Credo”. He has been in the
ensemble since 2006.
Largin — bass, art director.
Born in Saint-Petersburg. Trained as a conductor with
professor V. K. Baranov at the M. I. Glinka Choral School
at the Academic Chapel. Later, he earned a diploma in
choral conducting from the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
His active musical life began within the precincts of
the Conservatory. Yan has toured with choral groups
in Europe and Asia. He has been singing with “Credo”
Credo took part at 8th evening of "Literary-musical
This program funded in part by
the City of Austin Cultural Contracts and by the Texas
Commission on the Arts.
and singer Igor Beliy
He is a talented and artistic young man.
His performances are bedazzling and breathtaking. He
is a participant of the most controversial creative
union. He is a mocker and philosopher, whose song you
want to listen to over and over again.
Igor Belyi's songs are the unique offspring of the bard
song medium into the generation of 20-year olds. This
generation has its own points of reference and interests.
In Belyi's songs one can hear some spicy jive that young
people would feel required for it not to be boring,
and a touch of philosophy for those lovers of serious
Igor Belyi is very artistic, and his every song is a
show in itself. One can't help but imitate him in bugling
out the eyes, turning if the body, shaking of the head
in culmination moments of his singing. In addition to
the funky contents of his songs, it creates a truly
Igor took part at 7th evening of "Literary-musical
Always singing in one form or another,
by age six Matthew Hinsley also read music on piano,
violin and cello. He was ten when he began studying
classical guitar. For him, the guitar held magical power
and determined the direction of his life. A member of
the guitar faculty of the University of Texas at San
Antonio, Matthew obtained his Bachelor of Music from
Oberlin at age 20, and his Master of Music two years
later from the University of Texas at Austin, where
he also completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in 2003.
Matthew's primary guitar instructors were Stephen Aron
and Adam Holzman. A recipient of numerous performance
based awards, and an active performer, he regularly
gives concerts throughout the United States. Matthew
has received many foundation grants and significant
private donations to run concert series of international
performing artists as well as extensive community outreach
programs. In 2000 he won the Music Teacher's National
Association, Gibson Collegiate. Artist Guitar Competition
and won Second Prize in the American String Teacher's
Association National Solo String Competition.
Matthew took part at 6th evening of "Literary-musical
Alexey Ignatchenko is our guest presenter
from Longview. Person with a wide range of interests,
chemist, traveler, writer, Alexey took part in numerous
expeditions to restore wooden churches in the Russian
North. Photographs and experiences from the expeditions
form the basis of his presentation.
Alexey took part at 5th, 9th and 10th
evening of "Literary-musical
Juan Enriquez Rohen
Born in Mexico City in 1971, holds a
Bachelor of Music in composition from Trinity University
and a Masters degree from the University of Houston’s
Moores School of Music. Juan’s music has been played
in several major theaters in Mexico City and Queretaro
City. Currently, he is finishing “Alenka”, a Piano &
Strings concerto in five movements for the Zacatecas
String Orchestra as well as a trio for Flute, Viola
and guitar for the 'Composer'sAlliance of San Antonio'.
His music is fine, simple and beautiful. A combination
of Platonic dreams and Aristothelic rationality.
Juan took part at 5th evening of "Literary-musical
Ekaterina Turikova is a young journalist,
web designer and writer.
She moved to the USA from St-Petersburg few years ago.
E. Turikova’s fairy tales and poetry appeared both on
the internet and in paper publications.
You can read her works at http://zhurnal.lib.ru/t/turikowa_e_w/
Ekaterina took part at 4th evening of
Yevgeniy Sharlat is a Visiting Professor at the University
of Texas at Austin teaching music composition and orchestration.
A native of Moscow, he received his music education
at Yale University, Curtis Institute, the Juilliard
School and the Academy of Moscow Conservatory.
Yevgeniy took part at 4th evening of "Literary-musical
Asele took part at 3th evening of "Literary-musical
Anna took part at 1th and 3th evenings
of "Literary-musical cafe".
Mikhail Pekker was born in Kiev, Ukraine.
After graduation the
Novosibirsk State University, he worked at the Novosibirsk
Institute of Nuclear Physics. Since 1993, Dr. M. Pekker
has worked at the University of Texas at Austin.
Mikhail Pekker is one of the editor Russian literature
and art journal
Mikhail took part at 2th evening of "Literary-musical
Yury took part at 2th evening of "Literary-musical
Ruby took part at 2th evening of "Literary-musical
Rodion took part at 1th and 2th evening
Natasha took part at 2th evening of "Literary-musical
Oksana took part at 1th evening of "Literary-musical