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Sergey Kuryokhin Biography

Was born in 1954 ink the city of Murmansk north-western Russia. Lived in Moscow since 1971-in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). Graduated from the music school where studied piano directing) and at the Orchestra Dept. of the Institute of Culture Became interested in rock music, started playing the school rock band in 1964. Started playing jazz in 1969. Participant and laureate of he AU All-Union Jazz with A. Vapirov V Chekasin V Tarasov V. Ponomaryova and many other Soviet musicians. In the 70-ies so 80-ies arranged music and played keyboards with "Akvarium" rock band In 1980 created his own so-called Pop Mekhanika Orchestra which united musicians and of the diverse genres Sergey Kuryokhin and his Pop Mekhanika Orchestra toured all over Europe and did any shows in Germany, Sweden, Finland, Italy, United Kindom, France, USA, Denmark, Holland, and other countries.

S. Kuryokhin realized a joint with Yuzi Takahashi, Japan with the participation of John Zorn and Bill Laswell from the USA and other Russian and Japanese musicians.

S. Kuryokhin also took part in the p> S. Kuryokhin realized a joint with Yuzi Takahashi, Japan with the participation of John Zorn and Bill Laswell from the USA and other Russian and Japanese musicians.

S. Kuryokhin also took part in the realization of the Nam June Paik's Olympic Games programme in Seoul. realization of the Nam June Paik's Olympic Games programme in Seoul.

Several documentaries were made about the artistic work of Sergey Kuryokhin both in Russia and abroad For the last few years Sergey Kuryokhin did music scores for the movies both Russian and foreign. Among them is "Buster's Bedroom" (director Rebecca Horn, Germany, starring Geraldine Chaplin and Donald Sutherland.

He also gives solo piano concerts as a performer

In 1991 Sergey Kuryokhin successfully performed in England at the Bach International Music Festival organized under the patronage of Prince Charles He also keeps doing shows with Pop Mekhanika Orchestra in which took part over the years many famous European and American musicians, .Among them are Han Bennink, Henry Kaiser, Pete Cosey (Miles Davis Group) Paul Wertico (Pat Metheny Group) Mars Williams (Psychedelic Furs) Daid Moss, Blixa Bareld (Einsturzende Neabauten) Chris Cross (Ultravox) DJ Westam musicians of the group Echo and The Bunnymen, The Christinans, It's Immaterial, Elements of Crime and many others.

S.Kuryokhin is a member of the Committee on Culture and Tourism of St-Petersburg City Adminstration The main members of the Pop Mekhanika Orchestra at present are Mikhail Kostyuhskin(tenor sax) Aleksandr Lyapin (guitar) and Aleksandr Titov(bass)

Jointly with Vanessa Redgrave S.Kuryokhin realized theatric/musical charity project "Brotherhood of Men" in St.Petersburg.

Since the end of 1991 he also became known as an actor. Performed the main characters in the "Two Captains2" film Director S.Debizhev) together with Boris Grebenschikov and Lokh-Victor of the Water (Director A.Tigay) shown at the festivals in Japan, Spain,Germany and Czechoslovakia. In 1990 on the invitation of Walker Art Center USA composed and perofrmed the music score to the program of the Soviet constructivist films of the 20-ies.

S.Kuryokhin also creates conceptual TV shows, aesthetics of which he defines as "refleftive paranoia".S.Kuryokhin's LPs and CDs were released both in Russia and abroad. His best known albums are "Popular Science" with Henry Kaiser, Rykodics,USA 1989. "Some Combination of Fingers and Passion" Leo Records, UK, 1992 "Polynesia, Introduction to History", JVC Victor, Japan, 1990



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