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Sergey Starostin

Moscow, Moscow, Russia | INDIE

Moscow, Moscow, Russia | INDIE
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter


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"Zhyli Byli"

Atmosphäre dieser Lieder dürfte für westliche Ohren vor allem fremd
sein, aber für Weichspül- oder Wohlfühl-Effekte ist Starostin nicht zu
haben. „Mir ist schon klar, dass man die Vorherrschaft primitiver
Popmusik in unseren Medien nicht brechen kann“, stellt er klar, „und
das ist auch nicht nötig. Aber ein kleines Plätzchen sollte der reiche
Schatz schon haben – und zwar ein größeres als bisher.“ Mit dem
eindringlichen „Lullaby“ oder dem sehnsüchtigen „Vanya“ im Gepäck
dürfte das kein Problem sein. Rolf Thomas, Jazz thing 87
- Jazzthing

"Zhyli Byli"

"Zhyli-Byli" ("Es war einmal") ist die erste
Solo-CD des russischen Weltmusik- und
Jazz-Sängers Sergey Starostin. Mit seiner
sonoren, sanften Stimme erzählt er
traditionelle Geschichten aus seiner
russischen Heimat. Starostin arbeitet
vorwiegend mit seiner Stimme und kommt
mit sehr wenig instrumentaler Begleitung
aus. Er setzt ausschließlich traditionelle
Instrumente wie Kalyuka (Obertonflöte) und
Gusle (Kniegeige) in seinen Liedern ein. Zu
den Highlights der CD gehören vor allem
"The Godmothers", eine harmonische
Mischung aus choralen Gesängen und
modernem Jazz sowie "The King On A City
Goes" mit Unterstützung der kraftvollen
Stimmen der russischen Sängerinnen Taisia
und Olda Krasnopevtseva. Ein außergewöhnliche CD abseits vom Mainstream. - Der Schallplattenmann


Vocal Family JARO 4226-2
Zhyli Byli JARO 4304-2

With other projects:

Moscow Art Trio
Hamburg Concert
Village Variations
Instead of Making Children ( all released on JARO records

With Bulgarian Voices Angelite
Fly, Fly My Sadness
Mountain Tale

With Marie Boine
Winter in Moscow



Sergey Starostin is a musician,a tireless explorer,a talented master.
He is a brilliant Russian folk and jazz musician, singer and multi-instrumentalist. He’s been collecting and studying Russian folk songs for many
years now – going around on his folklore expeditions he has gathered and preserved almost 3000 songs. Thus he is not simply a performer but
also a serious explorer of the folklore who sees a number of phenomena from his own unique perspective. As a musician Starostin manages to
combine amazingly the traditional approach to studying
and performing folklore songs with the modern and
sometimes vanguard music trends. He is the author of a number of music projects, and was also nominated for the World Music Awards
2003, bestowed annually by the BBC to the most fascinating
world musicians working in the area of ethnic music.
In the process of finding and bringing back to life these
folklore instruments, which had acquired the status of artifacts,
Sergei noticed that playing those instruments so as
to make music flow was not easy at all. He spent five years
studying how to play the horn before he ventured to make a
duet with a shepherd. After he acquired some knowledge and
experience Sergei started playing with a number of folklore
ensembles including Bylina, Slavici and others. He’s been experimenting
with the band Alliance who mixed rock music
with folklore rhythms and harmonies.
This is when he started collaborating with the famous
Norwegian vocalist Mary Boine who was a famous world
music singer. As a vocalist and instrumentalist Sergei Starostin
has had the chance to work also with the renowned Armenian
musician Djivan Gasparyan (who plays the duduk),
Inna Jelannaya, the rock musician Leonid Fedorov (who
played previously with the rock band AuctIon), the Churchslavonic
choir Sirin, Olga Arefevaya. He participated in the
projects of the Moscow Art Trio (Sergei Starostin, Mikhail
Alperin and Arkadijh Shilkloper), played with Huun-Huur-
Tu, Volkov Trio, The Bulgarian Voices Angelite and others.
Since 1987 Starostin has been working in the radio without
ever interrupting his career as a musician. He had his own
radio show that presented Russian traditional culture. In the
years between 1991 and 1998 he worked in television where
he was the main director of a TV show called ‘World village’.
but a serious explorer and an expert in authentic Russian culture.
His opinions on a number of folklore phenomena are
extremely interesting and are based on his extensive work
in this area. Let’s take as an example the original music genre
of the ballad. 90% of these songs are sad and sometimes
dreadful. In Sergei’s opinion the reason for this is not simply
the heavy beat and the phonetics, the chanting sound of the
Russian language, but actually the fact that traditional songs
were created so as to prevent these dreadful and sad events
the song related from happening in real life. This was a magic
ritual, in a way.

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