Alexander Shulgin’s piano album to me is a world view of now a wisdom
artist on his way from complicated to simple.
Musing of Lestnitsa k Solntsu, сounterpoints of Primadonna, evanescence
and clarity of Verneshsya, carnality of Santimento Paterno. A soul is
following it’s reflection in sounds, sometimes feeling sad, sometimes feeling
joyful, time and again feeling nostalgic…
It is a look at oneself, at life, at one’s past and future. A look that can be
sheared easily with us, with the listening public, because this look belongs to
us and to our life too.
So we feel grateful for the artist for his sincerity and invitation for
Yuri Rozum, People's Artist of Russia, pianist
We felt that working with the two pieces of music from prima donna was a
very interesting and unique challenge. Both these original pieces were of the
highest quality in production and melody, and therefore we felt challenged to
make sure our new interpretations delivered the same feeling of quality.
Hopefully we achieved that!
Greig Watts, producer, guitar
Recording the album was a very harmonious experience a definite sense of
peace transcended into the studio and made everyone feel part of something
beautiful. The soaring melodies and tranquil harmonies brought the studio to
life. It was a experience to remember.
Pete Barringer, producer
When we recorded the vocals for the album I thought instantly that this was a
project with real musical sentiment... A refreshing sound...
Laura Whittle, vocals
It was a pleasure to work with such great melody's as this, many of them
expressing the emotions that words cannot express
Paul Drew, producer
I set out to achieve subtle and pure drum sounds to suit the ambience of the
music and used the natural dynamics of the compositions as a guide to
creating the drum tracks. By tuning the drums to that of a jazz kit, giving the
toms a very open sound, and incorporating an ambient microphone in the
recordings, the overall sound achieved was more open and resonant. This
was to allow for delicate playing and the layering of percussion. Special
highlights for me included playing Latin rhythms with percussion, evolving
each piece using these layers and working closely with some inspiring
musicians to create this album.
Jonathan Howells, drums
Produced by the successful DWB stable of writers and producers this album
is an interesting and enjoyable take on the songs of composer Alexander
Shulgin. It's a perfect companion to a relaxing evening or unwinding after a
stressful day, combining both modern and traditional instrumentation. With
inventive use of the Spanish nylon strung acoustic guitar as a main lead
instrument, it conjures up sunsets in Spain and peaceful sunshine bathed
fields swaying in the breeze. There is a blend of modern Chillout styles and
some more Urban sounding Jazz tinged opuses on this album, and I found it
most enjoyable to listen to - music to have a warm bath in. This album is one
for every Shulgin fan's collection, as well as those who simply enjoy the
pleasant atmosphere it creates.
Ian Curnow, producer of artists such as Kylie Minogue, East 17, Rick Astley,
Bananarama, Girls Aloud and many others
I really enjoyed working on new arrangements of Alexander Shulgin's music.
The songs really lended themselves to a jazz style and it was great fun to re-
work them in this way
Simon Rushby, keyboards
From as far back as my formative years as a child studying classical piano,
the harmony, melody and atmosphere of music deriving from Russia has
always made an indelible impact on me. In Alexander Shulgin's melodies I
experienced strong echoes and ties back to those early impressions, and this
is a big reason I found myself particularly inspired working on the
interpretations you will hear presented on this album. Atmosphere is a key
word for me in my musical endeavour, whether it's in the pop, jazz, classical
or fusion realms, and here I had a chance to explore exactly that. I therefore
would like to extend my sincere appreciation and thanks to Alexander who
entrusted me with this selection of his catalogue, and for his faith in me to
produce alternative renditions of the songs that will hopefully prove to be
rewarding and enjoyable to the listener.
Gary Husband, world famous piano
Imagination is part of the sonic art form of Music. Within the notes the player
must interpret and have an image, a picture of where the notes can allow him
to explore. This is a credential inherent in the musical thoughts that originate
within Gary Husband's approach and is presented in this composition.
As in all art, the image of the music does not run against the flow of the
stream of thought in that the listener can easily identify the performance of
one Gary Husband as his conceptual approach is that unique. Needlesstosay,
his performance lifts the notes off the paper and give them life, a task that is
quite elusive to most who try. It's nice to compare Gary's approach here to a
Monet I saw in the Louvre. But this is consistent with much of what we fans of
Gary have come to expect from his performances whether live or recorded.
Alexander Shulgin has opened my eyes and ears to his musical world through
the presentation of his compositions by Gary Husband and I find that his
concepts are very much in sync with my mode of thought. With this collection
of material he has gained another fan and supporter in me.
Billy Cobham, the legend of jazz, drums
Apart from being one of the UK's highest regarded drummers, Gary's
exceptional piano playing is on display on this beautiful, tasteful collection of
pieces. Solo piano is a difficult format to hold an audience's attention with
and is a very exposed medium, but Gary's virtuosity and musicality, especially
his ability to let the music 'breathe', his consummate phrasing and arranging
abilities, captivate the listener and take them on a lush Russian-inspired
Kim Chandler, backing vocal