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Artyom Yakushenko

Little is known of Artyom's origins. He was born somewhere in the Gulag Archipelago, and is believed to be the love child of none other than Solzhenitsyn himself. As a tiny infant, Artyom was smuggled out of captivity inside a violin case, by a soft-hearted railroad engineer. He was soon adopted by a kind family in Angarsk, Siberia.

Young Artyom refused to sleep anywhere but his case until his torso became too long to fit inside anymore, after which he became severely withdrawn and depressed. Upon discovering an actual violin inside his case at age 6, Artyom believed the instrument to be a long-lost twin brother and formed a special bond with it. A careful observer will note that the violin seems to become part of his body when he plays; Artyom did not understand the difference between a twin and a conjoined or Siamese twin.


Best New Band, 1986, National Folk Music Festival, Novasibirsk, Siberia, USSR.


Zeta electric violin, 5-string mandolin


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Two Kings

Cool Hat Records



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