Oleg Kireyev Brings His Surreal, Eclectic Ural Mountain Jazz to Symphony Space
There’s an intriguing, out-of-the-box jazz show coming up this Thursday, Sept 25 at 8 PM at Symphony Space, where hard-charging tenor saxophonist Oleg Kireyev – who hails originally from the Ural Mountains on the Russian/Mongolian border – leads his quartet, Orlan, who are making their US debut. The group, which also includes bassist Oleg Yangurov, trumpeter Rustem Galiullin, keyboardist Yuri Pogiba and drummer Rustem Karimov, are known for employing traditional Bashkir instruments as well as the occasional light electronic touch, and a wordless vocal style drawn from ancient Central Asian throat-singing.
A few minutes at Kireyev’s Soundcloud page reveals a complex composer who’s just much at home in a terse postbop idiom (he’s a Bud Shank protege) as he is in an elegantly Asian-tinged funk groove, or the moody vistas of the title track of his 2012 album Bashkir Caravan. Check out the brooding ballad Lapland, or the swirly, nocturnal noir 70s cinematics of Night Flight, with its disembodied vocal loops. All this should make for an intriguing night to say the least. $17 advance tickets are highly recommended.
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