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Oleg Kireyev Crosses Boundaries and Raises the Suspense at Symphony Space

Thursday night at Symphony Space, Oleg Kireyev and his quintet made their North American debut. playing movies for the ears. Kireyev is a connoisseur of cinematic latin-tinged 70s soundtrack jazz, much in the same vein as Ennio Morricone (the Taxi Driver soundtrack seemed to be a blueprint for much of this set). Perhaps taking a page out of the Kenny Garrett book, saxophonist Kireyev began the show on piano, establishing a catchy, trad late 50s Miles vernacular with his spacious block chords. Then he handed over piano duties to Yuri Pogiba, switching to tenor for a lively, intertwining conversation with trumpeter Rustem Galiullin.

The rest of the concert saw the group building picturesque scenarios, caffeinated urban chase scenes punctuated by the occasional moody electroacoustic tableau, icy longtone sheets of synth enhancing the tense, airconditioned chill. You might not expect a guy playing Paul McCartney’s choice of bass, a vintage Hofner model, to make his most memorable solo an evocation of a soaring horn line, but that’s what Oleg Yangurov did. And you might not expect a Russian to keep the clave going, whether straightforwardly or artfully concealed on the hi-hat amidst a thicket of polyrhythms, but drummer Rustem Kalimov was on it all the way through. Kireyev varied his tone from bell-clear to gruff and throaty, depending on what the music called for. And for all the relentless suspense and gravitas and occasional windswept steppe ambience, Kireyev has a sense of humor. He got the crowd chuckling when he dared them to vocalize along with him – by throat-singing. “It’s easy,” he grinned, something the crowd did not confirm even though they were having a great time trying to mimic his keening overtones.

October 1, 2014 Posted by | concert, jazz, Live Events, Music, music, concert, New York City, review, Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

September 20, 2014 Posted by | jazz, Music, music, concert, world music | , , , , , | Leave a comment