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SERGEY LETOV

Sergey Letov plays tenor saxophone. PhotoSergey Letov was born in Semipalatinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan, in 1956 and then lived in Omsk, Siberia, where lived his brother Egor Letov (1964 - 2008). Sergey Letov resides in Moscow region since 1975.

First public performance as a soloist with Percussion Ensemble of Mark Pekarsky took place in The Central House of Artist in 1982 in Moscow .

1983-1993 - collaboration with Sergey Kuryokhin (duo, combo and big band POP MECHANICS). Concerts with POP-MECHANICS and Sergey Kuryokhin - all over Soviet Union, Finland, Italy, France, Denmark.
Since 1986 - collaboration with the Gypsy singer Valentina Ponomareva. Duo Ponomareva-Letov performed in USSR, Switzerland.

In 1985 Sergey Letov has founded winds ensemble TRI-O (Arcady Shilkloper - French horn, Arcady Kiritchenko - tuba, euphonium, vocal, later - Alexander Alexandrov - bassoon, Youry Parfenov- trumpet). TRI-O performed at almost every jazz festival in USSR, since 1988 TRI-O played in Poland, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Lithuania (Vilnius Jazz Festival), Germany, Austria, Italy, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, USA, including such clubs as Knitting Factory, Anyway (New York), Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Moods (Zurich), Sud des Alpes (Geneva), Blue Tomato (Vienna).

Sergey Letov is interested in various projects, contacts, new partnerships. Among them - German World music band EMBRYO (CD - EMBRYO 2000 live vol. 1 Indigo 9753-2), Danish band NEW JUNGLE ORCHESTRA (concerts in Denmark, Germany and Russia), Italian composer and bass player Enrico Fazio (concert-performance in Noci Jazz Festival, 2 CDs), American viola and violin player LaDonna (concerts in USA and Russia), cello player Tristan Honsinger, pianist Matthew Shipp, bass player Joe Morris, South African drummer Louis Moholo, German saxophone player Vlad Bysrov, a.o.

Sergey Letov participated in happenings and performances of Moscow conceptualists - Collective Actions, later with Andrei Monastyrsky, and TOTART since 1984, with Rea Nikonova since 1995, played at many art exhibitions in the galleries in Moscow, Bremen, Berlin, Smolensk.

Sergey Letov performed also with modern poets and writers: Nina Iskrenko, Dmitry Alexandrovich Prigov (1940—2007), Lev Rubinstein, Nina Sadur, Andrei Bitov, Vyacheslav Kupriyanov, Sergey Birjukow, Anna Alchuk, Vladimir Druk, Tatiana Scherbina, Nikolay Baitov and Svetlana Litvak, Yulia Skorodumova, Elena Katsiuba, Liudmila Hodynskaia, Erkki Lappalainen (Finland-Sweden), Marina Kniazeva, Lesya Tyshkovska. In a duo with Alexander Alexandrov he participated in the international festival MILANOPOESIA-91 (Italy). Solo in the videoproject by Vladimir Kupreyanov at ART ATHINA-2007 (Athens, Greece).

Since 2002 Sergey Letov plays in Saxophone Quartet (or sometimes trio) Russian Sax Mafia (tours over Russia, GermanY, Lithuania, Great Britain).

In 2002 Sergey Letov started Malevich Project, and later with Alexei Borisov and Ivan Sokolovsky - Suprematistic Project (fashion design + audio/video).
Since 1984 Sergey Letov played and plays with rock and alternative bands, such as Aquarium, Centre, DK, Alissa, DDT, Vesyolye Kartinki, Doctor, Nochnoi Prospect, Atonal Syndrom, Soft Animals and Ivan Sokolovsky, Grazhdanskaya Oborona and Egor Letov, Rada and Ternovnik, Olga Arefyeva, Vadim Pevzner, Kaftan Smeha, HLAM.

Since 1986 Sergey Letov collaborates with actress Nika Kossenkova. In the 1988-1989 he worked in Theatre of Improvisation in Moscow, in 1990-1991 in Moscow Creative Workshops (Mikhail Mokeev), in 1989-1992 and then since 1996 in the School of Dramatic Art of Anatoly Vassiliev, in 1991-1992 in Centro Sperimentale di Teatro a Roma (Sharoo and Reza Kheradmand), in 1991-1992 with clown company "Licedei-4" in France, Taganka Theatre since 1996 - "Moscow- Petushki" (Valentin Ryzhiy) and "Marat and Marquis de Sade" (Yuriy Lyubimov), Kinetic Theatre of Sasha Pepelaev (1997-1998), Saumarkt Theater in Feldkirch, Austria in 1998 - Hochzeitsreise by Vladimir Sorokin (Andreas Marent), Moscow Art Academic Theatre (MKhT by A.P. Chekhov) - 1999-2000, Theatre "Chelovek" in Moscow - since 2001 - "Entre Nous" by Ionesco, Kharms, Valer Novarina a.o. Sergey Letov appears as Tiresias in "Antigone - Forever" by Sophocles (2008).
Another form of Sergey Letov' activities is composing and playing music for cinema (Aleinikov brothers, Savva Kulish, Tatiana Chivikova, Yury Zmorovich a. o.), video, Radio and TV (more than 10 movies). Since 1996 Sergey Letov and Alexei Borisov play background music for the live performances of the German movie by Friedrich Wielhelm Murnau "Faust. Eine Volksage". Sergey Letov plays sopranino, soprano, tenor, baritone saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, piccolo and alto flute, kurai, shakuhachi, Akai EWI USB, Akai EWI 4000s and Yamaha WX-5.

Since 2004 Sergey Letov reads the cours of lectures on modern music at Institute of Journalism and Literary Creativity in Moscow.