SAX MAFIA is the first saxophone quartet in the Soviet/Post-Soviet
space, all the members of which are both improvisers and authors.
Nikolay Rubanov is
well known as saxophonist of rock band "AuctYon",
as a leader of "Union
of Commercial Avant-Garde"; Edward Sivkov plays in folk group
"Ne Te", in the various projects by Vlad Makarov, in Moscow
Composers Orchestra, Yury Yaremchuk played in "Moscow Composers
Sergey Letov is known as founder of the oldest Russian free jazz
trio "Tri-O", plays in rock bands
"Civil Defense", DDT a.o.
All the members of SAX-MAFIA live in different locations: Rubanov - in St. Petersburg, Sivkov - in Vologda, Yaremchuk - in Lvov, and Sergey Letov - in Moscow. The first performance of a quartet took place at Cultural Center DOM in Moscow.
Yury Sivkov found the project in February 2002.
"SAX-MAFIA" released 2 albums: SAX-MAFIA by HOR Records - Concert in the DOM (quartet) " and CD-R "ethno.ru" (concert in Tyumen, trio) on Sergey Letov's label PENTAGRAMMA.
"SAX-MAFIA" played concerts in Moscow, Tyumen, Vologda, St. Petersburg, Berlin, Hamburg, Duesseldorf, Bonn, Mainz, Speyer, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Dresden, Vilnius, Lvov, Tula, Nizhniy Novgorod, Smolensk, London