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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 Orchestra", "3Ya", 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.

mp3 from the first album (quartet):

  1. Dolby (Eduard Sivkov)
  2. 5/4 (Eduard Sivkov)
  3. Like A Moving Of Seasons (Sergey Letov)
  4. Ethno.ru (Eduard Sivkov)
  5. Pentagramma (Sergey Letov)
  6. Terrorism - music for the Taganka Theatre performance "Marat and Marquis de Sade" (Sergey Letov)
  7. Lyko by Kolick Rubanov
  8. Latino y Sergey Letov
  9. Charlotta Corday' Blues

"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

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Photos (SAX-MAFIA TRIO + Alexei Borisov at Special Radio 5 Anniversary)