Sun, 20 May 2007
Ivan Tchijevsky - More Latin Than Soviet
01. Alexander Tartakovsky Group - The Birthday (1973)
02. Constantin Orbelyan Orchestra - Ritmical Improvisations (1980)
03. Disco Orchestra - Caravan (1980)
04. Rhapsody Orchestra - Rhapsody In Blue (1979)
05. Vakhtang Kakhidze Group - Carly and Carole (1979)
06. Constantin Dubenko - On The Journey (1983)
07. Kamerton Ensemble - Carnival (1970)
08. Allegro Ensemble - Holiday (1984)
09. Kadans - Morning Samba (1986)
10. Barometer - Frost and Sun (1983)
Note : In Soviet Union there is only one label - Melody Records...
Info (english) :
Latin-American rhythms have always been fascinating and widely spread across the world. And the Soviet Union was no exception. It's quite possible to say that in the former times, USSR had lowered the iron curtain to let all that cultural information slip through, and it was perceived in the right way. Many records, soundtracks to soviet films were influenced a lot by those Latin-American rhythms. Here you can easily spot the cortege of the carnival samba or afro-cuban flavors, sometimes it's even hard to believe that all of that was recorded in the snowy Moscow, in Caucasus, somewhere near the Baltic sea, and a really old movie with a rhythmical samba of the 70th accidentally played on TV was shot somewhere in Crimea.
The uniqueness of the provided material lies in what is called the "globalization of music", when for example we come across a soviet versions of compositions made by Gershwin, Mendes, Deodato, national songs of Latin America, which were originally recovered and recomposed by people living on the other side of the continent. For example by Russians, Jews, Georgians, Armenians, Uzbeks, Latvians and Estonians â�� the nations which are quite unfamiliar with Latin-American culture. Isn't that really a multinational thing?
Without a doubt, we must refer this fact to a positive process of the dialogue civilisations and look at this cultural layer as a heritage of an ex, in former times - unified soviet culture. And besides, it is not supposed to consider those processes from a viewpoint of some kind of special, integrant power of the Soviet Union, or as a mighty, not long ago, geopolitical unit or a commonly revolutional opinion in Latin America and USSR. Everything is pretty simple. For example, a lot of the presented artists in the podcast are just really good friends of my family and close relatives, who, as us, used to meet with each other and play or listen to good music. Ivan Tchijevsky - Moscow, 2007
Info (portuguese) :
available on the Paris DJs blog...