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"Kaftan laughter": the art of delusion

October 11 2007

I do not understand, but I'm not too sorry. "Kaftan laughter - this is nonsense. Art delusion if you like.

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"I really tried many times to give the genre in which he works" Kaftan laughter, some definitions, compared with something in a parallel manner. But every concert "caftan" is different, so it is often impossible to predict what will happen to the next. Therefore the most reasonable means in this situation is still a demonstration video, after which is becoming more understandable subject matter "- to the Director of" caftan "Andrey Yakushev. Speaking subjectively, a genre in which the guys are working, you can still try to identify. As art-rock, for example. Well, it's only subjective. But in general they play, sing and dance. Their performances - a profitable joint submission of audio and visual engagement of. Do not forget about the light-which is really impressive.

Some crawl across the chairs of the auditorium girl, wrapped in lights, will leave indelible memories.

Yet they show movies. Quite psychedelic visuals accompanied by virtually all speech. At the last concert at the Central House of Artists, for instance, was still and animation. Cartoons are broadcast on the background, deserve attention, not less than the performance itself "coat". In fact, "Kaftan Laughs" - a musical theater. In their speeches is that this most musical theater need - songs, dances, decorations, music and stuff.

Much has been written about the "dark subtext" of the program of speeches, but Anatoly Ryasov, songwriter and voice of "caftan", says that "it's not gloom and catharsis. On the subjective opinion of the author, this is not gloom, is something of a fantasy night. A phantasm is not marchny and not gay. Phantasm Phantasm it.

Public concerts, "Kaftan laughter attends the most diverse. Here and the mixed youth and the elderly, and intelligent-looking girls in Sunday dresses, but someone here just do not. It is said that "laughter coat" it, they say, is difficult and not everyone will stand. But no. Their work is not difficult, it is rather specific.

The history of the band entertaining about it quite fully explained Anatoly Ryasov in an interview with Rolling Stone: «The band formed in 2003. We decided that we will not limit itself to the means of expression of images and emotions, so at the time of registration of the concert program were used video art, animation and choreography. In addition, I became interested in theatrical theories of Antonin Artaud and Samuel Beckett, whose influence helped to move "Kaftan Laughter" in the direction of the study of archetypal images and the unconscious. All of this, we would like to submit in the form of absurdist rock opera, which combines a variety of musical styles. But at the same time we wanted to implement it in Russian - the language of Dostoyevsky, Platonov, Bashlacheva. Rock opera we call the "bundle", from 2005 started to demonstrate this performance live, and now has a record. In general, a symbol of our group - it's crazy clown who, fooling around, tells the story of madness and death. Life as a story idiot.Then this famous image was extended to him were "priraschivatsya" ambivalent symbols of the carnival and everything that relates to the substitution of sense, flip phenomena on its head "

Their performances are not uncommon, often held solo concerts. Sometimes "kaftanschiki" go on one stage with other musicians. They are invited to various festivals. They want to hear. They are bright, unusual and, perhaps, the people need.

"Kaftan laughter played in the Central House of Artists on October 10, well played. To bow out for an encore and received bouquets as a gift. As in this theater.

Sasha Mertsalova


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