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"Blues Cousins: rewound itself and set up another! Concert - on the nose

April 26 2005

April 29 at 19 h in the Central House of Artists will play a concert Blues Cousins, performing drayvovy blues-rock . Once, about 5 years ago, the team made in France at the Festival Blues Sur Seine, where he was recognized as the best band of the year. For some, it would be an occasion to relax and begin to reap the benefits of idle fame. But not such Blues Cousins. They did not stop there.

Blues Cousins became famous not only a triumphant appearance at the French Blues Sur Seine. They became the first Russian team, speaking at the blues festival in America. To them some of our bluesmen ever to perform in Europe, but to play at a festival of this scale and arrange a tour to the country blues of domestic groups Nobody has ever accomplished. In August 2003, Moscow team Blues Cousins made a three-week concert tour of Canada and America. Then a group and at the annual American festival of Mount Baker Blues Festival, one can say on stage with famous bluesmen Hubert Sumlin, Bob Margolin, Knapp Brown, Dave Hawley, Robin Ford and many others. Not so long ago, in January 2005, was held another round of Blues Cousins in the U.S., during which there was a performance group in front of thousands of people in Montana. And did not act with someone, and with legendary Spin Doctors ("Dr. Quick").

Blues Cousins have been around for 13 years and are a trio: Levan Lomidze - guitar, vocals, Vyacheslav Ignatov - drums, backing vocals, Sergey Patrushev - bass guitar, backing vocals. The group was founded not in Moscow or even in Tbilisi, where I came from its founder, and ... Germany. Although the blues Levan Lomidze first heard are not there, and in his hometown, by chance hitting the concert BB King. Then Levan was still a schoolboy, and this unexpected meeting with one of the best blues guitarists shook him deeply. Inspired by the blues, he began traveling to different countries, made many appearances and his team created abroad. Originally the band was different, but the entire history of the team he has changed only 2 times.

Name of any blues, no doubt, remind cult film Blues Brothers (in the Russian hire - "Blues Brothers: Together against all"), and indeed, this analogy is not accidental - Levan also is a fan of this picture.

The band plays Chicago blues, but it's not really the kind of music we used to hear from luminaries of the genre - Little Walter, Junior Wells, Walter Horton, and others. Blues-rock, performed Blues Cousins, differs from the classic Chicago blues stiffness and heaviness, created by a powerful rhythm section. Guitar solos give the music drive and vocals aptly complements the overall sound. Levan Lomidze - not just the guitarist and vocalist, but also a keyboardist, and sometimes accompanies the group on a harmonica. It is true, it usually does in the studio when the boys write an album. During the concert, he has played mostly on one of these instruments - the guitar. Levan Some call "guitarist-gunner": this musician - a master of high-speed incendiary solos that require a high degree of technicality. Not surprisingly, he officially recognized as one of the ten best guitarists in Russia. Moreover, he is regarded as a charismatic showman who not only masterfully performs music, but also behaves on stage is very expressive. That Blues Cousins at our local festival is the opening act for Western stars - in Russia a few teams that can just get public.Especially if the concert is not in the club and the stadium, where the specificity.

This state of affairs is hardly surprising: during the tour of America Blues Cousins took over the manner of speech there the blues-rockers. According to Levan, American blues musicians know how to work an audience and give birth to her his power. If you look, then that's what makes the left: one of the teams in the Central House of Artists concert, he appeared as a guest musician, without the support of members of their group. And what happened? Like a hurricane, he rushed to the scene, immediately established contact with the audience and played a very, very incendiary.

In the repertoire of many well-known blues standards - The Thrill Is Gone ("Passion was"), The Sky Is Crying ("The sky is crying"), hit Willie Dixon's Hoochie Coochie Man and many other songs. However, the Blues Cousins perform not only the blues classics, but, for example, Come Together ("Come Together") The Beatles and the things of his own. All the songs the group will arrange so that when listening to forget that the blues is considered to be a sad music. Trio Blues Cousins played a blues, under which is very difficult to sit still. What you can see on their solo concert in CHA.


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