Dancer: Andrei Bolotin.
"Favn variations" performed by Maria Alexandrova at Bolshoi Theatre, 2008
Choreography - Andrey Melanjin
This cat is an ethno-vocalist!
I also didn´t know this and it was by pure accident that I found out about it.
One day I was working as usual in my music studio in the Siberian village of Cheremshanka, when suddenly my musical research was interrupt by the sound of strange voices. Unexpected guests bounced screaming into the room. The first one was the neighbours´ cat Semyon, who was chased hot on the heels by my cat Basik. Without any explanation they began their improvisation session just in my studio. It remained for me only to put the microphone closer to them (at this moment I was recording a track with Cubase). The canto and soloist was Basik and Semyon performed a bass part with his picturesque snarl.
The jam session ended with a high-powered culmination (you can hear it clearly in the recording) in which this ethnic group was balling away from the studio into the street. Directly after I had listened to the new recording I was amazed by the richness of the result. The representatives of a very rare and unstudied kind of authentic folklore had just visited my studio on their own initiative and provided me with outstanding musical material. People who travel a lot in search of rare authentic ethnic music can understand my luck. I just did an arrangement, recorded some instruments and adapted the non-temperate scale of this kind of folklore a little bit by means of modern sound-microsurgery to make the sound more acceptable to the western listener.
Two years ago Basik left the physical world and got his fame only posthumously when the European label JARO published his song as the first track of a sampler "Russian Soul" in 2005. It´s a pity, that he left us in this untimely manner, without without the possibility of sharing his rich cultural heritage with any pupils. In honour of this unique vocalist Basik I propose the following experiment: let your pets - cats or dogs listen to this song and then put your comments about their reaction here.