Horns and percussion instruments are embellishments what make the music of Zhivitsa sound TRUE ethinic. These are the instruments which Alexander is responsible of.
Alexander has a degree in ecology, but became a professional flute player. As a result of this influence, he went in ethnic and folk music and became a part of Zhivitsa.
Favourite music: Classical Hard-, Art- and Progressive Rock, Baroque music, Ethnic music (basically celtic), Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, ELP, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, Ivan Smirnov, Pink Floyd, Ronan Hardiman, Tommy Bolin, Brand X, Beatles, Led Zeppelin.
Being a multi-percussionist, drummer and previously a vocalist Yaroslav feels the structure of music as best one can. And it is important, because, by means of groove and filigree breaks, he creates the base of sound of Zhivitsa. Playing with dynamic and tone are the essential elements of his style. As all members of Zhivitsa Yaroslav loves rock music and especially art-rock because the art-rock is soulful and intellectual simultaneously. Probably the reason is in his education which covers folk, academic, jazz and rock music.
Favorite music: baroque music, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Olivier Messiaen, Ianis Ksenakis, Steve Reich, David Lang, Arvo Part, Nirvana, Radiohead, Porcupine tree, Meshuggah, John Coltrane, Brad Mehldau, Ari Hoenig.
Alexander is responsible for probably most important instrument in band - a bass. Indeed the bass is a music's heart, a motor, setting it in motion.
Alexander started his musical career as accordion player but became a professional bassist.
Besides the music Alexander goes in sport and literature. He is a philosopher, poet and a huge fan of Dostoevskiy. Alexander finds inspiration in nature especially in beauty of lake Baikal.
Favourite film directors: Tarkovskiy, Zvyaghintsev.
Favourite music: Inna Zhelannaya, P.Tchaikovskiy.
Playing a guitar, writing, and arrangement of music - these are the main creative and intellectual Alexander’s tasks. His credo is not to be afraid to mix colours and experiment if you do it consciously and with taste. You can hear both traditions and futurism in sound of his guitar.
Alexander is convinced that there is nothing impossible in music, and it is possible to realize any plan. Achievement of the purpose requires only patience, discipline and, of course, inspiration which he found in Russian songs. Connection of two elements, the Russian folklore and culture of rock music, gives birth to special music, a special genre, which is actual today more than ever.