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Russian rock band Auktyon performing in Saint-Petersburg on July 9 2009. Photo by Wikipedia user Amoses

Auktyon (Russian: АукцЫон, pronounced [ɐʊktsɨˈon]) is a Russian alternative rock band from Saint Petersburg. Though they originally played post-punk and new wave, the group came to be influenced by European and Central Asian folk music, avant-garde jazz, the poetry of Russian futurist Velimir Khlebnikov, and aspects of Russian high culture and literature.[1]


The band was founded by Leonid Fyodorov and Oleg Garkusha at the Polytechnic Institute of Leningrad, evolving from a previous group Fyodorov had started in 1978 with Dmitry Zaichenko, Alexey Vikhrev, Mikhail Malov and Victor Bondarik called Phaeton.[1] Bondarik introduced Fyodorov to Garkusha in 1980, who began writing lyrics for the band and helping with its management and as a sound engineer. In 1983, after numerous personnel changes, Oleg Garkusha introduced the band to Aquarium, who advised them to join the newly formed Leningrad Rock Club. In preparation for their first "serious performance" at a Rock Club event, Fyodorov decided to change the band's name to Auktyon. By Fyodorov's own admission this performance wasn't very successful: "We played terribly (...), the sound sucked..." After the concert three members left the band, and it would be two years before they returned to the stage, trying out many new members during that period.

In 1985 the Auktyon lineup stabilized, with Bondarik on the bass, Dmitry Ozersky on keyboards, Igor Cheridnik on drums and Nikolai Fedorovich - alto saxophone. In May 1986, the group had a successful performance at the IV Leningrad Rock Festival.

Auktyon was particularly popular from 1987 through 1995, but became less active in the late 1990s when Fyodorov began to produce records for Leningrad.[1] The group continues to play together and to release new albums. They toured the United States in 2006[2] in support of their first US release, the album Pioneer. The group returned to the US in 2008 when they released the album Girls Sing.[3][4][5]

Band members

Current members

  • Leonid Fedorov - vocals, guitar, percussion
  • Oleg Garkusha - vocals, declamation
  • Viktor Bondarik - bass (1986-Present)
  • Dmitry Ozersky - keyboard, percussion, trumpet (1989-Present)
  • Nikolay Rubanov - saxophones, bass-clarinet, jaleika (1986-Present)
  • Boris Shaveinikov - drums, percussion (1988-Present)
  • Mikhail Kolovsky - tuba, trombone (1995-Present)
  • Vladimir Volkov - double bass, keyboards (2007-Present)
  • Yuriy Parfenov - trumpet (2011-Present)

Former members

  • Sergei Rogozhin - vocals (1983-1987)
  • Igor Cheridnik - drums (1983-1989)
  • Pavel Litvinov - percussion (1987-2005)
  • Dmitry Matkovsky - guitar (1987-1995)
  • Igor Skaldin - guitar (1986)
  • Nikolai Fedorovich - saxophone (1983-1986)
  • Eugene Dyatlov - vocals, violin (1989)
  • Vladimir Veselkin - vocals, dance (1988-1992)


Studio Albums

Title (Transliterated) Title (Russian) Title (English) Release Date
Vernis' v Sorrento Вернись в Сорренто Return to Sorrento 1986
D'Observer Д'Обсервер The Observer 1986
Kak ya stal predatelem Как я стал предателем How I Became a Traitor 1989
V Bagdade vse spokoyno В Багдаде все спокойно All Quiet in Baghdad 1989
Zhopa Жопа Asshole 1990
Bodun Бодун Hangover 1991
Ptitsa Птица Bird 1993
Auktsyon Аукцыон Auktyon 1995
Eto mama Это мама It's Mum 2002
Devushki poyut Девушки поют Girls Sing 2007
Yula Юла Top 2011
Na Solntse На Солнце In the Sun 2016


  1. Beumers, Birgit (2005). Pop Culture Russia!. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. ISBN 1-85109-459-8.
  2. Mitter, Siddhartha (24 March 2006). "By way of Russia, art-rock for art's sake." Boston Globe Boston, Massachusetts. pg. D.1
  3. Vigil, Delfin (27 March 2008). "Auktyon. Eclectic band formed in the former Soviet Union and, 20 years later, strange, loud rock plays a key role in the group's musical stylings." San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco, California. pg. G.4
  4. Drozdowski, Ted (18 March 2008). "Auktyon - CD Reviews". The Phoenix. Archived from the original on 2012-10-14. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
  5. Horowitz, Steve (31 March 2008). "Auktyon: Girls Sing". PopMatters. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
  6. "Band History". Retrieved 2017-05-15.
  7. "Muzyka". Auktyon (Official website [Russian]). Retrieved 2018-11-01.

External links

Text adapted from Wikipedia.