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Vladimir Tarasov

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Vladimir Tarasov in 2007

A composer, drummer and visual artist, Vladimir Tarasov has lived and worked in Vilnius, Lithuania, since 1968. He has played in the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra for many years. Between 1971 and 1986, he was a member of the famous GTC group (Viacheslav Ganelin, Vladimir Tarasov, Vladimir Tchekhasin). The musicians frequently incorporated performative actions into their concerts. Operating in Lithuania, the GTC had better opportunities to travel abroad and present their work at festivals. Their first album was released on a Polish label PolJazz in 1975. Tarasov has recorded over one hundred albums. He writes orchestral music, along with film and theatrical scores. Since 1991 he has been active in the visual arts, making solo works and collaborating with artists like Ilya Kabakov and Sarah Flohr. Tarasov's works were exhibited in Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf (1991), in Venice (La Biennale di Venezia, 1993), at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (1993), the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris (1995) and the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg (2004). The film, 634 takta Vladimira Tarasova (Vladimir Tarasov's 634 Measures), directed in 1989 by Sviatoslav Tchekhin, is an impressionistic portrait of the musician, interlacing scenes of everyday life with a recording of a concert during which Tarasov performs a composition for drum set and electronics from his 1990 album Atto IV. The film also highlights a large collection of contemporary art, including works by Kabakov, Ivana Tchuykov and Eugenijus Cukermanas. One of the first sound installations made by Tarasov was his 1993 Concert for Flies. The work, evoking a space where flies perform the composition, refers to the surreal humour characteristic of Moscow Conceptualism, and raises questions about the boundaries of improvisation and value of aesthetic criteria.

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