Alexey Chizhik (vibraphone)
Oleg Belov (piano)
Victor Savich (bass guitar)
Pyotr Mikheyev (percussion)
The Chizhik Jazz Quartet is a true phenomenon in the music world. The programme the quartet will be performing includes jazz arrangements (Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Bach) as well as original music by Alexei Chizhik – typically St Petersburg in style and yet at the same time rhythmically jazzy and stirring. The aristocratic nature of classicism and the intellectual style of jazz are blended together naturally and given a freshness by the creative drive of all the quartet’s members. Each is a first-class musician with a rich and “dark” artistic past, a bleak present and, beyond all doubt, a bright future.
One can see and hear the class of the musicians immediately; the performance is virtuoso, they have a sense of ensemble playing and they have complete freedom of self-expression. The interesting stratagems of lyricism and irony, at times self-irony, at times making fun of each other (essentially one can observe amusing collisions between the first-class showman Oleg Belov and the quartet’s leader Alexei Chizhik), do not let th audience relax, quite the reverse – this all intrigues them. One wants to attend the Chizhik Quartet’s concerts again and again – for the aforementioned details as well as because of the fact that after the quartet’s performance one enters a state akin to euphoria, some universal joy and love for everything lining. These are the inherent characteristics of true art.