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Stamp a Spot

by Ototsky Quartet

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Moscow. Cold, snowy March 2018. Early morning. Four men are slipping and sliding along Pyatnitskaya Street toward a place whose doors are open to experimental music even before dawn – Cultural Center DOM. The recording Stamp a Spot, is a document from the parallel musical life of Russia and its distinctive Brownian motion of free radicals. The four were Kirill Shirokov on piano, Dmitry Lapshin on double bass, Peter Ototsky on drums, and Ilia Belorukov on saxophone. Try to plot them as four dots on a musical map, and you’ll get something like a bagel, as their positions are unstable and the weight of each is tremendous. A separate text could be devoted to the improv music accomplishments of each.

The four didn’t discuss the recording, didn’t rehearse, and didn’t use any prepared materials. All that happened emerged during the process itself. Though there are no well-defined solos (if we do not define pauses as solos), cohesion and focus are guaranteed by the presence of an improvising composer who guides the seething flow of sounds. “A necromancer manipulating zombies adrift in utter ecstasy” is how Ototsky describes Shirokov’s role. Shirokov, for his part, draws attention to the four improvisations’ “complementary (and sometimes mutually exclusive) tendencies that constantly transforms — during the music is being played — its fabric, angles, structures, ‘lighting'” and remarks that he was naturally attracted by a strategy of real-time composing.

Felix Sandalov


released April 2, 2021

Ilia Belorukov: alto saxophone
Kirill Shirokov: grand piano
Dmitry Lapshin: double bass
Peter Ototsky: drums

Recorded by: Maxim Khaykin
Recorded at: DOM Cultural Center, Moscow, March 18, 2018
Mixed, mastered by: Ilia Belorukov
Cover art by: Alisa Yoffe
Produced by: Peter Ototsky
Executive producer: Sergey Krasin


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