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Stories From Masala

by Masala Quartet

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Nine 07:10
Undersea 10:16


These are stories about many and one thing. About emotions and events: happened, happen, never existed. About mermaids and the underwater world, about feelings and destinies, voices sing (and sometimes remain silent) about love for people and an endless search, which once called us on this musical journey. No matter where the plot finds us, the center of the system is always the human being: the perceiver, the sender, the thinker.

The album includes compositions from different years, some of them have changed almost beyond recognition along the way, and we are pleased to present the results of this evolution. The recording itself eventually took only three and a half busy days. Perhaps that is why the sound is so "honest" and lively.

We thank our wonderful musician friends Ivan Akatov, Alena Shcherbina, Vadim Kharchenko, Dmitry Ignatov, Ivan Muralov, Kirill Parenchuk, Over Serrano and responsive sound engineer Valentin Osinsky, who embarked on this journey with us.


released November 13, 2020

Alexey Soukhov: tenor saxophone [1-7, 9, 10], voice [3]
Anna Beme: piano [2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10], fender rhodes [1, 5, 6, 9], hammond organ [1, 9], backing vocals [5, 7]
Dmitry Taranov: double bass [1-10], backing vocals [7]
Petr Ivshin: drums [1-7, 9-10], percussion [1-7, 9-10], calabash [10]
Alena Shcherbina: vocals [1, 5, 7]
Ivan Akatov: trumpet [3, 9]
Vadim Kharchenko: guitar [6, 9]
Dmitry Ignatov: blul, neokamyl [10]
Ivan Muralov: sitar [4]
Kirill Parenchuk: tabla [4, 6]
Over Serrano: percussion [2, 3]


Composed by:

Dmitry Taranov [1, 7, 8]
Alexey Soukhov [2, 5, 6, 9]
Anna Beme [3, 4, 10]

Arranged by: Masala Quartet
Lyrics by: Alex Carlin [7]
Recorded by: Valentin Osinsky, Vladimir Osinsky Studio, Moscow, September 2020
Mixed by: Valentin Osinsky
Mastered by: Ruslan Zaipold

Cover by: Anna Shmitko

Masala Quartet thanks the New/Open Showcase Festival 2020 organizers and experts for making this recording possible.
Many thanks to our friends Anna Gelyuk and Ivan Avraimov for the pleasure we have experienced playing and making music together. And to Anna Khorunzhaya for the inspiration and great support.

Thanks to Andrey Laskin for his invaluable advice.


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FANCYMUSIC is a record label focused on contemporary new music recordings. FANCYMUSIC is a broad platform for a wide variety of contemporary new music composed by different russian musicians. FANCYMUSIC is also a platform on which newer names may be encountered. ... more

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