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The new CD from Arkady Shilkloper feat. Dhafer Youssef, Alegre Correa, Georg Breinschmid, Oleg Baltaga, Vladimir Volkov, Ney Conceicao, Robertinho Silva, Selio de Carvalho, Edcon “Caf” Da Silva, Adrian Mears, Jonathan Sass and Khakberdy Allamuradov.
The story of this album began in February 2000, when Arkady Shilklopers colleagues from the Vienna Art Orchestra, the Brazilian guitarist Alegre Correa and the Austrian double-bassist Georg Breinschmid, made their first visit to Moscow at his invitation. Having met them at Sheremetyevo airport, they had walked to the waiting bus. Sitting in the bus and not paying any attention to Moscow’s winter landscapes, Alegre immersed himself in writing a musical theme which he completed just as we approached the hotel.
Alegre dedicated it to the city and titled it “Presente para Moscou”. Each of the 12 musician guests, who took part in the recording, presented to Moscow and the Moscow audience a part of his soul, love and talent, which is why his composition “Presente para Moscou” fits as the title of the entire album. Beside Alegre Correa and Georg Breinschmid, well known guests appear on this Album like Dhafer Youssef, Adrian Mears, Robertinho Silva and others.
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Born in Moscow, Russia, 1956, Arkady began to study playing alto horn at the age of six and switched to French horn in 1967. He aged eleven, when he entered the Moscow Military Music School. One of most unusual Russian musicians, Arkady plays French horn, flugelhorn, alphorn and many more wind instruments that are unusual. From 1978 to 1985 he was a member of the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre. With this world-famous orchestra and as a member of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra from 1985 to 1989, he undertook numerous worldwide concert tours.
Since 1990 he has been a member of the Moscow Art Trio along with Misha Alperin and Sergey Starostin, occasionally playing in other formations as well.
He played with Lionel Hampton, Elvin Jones, Lew Soloff and Herb Ellis. He also has worked with Pierre Favre, Louis Sclavis, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Jon Christensen, Bob Stewart.
Since 1997, he also plays in two Russian trios: one with St. Petersburg’s best jazzmen – acoustic bassist Vladimir Volkov and piano player Andrei Kondakov and the other with Volkov and Sergei Starostin.