New Russian Jazz and its Architects

Vyacheslav Ganelin
Vyacheslav Ganelin (Photo credit: vidija)

From Russia Beyond The Headlines, an article on Russian free jazz, and especially the Ganelin Trio.

During the 1960s, the most sophisticated Soviet intellectuals embraced the music of the avant-garde composers John Cage and Pierre Boulez, as well as the avant-garde jazz of Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane. Around this time, books were published about conceptual art and theatrical performances. These influences together engendered something original — new jazz. The ideologue of new jazz was the journalist and music critic Efim Barban, who, in the mid-1970s, released the samizdat book “Black Music, White Freedom.”