HAPPY55, a Russian avantgarde band, plays their original music in an instrumental trio. They use piano, synths, clarinet, and drums, and have no stylistic limitations. Some critics see a tendency towards a club-style aesthetic in their music. Others notice Glass’s minimalistic style and influence of Prokofiev, Schtockhausen and Ives. However, no one can claim that their music is identical to another. The band participated in numerous festivals in Russia, Ukraine, and Italy, including Usadba Jazz 2008 (won special prizes in category Avantgarde), JazzBez 2009, Ukraine, Muzenergo 07/09, 10, 13, VesnaHaus (Italy), www.gigmit.com

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