Vladimir Tarasov

Vladimir Tarasov was a Russian citizen, born in Archangelsk. He has been living and working in Vilnius since 1968. Tarasov was a member of the Lithuanian Symphonic Orchestra for many years. He also performed with other symphonic and chamber orchestras throughout Europe, the USA, and Lithuania. Tarasov was part of the well-known jazz music trio GTC (Viatcheslav Ganeslin, Vladimir Tarasov and Vladimir Chekasin) from 1971 to 1986. He has recorded more than 100 records, CDs and solo performances with the Trio as well as many other musicians and orchestras. V. Tarasov is also a composer of music for theatre, film and orchestras: Staatstheater, Stuttgart – 1995; Majestic Theater at The Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York – 1995; Josef Nadj Centre Choreographique Naţional Orleans, Orleans — 1998, 2004, Theatre Vidy-Lausanne Centre, Moskow (2003); Arte France Paris ­ 2006; Eudeka Media Poland; Yleisradio Finland (2009), etc. He has been involved in visual arts since 1991, working both alone and with other artists like Sarah Flohr and Ilya Kabakov. He has been a part of many group and one-person exhibitions, including Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf – 1991, La Biennale de Venezia in Venice – 1993, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago – 1995, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris ­ 1995, Leopold Hoesch Museum in Duren ­ 1998, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais in Paris ­ 2000, Contemporary Art Center — DOM, Moscow (2002), State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Ludwig Museum in The Russian Museum (2003), 2005, National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Moscow (2007). Copper Smithy, Fiskars (Finland) – 2006; 2nd Biennale of Contemporary Art in Moscow – 2007, 2009, 3rd Biennale de Venezia, Venice – 1993; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago – 1993; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris – 1995; Leopold Hoesch Museum, Duren – 1998; Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris – 2000; Contemporary Art Center – DOM, Moscow -2003, 2005; National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), 2008; Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach -2008; EXPO-2008; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, 2008; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach (2008). Tarasov directed “Drink Up”, a play based on Venedikt Erofejev’s poem, at the Russian Drama Theatre of Lithuania in 1999. Tarasov also directed “The Return of Dionysos”, an opera by Edwin Geist (1902-1942). He has given lectures and taught at the Podewill Center Berlin, the Music Academy Bremen and the Academy of Art in Orleans (France); the Kunst Akademie Dusseldorf, the Art Academy Vilnius, the Art Department at California State University Sacramento, the Department of Music at the Universtiy of the Pacific Stockton, California, and at the Institute for Studio Studies, in conjunction with the Yale University summer session in Pont Aven in France. He was awarded grants from the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart (Germany) and the Civitella Ranieri Center, Italy, in 1993-94. He is the author and illustrator of “Trio”, which was published by Baltos Lankos (Vilnius), 1998, and “Tam Tam,” which was published by NLO (Moscow), 2009. Vladimir Tarasov was awarded the Triumph Prize in Moscow in 2009: Russia’s award for outstanding achievements in literature or art. Mr. Tarasov performed with artists such as Andrew Cyrille and the Rova Saxophone Quartet. He also performed with Anthony Braxton, Lauren Newton and Josef Nadj. from www.vladimirtarasov.com

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