is a Russian vocalist and a master of the button accordion.
Since his arrival in London in 1996,
Serguei's technical excellence on his instrument, passionate singing
voice, extensive repertoire and genial personality have placed him in
the centre of the East European music community here. He was a founder
member of the legendary violin-led group Loyko; he performs regularly
with leading balaika player Bibs Ekkels and his group Tziganka; together
they have played at many of opulent Russian Balls held in the capital.
He often accompanies the cossack dances
Mazaika (such as a recent performance in Elton John's back garden!),
and sometimes plays with The Balkanatics. He is a regular member of
Mukka, well known for their John Peel sessions and frequent appearances
at the Glastonbury Festival.
With Tziganarama he has made many appearances
at village halls round the country, contributing greatly to the band's
broad-ranging east european folk programme.
He is the frontman and singer for Soviet
Swing band The Kremlinaires, where his commanding personality and powerful
voice make him the ideal spoof "Political Commissar". With
this band he has appeared at folk and jazz festivals, on Ned Sherrin's
Loose Ends, and at Sting's Christmas party.
He also works as a solo performer,drawing
on his huge repertoire of traditional Russian and East European songs
and melodies. These include favourites such as Kalinka, Dark Eyes, Two
Guitars, Song Of The Volga Boatmen, Stenka Rasin, and Those Were The
Days. In this capacity he has charmed audiences as far apart
as Jersey and the Shetland Islands
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