08 maggio 2015

E' giunta a buon fine, dopo esitazioni e ripensamenti, la collaborazione tra Boris Grebenshikov e Robert Wyatt per il brano Stella Maris, disponibile da qualche settimana via iTunes: “If I never did anything again, I’m just so happy to have made this connection with a beautiful and brave man”, ha dichiarato Wyatt.

Just months after announcing his retirement from music, Robert Wyatt has turned up guesting on a new track by Boris Grebenshikov, the 61 year old veteran of Russia’s rock underground. The track, titled Stella Maris, features Wyatt playing cornet and tenor horn alongside Grebenshikov’s group, a string quartet and a choir.
Initially inspired by The Beatles and Bob Dylan, Grebenshikov, better known as BG, formed his group Aquarium in the early 1970s. During the Soviet era Aquarium were one of the most popular and influential underground groups in Russia, even though they didn’t officially exist, as they weren’t recognised by the state bureaucracy, and had to perform mostly at unofficial clubs and private gatherings. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 90s, Grebenshikov began performing and recording extensively in the West, with the likes of Dave Stewart and members of The Band among others, and today remains one of the most iconic figures in Russian music.