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Alexei Tsiganov Group

Alexei Tsiganov Group

Saturday, June 18 2:45 PM

9 Liberty Ave., Somerville

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Alexei Tsiganov

Alexei Tsiganov Group plays a blend of Jazz with Latin(Afro-Cuban), Brazilian and Russian Music.

Alexei Tsiganov is a composer, pianist, vibraphonist and educator. Born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, he started playing homemade percussion at the age of four, accompanying his brother who was his first mentor in jazz, giving Alexei lessons in jazz harmony and improvisation, and taking him to all the shows and jam sessions in town. Alexei entered the children's music school as a percussionist, playing drums, xylophone and vibraphone, then went on to study at the famous St. Petersburg Mussorgsky Music College.

He has played and recorded with: Claudio Roditi, Antonio Sanchez, Chico Freeman, Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Watson, Victor Lewis, Bob Moses, Jerry Bergonzi, Gene Jackson, Alex Sipiagin, Boris Kozlov, Norman Hedman, Willie Martinez, Bevan Manson, Tony Malaby, George Garzone, John Lockwood, Bob Gullottii, Samba de Três, Yoron Israel, George Schuller, Ed Schuller, Avery Sharp, Donny McCaslin, Greg Osby and others. He has appeared with his group on WERS-Boston radio station and in Eric In the Evening program on WGBH-Boston, performing original music and standards.