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Belechenko, Sergei (Andreevitch)

Belechenko, Sergei (Andreevitch), drummer, jazz producer, writer, broadcaster educator; b. West Siberia, Russia, 16 March 1947. He began playing jazz in 1962, graduating from music school as a violin player. At first he started to play in high school jazz bands, then he became a member of Vladimir Vittih's (piano) chamber jazz band. The first jazz festival in Siberia was organized in 1965 on initiative coming from Belechenko. Afterwards there were jazz festivals in 1966, 1968, 1970 and in 1971. He graduated from Novosibirsk State Medical Institute in 1971.

After graduation he continued to integrate his career as a jazz musician with the work of obstetrician. He organized and was a leading member of these Siberian jazz bands, which played modern and free jazz:
jazz quartet "DJAMIN" ("Jammin'") (1971-1973), New Siberian Jazz Band (1973-1975) and Musical Improvisational Trio (1975-1980).

In 1975 he established Creative Jazz Unity, the first union of jazz musicians and organizers of jazz concerts in Siberia. Under CJU aegis, a lot of concerts, jazz sessions and jazz festivals were organized. Belechenko is initiator and organizer of the three largest Jazz Symposiums "Sovremennaya Muzika" ("Modern Music"), which were first in our country, in 1977, 1988, and in 1997. In 1979-80 he started writing "The Vinyl History of World Jazz Vanguard."

At the beginning of 80s he organized new jazz union "Experementalnaya Djazovaya Laboratoriya" ("Experimental Jazz Laboratory"), a new jazz band, "Snezhnie Deti" ("Snow Children"), and two large jazz festivals in 1983 and in 1985. Starting from 1981 he was a leader of the assembled international band "Zolotie Gody Djaza" ("Jazz Golden Years"), paying tribute to classic jazz. From 1990 he began conducting radio shows "Chas Djaza" ("Jazz Hour"), "Djazovyi Kurier" ("Jazz Courier"), and "Djazovyi Kaleidoskop" ("Jazz Kaleidoscope") at the local radio station and at AM radio stations. Also he was conducting TV show "O Djaze" ("About Jazz") on local TV channel.

In 1992 together with Swiss businessman, Nikolai Bankul, he created the first private radio company in Siberia, "ERMATELL", which mostly dealt with jazz radio shows. In his own archive Belechenko keeps hundreds of jazz radio shows. 525 of the radio shows were released in December of 2002. Starting January, 2002 he started conducting two shows on State Radio TV Channel of the city of Novosibirsk - "Vremya Djaza" ("Jazz Time") and "Djazovaya Sreda" ("Jazz Environment"). In 1994 he started to release audio CDs with jazz music, the series called "Jazz from Siberia," now comprising 30 CDs of Russian artists. At the same time, together with producer Rudolf Carrera fon Lynn, he organized the release of original audio CDs of new Russian jazz (Chekasin, Gaivoronskyi, Butman, Labutis, Tolstobokov, Gevorgyan, Molokoedov, Stolyar, "Novoe Pokolenie" ("New Generation"), "Markelovy Golosa" ("Markell's Voices"), Vapirov, Pron and others) at FALKATA-GALIA company (California).

He is also a member of Literary Union of Russia. Starting from 1996 he taught courses on the history of world jazz at History of World Cultures department of Novosibirsk State University. He continues his musician career, reanimating the "Snezhnie Deti" ("Snow Children") jazz band (new and free jazz) and organizing new bands, consisting of young musicians - "New Generation" and traditional "Jazz Old TriĻ."

In autumn of 1996 he became the head of jazz department at Novosibirsk State Philharmonic Society. As the head of jazz programs, in spring of 1997 he organized International Jazz Festival "Soros Inter Jazz - 97". It was the largest International Jazz Festival in Russia, involving 150 musicians from 12 countries. In 1998, the Jazz Festival "Novosibirsk Inter Jazz - 98" took place, involving 90 musicians from 8 countries. In winter of 1999, Belechenko organized All Siberian Jazz Festival "Moroznyi Bljuz" ("Frosty Blues"). In spring of 1999, the International Jazz Festival dedicated to the memory of Duke Ellington "TRANSSIB INTER DJAZZ"  ("TRANSSIB INTER JAZZ - 99"), International Festival of Ethnic Arts "Life Water - 3" was held at Teletskoe Ozero (Teletskoe Lake), Gornyi Altai. In 2001 he organized another Jazz Festival in the memory of Louis Armstrong, "NEOKOMJAZZ - 2001" on the shore of Ob Sea.

He has performed with Michael Zwerin, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Bobby Watson, Valery Ponomarev, Keshevan Maslak, Igor Butman, and others.

He has three children. Among his various hobbies are books, tourism, collecting stamps and westerns.

Bibliography:
Works by Belechencko
Besides publishing three- volume work "Djazovaya Diskographia" ("Jazz Discography"), he published "Ocherki Istoryi Djaza v Novosibirske" ("Essays of Jazz History in Novosibirsk").
He also contributed articles to The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz."

Recordings:
Tbilisi (1986) Djazz Alma-Ata (Alma-ata Jazz) (1988); Novokuznetsk - (1992)

As sideperson
V. Vittih: Tallinn (1967); A. Vapirov: Autumn Rhythms (1983)
Homo Liber: Siberian Four; Valentina Ponomareva: Fortune Teller; Sergey Kuryokhin: Popular Mekhanick; A.Vapirov: Linii Sudby (Lines of Fate); V.Chekasin: Nomen Nescio; Novoe Pokolenie: Dvulikyi Janus (New Generation  - Janus Two-face); Novoe Pokolenie: Zhurnal Djazovoi Immunologyi (New Generation - Journal of Jazz Immunology); Novoe Pokolenie/Markellovy Golosa: Strast v Dushe Svyazhennika (New Generation/Markell's Voices - Passion in Priest's Heart); Snezhnie Deti: Rozhdestvenskays Rapsodia (Snow Children - Christmas Rapsody), Kommentarii k Gomeru (Snow Children - Comments to Homer), Zurich 88; Vladimir Chekasin: Second Siberian Concert, Etudes of the Urban Folklore; Igor Dmitriev: Djazovoe Staroe Trio (Jazz Old Trio),Shag za Shagom (Step-by-Step); Siberian Jazz: Anthology I; David Golostchekin: Nezhno I tolko nezhno ("Gently and only gently"), Opyat vmeste ("Together Again"); Blayer/Kramer: Strannik iz Vermonta (Stranger from Vermont); Arkadyi Shilkloper: Zagovor Mednyh, (Brass Conspiracy);
Sergei Kuryokhin: Devine Madness; Arhangelsk band: Dokument; Aziza Mustafa-zade: Zurich 88; Igor Butman: Sving ervoi Nochi ("First Night Swing"), Odnazhdy v Letnyi Vikend ("Once upon a time in the summer weekend"); Vladimir Timofeev: Natalie; New-York Stars: Adskaya SMESS ("Hellish Mix"); Daniil Kramer: Vals Dlya Prelestnoi Zheni ("Waltz for the Wonderful Wife"); Anatolyi Berestov: Fantazii na I.S.Baha ("Variations of I.S.Bah"); Ponomarev/Golson: Missia v Sibiri ("Mission in Siberia"); Modern Jazz Sertet: Dni Defolta ("Days of Default")

Bibliography:
Collection. Soviet Jazz. Soviet Composer, Moscow, 1987.
Vladimir Feiertag. Jazz XX Century. Encyclopedic Reference Book. Skifia, SPb, 2001
Miroslav Foret. Sibirska jazzova kvitka. Melodie,11,76,343
Miroslav Foret.Akademgorodok 77.Opus Musicum.1-4,77,52-53
Alex Batashev. Jazz In Novosibirsk. Jazz Forum,44,1977
Valentin Morozov.Akademgorodok-77.Jazz (Poland) 6-7,77
Jazz In Novosibirsk. Melodie,6-7,77
Miroslav Foret. Novosibirsk 78,Soucasna hudba, Opus Musicum,4-9,78,227-228
Kristian Feigelson. Le Jazz En URSS. Jazz, July, 1982
Norman Weinstein. Siberian Four. Jazz Forum, N0.84, 2-83
La Solitude Des Siberiens. Jazz Hot,Paris, No.405,XI-83
Barry McRay. Siberian Four. Jazz Journal International, N0.12, December, 1983, vol.36
Mark Rowland.  Russian Jazz (Paradoxical Freedom Back In USSR).Musician,NY,July 1984
Virgil Mukhau. Russian   Jazz: Look    Ahead,Jazz Forum,No.91,6-1984
Leo Feigin. Russian Jazz: New Identity Quartet Books Ltd. London-NY-Melbourne 1985
Alexander Ivansky.Jazz En Siberie. Quinzaine Literane, Paris, Julliet, 1986
Mike Zwerin. Soviet Jazz Enthusiasm & Politics. Weekend,London, N0.10.06.88
Mike Zwerin Out of the Very Cool (vodka and Friendly Bears In Gold Valley).Wire,The Jazz & New Music Magazine,August,1988,issue 54,London
Mike Zwerin International Gerald Tribune
Mike Zwerin Elle
Valery Kotelnikov. So braucht wer Blues und Vodka (Einsam unternehmender Wolf in unendlicher Wuste des sibirischen Jazz: Sergey Belitschenko,Jazzthetik Germany,No.6,1989
Hans Kumpf. Soviet Avangarde Jazz Festival In Zurich. Jazz Podium, Germany, No.8-1989
Bert Noglik. Zwischen Avantgarde und Estrade. Die Wochenzeitung No.2031, 16.6.89
Ein historisches Ereignis. Argus Media,No.3977, 3.8.89
Peter Burli. Soviet Avangarde In Zurich.JazzThetik,9-89
V. Korneev Position und Stellenwert des Jazz in Rusland JAZZ-LIVE (Wien),117/1997
Emanuel Wenge Plattenproduktionen In Rusland
V. Korneev to another disk/directory.

Contact information:
Sergey BELICHENKO
Director of the Experimental Jazz Laboratory
NOVOSIBIRSK 630091 Mitchurina 17-1
home Tel/fax: 3832 - 32 68 23
office Tel: 3832 - 22 48 80
fax: 3832 - 22 56 59
fax: 3832 - 32 53 54 (for Belichenko)
E-mail: jazzlab@nsu.ru
http://www.chat.ru/~jazz_lab/

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