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Molokoedov, Oleg (Pavlovich )locked

  • Sergey Belichenko

(b Braşov, Romania, April 20, 1947). Russian pianist, keyboard player, and journalist of Romanian birth. In Lithuania he studied accordion at Vilnius Music College (1961–5) and composition at the Lithuanian State Conservatory (1965–8). He first led quartets at the festivals in Tallinn (Estonian SSR [now Estonia]) in 1966 and 1967, and from 1969 to 1970 he led groups in Vilnius. In 1979 he began working with Vladimir Chekasin in settings ranging from a duo to a large orchestra. He performed at Soviet festivals in Riga and Krasnoyarsk, and internationally in Karlshamn (Sweden), Münster, Göttingen, and Munich (Germany), Lyons (France), Skopje (Yugoslavia), Salzburg (Austria), Venice and Rome (Italy), and Budapest, and played with such leading Lithuanian musicians as Petras Vyšniauskas, Vytautas Labutis, and the alto saxophonist Danielius Praspaliauskis. After studying journalism he published articles on Lithuanian jazz, and in 1989 he joined the staff of the new Russian magazine Jazz.

Selected recordings

As sideman with V. Chekaskin

New Vitality (1982, Leo 142); Nostalgia (1983, Leo 119); Second Siberian Concert (1985, Ermatell 003); Anti-show (1988, Leo 145); Document (Jazz-Fest Zurich ’89) (1989, Leo 803)

As sideman with others

Valentina Ponomareva: Fortune Teller (1983–5, Leo 136); Snow Children: Christmas Rhapsody (1986, Ermatell 002)