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|Origin||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Members||Alexander "Mihalych" Krasovitski
Evgenyi "Johnson" Ryahovski
Animal ДжаZ ("ДжаZ" can be transliterated as "jazz", although "Джаз" is the usual Russian spelling) is a Saint Petersburg based band playing alternative rock and pop rock. Since their formation in 2000 they have released eight records of which three are acoustic albums.
- Alexander "Mihalych" Krasovitski - Vocal
- Igor Buligin - Bass
- Evgenyi "Johnson" Ryahovski - Guitar
- Sergey Kivin - Drums
- Alexander Zarankin - Keyboards
- Sergey Egorov (2000-2004) - Drums
- Boris Golodec (2000-2004) - Keyboards
- Stanislav Gavrilov (2004-2005) - Keyboards
- Andey Kazachenko (2005-2007) - Keyboards
- Yan Lemskiy (2004-2008) - Drums
- Gennadiy Mikrukov (2006-2012) - Director
The band was formed in autumn 2000.
The music of Animal Jazz is hard guitar, based on romantic harmonies. It also tends to sound symphonically. The name of the group reflects its essence - it is correctly eclectic. The word "animal" shows that music is of a natural origin. In fact, one of the definitions of the word "jazz" is vanity, chaos. Such cocktail of styles mixed with animal energy makes the original sound of Animal Jazz.
The band was nominated twice for Fuzz Magazine Awards and played at both ceremonies: in 2003 as "Best New Band" and in 2004 as "Best Live Band".
In August 2006, the Animal Jazz band was headlining the alternative stage of the biggest Russian open-air rock festival Nashestvie.
Animal Jazz was nominated in a few categories for RAMP 2008 (Rock Alternative Music Prize) and was a winner in "Best song of the year" and "Soundtrack of the year".
During winter 2008-2009 the band recorded a new LP at several St. Petersburg studios. The album, Egoist, was released in March 2009 by the 2+2=5 recording company.
The band has opened for:
- Rollins Band (Moscow, 24 January 2002, and St. Petersburg, 25 January 2002)
- Garbage (St. Petersburg, 2 July 2002)
- Clawfinger (Moscow, 26 September 2003)
- The Rasmus (St. Petersburg, 15 October 2004)
- 2002 — Animalизм
- 2004 — Стереолюбовь ("Stereo Love")
- 2004 — Как Люди ("Like People")
- 2007 — Шаг-Вдох ("Step-Breath")
- 2009 — Эгоист ("Egoist")
- 2011 — Animal ДжаZ ("Animal Jazz")
- 2013 — Фаза быстрого сна ("Phase fast sleep")
- 2005 — Unplugged
- 2006 — Unplugged II: раритеты ("Unplugged II: Rarities")
- 2007 — 1:0 в пользу осени ("1:0 for Autumn")
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