Shura (left) and Leva (right) in Koln, 2008
|Genres||Alternative rock, indie rock, post-punk, new wave, pop rock|
|Years active||1988–1991, 1998–present|
|Associated acts||Agatha Christie, Splean|
|Members||Lyova Bi-2 (Igor Bortnik)
Shura Bi-2 (Alexandr Uman)
Bi-2 (Russian: Би-2 Bi-dva) is a russian rock band, formed in the 80's in Minsk, Belarus. It was one of the most successful with many sales and chart-hits in Russia. Bi-2 was awarded MTV Russian Music Awards for Best Rock Act in 2007.
The band was formed in 1985 in Minsk, Belarus by two teenagers, Aleksandr "Shura" Uman and Igor "Lyova" Bortnik, who were amateur actors. Initially the band's name was "Bratya po Oruzhiyu" (Brothers in Arms), which was formed in 1988, then "Bereg Istini" (Shore of Truth), which resulted in abbreviation BI-2. This word Lyova and Shura begun to use as their scenic names, and Shura eventually changed his passport surname to Bi-II.
In the beginning of the 90s the two moved to Israel and as Jews received citizenship, but in 1993 Shura moved to Australia while Lyova remained and served in the Israel Defense Forces. In 1994 Australia Shura formed romantic and professional relationship with pianist and artist Victoria Bilogan and in 1997 they recorded their first album Bespolaya I Grystnaya Lubov" Unisex and Sad Love [A-ram Records,1998]. During this time, Lyova and Shura continued to compose music together, exchanging their records and tabs via Internet and phone. Before forming Chiron, Shura collaborated with Dee Ellus, his first English lyricist, in 1993 and 1994.Shura, together with Dino Molinaro of Ikon, and Michael Aliani, former member of Ikon, formed the darkwave band Chiron. In 1998 Leva moved to Australia and joined Chiron as well, but the two left the project in less than two years to continue with their own band.
In 1999 Bi-2 moved to Russia, where they previously tried to release their already recorded album "Bespolaya i Grustnaya Lubov" (Genderless and Sad Love, 1998), but their plans were ruined by the Russian financial crisis of 1998, which affected the record business. In 1999, the band consisted only of two men, but the lineup soon was increased by sessional musicians. The band went up to popularity only in 2000, recording the score for popular Brother 2 movie by Aleksei Balabanov. Several score songs, included in Bi-2 eponymous debut album, shook rock radio charts, including the influential Nashe Radio chart.
Bi-2 continued with "Meow Kiss Me" (2001) and "Inomarki" (2004), both sold gold in Russia. Each of their albums included duet records with other rock musicians from such bands as Splean, Chaif, Nochniye Snaiperi, Zemfira, and others. Videos for Bi-2 songs often appear at MTV Russia. In 2005 the double CD "Nechetny Voin" was released, which consisted completely of duets and collaborations.
- "Izmenniki Rodini" (Изменники Родины; Traitors Of Motherland) (1988–1991)
- "Bespolaya I Grustnaya Lubov'" (Бесполая И Грустная Любовь; Unisex and sad love) (1998).
- "BI-2" (БИ-2) (2000).
- "Myau Kiss Mi" (Мяу Кисс Ми; Meow Kiss Me) (2001).
- "Inomarki" (Иномарки; Cars Of Foreign Make) (2004).
- "Moloko" (2006).
- "Luna-park" (Луна-парк; Amusement Park) (2009).
- "O Chyom Govoryat Muzhchiny" (О Чём Говорят Мужчины; What Men Are Talking About; the soundtrack to the film of the same name) (2010)
- "Spirit" (2011)
- "Bi-2" (+2 tracks) (2000)
- "Bespolaya I Grustnaya Lubov'" (+ Bonus CD)(2004).
- "Moloko" (+2 tracks)' (2007)
- "Serebro" (Серебро; Silver) (2000)
- "Volki" (Волки; Wolves) (2001)
- "Moya Lubov'" (Моя Любвоь; My Love) (2001)
- "Pesok" (Песок; Sand) (2003)
- "Medlennaya Zvezda" (Медленная Звезда; Slow Star) (feat. Diana Arbenina) (2005)
- "Muza" (Муза; Muse) (2008)
- "Bowie" (Digital Single)(2009)
- "Christmas" (Digital Single) (2009)
- "Optimist" (Оптимист) (digital single) (2011)
- "Bezvozdushnaya Trevoga" (Безвоздушная тревога; Non-Air-Raid Alarm) (2011)
- "Ostrov" (Остров; Island) (2011)
- "Bumazhniy Zmey" (Бумажный Змей; Kite) (2010)
- "Fellini tour" (live album recorded with Splean and Thomas) (2001).
- "Bi-2. Collection" (2CD) (2005)
- "Bi-2 I Simphonicheskiy Orkestr MVD Rossii" (Би-2 И Симфонический Оркестр МВД России; Bi-2 Feat. Symphony Orchestra of Ministry of Internal Affairs Of Russia) (2010)
- "drum[a]" (2002).
- "Bi-2. Live" (2000)
- "Unplugged@16tons" (2003)
- "Partiya Dudok" (Партия Дудок; Part Of Pipes) (2004)
- "Mogilevskiy Rok-Siezd 1989" (Могилёвский Рок-Съезд; Rock Festival In Mogilev) (2005)
- "Sed'moy Den'" (Седьмой День; Seventh Day) (Soundtrack) (2006)
- "Raritetniy" (Раритетный; Rare Album) (2006)
- "Bez Slov I" (Без Слов; Without Words) (2008)
- "Bez Slov II" (2008)
- "Prevratnosti Sud'bi" (Преватности Судьбы; Fools of Fortune) (Soundtrack) (2009)
- "S Gastroley Po Pesne" (C Гастролей По Песне; One Song By One Tour) (Bootleg) (2010)
- "Unplugged@16tons" (Re-Released) (2010)
- "I Korabl' Plivet" (И Корабль Плывёт; And Ship Is Sailing) (2010)
- "Eve" (2000)
- "Bleed" (2004)
Other projects' releases
- "Nechetniy Voin" (Нечётный Воин; Odd warrior;) (2005).
- "Nechetniy Voin 2" (2007).
- "Nechetniy Voin 2,5" (2011)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bi-2.|
- Official Website (Russian)
- History of the band on another web-site (Russian)
- Russmus info on Bi-2, including English translations (English)
- About the band at last.fm (English)