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Origin Leningrad, Russian SFSR
Genres Art rock, progressive rock, symphonic rock, jazz rock, psychedelic rock, new wave, post-punk, space rock, folk rock
Years active 1978 (1978)–present
Website Official website

Piknik (Russian: Пикни́к) is a Russian rock band known for its unique style which is a mixture of jazz rock, art rock, progressive rock and original Russian rock. Was formed at 1978 by Sergey Omelnichenko, Evgeniy Voloschuk, Aleksey Dobychin, Nikita Mikhaylov and Aleksandr Matskov. Piknik is considered to be one of the "classic" Russian rock bands. Originated from the classic rock, its music progressed into the unusual style with using symphonic, keyboard and exotic folk instruments.

During more than 30 years the formation of the group was changing for many times, the only permanent member and leader of the group is the frontman Edmund Shklyarskiy (since 1981, when he changed Sergey Omelnichenko)

The name of the group was created as an allusion to the well-known novel Roadside Picnic, written at 1971 by brothers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.

Some of their songs are written in Polish language.

The current formation of the group:

  • Edmund Shklyarskiy - vocal, guitar
  • Leonid Kirnos - percussions
  • Marat Korchemniy - vocal, bass
  • Stanislav Shklyarsiy - keyboard instruments, at 2007 replaced Sergey Voronin, the most long-playing participant (1984-2007)


  • Nikita Mikhaylov (1978-1981)
  • Aleksandr Matskov (1978-1981)
  • Sergey Omelnichenko (1978-1982)
  • Aleksey Dobychin (1978-1983)
  • Evgeniy Voloschuk (1978-1984)
  • Yuriy Danilov (1979-1981)
  • Viktor Morozov (1982-1983)
  • Aleksandr Savelyev (1983-1990)
  • Sergey Voronin (1984-2007)
  • Vladimir Sizov (1984) (1989)
  • Viktor Evseev (1985-1997)
  • Yuriy Klyuchaskiy (1986-1997)
  • Aleksnadr Merchaskiy (1990-1994)
  • Aleksandr Rokin (1997-2000)
  • Sergey Obraztsov (2000-2005)


  • Dym (1982) (lit. "Smoke", Rus. "Дым")
  • Tanetz Volka (1984) (Wolf's Dance, Танец волка)
  • Iyeroglif (1986) (Hieroglyph, Иероглиф)
  • Rodom Niotkuda (1988) (Born nowhere, Родом Ниоткуда)
  • Harakiri (1991) (Харакири)
  • Nemnogo Ognya (1994) (A Bit of Fire, Немного Огня)
  • Vampirskiye Pesni (1995)(Vampire Songs, Вампирские Песни)
  • Jen-Shen (1996) (Ginseng, Жень-Шень)
  • Steklo (1997) (Glass, Стекло)
  • Pit Electrichestvo (1998) (To Drink Electricity, Пить Электричество)
  • The Best (Compilation) (1998)
  • Egiptyanin (2001) (Egyptian) (Египтянин)
  • Fioletovo-Cherniy (2001) (Compilation) (Violet and black, Фиолетово-черный)
  • Smutniye dni 1982-1992 (Compilation) (2002) (Days Obscure, Смутные Дни)
  • Nastoyashiye dni 1992-2002 (Compilation) (2002) (Actual Days, Настоящие Дни)
  • Chuzhoy (2002)(Alien) (Чужой)
  • Govorit I Pokazyvayet (2003) (Tells and Shows, Говорит и показывает)
  • Tribute (Piknik songs performed by other artists) (2003) (Трибьют)
  • Ten Vampira (with Vadim Samoylov from Agatha Christie) (2004)(Shadow of Vampire, Тень Вампира)
  • Korolevstvo Krivyh (2005) (Kingdom of the Crooked, Королевство Кривых)
  • Novoegipetskiye Pesni (Re-works of old songs) (2005) (New-Egyptian Songs, Новоегипесткие Песни)
  • Mrakobesiye i Jazz (2007) (Obscurantism and Jazz, Мракобесие и Джаз)
  • Zhelezniye Mantri (2008) (Iron Mantras, Железные мантры)
  • Teatr absurda (2010)(Theatre of Absurd, Театр абсурда)
  • Tri Sudby (2011) (The Three Fates, Три судьбы)
  • Pevets Dekadansa (2012) (The Chanter of Decadence, Певец Декаданса)

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