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|Birth name||Anastas Alekseyevich Mikoyan|
|Also known as||Stas Namin|
|Born||November 8, 1951 ,|
|Genres||art rock, blues rock, ethno rock, progressive rock, pop rock, ethno jass, symphony, sympho rock|
|Occupation(s)||musician, composer, song writer, producer, artist, photographer, theatre and movie director and producer, promoter|
|Instruments||guitar, sitar, keyboards|
Stas Namin (birth name Anastas Alekseevich Mikoyan, born in 1951, November 8, Moscow, USSR) – Soviet and Russian musician, composer and producer, artist and photographer, theatre and movie director, founder and leader of The Flowers rock-band; founder, producer and promoter of Gorky Park and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.
From the very beginning of perestroika he started numerous innovative projects which were some of the first post-Soviet era private enterprises, and helped pave the way for Russian show business in the new era. In the second half of the 1980s, Namin vividly demonstrated that he was a pioneer in the new Russia's show business arena. His company SNC (Stas Namin Centre) became virtually the first independent corporation which broke the state monopoly.
Organizer of the first Russian independent producing Centre which launched the careers of many superstar Russian performing artists. He initiated, produced and promoted the first music festivals ever held in Russia. Among them:
- Moscow Music Peace Festival at Lenin Stadium in 1989. There he invited Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, The Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Cinderella and others, and also included the Gorky Park band intj the program. The Festival became widely viewed as the Russian equivalent of Woodstock.
- The series of One World festivals. Conceptually, these festivals gather performers of different nations, races and religions on one stage. The global aim of the festival is to overcome national, social and religious separation, seeking ways to achieve real worldwide unity and fraternity of the people.
- Rock from Kremlin festival on YouTube – a live concert of previously banned national rock stars, staged at the Kremlin Palace.
A pioneer of the Russian independent entertainment industry, he founded the country’s first private (non-governmental) design studio, concert agency, record label, radio station, television company and others. In 1999 he founded, produced and promoted the first in the country Theatre of Musicals. The first plays were the legendary American rock musical Hair, staged in Russian exactly at the time the war in Chechnya began; and the original version of rock-opera Jesus Christ Superstar – this version became the first to be presented in Jerusalem.
The last ten years Namin soaked himself in personal artistic endeavor in the fields of theatre (creation of unique language of dramatic musical and modern musical drama), art, photography (his new projects are represented by the museums and galleries over the world), and music – music for the theatre (several musicals), experiments in ethnics (albums Russian Rural Songs, One World Music Freedom, Meditation) and symphony (eight part symphony Fall in Saint-Petersburg). In 2013 Namin and The Flowers released two new concert albums – Homo Sapiens and Flower Power. In 2014 Namin was elected an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts.
- "Stas Namin. Impresario", "Time", 15 July 1991.
- "Malibu residents attend Russian Festival", The Malibu Times, 13 April 2006.
- "Stars Honored at Russian Festival" Beverly Press, 13 April 2006.
- "MacLaine Honored at Russian Nights Fest" Beverly Hills Courier, 15 April 2005.
- "From Russia, With a Hearty Dose of Eclecticism" The New York Times, 1 November 2004.
- "Moscow Music Peace Festival", "Performance", 26 August 1989.
- "Soviets just say “Lf” to U.S. groups at rock fest", "People", August 1989.
- "Tired? Nyet! Woodstock, Yerevan style", "Time", 12 October 1981.
- "Malibu residents attend Russian Festival", "The Malibu Times", 13 April 2006.
- "Stars Honored at Russian Festival", "Beverly Press", 13 April 2006.
- "MacLaine Honored at Russian Nights Fest", "Beverly Hills Courier", 15 April 2005.