|Origin||Leningrad, USSR (now Saint Petersburg, Russia)|
|Genres||Art rock, art punk, jazz rock, folk rock, freak folk, post-punk, experimental rock, psychedelic rock|
|Years active||1978 - present|
The band was founded by Leonid Fyodorov and Oleg Garkusha at the Polytechnic Institute of Leningrad. Though they originally played post-punk and new wave, the group came to be influenced by European and Central Asian folk music, avant-garde jazz, the poetry of Russian futurist Velimir Khlebnikov, and aspects of Russian high culture and literature.
Auktyon was particularly popular from 1987 through 1995, but became less active in the late 1990s when Fyodorov began to produce records for Leningrad. The group continues to play together and to release new albums. They toured the United States in 2006 in support of their first US release, the album Pioneer. The group returned to the US in 2008 when they released the album Girls Sing.
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- Mitter, Siddhartha (24 March 2006). "By way of Russia, art-rock for art's sake." Boston Globe Boston, Massachusetts. pg. D.1
- Vigil, Delfin (27 March 2008). "Auktyon. Eclectic band formed in the former Soviet Union and, 20 years later, strange, loud rock plays a key role in the group's musical stylings." San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco, California. pg. G.4
- Drozdowski, Ted (18 March 2008). "Auktyon - CD Reviews". The Phoenix. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
- Horowitz, Steve (31 March 2008). "Auktyon: Girls Sing". PopMatters. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
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