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Background information
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
Members Leonid Fyodorov
Oleg Garkusha
Viktor Bondarik
Dmitriy Ozyorski
Nikolai Rubanov
Boris Shaveinikov
Mikhail Kolovski
Vladimir Volkov
Yuri Parfyonov

Auktyon or АукцЫон (Russian pronunciation: [ɐʊktsɨˈon]) is a Russian art rock band from Saint Petersburg.

The band was founded by Leonid Fyodorov and Oleg Garkusha at the Polytechnic Institute of Leningrad.[1] 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.[1]

Auktyon was particularly popular from 1987 through 1995, but became less active in the late 1990s when Fyodorov began to produce records for Leningrad.[1] The group continues to play together and to release new albums. They toured the United States in 2006[2] 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.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ a b c Beumers, Birgit (2005). Pop Culture Russia!. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. ISBN 1-85109-459-8. 
  2. ^ Mitter, Siddhartha (24 March 2006). "By way of Russia, art-rock for art's sake." Boston Globe Boston, Massachusetts. pg. D.1
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Drozdowski, Ted (18 March 2008). "Auktyon - CD Reviews". The Phoenix. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  5. ^ Horowitz, Steve (31 March 2008). "Auktyon: Girls Sing". PopMatters. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 

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