Evgeny Margulis

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Evgeny Margulis
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Background information
Birth name Evgeny Shulimovich Margulis
Born (1955-12-25) 25 December 1955 (age 62)
Origin Moscow, Soviet Union
Genres Rock, blues rock, blues
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active 1975–present
Associated acts Mashina Vremeni, Voskreseniye
Website margulis.ru

Evgeny Shulimovich Margulis (Russian: Евге́ний Шу́лимович Маргу́лис; born 25 December 1955) is a Russian rock and blues musician. He was a member of renowned bands Mashina Vremeni (1975-1979, 1990-2012) and Voskreseniye (1979-1980, 1994-2003) and currently performs with his solo project. He is considered a "guru" of the Moscow rock ‘n’ roll and one of the best Blues guitarists, bass guitarists and bluesmen in Russia.[1] In 1999 he was awarded with the title of Meritorious Artist [2]


Evgeny Margulis was born in 1955 in Moscow to a middle-class family of Jewish descent - his father was an engineer and his mother was a high school teacher.

Evgeny originally planned to become a doctor, but at some point became so much interested in music, that he decided to change his career plans: at the age of 19 he joined as a guitarist a well-known band called Mashina Vremeni. Evgeny played in the group until 1979, when he left it together with the drummer Sergey Kavagoe, with whom he co-founded another group Voskreseniye, where he played until 1980. In 1980s Evgeny played in numerous groups, including "Araks", "Nautilus" and a band of Yuri Antonov (musician). Also, in the end of 80-s he founded his first solo project "Shanghai".[3] In 1990s Evgeny returned to the groups he previously played in - Mashina Vremeni in 1990 and Voskreseniye in 1994. From 1999 to 2003 both of the groups conducted a joint concert tour called "50 for two".

On the verge of the new century Evgeny started reviving his solo projects, publishing his first disc "7+1" in 1998 and several more in the following decade. Work overload eventually led to him leaving Voskreseniye in 2003. In 2012 Evgeny decided to focus completely on solo career and left Mashina Vremeni. in 2013 he published a new disc named "Margulis", that became available on ITunes.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Evgeny is married to Anna Margulis, who is a ceramic artist.[5] They have one son, Daniil, a graduate of Moscow State 57-th School [6] (one of the best math schools in Russia) and Moscow State University (Department of Mathematics and Mechanics), currently specializing in mathematical finance. Additionally, Daniil played the role of his father in The House of the Sun, a film about underground movements in Soviet Union.[7]


in 1999 was awarded with Order of Honour for accomplishments in the development of musical industry by presidential decree № 814 of 24/06/1999.

Interesting Facts[edit]

  • Evgeny collects frog statues and ethnic musical instruments.[8]
  • in 2013 Evgeny became a jury member for the Russian Booker Prize for the best Russian language novel [9]



Year Russian Translit English (where needed) Notes
1998 7+1
2001 Евгений Маргулис (альбом) Evgeny Margulis (album)
2002 Best
2004 45 лет 45 let 45 years Concert album
2007 Продолжение следует Prodolzhenie Sleduet To be continued
2013 Маргулис (альбом) Margulis (album)

with Mashina Vremeni[edit]

Year Russian Translit English Notes
1978 Это было так давно Eto bylo tak davno It was so long ago Self-released tape album. Released by an official label only in 1990
1991 Медленная хорошая музыка Medlennaya khoroshaya muzyka Slow good music
1993 Внештатный командиръ Земли Vneshtatniy komandir Zemli Part-time commander of Earth
1994 Unplugged Live acoustic album
1996 Картонные крылья любви Kartonniye kryliya lubvi Cardboard wings of love
1996 Неизданное Neizdannoe Unpublished Rare songs from the early 70s
1997 Отрываясь Otryvayas Breaking away
1999 ХХХ лет МВ 30 years of Mashina Vremeni XXX anniversary concert Live album
1999 Часы и Знаки Chasy i znaki Clocks and signs
2000 50 на двоих 50 na dvoikh 50 for two Joint concert of Mashina Vremeni and Voskresenie
2001 Место где свет Mesto gde svet A lighted place
2004 Машинально Mashinalno Mechanically
2005 Kremlin Rocks! A concert of Mashina Vremeni with the Kremlin chamber orchestra
2007 Time machine
2009 Машины не парковать Mashiny ne parkovat Do not park the cars (Parking forbidden)

with Voskreseniye[edit]

  • Voskreseniye 1 (1979-1980)
  • Mi Vas Lubim (Live) (1995)
  • Jiveye Vseh Jivih (Live) (1995)
  • Legends of Russian Rock vol 1 (1996)
  • Jivaya Kolektziya (Live) (1998)
  • 50 Na Dvoih (A concert with Mashina Vremeni) (2001)
  • All again (Re-recorded old songs) (2001)
  • Legends of Russian Rock vol 2 (2002)
  • Voskreseniye 79 (Remastered) (2002)
  • Without hurry (2003)

with "Shanghai"[edit]

  • Shanghai(album) (1989)
  • Do svidaniya, drug! (1995)

with Romario and Sergey Chigrakov[edit]

  • Imena (2010)

Film Music[edit]

  • Potselui padshih angelov (2007)


  1. ^ "Evgeny Margulis and his band at Cyprus-Russia Gala". 
  2. ^ Награждён указом президента России № 1557 от 22 ноября 1999 года (in Russian). 
  3. ^ "Биография "Шанхай"" (in Russian). 
  4. ^ "Disc's webpage in iTunes" (in Russian). 
  5. ^ Ироничный Маргулис (in Russian). 
  6. ^ Выпускники 57 школы по годам (in Russian). 
  7. ^ "Full cast and crew for The House of Sun". 
  8. ^ "Профиль на портале "Сноб"" (in Russian). 
  9. ^ "The Russian Booker Prize announces long-list". 

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