9/2/2014 12:37:41 PM -  ALEX “SASHA” SIPIAGIN


BIOGRAPHY


Alex Sipiagin was born on June 11, 1967 in Yaroslavl, Russia, a provincial city 150 miles from Moscow known for being home to one of Russia’s most famous opera singers, Leonid Sobinov, also Alex’s great-grand uncle.  At 12 years of age, he began playing in a children's orchestra, studying under the great symphonic trumpeter and teacher, Mikhael Tsamaiev, his first inspiration.  It was shortly after entering a local musical college at age 15 that Sipiagin was introduced to and inspired by what few and rare taped recordings were available in Russia of bebop and other jazz music.  He knew he had to go to Moscow for a chance to learn more, and at 16 auditioned for the Moscow Music Institute, where he beat out 50 other students to get in.  There he combined his classical studies with explorations into jazz.  At 19 and after receiving his Baccalaureate, Sipiagin served the mandatory 2 years in the Russian army and then, upon release, continued his classical training and music studies at the Gnessin Conservatory in Moscow, earning tuition on pop gigs and recording sessions. 

In 1990, Alex won first place in a Russian young jazz players’ competition in Rostov City.  That same year, with "Glasnost" in fully sway, he visited the United States for the first time, performing with a Russian student jazz band, Green Wave, when they were asked to headline the Corpus Christi Jazz Festival in Texas.  He caught the attention and ears of many, and was invited to participate in the International Louis Armstrong Competition sponsored by the Thelonius Monk Institute in Washington D.C.  Other trumpeters competing were those who would later become today's prominent players such as Ryan Kaiser, Scott Wendtholt, Nicolas Payton, and others.  Alex placed 4th in the competition, and was presented a Bach trumpet by the legendary Clark Terry, the trumpet which he still plays to this day.

Following a challenging year, in 1991 Alex decided to pursue jazz to the next level and moved to New York City.  He sat in on jam sessions until he snagged his first jazz gig in 1992, playing every Monday night at Sweet Basil with the Gil Evans Band directed by Miles Evans.  Then in 1993 he became a member of Gil Goldstein’s Zebra Coast Orchestra, which replaced the Gil Evan’s Band slot on Monday nights at Sweet Basil.  In 1994, Sipiagin became a regular member of the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band while performing also with drummer Bob Moses’ band, Mozamba.  Trumpeters Earl Gardner and Randy Brecker introduced Sipiagin to become a member of the Mingus Big Band in 1995, of which he is still a regular member, as well as the Mingus Dynasty and Mingus Orchestra.  Since 2000, Dave Holland invited him to be a regular member of his big band and currently with his various small groups, and in 2003 he recorded with Michael Brecker’s Quindectet, which he has heavily toured with alongside Michael Brecker’s Sextet.  Alex has also performed with Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Aaron Neville, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Kenny Werner, Elvis Costello, Michael Franks, Dave Sanborn, Deborah Cox, legendary producer Phil Ramone, etc. and many of the recordings he has been involved in has won Grammy's. 

As a soloist, Sipiagin has 13 recordings out to his credit, mostly with the Criss Cross Jazz label, as well as with ArtistShare and Sunnyside Records, and has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Russia with his group.  This year, he is proud to announce his new association with Gonzalo Rubalcaba's record label, 5 Passions, which he will be recording for and releasing in 2013. 

Since 2007, Sipiagin steadily teaches as part of a special jazz program called "New York Comes to Groningen" at the Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen, The Netherlands.  He also gives clinics at various music institutions around the world. 

Today, Sipiagin lives in the North Fork of Long Island with his family, and continues to  perform and tour with the Dave Holland groups, Mingus groups (and various others), as well as with his own solo projects worldwide.  Sipiagin chooses to play Yamaha instruments and is a Yamaha U.S. artist since 2010.   
PRESS QUOTES
Equilibrium - Alex Sipiagin (another review)
"Sipiagin...crafts arrangements and originals that are more about an elastic sense of time...He's not afraid to walk a musical tightrope without need for a safety net...At the rate he's going, there's no telling what even greater breakthroughs lie ahead for this forward-thinking musician." -- C. Andrew Hovan

-- AllAboutJazz.com
Equilibrium - Alex Sipiagin (from the Japan Tiimes)
"(Sipiagin's) tone is taut and resonant, crisply defining the lead lines and smoothly converting them into long, free-flowing channels of melody...While he still clearly remains within the post-bop paradigm, Sipiagin is too good a leader and improviser to let that constrain the texturing and the jamming..." -- Michael Pronko

-- Japan Times
Returning - Alex Sipiagin
"...Sipiagin has proven himself an ever-evolving voice in what some are calling 'the new mainstream.'...In fact...(he) seems to be reinventing the language of jazz...Sipiagin...is an evocative player whose avoidance of outspoken virtuosity belies his advanced technique." -- John Kelman

-- AllAboutJazz.com
Steppin' Zone/Hindsight - Alex Sipiagin
"(Sipiagin's) clarion voice is liquid in its precision and ability to negotiate the toughest lines..." -- Chris Hovan

-- AllAboutJazz.com
"Returning" review
"Sipiagin blows modern and lyrical..." -- John Fordham

-- Jazz Times
PRESS KITS
Alex Sipiagin Artist Shots
Various Alex Sipiagin artist shots
OVERLOOKING MOMENTS Cover and Liner Note
From Criss Cross release OVERLOOKING MOMENTS 2013
ALEX SIPIAGIN BIO & DISCOGRAPHY 2013 UPDATE
Updated Bio & Discography
Hear what people have to say about Alex Sipiagin
A digest of various accolades of Alex Sipiagin's playing and recordings from the media as well as fellow musicians
CONTACT
You can contact Alex directly at:

alex@alexsipiagin.com

or mail him at:

Sonic Image Inc.
P.O. Box 2082
Aquebogue, NY 11931-2082