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GERASIMOVA Anna (Umka)

( Poet, singer, translator)

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Anna G. Gerasimov, it also Umka was born April 19, 1961 in Moscow. From five to twelve years engaged in choral studio "Spring song" (d / to them. Serafimovicha) choral singing, solfege, and piano. More than anything, wanted "the tune", t. e. solo, but it did not - his voice was too quiet. In parallel, dreamed of becoming a great writer and in high school even wrote two plump novel of the Russian intelligentsia in the life of the 19 th century. In 1978 she graduated with honors and disgust English special school N 22 and was admitted to the Institute have summarized. Gopkogo to separate literary translation (poetry), specialization - Lithuanian language.

In 1983 she graduated from the Institute with highest honors, becoming a specialist in creativity oberiutov (Alexander Vvedensky, Daniil Kharms), has prepared several editions of their works. Diploma she turned again, with honors, most already on inertia - the academic life in the Literary Institute was not hurt burdensome. In the same year with a year-old son in a wheelchair, Anna was admitted to the graduate school at kafedpu "Soviet litepatupy". To access it from the Department of Translation, . she managed to write essay "Poetry of Osip Mandelstam in translations into German", . in the future as had cleverly hidden from litinstitutskih monstrous bosses at the time the topic of dissertation - "The problem is ridiculous in the works oberiutov", . possible, avoiding the submission to the Scientific Council of finished pieces of this unprecedented labor, . very khaljavnogo and often perpetrated in the altered state of consciousness,
. If it were not scientific Manager of MO Chudakova, finish the essay is unlikely to have given would most likely be thrown out altogether from the Institute. (One of the valiant teachers to learn the subject, said approvingly: "Yeah. Oberiuty - an interesting nation. And what they already have a literature? "). Append dissertation lay on the table - just in 86, I was finally, as it seemed, held over a rock and roll in all its manifestations - and only three years later, in January, 89, has been locked in kafedpe Soviet litepatupy MSU.

. Anya began writing songs since childhood
. In family Gerasimov was considered normal to compose songs for the occasion and without the case, just having a good mood, and sing them to friends and acquaintances. Something she tried kropat still at school age, imitating favorite Vysotsky or Okudzhava, but hearing the western rock, paused for a long time: any music, apart from this, for it disappeared, and how to combine that kind of music with Russian words, it was not clear.

. In the first experiments of this kind, Anya decided in 1985
. On the one hand, began to raise his head the notorious "Russian rock", and much of that sang from the stage, to her surprise, was below critics. On the other hand, the "Nizam", that is actually hippovoy coterie to which it always did, it was almost nothing to sing.

The first song in the street-hippovom genre Anya composed in the winter, on the road with "Yashka", ie. Party at the monument to Sverdlov, once again listening to how people try to sing improvised compositions. Clung to this rope and began to once again get out of civilian clothes life. Pretty soon, namely in March 1986, Arkady "Guru" Slavorosov, author of many klikuh then "system", gave Anya a notorious nickname, Umka. The singer said that one smart move, but not recognized by any. Its so often have asked, what did she do it my little secret.

Actually Slavorosov and deed Umku to write the first "magnitoalboma", coined the name not only him but also some songs. Enrolled in the apartment of friends as a horrible, no knowing how, on a wild drive in two days. The first violin, the guitar is, there Kirill Medunov, he is Keith, who later played in the short-lived group "Diana" (which is not allowed to be called "Menstrual bandage"), as well as in Laertius on sax. Songs from this album - "Flower Children", "The glass fish", "Avtostopny Blues", "Cats Lyuska", "California" - Umka then played in all the compositions and plays so far. A few days later she came to the base of the "Exit" at Peterhof, and from that instant arose "Opium for the people" - the first attempt to do something in the "electricity", with Nicky Fomin on lead guitar and bass Siley.

In the summer of 1986 Umka broke my toe, and her plastered leg to the knee, making it a week stuck in the country and having nothing to do dobila was completely abandoned his thesis. Then cut the plaster scissors and went to the Gauja, which was then a traditional hippovy camp. That summer made a big hippovy feat: the Congress alone hitchhiking in Central Asia. Adventure was enough, but eating it is not eaten, and the singer returned to Moscow on a white horse ". Autumn recorded together with Kostya Zolotaykinym (crises) in a couple of hours at someone's kitchen just really toy "album" "Lord Punker". More serious opus, called "Oh, People!" was recorded in the same, in turn, with a remarkable character named Ponka - at the time of his songs was hit Umku composing their own. The spring of 1987 she recorded a cassette, "Do not stand under the boom". This entry Umke like so far, and she regrets that since then khaljavnogo reacted to it, and in the end completely hoarse. She had not even remotely imagine that such a write music, how to sing, not to lose his voice was sure that a real musician can go play with anything, screamed, grunted and howled. All these "albums" multiplied the number of four or five pieces on the tape recorder and there were friends. Imagine her surprise when a few years later she began to detect copies of copies of copies in the most unexpected places very far from Moscow (for example, city or town Revda Copenhagen), with a completely destroyed, sometimes unrecognizable sound.

. Soon, not quite successful marriage made Umku stop music classes
. She believes that for the better, but it would have to participate in the perestroika rock. But, . as it became possible, . She began to travel abroad, . speak at conferences all kinds of funny (to which, . used, . reaching out hitchhiking, . to the delight and consternation of colleagues), . pretended to be a leading expert on oberiutam, . eccentric scientist lady with a mysterious past,
. Zareklas compose songs and in general to grasp the guitar - youth is gone, as you can, it's time to know and honor. Had to console himself compilation books: Perestroika publishers vying ordered oberiutov, . and it had produced twelve pieces publications Hapmsa, . Vvedensky, . Vaginov et al., . of eccentricity realized two and a half, . others have sunk into the seas of paper dying and dead publishers,
. Instead they had published dozens of articles in Philology (partly with the publication of texts) in the Soviet and non-Soviet magazines, special and not very. Sometimes Anna Gerasimova even taught her well-known subjects: Literary Institute in one semester reading course on oberiutam, then in a cultural Lyceum - first on oberiutam, then on the Beat. Teaching it can not and does not like, but, apparently, of these episodes were born wild rumors that "Umka taught at Oxford". In 1994, . bored, . She took a famous novel by Jack Kerouac, Dharma Bums "(this translation is published, . and repeatedly), and began to wonder: Do not do it beatniks? It was then, . from the depths of the fifties, . from the founding fathers, . and crawled up to her new times, . and collapsed podtochenny strict regime,
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Finally it happened in 1995. Since the early 90's friends persuaded Umku inscribe history, you never know what. Once Kovriga (Director of the label 'Branch Out', . where he subsequently went out of the plate Umki) put her in a flat one on one with a cunning recording device "DAT", . and she sang it there in a row all the treasured notebook songs (when they were, . probably, . pieces under one hundred), . stored at the uselessness of the deep bottom of one of the drawers of his desk,
. Another time we decided to record the studio Eli Shmeleva, home "branch Tropillo" with ... group "Automatic Udowletworiteli" who came to Moscow to do the album with its legitimate Pork. It turned out according Umki disgusting - it is one of the few records that means walking on the hands it is not welcomed. For the third time Umka Igor Vdovchenko, better known as Stalker (guitarist and bassist, he played with the "Ark", with the "tribunals" Natalia Medvedeva, with Mamonov), went to "Bulgakov's House", ie. to squat to Vlad Mowgli, and there is two guitars, with Mowgli Bongo, recorded a lot of things in a row. (Vlad Burstein, a wonderful writer and an outstanding rock-n-roll guitarist, now living in Berlin). Umka once characterized cassette Olga Arefieva, which has long tried to persuade her friend to sing again, and this home-made product is now too somewhere wandering.

. In the spring of 1995, the House concert at the fortieth anniversary of Mike hosted loaf from Eli, Umka met Vovka Kozhekin, and was charmed by his accordion
. She desperately wanted to sing the blues. Autumn, after faery trips to Eastern Europe and the Crimea, for Umki began a wonderful life. Olga Aref'eva invited her to his free the session in a charity canteen for the poor and homeless, persuaded to sing, and all this took video of Sasha Kalagov, who is also Python.

Marriage Umki the meantime, to everyone's delight, well croaked and she lived a bearded man named Vova Orsk, who became a faithful friend and companion for the next two years

. The old, . hole in the cassette tape in the kitchen with Umka Kozhekin recorded the first home album "new time" - "New Gate", . November 3, staged the first "Umkin Session", . where she sang on stage, . and then the chorus with Olya (Arefieva) - in squat Ostozhenka 20, . where they lived and crashed many amusing characters,
. Since then, the concerts happen very often: in squats, . in the club at the landing-stage near the Park Kultury (one of them, . Coffee, . called "New Gate-2, . along with the first was printed and distributed in dozens of wretched used cassettes), . but mainly in DC disabled "Hope" on the street Sayan, . where they called Shurik Bondarenko, . He Sinyaevsky,
. Concerts were essentially free of charge: a fee to play then it would be pointless and, in general, honest - this may not be sold. But the people poured shaft (freebie!) And gaiety reigned genuine. This whole "rivayvl" the so-called "Moscow club life, repertoires and management, and Umka, finally abandoned his philological notes, it is not going to do from the music of a new profession.

This songs were written almost every day. In December 1995, in secret, ie. under the floor of the apartment then the drummer Misha Sokolova, . in his home studio "Ecology of sound", . two days was recorded the album "I love the blues"; except Misha and Umki there playing her neighbor, . bass Ilya "Kesha" Trukhanov (later guitarist Acoustic Band ") and percussionist Grisha,
. Sasha Kalagov parallel shooting video, and in January 1996, organized another record in a rehearsal room of the "Ark" and, actually, with kovchegovskimi musicians. It was Misha Trofimenko - bassist, a longtime friend of Sasha institute, Boris Markov - drums, percussion while "Ark", and Sasha Juice - guitarist, who later left the group. Get the first, except for "Opium for the people", "real" electricity, however, very raw, played with kondachka and sung without any idea of such an instrument, like a microphone. The second part of finishing the other base. Recording was called away and ran, "for a very long name of the new songs, which were supposed to play with a constant acceleration, the line is drawn from the play Harms" Elizabeth Bam ", as well as possible reflect the then Umkino mood and state.

Gradually gathered more or less constant composition. On harmonica playing public's favorite, restless Kozhekin. The bass or guitar - Stalker. On the keys - "Manzarek, focused and short-tempered Pavel Pichugin, who once met Ana in the transition. He brought to his home Umke poluigrushechnoe "Casio", and they played horrible hours. For drums sat Vovka Burmistrov named Bourbon, a jolly long uncle, with whom Umku introduced Orsk, again in transition, where he - Bourbon - selling toothpaste. Then Bourbon played in groups "Jah Division", "I-ha" and other reggae projects. Percussion, or simply tambourine, played Pashin familiar Lesch Nozdrin, he's Winkle. He came with his guitar St. Petersburg man Vanya Zhuk, . with whom they became friends in the summer at Rainbow; Vanya something and suggested, . jokingly, . the future of the band's name - when Umka, . on anecdote, . again complained, . that such-and-so on his last concert or recording "all armored car zabzdel", . and U, . they did more than roll will not,
. The bass from time to time played Misha Trofimenko. Sometimes a guitar or bass took a neighbor Kesha. Thus, the group existed in several versions, but very rough - there was nowhere to rehearse, not at that and, as Umka then felt no need to.

At home again on cassette recorded "The last lane (Shura Sinyaevskogo in the last lane)," All Love "and" How to insert "(Pasha Pichugin) - part concert mixed with Sanych Volgin. In 1997, the studio for a couple of days was recorded "few stragglers, Mama" - the first "real" magazine Umki released Oleg loaf ( "Branch Out") in the series "Zoo of Russian rock" (a set of Misha Trofimenko).

Then again at home "or Bim Bom" with Misha bass (recorded and master these home recordings Pavel Pichugin). In subsequent recordings as a guitarist there Boria Kanunnikov imported from Sevastopol, in October 1997. With him are recorded home "21 November" in two parts on two guitars, and the 1998th - studio dvuhgitarnye "Kamennyetsvetochki" and "low lift" (recorded and mastered by Ian Survila). They are not subject to sale and there were just so - on kassetkah and samonareznyh compact. Well, actually "Compact" - an embodiment of long-standing dream of Oleg Kovrigo. Album has undergone a lot of shocks on its way to production and slightly deviated from the originally conceived version. Alas, . idea to record very quickly and without any studio stuff, . as seyshene, . realized only partially, . especially when polusessionnom composition, . and virtually the whole burden of "stretching" of the plate rested on the shoulders of an experienced sound engineer O. Klishina and his assistant P. Sverchkova.,
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. Umka continues to compose songs, often played concerts in Moscow and travels (independently, without the promotion) for the former country: Peter, Riga, Minsk, Sverdlovsk, Tyumen, Kiev, Kharkov, Rostov, Dnepropetrovsk, Sevastopol, Ryazan, Astrakhan ..
. Sometimes the schedule is very tense: for example, a week stay in the city of Kharkov - seven seyshenov. They say, were even in Israel, in Berlin and in Paris (approximately the same conditions and with the same result), but this is only the unverified rumors. Live albums vigorously circulating in circles and sometimes even published ( "Live in Outpost" '98, "Live in Torch" '99, "ForpostDva 15 п+п¦я¦ 99, '99).
.
. In early 1999, "Branch Out" released a studio album, "the parade", . in the record which was attended by two different composition - Moscow (Pichugin, . Trofimenko, . Markov) and St. Petersburg (Vanya Zhuk, . Volodya "Hair" Gerasimenko, . Fedor Mashendzhinov), . guitar and harmonica as always,
. It was a desire to somehow be rehabilitated for the "Compact", which is not fully arranged music, and it has a full-length. The result was a sort of compilation of hits, quite cheerful and almost reflecting concert fun, just recorded and played worse than.

For some time the group performed it in an electric version (with kovchegovskimi Trofimenko and Markov), then in semiacoustic (Umka, Boris Kanunnikov, Vovk Kozhekin, Pavel Pichugin on bass and percussionist J. Andrew Manukhin). Since September 1999 Pichugin and Kozhekin in "armored car" no longer play. Main bass remained Trofimenko, and the accordion began to play Igor Oistrakh. Thus the composition (but without an accordion) was recorded in summer and released in the autumn "Progress in moles" - the first a successfully Umki concept album, which was unexpectedly well received, even those who had at the mention of her name spat or did not respond. Head and somewhere even assault, characteristic of previous releases "armored car", followed by a slow gentle, thoughtful arrangements and unity of composition. At the same time went on two cassettes live album "Umka without BA, captured non-stop solo program, which Umka all alone singing in a row all of its rare, forgotten or little known things with a band is usually not performed.

In autumn 2000, was released the fourth official CD "armored car" - "Cinema of dandelions". The basis of his recorded four (Umka, Boris K., Misha, Boris M.) on 8-track mini-disc portostudiyu, live at the rehearsal room "Ark" in the basement of Moscow's large "box" and then added some guitar and keyboard parts. Shortly after recording the basement was flooded, and the musicians had to evacuate. As for "Hoda mole," came from Peter Vanya Zhuk and his "by Roland Hammond, part of the work was done at the home studio Denisova (he KotMatroskin), and reduced all the Yang Survila (studio MYM), who recorded a solo album in 1997 and 1998. In preparing the album seemed authors too eclectic, but the result is all lined up in a dramatic coherent and sometimes even funny "movie" with strings, the culmination and denouement.

October 23, 2000 "armored car" held a grand presentation of "Dandelion" in the cinema "Ulan Bator". They collected money from benefactors, paid for everything in advance, the ticket collector and guard removed and gave free entrance to the distribution of elephants. The result was a feast, with fifteen hundred men, no one supervised, managed to never fight. Umka itself, however, several perenapryaglas (being, as always, his own director) and as a result was left without a head of hair. Shortly after the presentation, the group in the company of Olga Arefieva and Seva Korolyuk, went on this tour in Israel.
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. If the beginning and end of the "Cinema of dandelions", . with its strange sounds, . continued the previous record, . the block more stringent in the middle of things as it preceded the next album, . recorded on a regular basis, . she's studio "Barracuda Records,, . Oleg Burobinym,
. They wrote an 8-channel ADAT, virtually all live, except for a few guitar parts, incorporate Yang Survila. Keys does not it, and the sound is clearer and more economical. Everything happened very quickly - some of the songs were written a warm, right on his birthday.

Album called "Veltshmerts," which in German means "world pain": the term Umka borrowed from the German romantics, who once wondered. I wanted to name it one of incomprehensible words, preferably cutting ears, and suddenly surfaced from the depths of the subconscious Weltshmerz. It turned out very conformable as external circumstances and internal state of the author. "World grief" spilled out, it became easier to live. And here, you see, and the new year, he's age, and so on.

At the same time was made public record home concert at Denisova June 28, 2000. Denisov it recorded, and Survila reduced. This CD is an acoustic (two guitars, bass, harmonica and bongos) and runs manually as needed.

Unfortunately, not all of the Moscow clubs can provide something that would be "armored car": all that was good, desirable low entry price and the ability to get inside those friends who have no money. The best way to meet these requirements heroic club "Outpost" where the band performed regularly (usually twin concerts - two weekends at the end of each month).
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. Sometimes Umka, with the "armored car" and without, appears on radio and TV, in newspapers and magazines, but there is more the exception than the rule
. In autumn 2000, the first time in the history of the group appeared edition c Umki image on the cover - a pilot issue of the journal "Neformat" with a great interview. Lately the press quite abundant, but usually quite confused: as before, dominated by questions like "what you call Umkoy" and "how you treat the informal youth movements". Dumps. Themselves as musicians say: we did not underground, play normal music, it is this music should be popular. A promotion, promotion, media buying - all from evil.

Discography

Magnitoalbomy 1986 - 1987

Records of this period differed in the country in 1980-1990-ies. In late 2000 Umka laid out on the site selection otsifrovok with those albums in mp3, and in 2005 was another collection of '-yourself' CD called 'Paleolithic', in a series of '20 years of slipshod ', which was distributed at concerts.

. - Diary Dunya Kulakova (record 25 June 1986)
. - Opium for the people (record July 3, 1986)
. The bass in this album played Sergey Selyunin.
. - Oh, People! (record on Nov. 6, 1986, mixed with 'Ponkoy', another author and performer of 'hippovyh' songs)
. - Lord Punker (Fall 1986)
. - Do not stand under the boom (Spring 1987)

. Magnitoalbomy 1995 - 1997

. Albums of 1995-1997, were written under different circumstances (see
. autobiography) and distributed on cassettes. In 2005, some of the songs are included in the collection of 'Neolithic', which applies to '-yourself' CD, also under the mark '20 years of slipshod '.

. - I love the blues (Dec. 1995)
. - Broke away and ran (Winter 1996)
. - The last lane (summer 1996, along with San Sanych Volgin)
. - How to insert (Fall 1996)
. - All Love (1996)
. - Or Bim Bom (Summer 1997)
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. 1997 and later

. Albums that were released with the group 'armored car' ( 'armored car'), cm
. Article Umka and armored car.

- Kamennyetsvetochki ( '-yourself' CD, Autumn 1997, with B. Kanunnikova)
- Low start ( '-yourself' CD, Spring 1998, with B. Kanunnikova, mp3)
. - Umka without B (two cassettes, a solo concert at the club 'Outpost' October 16, 1999, mp3)
. - Umka and friends visiting Kota Matroskina ( '-yourself' CD, semi-acoustic record June 28, 2000 in the home studio Alexei Denisov, with most of the 'armored car', mp3)
. - London (CD, with B
. Kanunnikova, record 12 May 2001 on the program 'Sevaoborot' Seva Novgorodtseva on the BBC, C, ogg)
- Umka / Erik (Monsters, Inc.) (CD with a show at 'Outpost' January 16, 2003, mp3)
- Umka (by itself). 20 years Sleeves (studio CD, Autumn 2004, the old songs and two new, mp3)
- Paleolithic (Archive 1986-87). 20 years Sleeves ( '-yourself' CD, 2005, a collection of old records)
- Neolithic (Archive 1995-98). 20 years Sleeves ( '-yourself' CD, 2005, a collection of old records)
. - Without a B Umka live 8.03.04 Americana ( '-yourself' CD, 2005, concert in half with Vlad 'Mowgli')
. - Single ( '-yourself' CD, 2006, two songs)
. - Umka & Boris Push'n'Pull in Portland (CD, 2006, concert with B
. Kanunnikova in Portland (Oregon) in 2005, mp3)


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