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Anton Batagov

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Anton Batagov (Russian: Антон Батагов; born in Moscow, October 10, 1965) is a pianist and composer.

Heralded as “one of the most significant and unusual figures of Russian contemporary music” (Newsweek, Russian edition, 1997) and “a Russian Terry Riley” (Los Angeles Times, 2008), Anton Batagov is one of the most influential Russian composers and performers of our time. The post-Cagean philosophy of Batagov’s projects eliminates any boundaries between “performance” and “composition” by viewing all existing musical practices—from ancient rituals to rock and pop culture and advanced computer technologies—as potential elements of performance and composition.

He was the first Russian pianist to take advantage of interpreting works by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass. For ten years Anton Batagov had been one of the leaders and organizers of “Alternativa”, the annual international new music festival in Moscow.

While the musical language of Batagov’s compositions was influenced by the heritage of Russian and European classics, he created the style of his own developing harmonic palette and motoric pulse of the Soviet avant-garde music of the 20-30s. His post-minimalist aesthetics which features trademark rhythmic vigor, unique sense of large-scale architecture, and lush, textured emotionalism, “might be mapped between Philip Glass’ hot urban jungle and Morton Feldman’s icy alpine heights”. (The Moscow Tribune).

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