Fanfare For A Giant Waterbug
Such Is Life
Kurakin’s Secret Chant
Vlad Miller – piano
Les Booth – six- string electric bass
Dave Rohoman – drums
Adrian Northover – saxes
New CD ‘Wintertide’ due for release May 2017
The effect that ‘Notes From Underground’ want to have on their listeners is immediate, direct, and accessible in the best sense. They want their music to grab your ears and your body and not let go until you’ve been variously pulverised, pummelled, or pleasured into submission.
They perform original compositions by the pianist Vladimir Miller whose writing is largely stimulated by jazz, Eastern European and Russian music traditions. Strong melodies weave into jazz improvisation influenced by composers such as Igor Stavinsky, Steve Reich and Paul Bley. Their live performances are engaging, exciting and often unexpected.
Their first album ‘Diaghilev’s Dance’ was inspired by the life of the famous Russian impresario Diaghelev, and his dance troupe ‘The Ballet Russes’. The Vortex magazine wrote: “With the odd ballad providing balance, this is an intelligently programmed, consistently absorbing set from a versatile, musicianly and subtly interactive band.”
The compositions on their last album ‘Gagarin Sang A Hymn In Space’ centres on subject matters ranging from lives of insects to the Cold War.