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|Not everyone in the band blindly reveres rumba and every now and then someone, taking advantage of the general mess and confusion which accompany the overwhelming majority of rehearsals and concerts, smuggles into what at first glance seems to be roots music quite different er stuff and sometimes the end result is quite funny. Jugding by the ruminations of various journalists trying to describe MKUNST and its music, to define precisely the band's style is not an easy task at all :)
Even this at first glance simple and straightforward issue tends to be shrouded in confusion.
MKUNST lineup keeps on changing constantly and a lot of great men have passed through the boiling and seething rapids of the markscheider movement ever since its inception. All of them have in one way or the other influenced (and occasionally continue to influence) the music of the band.
Therefore we thought it would be just fair for us to mention everyone of them. The current lineup of the band comes first and is written in bold.
Sergey Efremenko (ЕFR) from 1992 - guitar, writes the songs and lyrics to them.
Vladimir Matushkin (Nguba) since 1995 - guitar (garage/surfer in a sheep's clothing).
Kirill Oskin since 1992 - bass guitar (the better half of the drummer).
Danila Prokopyev since 2007 - drums, teaching and publishing (Drum Community magazine).
Aleksandr Plyusnin since 2003 - trumpet, the man who tamed the third octave and an all-round nice guy.
Ivan Neklyudov since 2004 - saxophones, cements the mighty brass section.
Anton Vishnyakov since 2005 - trombone, confident delivery and an unquenchable sense of humour.
Kirill Ipatov since 1995 - timbales, congas, misc. percussions, powerful generator of musical ideas.
Ilya (Prul') Vimenitc since 1996 - timbales, congas, misc. percussions.
Denis Anatolievich since 2000 - our coordinator, the guy who deals with all our matters and problems. Plays a guitar...
Serafim Makangila, 1996 - 2003 - the African presence in the band, ball of energy, dance and vocals.
Mikhail Nikolaev, 2001 - 2005 - timbales, congas and a treasure trove of the rhythms of the planet.
Ramil Shamsutdinov, 1999 - 2004 - trombone.
Vadim Yagman, 1999 - 2004 - trumpet.
Alexey Kanev, 1999 - 2002 - saxophone.
Mitya Khramtsov, 1996 - 1998 - harmonica.
Sergei Egorov (Snegoriy), 1992 - 2007 - drums (the bass player's right hand), vocals.
The band members tend to spend time in the company of other musicians, too, and as a result, find themselves participating in different musical projects. Worth mentioning are the following:
1. "TRESMUCHACHOS & COMPANIEROS": Orchestra of Nostalgic and Patriotic Tunes. The three muchachos in the group are Efr, Kirill and Denis (on acoustic guitar), the companieros consist of rest of the members of Markscheider Kunst, as well as various friends. TM have released one album, La Vida.
2. VOVA KATYA musical project, created by Vladimir Matushkin and supported by a huge number of musician friends, including MKUNST members
3. "OPTIMYSTICA ORCHESTRA", St.Petersburg-based alternative music super-project in which Sergey Egorov and Vladimir Matushkin take part.
4. St.Petersburg recording studio DOBROLYOT: Markscheider Kunst musicians are regularly invited to participate in various projects as session musicians.