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The history of this renowned ensemble goes back to 1970.
At first the ensemble was a part of State TV and Radio Company of the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic
as a vocal group with supporting instruments.Later the composition of the group began to change as
young people joined it.The group began to play jazz-
Gunesh' has always been in the process of reforming and was one of the first and best to organically
combine the similar principles of the melodious improvisation on traditional mugams and jazz improvisation.
The unexpectedly beautiful arrangements appeared,and polyrhythmic compositions with odd measure were
further developed thematically.All this was appraised at the Moscow competition 'With a Song on the Life'
in 1977,where the ensemble became a prize-
in Tbilisi (1980) named Rishad Shafi the best drummer,and Stanislav Morozov the best saxophonist.
That same year group released their first LP with 'Melodiya' with traditional variety songs in jazz-
The second disc,'Looking at the Earth',more in line with the group's style,was released by 'Melodiya' four years
later.The crowds of music fans in many cities and towns of the big country were rushing to get these discs.
On the CDs 'Rishad Shafi presents "Gunesh' are compositions recorded at various times,the versions of
which were real eased by 'Melodiya' on the two aforementioned LPs, which have become collectors' items
from the moment their appearance.These CDs released by the 'Boheme Music' Company.
'Gunesh' was prize-
the international competition 'Asia Dausy' in Alma Ata (1988).The ensemble took part in jazz festivals in
many cities.It was a guest of honour at the 'Golden Orpheus' in Bulgaria and 'Zielona Gura' in Poland.
It has toured the countries of Eastern Europe,Mongolia,Laos,Vietnam,China,Afghanistan,Turkey,Senegal,
During the ensemble's life its composition has been changed several times.
Some 65 musicians in total were its members.
Since 1975 Stanislav Morozov (tenor sax,fl,comp,arrang.)played in the group.
Jusif Aliev (pos), Alexander Stasjukevich (tr), Shamil Kurmanov (tr), Sabir Risaev (sax), Wladimir Belousov (bs),
Rishad Shafi (dr), Michael Logunzov (git), Willy Albrecht (key).
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