Show Description“Their music gathers rock, jazz, and ethnic elements into an irrepressible eclectic sound, anchored by Leonid Fedorov’s smoky baritone and Oleg Garkusha’s energetic vocalizing”
–The New Yorker
“As with all great eccentric bands, its sound resists category. But the musical lineup, which leans to bottom-heavy horns such as tuba and bass clarinet, and the group's demonstrative, jaunty style set up connections from ska to klezmer. At every shift of tempo, the connections meld or vanish as fast as they formed. Heard end to end, an Auktyon album is very much a journey”
Auktyon is a unique phenomenon on the contemporary music scene in Russia. In contrast to the majority of genre-challenged and as a rule stylistically within the framework of contemporary canons, this group draws its inspiration from such remote sources as ska, reggae, new-jazz, ethnic music of North Africa and Middle East, beat- and pop-music of the 60's; in spite of the eternally present messianic idea in Russian rock and its inherited didacticism, this group did not teach as much as it entertained, which apparently resulted in it being the only representative of Russia on the European club scene. In different forms and under different names, the group has existed since approximately since 1978, and its current name, Auktyon, came into existence in May of 1983, when it was granted a membership in the Leningrad Rock Club. The members of the Russian band Auktyon have never lost sight of their musical mission since forming during the 1980s in the former Soviet Union.