A Brief Introduction to Kapustin Music

One of the more exciting aspects of modern times is the scope of life. Not long ago our ability to sample art and culture was limited by geographic boundaries. However, these days one has a rare opportunity to learn about all types of new and innovative art forms. Indeed, this is even more so for the fact that the Internet gives one a chance to learn why any particular artform is so distinct. Take Kapustin music for example.

At face value, one might be forgiven for not seeing the distinction from normal jazz. However, like many great works of art this is simply an illusion over a far more complex reality. One needs to learn a bit more about Kapustin himself before really understanding the distinction. Kapustin was born in Russia, and much of his musical appreciation was born from that environment as well. The Russian people are well known for beautiful musical arrangements. However, spontaneous compositions have never been one of the region’s strong points. This is, perhaps, one of the reasons Kapustin’s take on jazz is so distinct.

Jazz is usually considered somewhat free form by definition. Kapustin brings a unique, pre-structured, look at the style. Instead of a spontaneous creativity, one might say that Kapustin instead releases the creativity in a burst during the initial composition.

This unique take on jazz has created a sub-genre all it’s own. From these initial trials and tribulations, Kapustin created works of art which would be the model for performers the world over. This is especially amazing given the humility with which he views his own works. The man who is almost apologetic for not creating “real” jazz has set many hearts aflame with the beauty of his work. And to be sure, this is hardly a waning phenomenon. It’s been close to half a century since Kapustin’s work received major attention. Since that time the interest has continued to grow more and more every year.


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