Boris ‘Purushottama’ Grebenshikov, Dublin, Olympia, 23.09.08
The Russian music legend, singer, composer and poet Boris ‘Purushottama’ Grebenshikov is one of the “founding fathers” of modern Russian music. He has produced more than 500 songs and 50 albums since the formation of his legendary band Aquarium in 1972. His music over the years has incorporated a range of styles, from folk and blues to translucent acoustics – and includes a whole slew of various ethnic and folklore influences, from Celtic to Asian.
In Russia he can sell out any stadium. With his smoky tenor voice he continues to ‘express the inexpressable’ in a lyrical language that has earned him the affectionate title, “Poet Laureate of Russia”. When he performs to non-Russian speaking audiences he says, “There are things that are universal enough that every person who listens will perk up their ears”.