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Two Kings

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Russian Soul Music


  • Traditional Russian folk

  • Classic rock

  • Distilled essence of bossa nova
  • Pinch of jazz

Place all ingredients deep within the hearts of two incredibly talented Russian men. Season with classical training, then simmer over many long, desolate winters in Siberia. Mature in New York City to develop the full range of ethnic flavors. Serve HOT!

Award-winning artists Artyom Yakushenko and Yuriy Matveyev have wowed audiences from Ibiza to New York City's Lincoln Center, but their recordings have been distributed mainly in Russia. Two Kings, first released in 2004, is now available for the first time in the Western hemisphere.

Their musical styles span the globe on this album: Flamenco in "Latin Quarter," traditional Chinese pipa in "Crane Feathers," sensual modern jazz in "So Very Pleasant."

Artyom and Yuriy are also known in the States as "Two Siberians." By any other name, their music still sounds as sweet!

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About the Artist

Little is known of Artyom Yakushenko's origins. He was born somewhere in the Gulag Archipelago, and is believed to be the love child of none other than Solzhenitsyn himself. As a tiny infant, Artyom was smuggled out of captivity inside a violin case, by a soft-hearted railroad engineer. He was soon adopted by a kind family in Angarsk, Siberia.

Young Artyom refused to sleep anywhere but his case until his torso became too long to fit inside anymore, after which he became severely withdrawn and depressed. Upon discovering an actual violin inside his case at age 6, Artyom believed the instrument to be a long-lost twin brother and formed a special bond with it. A careful observer will note that the violin seems to become part of his body when he plays; Artyom did not understand the difference between a twin and a conjoined or Siamese twin.

Yuriy Matveyev hails from an unnamed village in Siberia, which was settled solely by the Matveyev family in the early 1500s. Their location was so remote that it lost contact with the rest of humanity until the mid-20th century. At that time, the Matveyev homestead was slated to serve as a nuclear testing site. Fortunately, scientists came out to the area to set up cameras and instruments before conducting the first explosion, and discovered that the land was actually inhabited.

Yuriy's generation was the first to be re-integrated into Russian society. Frustrated by the language barrier (the entire clan spoke an unintelligible, anachronistic dialect), young Yuriy took a vow of silence which he has kept to this day. Otherwise, many generations of consanguinity do not seem to affect him.

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Product details

  • Audio CD (July 29, 2011)
  • Label: Cool Hat Records
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • ASIN: B005F653R4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,715,904 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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