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Denis Kucherov — Musician (Russia – UK), festival producer Dairafest, teacher, composer. Denis plays Indian percussion instruments, as well as African, Persian and modern handpan, also the electronic music
Denis K is one of the best performers of traditional music in Europe. He began studying classical music and tabla at the age of 14. The first steps he did at the JNCC Cultural Center in Moscow, while simultaneously doing acting in the pantomime theatre. His first teacher was Hashmad Ali Khan, who, seeing his young talent, invited him to India for further improvement.

In Delhi, he was fortunate to become a student of Ustad Rafiuddin Sabri, a representative of the Delhi Gharana school – the most ancient school of musical art according to the tabla. Graduated from Prayag Sangeet Samiti Institute (Master’s Degree). Studied South Indian Carnatic style. Has performed at leading concert venues across India.

  • In 2009 Denis recorded the album “Soulful friendship” with famous Indian musicians Mohtram Sabri (sitar) and Basharat Ali (vocals).
  • In the same year he took part in the recording of the album “Mother Earth, father Sky” with the group Huun-Huur-Tu and Sainho, released in Germany.
  • In 2010, the album “Levitation” Live was released with Tony Levin (King Crimson).
  • Soloist of the State Classical Orchestra “Hermitage”.
  • Creator of the ethno-fusion group “SAMHEY”
  • Laureate of the Woodtock International Festival in Poland (2004).
  • Laureate of the Woodtock International Festival in Poland (2004).
  • Финалист конкурса молодых исполнителей «Усадьба Джаз» (2010)
  • Accompanied Grammy winner Pandit VISHWA MOHAN BHATT, Ustad Shahid Parvez (sitar), Harshwadan (bansuri), Sabri brothers (kavali)
  • This artist can be heard on the air of Indian radio stations and TV channels: Sanskar Tv, Aaj Tak, National Delhi, etc.
  • Teaches at the center of Indian culture (St. Petersburg)
  • Organizes concerts and large-scale events in Russia.
  • Plays percussion instruments from South India, Africa, Arabia.
  • The main list of tools includes the following:
  • North / South Indian percussion:
    • tabla, mrdangam, kanjira, ghatam, vocal percussion, dholak, bhangra dhol.
  • Middle Eastern drums:
    • darbuka, frame drums.
  • Latin percussion:
    • congo, berimbau
  • And also:
    • Drum kit, Nigerian oudu, Spanish cajon, djembe, and other unusual and amazing drums.