- Arsen Shomakhov
Infobox Musical artist
Name = Arsen Shomakhov
Background = solo_singer
Born = birth year and age|1969
Nalchik, North Caucasus, Russia
Years_active = 2001–present
Blues Leaf Records
URL = [http://www.arsenic.blues.ru/ http://www.arsenic.blues.ru]
Arsen Shomakhov ( _ru. Арсен Шомаков; born 1969) is a
Vancouver-based ( Canada) Russian blues rock singer-songwriterand musicianborn in Nalchik, North Caucasus.
singer-songwriterArsen Shomakhov was born in 1969 in Nalchik, in Russia’s North Caucasus. An old family pianohad been the first Arsen's musical instrument. Later he discovered his passion for the guitar and began his self-education listening to the recordings of jazz and blues greats. Even while serving in the army he continued playing the guitar and furthermore formed a band with his garrison mates. In 1987 Arsen set up the band " Ragtime" (a literary allusion to E.L. Doctorow's novel). The Moscow-based Russian Blues Communityaffiliated with the Blues Foundationtook notice of Arsen and made all possible to provide him opportunities for wider exposure. He released two albums in Russia – Heavy Steppin’(2002) and Troublemaker(2003) and soon found himself in the limelight of public attention with the help from the radio program " All that blues" and the national TV channel " Culture". The paradoxical break-through of a gifted guitar slinger from a distant national periphery was exemplified by an American researcher Michael Urbanin his book " Russia Gets The Blues" published in the U.S. in 2004. In November, 2004 Arsen met Joe Morabia, the president of American label Blues Leaf Records, who came to Moscowto negotiate a possibility to release Arsen’s music on the label. Label’s recording artists’ roaster includes Janiva Magness, 2006 Blues Music Awardswinner, Paul Oscher, Steve Guygerand others. As a result of Joe Morabia’s visit to Russia, the album called "Dangerous" came out in the U.S. on February 14, 2006. In February, 2005 Russian Blues Communitydelegated Arsen Shomakhov to the 21st International Blues Contestheld in Memphis, Tennessee. He successfully participated in Odessa Jazz Carnival(2004, Ukraine), Dark Season Blues Festival(2005, Norway) along with R. Holmstromand M. Kashmar, for whom he also opened during their consecutive Russian tour in November, 2005. Arsen is always welcome at major Russian blues festivals, his songs are included in the airplay lists of numerous blues radio and internet stations all over the world. In AustraliaArsen Shomakhov's " Troublemaker" (2003) hit the blues radio charts for several months, that helped expand his connections and led to cooperation with a popular Australia-based blues-rock guitarist Wolf Mail. In October, 2006, Arsen and Wolf Mail band successfully toured Franceand Russia. Currently Arsen is busy working on the material for his new album and plans to record it during 2007. With his first U.S. release Arsen Shomakhov seems well on his way as an emerging artist on the international bluesscene. He moved to Vancouver, Canadain 2008.
* 2002 - "
* 2003 - "
* 2006 - "Dangerous"
Blues Leaf Records
* [http://www.arsenic.blues.ru/ Official website]
* [http://radio.artistopia.com/Music/Artists/Bio.asp?ID=1351 Aristopia Profile of Arsen Shomakhov]
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