Alex Rostotsky is a Russian jazz musician, composer, arranger, author of original musical projects united under the name Jazz Bass Theatre (1994) as well as a fine artist of notable originality, whose works adorn museum and private collections in Russia, Europe and Africa. Rostotsky performs solo concerts, conceives and carries out new collaborative projects, the latest one is Songs of Lake Victoria and Russian plains (2014). Rostotsky’s discography is one of the most impressive in Russian jazz, with more than 25 albums released.
Projects of Alex Rostotsky expand the frontiers of traditional jazz: he has never been afraid to experiment, and the boundless breadth of his imagination gives him the fire and freedom to courageously explore the adventurous unknown. Work in the innovative ethno-fusion style and the genres inclusive embrace of diverse cultures brings him the greatest satisfaction.
Performing music for more than a quarter of century Rostotsky toured throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, performing with many outstanding musicians such as: Bill Skeet, Ron Affif, Lakshminarayana Subramaniam, Tal Farlow, Paul Bollenback, Billy Cobham, Paco Sery, Linley Marthe, Michael Rabinowitz, Shivamani, Dominique Di Piazza, Alessandro Napolitano, Bob Bray, Tim Armacost, Yury Parfenov, Yakov Okun, Alexander Mashin to name just a few.
Born in Tver, Russia, Alex started studying music at the age of 7 playing the piano. Though he was born in a musical family (his mother was a violinist and music teacher), he disliked music at first. However, that did not prevent him from graduating from Tver musical college, department of coral conducting. In 1976 Rostotsky moved to Moscow entered a jazz school and began playing the electric bass. His classical musical education was useful in jazz, and a shining example of this synthesis is his album Promenade with Mussorgsky (2008). In this project Alex realized his fondest dream to make a jazz transformation of Mussorgsky’s well known masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition, a repertoire of an imaginary tour of an exhibition of ten drawings and watercolors brought to life.