FSK(Faerhstein / Siltšenko / Kotjuh) is an experimental interdisciplinary ensemble that searches for points of contact between poetry, jazz and light patterns.
FSK’s first concert took place on 6 August 2021 at the Viru Folk (Käsmu) festival.
FSK performs in cosy cultural temples and at large open-air events.
They provide stylish music, an attractive show and meaningful lyrics.
FSK comprises of talented, renowned and acclaimed creators in their respective fields.
Faershtein, aka Aleksandr Žedeljov, is a composer, musician and producer, who has served as the Russian Theatre’s musical director for a long time. He composes music for chamber ensembles, theatrical productions and films, and also produces recordings that blend jazz with electronic music. The music arrangement for the production IDEM was recognised with the Cultural Endowment of Estonia Award for Best Music in a Theatre Production category (2018). Žedeljov’s musical compositions for the stage productions Alice, Sage and Master and Margarita at the Russian Theatre were recognised with another Cultural Endowment of Estonia Award in 2022.
Valentin Siltšenko is a multimedia and audio-visual artist. In addition to independent projects, he has collaborated with various troupes, including the contemporary dance theatre Fine5.
Igor Kotjuh is a poet, translator and publisher. He writes mostly in Russian, but his work has been translated into 26 languages. He has authored five collections of poetry, three of which have been honoured with the Cultural Endowment of Estonia Award for Russian-language writers. (2013, 2017, 2020). In Kotjuh’s latest poetry collections, The Isolation Tapes (2020) and Sirens and Plumes (2022), he delves into themes such as the COVID-19 crisis and isolation, the history of Narva and contemporary Estonia, humanity and the future of our collective existence.
2022 Ticket to Ride (1 hour and 10 min)
Ticket to Ride is a captivating poetic journey that transports readers to cherished locations throughout Estonia (incl Võru, Tartu and Tallinn) and beyond (Portugal, Norway, and even the realm of fantasy). It’s a unique combination of a poetry recital, concert, performance and cinematic experience all rolled into one. The fusion of poetry, music and light effects creates a transformative experience that takes the audience on a brief excursion beyond the constraints of all kinds of limitations. All the texts featured in the performance are sourced from Igor Kotjuh’s books and are recited by the author himself, either in Estonian or Russian.
2021 From Narva with Love (1 hour)
From Narva with Love is a collaborative effort between three contemporary writers, a vivid arrangement that alternately sparks laughter, contemplation, chills and shudder. This exceptional poem captures the essence of Narva, depicting the love, people and life that surround it. The texts showcased in the performance are sourced from Igor Kotjuh’s books and are recited by the author himself, in both Estonian and Russian.
Some performances, a selection of pictures
27 May 2022 FSK concert @ Keller theatre, HeadRead festival, Tallinn (WATCH)
11 September 2021 FSK concert @ Vaba Lava courtyard, Narva (WATCH)
6 August 2021 FSK concert @ Viru Folk, Käsmu (WATCH)
15 September 2022 Bootleg video, festival Light Walks (Pae park, Tallinn), 30 min (WATCH)
FSK Band Official @ Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100082997845638)
1) A projector capable of projecting onto the entire back wall of the stage. Ideally, the projector should have a FHD (1920 × 1080) resolution, with a minimum XGA (1024 × 768) and a brightness range of 10,000 to 15,000 lumens.
2) The table situated behind the audience comes with an HDMI output and three electrical sockets.
3) 4ch mono Dbox and piano stand, two monitors.
4) Two dynamic microphones. Each microphone is equipped with a stand.
The author of the photos is Dmitri Kotjuh.