Alexander Barykin

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Alexander Barykin in 1995
Background information
Birth nameAleksander Aleksandrovich Byrykin
Also known asAleksander Barykin
BornFebruary 18, 1952 Beryozovo, Khanty–Mansia, USSR [1]
DiedMarch 26, 2011 (aged 59) Orenburg, Russia [2]
Occupation(s)singer, songwriter
Years active1973–2011
Labels Melodiya

Aleksander Aleksandrovich Barykin (Byrykin) (Russian : Александр Александрович Барыкин (Бырыкин); February 18, 1952 — March 26, 2011) was a Soviet and Russian singer and songwriter.



Alexander Barykin was born on February 18, 1952, in Beryozovo (Khanty-Mansia). He was a young boy when his parents moved to Lybertsy, a suburb near Moscow. While still in school, Barykin sang and played guitar in an amateur band called Allegro. He went to musical school and then earned a degree in the classical vocal program at the Gnesins Musical College. [3]

In the 1970s, Barykin was a member of the VIA bands Moskvichi (1973 — 1974), [1] Vesiolie Rebiata (1974 — 1976, 1978 — 1979), Samotsvety (1976) and Jemchug (1976 — 1978). [4]

In August, 1979, Barykin collaborated with the guitarist of Samotsvety, Vladimir Kuzmin to organize a new band called Carnaval. [5] It was considered to be the first Russian band to embrace new wave. Carnaval combined a range of styles and influences, including glam rock, rhythm and blues, and white reggae on the base of Russian melodic. [6] In 1982, Kuzmin has organized his band Dynamic, and Barykin became the single leader of Carnaval. In 1985, the band experimented with pop rock (and after the album Rock'n'roll Marathon passed to this style). In 1989, they released a pure rock album Hey, Look! and broke up soon thereafter. [7]

As member of Carnaval, Barykin released 15 albums, including 3 releases with the Soviet recording monopolist Melodiya, [7] 5 compilations, and 1 live album at Moroz Records (see Discography of Carnaval). In 1990, Barykin started a successful solo career (in the beginning as a pop singer) [7] and subsequently released 13 albums (see Discography of Alexander Barykin).

Barykin is considered by many as a father of Russian reggae. [8] (See in External links Video No. 2 and Video No. 4 from second row and Video No. 1 from third row).

A number of Russian musicians and songwriters were influenced by Barykin. For example, the reggae styled hit of the band Chaif ArgentinaJamaica 5:0 was made in a style reminiscent of Barykin. In 2008 he sang the cover version in the TV show Superstar. Vadim Nikolayev: "I regretted that it isn't Barykin's song almost ten years. But it became his song — at least for me" (Notes About Russian Rock). [9]

In the 1990s, Barykin began to experience problems with his vocal chords. After Islands (1996), Barykin did not release any new songs for a period of four years. After that period, he recovered and was able to continue his solo career. [9]

Near the end of his life, Barykin had reconstituted Carnaval together with such ex-members as guitarist Andrey Vypov, saxophonist and flutist Valentin Ilyenko, drummer Alexander Filonenko, and bass player Petr Makienko, with whom he played in Jemchug. [6] [10] [11]

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Alexander Barykin, 2005 год

Personal life

Barykin had four children: Georgy Byrykin (born in 1974, also known as Georgy Barykin, singer, songwriter, the musician, he played on a guitar in the accompanying band of his father), [12] [13] Kira Byrykina (born in 1992, adopted in 1995), Yevgeniya Barykina (born on April 10, 2006) from his second marriage with singer Nelly Barykina (maiden name was Vlasova), [9] and illegitimate son Timur Sayed-Shah (born in 1987, became a rapper) from singer Raisa Sayed-Shah.

Barykin died of a heart attack on March 26, 2011, in Orenburg after a concert. He was 59 years old. [2]

Discography of Carnaval

Russian titleEnglish translationYear
КарнавалCarnaval Rock Band1981(EP, Melodiya)
  1. "Sudden Impasse" (music by Vladimir Kuzmin, lyrics by Igor Kokhanovsky)
  2. "Empty Word" (music by Vladimir Kuzmin and Vladimir Matetsky, lyrics by Igor Kokhanovsky)
  3. "Now I Know" (music by Alexander Barykin and Vladimir Kuzmin, lyrics by Igor Kokhanovsky)
Vladimir Kuzmin (ex-Nadejda, ex-Samotsvety), lead vocals (2), lead guitar, keyboards, violin, flute, vocoder (2), back vocals (1, 3)
Alexander Barykin, lead vocals (1, 3), rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, back vocals (2)
Evgeny Kazantsev (ex-Vesiolie Rebiata, ex-Samotsvety), bass, back vocals
Vladimir Boldyrev (ex-Modo), drums [7] [14]

See also David Tukhmanov

Discography of Alexander Barykin


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  14. (in Russian) EP of Carnaval
  15. (in Russian) Lifebuoy
  16. (in Russian) The Airport
  17. (in Russian) Legends of Russian Rock
  18. (in Russian) Sudden Impasse
  19. (in Russian) I Will Long Drive the Bicycle
  20. (in Russian) Live in Kuybyshev
  21. (in Russian) The Festival Robin Hood in Lytkarino
  22. (in Russian) Russian Beach
  23. 1 2 (in Russian) Alexander BARYKIN - Discography Archived 2013-07-27 at the Wayback Machine
  24. (in Russian) Now I Know
  25. (in Russian) Alexander Barykin - Rock Ne Star
  26. (in Russian) Star Carnival