Sergey Ivanov N.
accordionist; independent musician, artist; singer-songwriter, poet, composer;
Sergey was born in Daugavpils city, Latvian SSR in 1988. He grew up in the family of a historian, regional ethnographer, teacher of Russian literature and language, his grandfather, Gusev Bronislav Gavrilovich, who instilled fondness for accordion playing, music, poems, culture and art in general, also he influenced much his formation as a person in other life aspects.
“…go on stage only hundred percent sure of yourself, otherwise it’s a potboiler”
Continued to study the mastery of performance in Daugavpils Secondary School No. 13 - which is known as a school with musical emphasis, where attended musical classes under the teacher’s guidance - Valentina Isate. All these gave the birth to his first outcomes at regional accordion competitions. Moreover, Sergey has organized his first solo concert at the age of 11 and it was held in Rezekne’s Secondary School No. 6 on April 11, on the eve of his birthday. Remarkably for this reason, a tradition to organise April solo concerts was introduced further - year by year and it wasn’t changed till graduation from the educational institution, mentioned above.
“…the accordion requires certain attention, respect and it’s a binding musical instrument which doesn’t tolerate superficial attention…”
A few years before school’s graduation, he began simultaneously studying in Daugavpils Music College under the direction of maestro - Valery Hodukin. Finally, he graduated from the Music College with a degree in academic singing that was led by Viktoria Cirule.
“...yesterday’s accordion player – that’s exactly what Valery H. said about those who don’t own free bass system...”
In the beginning of institute times, the musician’s life acquired a new direction - he took part in the first season of a TV show “Koru Kari” (Clash of the Choirs, Latvian version) in the team of “Daugavpils Oranžais Koris”, which later became the winner in 2008. This event brought into his life lots of significant changes that have influenced on the course of his creative path for a long period of time after the first live broadcast. Moreover, together with "Orange" ansemble they gave an extraordinary number of concerts throughout Latvia during next several years. Then, he became a member of the commercial project “Slavenais Jersikas Orkestris” which also gained success and popularity in this country. Throughout his career, Sergey participated in many other concert tours and TV shows, including such as Eurovision, Slavic Bazaar, etc. But as an actor and even dancer he made his debut in a series of five different theatrical productions, conducted by Latvian director Voldemar Shorinsh in years 2010 - 2014. Thanks to everything what had happened before, he managed to work in different directions with talented musicians, actors, singers and directors, who anyway helped not only to gain experience, but also to form creativity. Need to move on further.
“…I write music not hits...”
Despite the efficient and full of accomplishments experience of commercial projects, they are always ends someday. Sergey continues, as before, to be engaged in mastering the creative craft: an accordion play, singing and poetry.
“…to tell the story I have to live everything but my own…”
As it was mentioned before, poetry occupies highly significant place in this person’s life and together with songs’ lyrics are viewed as independent directions of creativity. You can come across with his works under the pseudonym: “Человек без языка” or "SIN".
“…present life’s perspective: the main are joy and desire, You must love to live…”
Guitar - is no less beloved among other musical instruments and, without which, the activity would be inconceivable, because the last one is directly involved in music’s creation too. Moreover, sound’s style, direction that are chosen by the artist, consist in the symbiosis as well as in the complementation of these two musical instruments: the accordion and the guitar. Furthermore, inspired by such composers / musicians and their works like Eric Clapton, Dominic Miller, Éric Serra, Roy Hargrove, Django Reinhardt, Eugene Hutz, Vladimir Vysotsky, etc., music gains shades and character traits from folk and gypsy punk to jazz and even to rock music. However despite the various genres’ abundance and influence, musical creativity can still be defined as adult contemporary, accordion bard with serious lyrics and instrumental music, suggesting a more creative character and performing format. Very interesting experiment took a place in turning more like R&B genre and accordion sounds together in single "Before I am gone". But anyway, in foundation of his own genue style of sounding, the accordion remains as master’s main instrument.
The musician's activity evolving around different directions, but the main ones are - author's song, instrumental music and arrangements, poetry, satire-humorous verse and publicism. Composer’s solo career has found the continuation in “SIN MUSIC” - this’s the creative workshop of Sergey Ivanov and “NOTA ARTISTA”. In particular, the charming accordion player has been using such name in order to perform and appeal to listeners and people.
“…there’s one always question – what you gonna do next…?”