The band IZUMRUD exists as a professional ensemble of Sverdlovsk State Academic Musical Comedy Theatre since 1995.
The musicians performed solo programs in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Budapest, San Sebastian, and Genoa, and participated in various musical festivals around Europe.
In 2006 IZUMRUD founded an International Festival of World Music «The Emerald City.» The Festival is being held annually as a creative laboratory for musicians from all over the world. The group has created many fascinating joint projects during the Festival, including «The Emerald Blues» – with a soul singer Denise Perrier (US), «A Freezing Cowboy» – with a 7-time «Grammy» awardee, saxophonist Paul Winter (US), «Bon Jour» – a program with «Mezcal Jazz Unit» (France) and others. Another highlight of the group’s career was their cooperation with the famous Russian rock band CHAIF that resulted in a joint album «The Emerald Hits», as well as concerts in the Red Square & Olympic Hall in Moscow and at the October Concert Hall in St. Petersburg
Here is what people say about us:
«...The IZUMRUD musicians create unique, original compositions with their unusual instruments. It was very interesting to work with them.» – Paul Winter
«I never expected to hear such an amazing sound of American jazz performed on Russian folk instruments. I could not believe my ears...!» – Denise Perrier