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Belarus Project CD
The name of this CD is "Rodnaje" (which means "cherished").

Ready for purchase at CD Baby.com

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rodnaje

 

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Rastop-Macaluso-Kozlovski (AKA T-34) at Otto's

 

2008dvd

DVD from gig at Pianos on January 12th, 2008 - available now!
Check Youtube for videos!

Here's some pictures from that gig.
Musicians: Hannah Fairlight- guitar and vocals
John Macaluso- drums
Jack Maiorino- bass
Jerry Z- keyboards
Mark The Harper- vocals and harmonica

 

The show at Reaktor club included the rare performance by the original Suzorie members: Andrei Filatov, Andrei Kozlovsky, Alexander Nesterovich. Andrei Starikov played bass.
Do search for "Suzorie" at YouTube.com for a video clip.
Some reviews of the show you can read HERE



 

June 29th, 2007
Thanks to efforts by Yuri Halezin and Vitaly Novikov, I played a show at Reaktor club in Minsk. The rythm section ( pictured here- Alexander Sapega and Igor Satsevich) and a backup band happened to be the famous "Apple Tea", known for their contemporay jazz music. Krama's dudes sat in for "Eyesight To The Blind".

Apple Tea musicians:
Igor Satsevich- bass
Igor Luty- saxophones
Alexander Sapega-drums
Konstantin Goriachi- keyboards
Michael Filipenya-guitars
Tanja Ligorskaja-vocals

Also Krama's guys:
Alexander Vankevich- bass
Igor Voroshkevich- harmonica

 

 

On stage with Krama - Igor Voroshkevich on harmonica and Alexander Vankevich on bass.




 

 

My 50th Birthday party at Pianos bar in NYC was recorded and mixed on this CD and DVD!
Go to pictures page for some nice shots from the show!
Go to www.myspace.com-rastopstringtop and check out some videos!
I'll put more videos on Youtube.com, ASAP ;-)

Musicians:
Alexander Rastopchin- gtrs, Theremin
Mark The Harper- vocals, harmonica
Hannah Fairlight-gtrs, vocals
Irving Grossman-trumpet
Jack Maiorino-bass
Mike Fumento-drums

Tracks:
1.Lonely Avenue
2.Just One Night
3.Immigrant Song
4.Steamboat To Rio
5.Little Schoolgirl
6.Crossroads
7.Living Trunk
8.Eyesight To The Blind
9.Walking Through The Park

©2007 rastopdesigns records

John's album is out! Check some mp3s and reviews at his site.
www.johnmacaluso.com

October 25th, 2006

John Macaluso is finishing his latest record, which will include some of my playing too!
He did tenderized my banjo skin for best tone (with a meat hammer), can't wait to put a needle on that disk!

www.johnmacaluso.com

2006 cd

August 28th, 2006
My new CD "Wind Of Change" has been finished! Listen to some tunes at
www.myspace.com-rastopstringtop

©2006 rastopdesigns records

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Wet & Wild!

Moose And The Bulletproof Blues Band
at The Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival, June 3rd, 2006

The rumors are, that after that gig Moose turned into a Goose, that no one can find...

 

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Daineko in da house!

 

In January 2006 we've hooked up together in NYC, and recorded a homage to late Valentin Puchinsky, his song from Suzorie's glory days "I Still Believe"


While you're listening to it, open "Bird" file and watch me doing some guitar acrobatics back in 1990, from Pesnyary 20th anniversary concert.

 

wait!
I've been doing some new video and audio recordings in my studio, which I hope to disclose pretty soon...
tsunami benefit
tsunami benefit
Sunday, February 13th, 2005
Big Apple Tsunami Relief Benefit at A&M Roadhouse. With Mark The Harper, Barry Harrison on drums and Ivan Bodley on bass.
moose live

 

This raw live album is the latest addition to My Music page.Those who like slow blues, check this clip out: Moose Live

With Mark Giammario on drums and "Smokin' Jim" on harmonica.
Recorded by Peter Schneider and Nick Huston, using their mobile Luna Lander.

 

©2004 rastopdesigns records

AR2003 cover

 

 

On September 23rd, the last track was mixed down...

"AR 2003"

1. Immigrant Song*
2.She Don't Know
3.Pretty Song
4.Mr. Mom
5.Goodbye My Country
6.Raining (in Wellfleet)
7.Opus 7
8.Going Home* (my homage to Alvin Lee)
9.I Want You Back
10.Rolling Down The Road
11.Why?
12.Goblins In love/Just Calm Down
13.Awesome Adventures In The Toy Closet


©2003 rastopdesigns records
 

Pieces Of Broken Heart

 

 

 

"Pieces Of Broken Heart"
1. Lazy Sun
2. Blue Funk
3.Cross Bronx Expwy - 1.27Mb
4. Reminiscence - 1.59Mb
5. Mother's Waltz
6. Kabul 84 - 1.04Mb
7. Acoustic Mood
8. Night Surf

©1996,2003 rastopdesigns records
All instrumental music, recorded at the Bronx studio.

 

Alex & Durand

 

"Alex & Durand"


1.Poly Intro
2.Little Talk
3.Black Cat Bone
4.Sheik Yerbouti Tango-1.22Mb
(Frank Zappa tribute)
5.My Babe
6.Moonsamba(Carlos Santana tribute)

©1995,2003 rastopdesigns records
With Bleeker street jam warrior Durand Daniel on vocals.Picture was taken at Dan Lynch blues bar.

Russian collection

 

 

1989-1993 Collection


1.Night Walker
2.Sweet Freedom
3.No Chance Blues
4.Steamboat To Rio
5.Mumblin' Blues
6.Music Makes Me Feel All Right
7.Grey Hair Rock
8.Memories(Blasted)
9.When A Boy...(Blasted)
10.Last Try(Blasted)
11.Could It Be True?(Blasted)
12.X-mas Night
13.Mysterious Desire

©1995,2003 rastopdesigns records
1989-1991 selected Studio Russian recordings ( my original music, featuring Valery Daineko of Pesnyary fame on vocals) Complete recordings from good old "Doubler" (ran by Alex Gerasimovich) to "Pesnyary" studios, remastered in my Bronx studio.
Tracks 8-11 are from independent movie "Blasted", directed by Nick Grebo and produced by Valery Krechetov in 1992 .Oleg Minakov (AKA "Jagger") sings "Last Try".
DVD of movie "Blasted" is now available.

 

University

 

 

"History Lesson"


1-4. Live "Suzorie"
5-10.Rare "University"
11,12."Zaremba Band"
©2003 rastopdesigns records

Embryos of Belarus Rock circa 1979-1981
The pipes you see on the picture- famous RTI-
designed music lights wall in cafe "Suzorie".

 

And some live blues:

With Mark The Harper - from Manny's, Chicago Blues ( you know what
happened to those places, don't you?)


Walking The dog - 2.35Mb wav

With Roxy Perry, live from Weststrand, Kingston.
Drowning on Dry land - 2.3Mb

VIDEOS
Clip from "Pesnyary" show at UN, 1991-1.46Mb. wmv
For more videos go to My Space

 

 

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cornerstage gig

With Moose & The Bulletproof Blues Band at the Corner Stage, Middletown, NY

May 1, 2004

portiagirl
Rocking at Pussycat Lounge with Portia Girl and mighty John Macaluso on drums
mth
With Mark The Harper at the A&M Roadhouse

December 20th, 2003
Under the pickguard
Will I ever get out?
   
Moose
Moose doing some bulletproof singing in my studio.
September 2003.
Cape Cod
On "AR 2003"
I've used most of my hand-made rastopdesigns effects,
with a little help from Digitech's
TALKER . All bass parts were
recorded through Bass Distortion-EQ.
Tune #6 "Raining(In Wellfleet)" was written in Cape Cod at Rossi's compound , during the
rainy days of annual Super-Jam.
Richard
Richard Epstein plays vintage
Ludwig and Rogers drums.
Really big ones too...
at Manny's
Halloween

Far left -happy sliding at Manny's


Halloween with Mark The Harper

 
 
Blues minute
"A beautiful New York minute". Sunday Dec 16, 2001.
Kneeling l-r:Greg Schwark, Darrell Bridges, Bob Unger, Linda Gioia, Eileen Murphy, Punchy Sessoms, Frankie Paris, Max the dog, Princess Capri, unidentified, David Barnes, Noah"Red Heat" Landfield, David Keyes, Jake Keyes, Joseph "Reverend Easemore" Henry, Leroy "Dr.Lovefingers" Foster Sr.
Standing l-r: Joseph A. Rosen, Rita Weigand, Michael Hill, Bob Putigano, Bill Perry, Liz Smith, Mark Mancini, Kerry Kearney, Frank Celenza, J.J. Bell, Johnnie Allen, Mark The Harper, Venson, Blaine Whittle, Anthony Cane, John Palucci, Alexander Rastopchin, Jan London, Tom Brumley, Martin wright, unidentified, Arnie Goodman, Todd Wolfe, unidentified, Jonathan Kalb, unidentified, Sam Taylor, Jon Paris, John Lawson, Johnnie "Tasty" Parker, Poppa Chubby, Andrew Story, Everett boyd, VD King, Buddy Fox, Matt Feinberg, David Bernett Cohen, Kim Koz, Bill Sims Jr., Jason Hardy, Michael P. Norberg, unidentified, Naqaash Dorrell, unidentified, David "Brother Dave" Letiger, Robert Elliott, Pete Cummings, Mike Delugo, Bill McClelland, Bill "Double B" Blend, Seth Lief
" Big City Blues" magazine, photo by Robert Jr Whitall
 
 
WTC
June 13, 2001
Glenn Branca's Symphony #13 for 100 guitars at World Trade Center
Sliding
Sliding down the Florida's shore...
Pesnyary
Leningrad, July 1988, with "Pesnyary". Holding B.C.Rich Eagle equipped with Kahler tremolo and DiMarzio's.
Homesick in Vietnam...
holy macro!
"Suzorie" on BTV
Suzorie

Rock group "Suzorie" at it's heyday, right before
successful disbanding by hard-core communist authorities


Check out my latest recording dedicated to Valentin Puchinsky's memory, with a little help from Valery Daineko
"I Still Believe"

Kabul 1984
Rare picture from Afghanistan, 1984,
leaning on my Ibanez Performer. With Victor Vouyachich band.
Vladimir
Blasted photo
Far left - me and Alex Kozlovsky in Vladimir City, touring Mother Russia

From "Blasted" movie photoshoot
Clothes circa 1944
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