Oleg Kireyev is the first Russian musician, who combined ethnic jazz motifs with amazing Bashkir folk instruments and incredible throat singing. In 1985, when ethnic music began to gain popularity all over the world, Oleg formed a group called Orlan, which was very successful in the USSR, and became a phenomenal event for the Soviet audience of that time.
Thanks to a timely and deservedly received scholarship which helped him to study with Bud Shank (1994), Oleg Kireyev instantly moved on the international stage, being a great musician up to this day. And after receiving a special award for an outstanding performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland (1996), Oleg gained substantial fame in the international music community and was warmly welcomed at other well-known jazz festivals and clubs around the world.
Meanwhile, after being influenced by omnipotent bebop and traditional jazz, seasoned with African rhythms, Latin American jazz and Asian ethnic music, Oleg Kireyev created his own unique style and brought it to perfection.
Oleg Kireyev released 15 jazz albums. His release of 2007, “Mandala”, published by the New York label “Jazzheads”, was nominated for the Grammy Award as the Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Intensive Euro-American concert tours in support of the “Rhyme and Reason” album, which was created with help of the American pianist’s Keith Javors trio, were successfully held in 2010 and 2011. The constant desire of creative expression found its new embodiment in the “Bashkir caravan” album (2012), by the legendary Oleg Kireyev’s team Orlan.
The real pride of the musician today is the title of National artist of Bashkortostan and the post of the Cultural Adviser of the Bashkirian President.