Alexander Mirzayan

Alexander Mirzayan

Bard (full author)
Date of Birth: 20.07.1945
Country: Azerbaijan

  1. Alexander Mirzayan: Russian poet, composer, and bard
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Conflict with Authorities
  4. Songwriting and Technique
  5. Concerts and Literary Anecdotes
  6. Later Career

Alexander Mirzayan: Russian poet, composer, and bard

Alexander Mirzayan is a prominent Russian poet, composer, and bard, as well as a television presenter. He is also known for his contributions as a theorist of author's songs.

Early Life and Career

Mirzayan graduated from the branch of the Bauman Moscow State Technical University in 1969, where he studied engineering and physics. After his graduation, he worked as an engineer-physicist at the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics in Moscow.

It was in 1969 that Mirzayan wrote his first songs. Throughout the 1970s, he actively participated in various events organized by the Moscow City Song Club, including festivals, competitions, and gatherings. He consistently became a laureate or diploma holder in these events.

Conflict with Authorities

Mirzayan's active civic position and his dedication to the "unofficial" culture, where he advocated the works of Daniil Kharms, Joseph Brodsky, and others, led to conflicts with the authorities during the 1970s and 1980s. He often found himself on blacklists of bards who were not allowed to perform at collective concerts. There was a period when his works were unofficially prohibited, but Mirzayan never ceased his work. In 1988, he focused solely on author's songs and became a member of the creative association "Pervy Krug" (First Circle), together with Vladimir Berezhkov, Victor Luferov, Mikhail Kochetkov, and other authors.

Songwriting and Technique

Mirzayan writes songs both based on his own lyrics and the poetry of Russian poets such as V. Sosnora, I. Brodsky, D. Kharms, M. Tsvetaeva, O. Chukhontsev, and others. However, he often transforms the borrowed poetry significantly in his songs. As a bard, Mirzayan plays the six-string guitar and utilizes a highly unusual technique.

Concerts and Literary Anecdotes

During the concerts of the 1970s and 1980s, Mirzayan not only performed songs but also recited literary anecdotes by Daniil Kharms. However, since the late 1990s, Mirzayan has devoted more time to the study and historical-philosophical contemplation of the phenomenon of song. His performances increasingly feature discussions and reflections on song culture.

Later Career

Mirzayan is a member of the bard ensemble "Songs of Our Century" and serves as the Vice President of the Association of Bards of Russia. From 2005 to 2010, he hosted the morning show "Good Morning" on the First Channel.

Alexander Mirzayan's multifaceted career as a poet, composer, bard, and television presenter has left a significant mark on the Russian cultural landscape. His devotion to the author's song and his exploration of the song's cultural significance have solidified his position as a respected figure in the field.