Vladimir Tarasov was born in Archangelsk, Russia.
Since 1968 he has lived and worked in Vilnius, Lithuania. For many years Tarasov performed with the Lithuanian Symphonic Orchestra and other symphonic, chamber, and jazz orchestras in Lithuania, Europe and the USA.
From 1971 to 1986, Tarasov was a member of the well-known contemporary jazz music trio – GTC (Viatcheslav Ganelin, Vladimir Tarasov, Vladimir Chekasin). With the Trio and many other artists and orchestras he has recorderd more than 100 records and CDs including numerous solo performances.
Since 1991 he has been working in the visual arts, both solo, and collaborating with artists such as Ilya Kabakov, Sarah Flohr, and others. He has participated in many one-person and group exhibitions: Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf – 1991; La Biennale de Venezia, Venice – 1993; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago – 1993; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris – 1995; Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren – 1998; Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris – 2000; Contemporary Art Center – DOM, Moscow – 2002; State Tretyakov Gallery,Moskow, The State Hermitage Museum, St.Petersburg – 2004; The State Russian Museum St.Petersburg, Ludwig Museum in The Russian Museum – 2003, 2005; National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Moscow - 2006, 2008. 2010; Copper Smithy, Fiskars, Finland - 2006; 2nd and 3rd Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow - 2007, 2009; El Pabellon de las Artes, EXPO-2008, Zaragoza; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach - 2008, etc.
In 1999 Tarasov directed the play “Drink Up” (adapted from the poem by Venedikt Erofejev) at the Russian Drama Theatre of Lithuania. On the same stage in 2002, Tarasov directed the opera “The Return of Dionysos” by Edwin Geist (1902 – 1942).
Tarasov has performed with such musicians and artists as Andrew Cyrille, the Rova Saxophone Quartet, Anthony Braxton, Lauren Newton, and Josef Nadj.
Vladimir Tarasov And Thundering Dragon Percussion Group : Part II (Chinese Project - Sonore Records - 1995)
Ganelin / Tarasov / Chekasin : Catalogue side A (Live In East Germany - Leo Records -1980) fIRST IN THE USA 1980 THE IN THE UK IN 1984
Vladimir Tarasov = Владимир Тарасов : Atto III «Drumtheatre» side 1 (Atto III "Drumtheatre" - Мелодия - 1989)
Larry Ochs, Mark Dresser, Vladimir Tarasov - Jones Jones : Twelve Angry Jones (A Jones In Time Saves Nine - NoBusiness Records - 2018)
Tarasov/Chekasin duo - (Golden Years Volume 4 - Leo records - 2003)
Picture © Gregory Talas