Cyril Moshkow

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music journalist, jazz researcher
Moscow, Russia


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Кирилл Мошков (фото: Павел Корбут)
Cyril Moshkow (photo by Pavel Korbout, 2012)

July, 2016: Cyril Moshkow read a lecture titled Russian Jazz Scene at the Siena Jazz Workshop in Siena, Italy.

With Dr. Francesco Martinelli (right,) Siena Jazz Archive director:
donating Russian jazz materials to the Archive

May, 2016: Cyril Moshkow reappointed as Coordinator of the Europe Jazz Media, the ring of professional European jazz magazines, at the Jazzahead! jazz exhibition and trade fair in Bremen, Germany.

April, 2016: Cyril Moshkow read a lecture titled Russian Jazz Scene at the Jazz Summit Conference during the Trondheim Jazz Festival in Trondheim, Norway.

Trondheim lecture (photo by Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik Magazine)

January, 2016: Cyril Moshkow read a lecture titled "Jazz in Russia. A Historical Overview" at the Niigata University in Japan.

May, 2015: as the Research director at the Russian Jazz Research Center in Yaroslavl, Cyril Moshkow presented the Center at the InterMuseum exhibition in Moscow. The Center's booth was visited by Russia's prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, on the opening day of the exhibition (photo by Sergei Kuksin, Russia Gazette)

L-R: Olga Golodets, Russia's Vice Prime Minister; Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's PM; Cyril Moshkow, Jazz Research Center representative

January, 2015: Cyril Moshkow presented his research paper, "Jazz Journalism in Russia: From Underground To Reservation In Sixty Years", at the first-ever jazz musicology / jazz history conference in PR China (Ningbo University.)

Delivering a paper at Ningbo University jazz conference

September 6, 2014: Cyril Moshkow presented his paper, "Jazz Journalism in Russia: From Underground To Reservation In Sixty Years", at the Jazz Beyond Borders conference at the Amsterdam Conservatory

April, 2014: Cyril Moshkow appointed as Coordinator of the Europe Jazz Media, the ring of professional European jazz magazines.

October 17, 2012: Cyril Moshkow's lecture Soviet Jazz and Movie Music at the Woolworth Music Center, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

September, 2012: Cyril Moshkow and Anna Filipieva represent Russia at the Europe Jazz Network 25th Assembly / Europe Jazz Media Meeting in Bari, Italy

October 4, 2009: Cyril Moshkow appeared on Washington, DC WPFW as a guest of Larry Appelbaum's in his Sunday radio show, Sound of Surprise, for a two-hour dialog about the state of jazz in Russia:

part 1 (wma, 25.7 Mb, 1:13:47);

part 2 (wma, 14.2 Mb, 0:40:47)

(photo by Larry Appelbaum)

September 30, 2009: Cyril Moshkow and Larry Appelbaum during the Jazz Summit at the Library of the Congerss, in front of a packed audience, discussing American influences on Russian jazz.
Watch on YOUTUBE (62 min)

September 29, 2007: Cyril Moshkow participated in the conference titled Jazz in the Global Imagination: Music, Journalism, and Culture, at the School of Journalism, Columbia University, New York City (presented by The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University in partnership with the Jazz Journalists Association) .
NEW: Read "Somewhere Over Nine Minutes. Further reflections on jazz in Russia", by Cyril Moshkow (published in Jazz Notes, January, 2008)

The video from the panel discussion Cyrl Moshkow participated in on February 27, 2007, Jazz from Afar, at the New School University (New York City), is now available online.
Click here to launch the video player (106 min), or download the mp4 video file from here (379 Mb). On the still: Howard Mandel (President, Jazz Journalists Association) observes Cyril Moshkow speaking during the Feb. 27, 2007 panel discussion.



Cyril MoshkowKirill "Cyril" Moshkow was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1968. Enrolled in the Moscow State University's Journalism program in 1984 and, having taken a brief break for mandatory military service, remained at the Journalism department (specializing in TV journalism) until 1991. The eventful history of post-Soviet Russia and its promptly growing mass media and entertainment markets made a great impact on Cyril's career: in 1990-1998, he used to work as a TV reporter, a music festival producer, a security guard, a news agency editor, a rock group musician, a radio station host, a newspaper columnist, a radio station program director, and again as a TV reporter. In 1998 he joined Jazz.Ru, Russia's leading Web conglomerate dedicated to jazz music, as a managing editor. Besides writing a good deal of articles for the weekly jazz online magazine inside Jazz.Ru, Cyril took on to write extensively for numerous Russian printed publications - daily newspapers (Izvestia), weekly general interest and entertainment magazines (The Weekly, Afisha, TimeOut Moscow) and monthly music magazines (Play, Stereo&Video, Audio&Video Review, Salon AV), and joined Chicago-based DownBeat, the oldest existing jazz magazine in the world, as their contributor in Russia since 2000.
In 2002, Jazz.Ru was awarded the National Internet Award of Russia as the Music Website of the Year.
In late 2006, Jazz.Ru launched the first printed Jazz magazine in post-Soviet Moscow. The magazine, titled simply Jazz.Ru, was presented at a release party at the Moscow House of Journalists in December, 2006. After several pilot issues in 2007, Jazz.Ru Magazine (full-color, thick paper, 68 pages) switched to seven-issues-a-year mode. Cyril Moshkow serves as the magazine's both Publisher and Editor; the Jazz.Ru team also does not give up the Web portal, continuing service to its 10,000 strong online community.
From 1991 to 2008, Cyril Moshkow also taught Music Journalism at the Moscow State University. Since 2012, he is teaching a Jazz History course at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow. Since September, 2014, Moshkow resumed his position of Music Journalism lecturer at the Moscow State University.

Left: one of Cyril's early guest lectures at University of Idaho in 2000 (photo courtesy LS Comm)
His teaching experience also includes guest lectures at the New York University (Roots of Popular Music, School of  Continuing and Professional Studies, New York University, New York, NY) in 2000, 2001, 2005, and 2007, and at the University of Idaho (Mass media in Russia, for School of Communication, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID) in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2007.
Cyril Moshkow also gave lectures at the University of Idaho in February, 2006 ("Jazz in Russia", within the program of Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival,) and 2007 (School of Journalism,) participated in the University of Idaho symposium "Jazz Invades Europe" (February, 2007) with the lecture "Jazz in Soviet Russia: the First Fifty Years (1922-1972)", and spoke to the audience of Jazz Journalist Association members and jazz community activists at the New School University Jazz Program (New York, NY) during the February 27, 2007 JJA's Jazz Matters Series panel discussion "Jazz From Afar".
The discussion is now available online:
Click here to launch the video player (106 min), or download the mp4 video file from here (379 Mb).
In 2007, Moshkow took part in the first-ever worldwide jazz journalists conference, Jazz in Global Imagination, organized by Columbia University's Jazz Studies Center and the Jazz Journalists Association. Cyril's "Somewhere Over Nine Minutes", reflections on the conference could be read in Jazz Notes, published by JJA.
Since 2012, Cyril Moshkow is a member and, since 2014, coordinator of Europe Jazz Media, an informal ring of European jazz periodicals.

In 2012, Cyril Moshkow contributed a chapter on the history of jazz in Eastern Europe for Pearson's Discover Jazz, ed. by John E. Jasse, Ted Lathrop.

In 2017, Cyril Moshkow contributed a chapter on the history of jazz in Russia for the forthcoming book The History of European Jazz - The Music, Musicians and Audience in Context, ed. by Francesco Martinelli (LEARN MORE) - scheduled for release in 2018 by Equinox Publishing.

Cyril Moshkow's non-fiction books in Russian:

"The Blues. Introduction to the History", by Cyril Moshkow
St.Petersburg, Planet of Music, 2010, second edition 2014
ISBN 9785919380030
377 pages, hardcover
Simply, the first Russian popular introduction to the blues history, based on both the life stories of those who sing the blues, and the business sagas of the labels and producers who presented the blues to the American market

"The Jazz Greats", compiled and edited by Cyril Moshkow
St.Petersburg, Planet of Music, 2009 (736 pages, hardcover)
Second edition: two volumes, 2012, 667+644 pages, hardcover
ISBN 9785811414048, 9785919380733
Eighty-nine (one hundred and forty-five in the second edition!) life stories of jazz musicians, as told by 14 Jazz.Ru Magazine's leading writers in essays and interviews with the artists, edited and compiled by one of the writers, magazine's editor, Cyril Moshkow

"Jazz Industry In America", by Cyril Moshkow
St.Petersburg, Planet of Music, 2009; enhanced edition, 2013; ISBN 9785811408528
510 pages (second edition: 638 pages), hardcover
Nominated for Russia's Steppenwolf Independent Music Award in 2009, this pioneering book tells the Russian reader the story of how the jazz sector of American music industry lives, works, and struggles, in more than 50 in-person interviews with U.S. jazz educators, producers, record label executives, researchers, critics, radio presenters, club owners and festival organizers.
The 2008 edition was sold out, and in 2013, Moshkow released the second, enhanced edition, with a dozen new interviews added and sereral chapters completely rewritten, so that they would reflect the new, 2010s reality.

Cyril travels extensively as a jazz journalist covering jazz festivals and other forms of jazz activity. Recently toured and reviewed: 

  • Jazz Globus, Jerusalem, Israel, 2008 and 2011;
  • NattJazz, Bergen, Norway, 2012 and 2014;
  • Tampere Jazz Happening, Finland, 2010 and 2013;
  • Molde Jazz Festival, Norway, 2011 and 2014;
  • Bari in Jazz, Bari, Italy, 2011 and 2015;
  • Jazz Em Agosto, Lisbon, Portugal, 2007;
  • Belgrade Jazz Festival, Belgrade, Serbia, 2007 and 2014;
  • Jazz Czterech Kultur, Lodz, Poland, 2001;
  • Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Moscow, Idaho, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007;
  • Jazz Carnival, Odessa, Ukraine, 2001, 2002, 2004;
  • Master Jam Fest, Odessa, Ukraine, 2013;
  • Jazz In Kiev, Ukraine, 2009;
  • Ethno Jazz Trio, Chisinau, Moldova, 2002;
  • Jazz Rally, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2003, 2005;
  • Jazzahead! Festival and Fair, Bremen, Germany, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017;
  • Jazz Summer, Varna, Bulgaria, 2004;
  • Koktebel Jazz, Crimea, Ukraine, 2005;
  • Jazzkaar, Tallinn, Estonia, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016;
  • Kingston Jazz Festival, Kingston, NY, 2006;
  • Columbia Harlem Jazz Festival, NYC, 2007;
  • Vision Festival, NYC,  2006, 2009, 2010;
  • Jazz Bishkek Spring, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 2012, 2013, 2014;
  • CareFusion New York Jazz Festival, 2010;
  • Siena Jazz Summer Workshop, Italy, 2016;
  • Trondheim Jazzfestival, Norway, 2016;
  • IdeeJazz, Narva and Tartu, Estonia, 2017

Cyril Moshkow is also a science fiction writer who published, since 2001, three science fiction novels in EKSMO Press, Russia's largest publishing house (20.000 copies sold in total), and one as an electronic release in LitRes, Russia's pioneering Web publishing company, in 2011.

Cyril Moshkow on AllAboutJazz.Com:
Ivan Farmakovsky: Raising the Bar (October, 2009)
Open-Air Jazz In And Around Moscow (August, 2009)
"A Quickie Guide To Jazz Festivals In Eastern Europe" (2003)

Cyril Moshkow's English articles for various Russian and international publications (raw, unedited)

Cyril Moshkow's Russian Jazz Podcast in English

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Cyril conducts guitarist John Scofield's press conference in Moscow, Russia, 2003
photo by Alexander Zabrin
Cyril Moshkow interviews vibist Joe Locke, 1998 (photo by Pavel Korbout):
The great Herbie Hancock during his Moscow, Russia record signing session, 2004. Cyril Moshkow was at hand to help Herbie with the translation.
photo by Michael Biryukov
Cyril Moshkow assists singer Cassandra Wilson during her Moscow, Russia press conference, 2004
Photo by Pavel Korbout
Lee Elliott Berk, the president of Berklee College of Music, and Cyril Moshkow at Mr. Berk's office in Boston, MA, February, 2001

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