Online music distributor AirPlay Direct announced that leading Russian composer and performer Alexander Shulgin had been selected as its exclusive Marquee Artist for February. Shulgin is only the second artist after Dolly Parton to be selected for such an honor. In addition to being included as a "Featured Artist" and a "Spotlight Artist" throughout February on AirPlay Direct site and newsletter sent to over 3,100 member radio stations, Familia Entertainment is making the complete 3-album compilation "Triptych. Shulgin's Songbook" available for stream and download to member radio programmers. The full compilation will be available through all major online music retailers this March.
"We were very pleased to receive such recognition from AirPlay Direct and exposure to its worldwide network of broadcasters and webcasters," said Alexander Shulgin. "AirPlay Direct has consistently proven to be a leader in helping unsigned and big name artists in utilizing new technology to reach music tastemakers around the globe."
"It is very exciting for us to continue to grow our international presence," said Robert Weingartz, CEO of AirPlay Direct. "Alexander Shulgin is an extremely talented artist and a strong ambassador for the Russian music industry."
Produced by the successful DWB stable of writers and producers, the "Triptych" compilation features Shulgin's music, melodies and instrumentals that have yet been played before. With inventive use of the Spanish nylon strung acoustic guitar as a main lead instrument, it conjures up sunsets in Spain and peaceful sunshine bathed fields swaying in the breeze. There is a blend of modern Chillout styles and some more Urban sounding Jazz tinged opuses on this album - music to have a warm bath in. The compilation brings together an impressive array of talent, raging from producers Paul Drew and Richard Niles to notable jazz names as Gary Husband, Martin Taylor, John Patitucci, Simon Rushby, Bob Mintzer and Jon Howell to name a few.
"'Triptych, Shulgin's Songbook, Part 1' is simply a phenomenal album! It's a jazz lover's paradise. This album is a fusion between jazz and easy listening, suitable for every situation - background music, cozying up with your lover, or just chilling out and relaxing." - Michele Morris, MusicDish e-Journal
About Alexander Shulgin
Alexander Shulgin is a leading composer, performer and executive in the new Russian music industry, having worked with such iconic artists as Valeria, Mumiy Troll, Dima Malikov, Gruppa.fm and many others. Mr. Shulgin owns and operates Familia Entertainment, a record label, and Familia Publishing, a publishing company. His catalogue includes not only top-10 songs but also a diverse array of rare releases, including hundreds of the best-known Russian gypsy songs, Songs of Siberian Exile and Best Songs of WWI, all of which are part of a Russia's unique musical heritage.
Shulgin began his career with the legendary Russian rock band The Cruise (1983-1986), which sold 20 million copies of their first album in 1985. He went on the work on a series of international projects, from "The Taiga Symphony," a combination of Russian classic music with western rock-music performed by The Moscow Symphony Orchestra, to "Merry Christmas to the World", another ambitious East-West collaboration between Shulgin and BBC Worldwide. Shulgin is also a composer of music for films and TV, his songs appearing in films by Lukas Moodysson and Ken Russell, the TV music serial "Primadonna" as well as all the music for the first public TV channel "Spas" for which he composed.
About AirPlay Direct
AirPlay Direct is an easy to use digital file transfer system that was developed to streamline radio / artist promotion activities for today's music industry. AirPlay Direct's FREE services replace the unnecessary time and expense of putting together and sending out costly traditional artist packages and press kits via snail mail. Utilizing the AirPlay Direct system also allows an artist to positively impact the environment by eliminating needless packaging.