About

CONCEPT

ELENA ET LES GARÇONS

is a unique multilingual project that combines lyrical ballads about love and romance with the drive of bright exclusively arranged compositions in six languages.

REPERTOIRE

The band's repertoire is an encyclopedia of pop hits in French, Italian, Spanish, German and English. In contrast to foreign compositions, our band also performs a program of favorite Soviet hits and wartime songs.

The French program of the band is the most famous one: these are the stories about the legendary Paris told in the great songs of the French chanson. Lyrical ballads by Jacques Brel and Joe Dassin, theatrical compositions by Edith Piaf and Dalida, sensual melodies by Patricia Kaas and fervent songs by ZAZ. The program combines a sense of impeccable taste and sophistication with a bright recognizable musical style of the band.

The program of the concert varies depending on the format of the event; for special cases, the set list is thought out individually. The main principles of repertoire selection are delicacy and appropriateness. Our band, Elena et les garçons, is famous for getting into the mood of its audience very accurately.

PERFORMANCE

One of the main advantages of the band in that its soloist Elena Lipaeva perfectly understands what she is singing about. She grew up and studied in Europe, so French is as native as Russian for her. In addition to French, Elena is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and German.

The stage charm of the soloist combines two amazing qualities: emotionality and elegance. Therefore, the band’s performances look appropriate at closed receptions with world-famous politicians, at the draw of the World Cup, at Protocol events and diplomatic receptions, at corporate events of large companies (GAZPROM, Russian Railways, Sibneft), at large open festivals (The Days of French Culture at the “Flacon” design factory), and on the stages of the Philharmonic halls. Thanks to its impeccable taste and knowledge of the material, Elena et les Garçons collaborates with the embassies of France and Monaco.

For several years the band has been successfully conducting concert activity, performing on radio and television (the channel One, Life news, MIR, Rustavi). In 2016, solo concert was held at the State Kremlin Palace. In February 2018, the band released the first solo album "Stories", which was successfully presented with the symphony orchestra at the Mayakovsky Moscow academic theater.

Fans regularly attend performances of Elena et les garçons in Philharmonic halls across the country, at music festivals and in famous Moscow jazz clubs “Forte”, “Union of Composers”, “Esse”, Alexey Kozlov’s Club, Butman’s club, etc. The band tours extensively in Russia, CIS and Europe. The recent performances in Cannes, Riga, Frankfurt, Krasnodar, Abrau-Durso, Surgut, Petrozavodsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Yekaterinburg, St. Petersburg and many other cities gathered full halls.

Elena Lipaeva
creator, frontwoman and artistic director of the band

Born in Luxembourg, she shared her home between Russia and Europe since childhood. Elena lived and learned in Norway, Germany and other countries. She graduated from the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts majoring in vocal. She composes music and soon plans to release her own album as singer-songwriter.

Valeriy Dedov
drums

In his youth, he was preparing to become a professional hockey player, but his passion for music was stronger than his love for sports. Valery graduated from the Gnessin Academy and worked with the jazz band "Phonograph", the band "Alliance", Lera Masskva and many other artists.

Mikhail Lutskov
bass guitar

He graduated from the Novosibirsk College of music and MSPU, and then worked with many artists, including Mark Tishman, Dmitry Pevtsov, Mara, Danila Dunaevsky.

Alexander Kuchin
guitar

Graduated from the Maimonides Classical Academy, before joining the band he played in the big band and worked in the Theater of Satire. Now, in addition to working in the band, he teaches and plays in the Russian state symphony orchestra of cinematography directed by Sergei Skripka.

Andrey Marukhin
piano / keyboard

He graduated from the Gnessin Academy, trained in the United States, performed twice at the largest jazz competition in Montreux (Switzerland), where he took the 3rd prize in 2017. Composed more than 40 jazz pieces and recently released his first solo album, Faked Pianism.