A composer, drummer and visual artist, Vladimir Tarasov has lived and worked in Vilnius since 1968. He has played in the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra for many years. Between 1971 and 1986, he was a member of the famous GTC group (Viacheslav Ganelin, Vladimir Tarasov, Vladimir Tchekhasin). The musicians frequently incorporated perforative actions into their concerts. Operating in Lithuania, the GTC had better opportunities to travel abroad and present their work at festivals. Their first album was released on a Polish label PolJazz in 1975. Tarasov has recorded over 100 albums. He writes orchestral music, along with film and theatrical scores. Since 1991 he has been active in the visual arts, making solo works and collaborating with artists Ilya Kabakov and Sarah Flohr. Tarasov’s works were exhibited in Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf (1991), in Venice (La Biennale di Venezia, 1993), at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (1993), the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris (1995), at the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg (2004), at the KUMU Kunstmuseum in Talinn (2017) and LTK4 in Cologne (2018).
Tarasov was born in Archangelsk, Russia. Since 1991 he has been working in the visual arts, both solo, and collaborating with artists such as Ilya Kabakov, Dimitri Prigov, and others. One of the first sound installations made by Tarasov was his 1993 Concert for Flies. The work, evoking a space where flies perform the composition, refers to the surreal humour characteristic of Moscow Conceptualism, and raises questions about the boundaries of improvisation and value of aesthetic criteria.
Among his recent exhibitions are: Notes from the Underground (Muzeum Sztuki, Łódz, Poland 2016; Akademie der Künste, Berlin 2018), Water Music And Other Pictures Of Sound (Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn 2016), To See the Sound (6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art / Special Projects, Moscow, 2015), Manifesta 10 (Parallel Program, St Petersburg, Russia, 2014).