Vasily Shumov (Russian: Василий Герардович Шумов, birth date: March 23, 1960) is a Russian/American artist, musician, multimedia and experimental artist, short film director. He is probably best known for his music band Center, which was formed in Soviet Union (late 1970s - late 1980s) and is based in Los Angeles, USA since 1990. Shumov created music in such genres as new wave, electronic music, avantgarde. His art of singing is often sprechgesang, especially on later albums.
Vasily Shumov is the son of Maria Evlakhova and Gerard Shumov. With his first wife he had a son Anton. With his second wife, Judith he had two children, Angelica and Nikolai.
Shumov's career as an artist started in the late 1970s in the USSR, and included work with the band Center (albums, concerts, TV appearances), solo albums, soundtracks for the films and cartoons. He also produced several records, including the debut album of Zvuki Mu. After a decade of artistic activity in the Soviet Union he moved 1990 to Los Angeles (California, USA), where he remains an active musician, making records (both, with Center and solo), playing live shows in USA and Russia, shooting short films and creating multimedia art. Shumov is giving lectures regarding multimedia art, design and computer technologies.
Since the late 1990s he releases and promotes his works via internet, which also includes free mp3 releases of his albums.
In the first half of 2000s Shumov is coordinating the "c-e-n-t-e-r" project, which results in the mini-films, combining experimental music and videos of various artists from different countries. A short film "Kelton's Dark Corner" by Vasily Shumov starring Paul Marco was released in January 2006. Paul Marco is probably best known for the Ed Wood's 1950s films. Unfortunately, Marco died the same year, without completing further films of the planned "Dark Corner" series.
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