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Topic: Roz VitalisPosted By: toroddfuglesteg
Subject: Roz Vitalis
Date Posted: January 17 2011 at 15:10
Roz Vitalis was created by composer and keyboardist Ivan Rozmainsky in 2001. Primarily it was one-man band. In 2003 ROZ VITALIS had become trio and included also Nadezhda Regentova (keyboards, voices) and Vladimir Polyakov (keyboards). In 2005 line-up experiences expansion. Now the band includes also Klara Metelkova (flutes, harmonica, vocals) and Yuri Verba (clarinet). Style of ROZ VITALIS is RIO/Avant-Prog/Symphonic Prog/Psychedelic/Space Rock. The main influences are LE ORME, GENTLE GIANT, KING CRIMSON, YES, ELP, SUPERSISTER, JETHRO TULL, DEPECHE MODE, AFTER CRYING. Music of the band was compared by prog-reviewers with GENTLE GIANT, UNIVERS ZERO, BRIAN HIRSCH, KING CRIMSON, TRIUMVIRAT, KRAFTWERK etc. In short, music of ROZ VITALIS can remind KING CRIMSON and GENTLE GIANT, but is keyboard-based, with rare female voices and electronic drums. It is "chamber electronic prog" rather than "rockish music".
I got in touch with Ivan and he answered my questions.
Roz Vitalis biography is quite extensive so let's bypass the formalities. But why did you choose that name and which bands
were you influenced by ?
The name “Roz
Vitalis” comes from the Latin “ros vitalis”, meaning "living
water" (or, more exactly, "living dew", since "ros"
is "dew"). The misspelling is, of course, intentional,
suggesting my ROZmainsky family name. The Water can imply life,
purification, joy. The logo - the symbol of the cross on a crescent
moon - is an ancient Christian symbol. Music of Roz Vitalis is
influenced mainly by Le Orme, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Yes, ELP,
Supersister, Pink Floyd, and some other bands.
How was the
music scene in Russia when you started up Roz Vitalis ?
Roz Vitalis exists since 2001 as a studio
project, since 2005 as a project playing live gigs and since 2008 as
a full-blown rock-band. Both when I started
up Roz Vitalis and now the reality of the Russian prog-scene is
difficult. On the one hand, there are many bands playing progressive
rock. However, on the other hand, an existence of the most of such
bands is a something like a struggle for survival. Roughly speaking,
expenditures exceed incomes.
This is an archive based
interview also intended for the fans you get well after both you
and I have passed away so let's go straight to your albums. Please
give us your long or brief views on your albums, starting
L'Ascensione from 2002
It is the first
album. It devotes to “spiritual ascension”. Too much synthetic
sound, and personally I do not like sound of the programmed drums.
But some people think that it is one of the best albums ever. The
song called “Ascension Dream” is a classic one of Roz Vitalis,
the “oldest hit”. Although, its live “rockish” version is
strongly different from the studio one.
This is EP album which contains short version
of “Ascension Dream” which is called “Painsadist (Ascension
DreaMix)” plus 6 new tracks. Some people
treat the title track as the best opus of Roz Vitalis. We play now
abridged version of this composition in concerts. Another famous opus
is “Play with Everlasting Fire” which is a something like a mix
of Gentle Giant-oriented approach and very dark electronic music with
strong touch of experimentalism.
Perhaps, it is the best studio album recorded during the
first five years of Roz Vitalis existence. “Lazarus” was very
popular at online Prog Radio Stations. The style is a mix of
Progressive Electronic Music and Avant Prog with strong touch of
ethnic music with influence of Dead Can Dance. The most famous tracks
are “Nepsis (Pulvis Version)”, “Transspace Express”, and
“Leopard Hunt”. These are very dynamic songs with rapid changes
of “events”. The concluding track is the first attempt to work
with epic forms of music. “Becoming the Poor-in-Spirit (Dead Can
Rise 3)” takes approximately 22 minutes and contains all elements
of styles taking place in the previous tracks. The album is devoted
to Lazarus, whose resurrection from the dead described in the
The Threesunny Light Power from 2004
This is the second EP album containing only three tracks. The
title track is an epic one. It is an attempt to “explore” light
sides of the complex progressive rock. The two other tracks are the
dark ones, and their moods remind the previous albums.
Das Licht Der
Menschen from 2004
This is the most ambitious and “high-flying” studio album.
Only 3 tracks take 70 minutes! The album is an attempt to express -
via music – theological idea of Trinity. Titles of all tracks and
the whole album contain the word LIGHT in different languages.
Musically style is a something like a polyphonic Gentle
Giant-oriented approach incarnated in prog epics with light mood. It
can be recommended for those who are interested in epic polyphonic
This is the most controversial album. 14 tracks take more than 70
minutes. This is the first attempt to experiment with acoustic
instruments: synthetic keyboards and programmed drums are
supplemented by (soprano) recorder and clarinet. It is very
experimental stuff. The opening track “Destiny Dethroned” is an
important part of almost any live show of Roz Vitalis during the last
two - three years.
This album is the fifth studio one and the most
popular work. Many people think that it is the best opus ever. The
sound is based on keyboards and drums whose programming is almost not
different from real (electronic) drumming. This sound is supplemented
by guitar and clarinet, and also recorders and metallophone.
“Disruption” and “Annihilator of Moral Hazard” are the
integral part of our live gigs for a long time. Also I like to play
my favorite songs - “Autumn of Hypocrisy”, “Elusive Goodness”
and “Dances of Lost Opportunities” - as a piano solos in
concerts. Many people believe that “Dances…” is the best studio
track of Roz Vitalis. The stylistic comparisons with Univers Zero,
King Crimson, Halloween and others took place. According to the
backing cover, “the goal of this concept album is to unmask and
reveal the spiritual evil of the modern humanity’s materialist
vainglory”. The album can be ordered at RAIG, Musea Records,
Kinesis, Record Heaven and other labels.
Live Autumn'05 In The
Ad Lucem Studio from 2005
This is the first live album of Roz Vitalis. It
is created by three musicians playing on keyboards/recorders/guitar
and recorded at my home studio. Many tracks are just free
improvisations. The style of this album is unknown for me. This is
the first album without any programming and samples.
At Mezzo Forte, Moscow, September'09 from 2009
This is the second live album and the first
album recorded by Roz Vitalis as a fully-fledged rock-band. The
line-up includes five players on keyboards and
winds/guitar/bass/drums and percussion/voice, keyboard, percussion
and winds. The track-list includes newly arranged versions of famous
compositions from "L'Ascensione", "Painsadist"
(EP), "Enigmarden", and "Compassionizer" albums,
and also previously unreleased songs and newest stuff. The style of
this album, to some extent, approximates to "traditional"
art-rock/post-rock and moves away from avant-prog, electronic and
classical music which are important tags for "studio" Roz
Vitalis. The album can be ordered at RAIG, Record Heaven and other
What is your latest update
and plans for this year and beyond ?
We are waiting for the
release of our “Overcoming-Up” album by Mellow Records completed
in 2008. Now we have almost completed two newest studio albums titled
“Revelator” and “Gentleness in Disgrace”. Both albums are in
the “mastering stage”. “Revelator” album includes only our
own music, “Gentleness in Disgrace” album contains both our own
stuff and some covers. We plan to “promote” these albums. I
already wrote to Bernard from Musea Records about possible release of
“Gentleness in Disgrace” by his label. I plan to send him CDR
copy of this album in February. I will also look for a label which
will want release “Revelator”.
Sound of both these newest albums is not synthetic and created by
a lot of acoustic instruments (flutes, trumpet, grand piano, bassoon
etc) and also electric ones.
We have also become the participants of many tribute albums and
others “Various Artists” compilations which are already released
or will be released soon. The examples are
by Musea Records and some others by Mellow Records.
We have plans to play live concerts in February and March with the
band titled Dasputnik (Finland). In February they should come in
Russia, in March we should come in Finland.
All these plans are essential for us.
Now the current line-up includes Ivan
Rozmainsky on keyboards, Vladimir Polyakov on voice, leyboards,
percussion and brass wind, Philip Semenov on drums, Vladimir Efimov
on guitar, Vladislav Korotkikh on flute, recorders and low whistle,
Ruslan Kirillov on bass, and, perhaps, Yury Khomonenko on accordion
How would you
describe your music and which bands would you compare yourself with
Roz Vitalis plays music which can be christened as a
“symphonic avant psychedelic prog”. The spiritual essence of Roz
Vitalis musical approach is to make a contribution to overcoming of
chaos, unmasking of spiritual evil, transcending and mystical
enlightenment. Music of Roz Vitalis studio albums were compared by
reviewers with Gentle Giant, King Crimson, Univers Zero, Art Zoyd,
Van Der Graaf Generator, ELP, Halloween, Anglagard, Le Orme, Banco,
Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze etc. Music of Roz Vitalis live albums
were compared with the two first mentioned bands, and also with Pink
Floyd, Hawkwind, The Doors etc. Personally I would not like to make
some comparisons. I hope that Roz Vitalis plays just music which is
good and interesting.
In your view; which is the best album
you have ever released ?
I think that such albums can be
“Compassionizer”, “Lazarus”, and “Live at Mezzo Forte,
Moscow, September’09”. But the very best albums are the
All your albums are self released. What is
the pros and cons of going it alone ?
We should not wait for the release of the album
for a long time. It is the important positive side of being alone.
The small amount of sales and distribution are the negative side of
You have done some
gigs. How is the gigs scene now and do you have any plans to
venture into the Western Europe and/or America for gigs ?
The gigs’ scene is small and expands slowly.
And I already said that Roz Vitalis have plans
to come in Finland in March 2011. I have no more long-term
“projections”. To wrap up this interview, is there
anything you want to add to this interview ?
Big thanks to all our listeners!
Thank you to Ivan for this interview
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Replies: Posted By: avestin
Date Posted: January 17 2011 at 15:38
An interesting band, I reviewed Compassionizer (which I like). Thanks for the opportunity to read more about this band.
Posted By: felonafan
Date Posted: October 11 2013 at 04:42
Some albums (and other music) of Roz Vitalis in wav quality are now available here: http://rozvitalis.bandcamp.com/
page of MALS Records devoted the "Patience of Hope" album (2012) is here: http://www.mals.ru/ROZ%20VITALIS%20-%20Patience%20of%20Hope%20%20%20%202012%20%20%20%20%20MALS
previously mentioned page at MALS Records is already inactive.
Posted By: Prog_Traveller
Date Posted: October 17 2013 at 13:29
I like what I've heard by them. Kind of like a more avant garde version of Soniq Theater.
Posted By: felonafan
Date Posted: November 02 2013 at 10:36
The 3rd studio album "Das Licht Der Menchen" (2004) including only 3 epic 20+min tracks is now available in wav quality! https://rozvitalis.bandcamp.com/album/das-licht-der-menschen
Posted By: felonafan
Date Posted: September 17 2014 at 11:50
"Overcoming-Up" album (completed in 2008) has been released digitally by famous Italian prog label Mellow Records in August 2014. The album can be listened to and purchased at official page of the label at BandCamp https://mellowrecords.bandcamp.com/album/roz-vitalis-overcoming-up-new