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AB №31 – Nonoctave Scale



AB №31 – Nonoctave Scale

Realism (Blues Mondo). Tatyana Apraksina
“And is common reality even possible?”


Petersburg, the Fourth Rome. Oksana Alekseeva
“How good, creating, being fate’s creation.”


The Art and Ethics of Martiros Saryan: A Pantheistic Cosmology. Sofia Saryan
“I lived thoughts of the cosmos.”


A House Concert in Isolation (Questions for BG). Andrei Advaitov
“It doesn’t occur to them that I might have a different system of values, different pleasures, and that whatever they attribute to this made-up BG, it just doesn’t interest me.”


Any Idea is Ephemeral. Mihai Eminescu
“And I called in dreams to you: / O peerless Kamadeva!”


Does the Posthumanist Era End the Odyssey of Spirit? Alexander Lvov
“The world is explicatio homini, an explication of man, since outside of him the world abides only in possibility.”


How We Pass Time. Anna Kogan
“People are becoming more and more inventive in their struggle with time.”


Antibody Rock (Blues Report). James Manteith
“Seva’s good cheer and irritation combine in a terrorist act of love. “


Decembrists in the Napoleonic Wars. Olga Shilova
“The Great Patriotic War was one of the starting points for the Decembrist movement.”


Live Simply! Tina Tiffany
“What we can’t do ourselves is often unnecessary and frivolous anyway.”


The Birth of Impassioned Dawns. Sandro Penna
“Now I’m not alone.”


Arisen from Hell. Alexander Donskiсh von Romanov
“On the restless path of creativity, ‘Prophet’ is only a forerunner of a true Prophet.”


From “The Essence of the Ocean of True Meaning” (continued). Translated by Vagid Ragimov
“One must behold it with an elephant’s eye and, as if amazed, plunge into that state.”




The Age of Blues

Nonoctave attunement

AB 31, our first issue since 1998 to be produced and published entirely in St. Petersburg, is imbued with the ...

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The Apraksin Blues editorial board is pleased to announce the long-awaited publication of AB №30, "On the Way." Authors and ...

At the presentation of Apraksin Blues №29
November 9-11, 2019, St. Petersburg, Russia. Editor in chief Tatyana Apraksina and AB supporters in the Apraksin Lane editorial office ...
AB Invites!


Authors, readers, admirers, past and future! And just good smart people!

To everyone who knows us, who know each other, ...

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On April 18, 2017, on Mike Naumenko's birthday, a conference on him was held in the historic editorial offices of ...
Gregory Korchmar And Tatyana Apraksina SPb 2010
Composer Gregory Korchmar wrote his cantata If I were known as a violin bow in St. Petersburg, Russia, starting the ...
Tibetan lessons
The historic Apraksin Blues magazine editorial offices in St. Petersburg are hosting regular Tibetan language classes. (Photos by Elena  Starovoitova.)



After many years in a private collection in Germany, eighteen historic paintings and drawings by Tatyana ...

Congratulations on turning twenty

Congratulations on your anniversary! You've managed to create a readable, respected, totally unique magazine with an audience of devoted readers ...

A vertical slice of Blues infinity
Its history's third decade unsealed, Blues begins to understand that the childhood of becoming belongs irrevocably to the past. The ...




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  • In Support of Evolution: Boogie-Woogie Thinking November 24, 2021

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  • Summer Report: Love and Attentiveness June 22, 2021

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  • Robert Monteith: A Knight for Peace May 27, 2021

    (English translation of a May 17 lecture for the International Association of Historical Psychology conference “Societal Atmosphere on the Eve of the Wars of the 19th and 20th Centuries: Historical and Psychological Aspects”)   — James Manteith (A…

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  • Long Echoes of Contrarian Crusades May 27, 2021

    Presenting on Peacemaker Robert Monteith in St. Petersburg via California   — James Manteith (Apraksin Blues, Mundus Artium Press)   In the wee hours of one morning in May 2021, it was my privilege to have a chance to give a remote Russian-la…

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  • How AB met the New Year in St. Petersburg for the first time in 22 years January 19, 2021

    There’s no tree to be found, only fake ones or bunched branches. But just before New Year’s, a man appears on Garden Street with beautiful real trees brought from the Volosov region. The Haymarket tree fair at is closed due to the pandemic.   AB c…

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  • Voices in the Petersburg Desert December 18, 2020

    For obvious reasons, many have voiced surprise that we, AB editors, decided to make an attempt to come to St. Petersburg in 2020. We were also surprised, and even more surprised it’s happened. We already had enough challenges in 2020: in addition to ou…

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  • Arrival! November 23, 2020

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  • Distance Learning July 4, 2020

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  • A beautiful chord: AB in St. Petersburg plays on December 14, 2019 Consonance

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  • Rapid development for AB’s physical existence in St. Petersburg November 13, 2019 T. Apraksina. In Memoriam - Gutnikov. 1986

    Events of recent days hint at a new cycle of development. AB has again made the crossing from California to St. Petersburg. Less than a day after arrival, Tatyana Apraksina managed to reopen a space and sit down to work at her desk in the magazine’s hi…

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  • “Freedom” declared in Petersburg November 2, 2019 Img 5dbe248817f32

    by contributing translation editor James Manteith Photo: Irina Serpuchyonok Just a few days remain until the planned presentation, in St. Petersburg, of the latest issue of Apraksin Blues, №29, “The Career of Freedom.” As in 2015, for the presentation…

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  • Preparing for St. Petersburg October 31, 2019

    What needs translation, in this case and maybe always, is reality.

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