1980s to 90s
In his capacity as artistic director and producer, Namin began staging shows at the Music and Drama Theatre that he created in 1999. The first productions included the legendary American musical Hair and the iconic rock-opera Jesus Christ Superstar. Within 10 years, practically all genres in theatre had been included and a unique and professional troupe was founded, with all actors acting, singing and dancing to the same standards. This allowed Namin not only to find his own style, which was revealed from the very first performances, but also to establish his own signature theatrical imprint.
In recent years, the theatre has introduced innovative shows, where the traditional story line has been replaced by images built on blend of poetry, music and choreography. Victory over the Sun was a reconstruction of the avant-garde opera — staged to mark the centenary of Kazimir Malevich’s famous Black Square. The production was featured on leading European stages in Basel (Switzerland), Paris (France), Ravenna (Italy), Thessaloniki (Greece) and others. It won much praise among critics and art experts. Another production, Mountain Dweller, set to poetry by Velimir Khlebnikov and music by Alexei Khvostenko and the alternative rock group Auktyon; vocal-choreographic dramatic composition S-Quark based on Namin’s symphony of the same name.
The theatre is also staging contemporary dramas such as Unbearably Long Embraces by Ivan Vyrypaev and Breath of Time by poet-rapper Oleg Gruz.
In the early 2000s, Namin staged children’s musicals Snow Queen and The Little Prince. These productions utilized new projection technologies and actors performed in a domed auditorium with 360 degree video installation.
Key to the theatre’s concept today is the merging of the freedom of expression with a symbiosis of genres. This is achieved due to the artists’ professional command of acting, choreography and singing combined with the use of the latest modern technologies in staging like virtual set-design, panoramic video-projection and sound.
Paintings & Graphics
The documentary film Free to Rock ( US, 2015), explored the role that rock music in the Cold War and was co-produced by Namin and along with director Jim Brown. Free to Rock premiered at Georgetown University and at the Council for Foreign Relations at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. In addition it was presented at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, OH, the legendary GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, at the Moscow International Film Festival, in Berlin, Paris and other European and American cities. In 2017, the film had its world TV premiere on the PBS Television network (US) and was distributed on DVD in 2017.
Namin and Jim Brown also collaborated on a documentary film Real Cuba (2017) that examines happiness and longevity amongst the Cuban people. It received rave reviews at a number of cinema festivals (Cuba, USA, Armenia and others).
In 2019, Stas co-produced the film Anastas Mikoyan from the cycle Country of Unions. Forgotten Grandees, created by Star Media for the First TV Channel Russia. The film tells about the role this outstanding politician played in giving the Soviet Union the upper hand in military operations, unbelievable industrial achievements, and in political battles.
Trailer Ancient Temples of Armenia
Trailer The Real Cuba
Trailer A conversation with Neizvestny
Trailer Free to Rock
In 2011, Namin completed his eight-part symphonic suite Autumn in St Petersburg, which he began way back in the 90s. In 2012, a DVD and CD were released, from the first rendition in the Moscow International House of Music. In 2016, German composer and pianist Ratko Delorko created and recorded a piano version, and in 2018, famous Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky did a piano arrangement for two of the parts and included them in his own concert program.
In 2016, Namin finished his first symphony Centuria S Quark. In the same year it was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra and released on CD by British-US company Parma Recordings (Navona record label). In 2017, the Russian National Orchestra performed a signature edit by a prominent conductor, composer and piano player Mikhail Pletnev, in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Together with Aram Khachaturian’s Symphony no. 3 it was shown on Russia’s Culture channel on the Armenia’s genocide remembrance day.
In 2002, The Flowers with Sergei Starostin recorded an album of rock versions of old Russian folk songs. In 2011, Namin recorded a double album of ethnic music One World Music Freedom, featuring musicians of India, Armenia, Israel, Palestine, Great Britain, Africa and others. The album included recordings of a duet with Zhivan Gasparyan, a guitar improvisation with Masai tribes and more.
Also in 2002, the Moscow International House of Music presented Namin’s ‘Fusion Raga’ — a tribute to George Harrison, on sitar and accompanied by Indian and Russian musicians and a symphony orchestra.
In 2012, Namin played the sitar at a concert in Vrindavan (India) and recorded a triple album Meditation, with guest appearances by musicians from India and other countries. In 2018, to mark 150 years since the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, by the invitation of the Embassy of India, Namin recorded Gandhi’s favorite song “Saints Are Not Born” on the sitar and made a video clip that became hugely popular after being shown on Indian national TV.
In the 90s Namin recorded a solo album Kamasutra — guitar improvisations in an art-rock style with guest appearances from other musicians. Namin dedicated it to his late friend and famous rock musician and composer Frank Zappa. Around the same time Namin launched his blues and rock & roll album Dinosaurs, featuring 60s and 70s musicians: Noel Reading (Jimmy Hendrix Experience), Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy), Marco Mendosa (Whitesnake), Hernon Rarebell (Scorpions) and Soviet rock veterans.