BorisBoris was born the son of a Russian diplomat. In the early '60s his family defected whilst on a shopping trip to Sweden and Boris was brought up to experience life in the West. In 1967 he was lucky enough to see Hendrix perform his legendary Stockholm gigs, and as a result had a mystical glimpse of the future.

 Boris was born the son of a Russian diplomat. In the early '60s his family defected whilst on a shopping trip to Sweden and Boris was brought up to experience life in the West. In 1967 he was lucky enough to see Hendrix perform his legendary Stockholm gigs, and as a result had a mystical glimpse of the future.

Boris saw himself as a psychedelic crusader joining East and West with his musical vision of cosmic love and hope. He borrowed his Father's Balalaika, painted it dayglo, and left home for a life on the road. He performed a combination of street theatre and bizarre acid influenced Balalaika music in every club that would take him, and every street corner that needed him. By 1968 he was in Hungary helping to stir up the student's Psychedelic Surrealist Democracy movement and as the Russian tanks rolled in that same year, to put an end to the flowering movement, a naked and Bolshie Boris stood at the front of the crowd playing Purple Haze, through a huge PA, on his newly created electric balalaika. Of course Boris was arrested and spent the next 10 years in a Russian labour camp. By the time he got out, he was a changed man, the sparkle in his minds eye was dimmed, dowsed by the despair of imprisonment. When he finally discovered his family, he found them in England and so spent the years 1978-83 a quiet recluse studying the pagan roots of English culture. However things changed in 1983, when Boris discovered the Stonhenge Free Festival, and at 1984's event his old self returned. He was the star of the solstice night, his medley of traditional Russian folk songs and space rock improvisations brought tears to the eyes of anyone who was with it enough to remember what happened. 1985 however brought back dark memories for Boris, when the police trashed the travellers, at the infamous Battle of The Bean Field. Many people remember the cheers from the press when Boris smashed his Balalaika over the head of a foaming, out of control riot squad officer who was attacking a defenceless, old hippy. Of course this was never shown on TV...

And so Delerium finally persuaded Boris to go into the studio and record his first ever album. After an epic life of psychedelic adventure, Boris together with his Bolshie Balalaika has finally created the musical vision that he saw 26 years ago in Sweden, at the feet of the great guitar God, Jimi Hendrix.