The Same Ensemble — Sasha Elina (voice, flute) and Kirill Shirokov (piano) — was formed in 2013, when the fire was still burning inside, the society was knit together, and the communal depression was yet to come; there were some who didn't know everything and some who weren't instantly bored of the things they were in any way familiar with. Playing Antoine Beuger’s and Alvin Lucier’s music on their first show, ‘The Same’ resolved to preserve the time: not to arrange themselves in the layers between the deforming masses of listeners’ and performers’ consciousness, but to listen to each other and — detached, never expanding, never obliging themselves — steadily form the aesthetics, that finds its place where silence and veneration remain in mutual trust and consent. One can call this a renaissance of the romantic approach to writing and performing music, informed by the entire constellation of post romantic experiences. For what is romanticism? Utterances relieved of the necessity to be explained. The ensemble’s concert programs — fortuitous or skillfully crafted — suggest a constant utterance about the complexity of human constitution, the life of feeling, the link between the emotional and the rational, the artificial/artful and the immediate. These frail exchanges sometimes bring forth curious figures of assorted materials, often unwilling to stick together. In the space of solicitude and frailty — inherent traits of individuals and sounds — these figures interact and outline simple and unexpected forms, where listeners play as an important (to say the least) role as performers themselves.
Moscow-based ensemble performed in Russia, Croatia and Germany. Among the venues are Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Electrotheatre Stanislavsky, New Tretyakov Gallery, New Stage of Alexandrinsky Theatre etc.
In 2017 Kirill and Sasha starred in a film «Tomorrow will be the same» by Petr Laden — a musical film in a form of post-apocalyptic mini-series episode, to which they created the soundtrack.