Leonid Galaganov

improviser composer multi-instrumentalist

photo by Peter Gannushkin

photo by Peter Gannushkin

Leonid Galaganov is a New York City based composer, improviser and multi-instrumentalist from a remote Russian Old Believer settlement in Estonia. With an eclectic background in jazz, classical, world and spiritual music, Leonid has also done interdisciplinary work with dance, poetry, theatre, film and paintings. He has performed his music at many NYC venues including Roulette, the Stone, Cornelia Street Cafe, Judson Church, Vision Festival, and has toured around Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Brazil, the UK and the US.


The main focus of Leonid's work is the continuous imagination of new possibilities in the world of sound and beyond. While some of his works are through composed, other projects gather together unique musicians to realize the poetry of sound through diverse languages of improvisation and structure.


As part of his formal education, Leonid studied orchestral conducting at Tallinn University as well as music performance and composition at NYU, from where he graduated with a BM in jazz studies; currently he is studying at SUNY Purchase for a Master's degree in classical composition. In his present performance practice Leonid uses the drum kit, shakuhachi, waterphone, hand drums and other percussion instruments.