Igort Tuveri, who publishes under the name of Igort, was born in 1958 in Cagliari, Sardinia, yet grew up surrounded by Russian culture. His father was a classical composer inspired by Russian music and his grandmother would tell him the stories of the great Russian novels before he could read. “Chekov, Dostoevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy were like imaginary uncles to me. I used to speak with them at home as if they were real.” These formative tastes would color the rest of his life and his multi-faceted creativity. Aged twenty, he moved to the cultural epicenter of Bologna, where in 1982 Igort was a founder of Valvoline, a short-lived but influential movement of post-punk artists intent on expanding comics. It led Igort to forming the Slava Trudu Orchestra, named after the Russian newspaper whose name means ‘Glory to Labour’. Their first album of Darkwave electronic pop was suitably titled Mélodico Moscovita with a Cossack-inspired cover by Igort.