Take Five With Ark Ovrutski

Take Five With Ark Ovrutski
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Meet Ark Ovrutski:

Ark started building his career in Kiev,Ukraine. By the time he graduated Kiev music college and moved to Moscow where he graduated Russian Academy of music in 1992. In the mid-1990s, Ark left Moscow and relocated to Poland, where he became highly-regarded through performances in multiple groups. From then, Ark's performance and recording credits include Zbiegniew Namyslowski, Piotr Baron,Piotr Wojtasik, Joachim Mencel, Adam Pieronczyk, Kazimerz Jonkisz In 2002, Ark independently released New Age, his debut recording as a solo artist that was comprised of performances by the Moscow local musicians on a collection of original compositions.

In 2003 he graduated Berklee Summer Program in Italy, and the Advanced Performance Program at The Drummers Collective, NYC in 2005. Since then, Ark has had a busy career freelancing with many of the great jazz musicians from many generations, including Curtis Fuller
Curtis Fuller
Curtis Fuller
b.1934
trombone
, Carmen Lundy
Carmen Lundy
Carmen Lundy
b.1954
vocalist
, Mark Soskin
Mark Soskin
Mark Soskin
b.1953
piano
, Steve Williams
Steve Williams
Steve Williams
b.1956
drums
, Larry Willis
Larry Willis
Larry Willis
b.1942
piano
, Javon Jackson
Javon Jackson
Javon Jackson
b.1965
saxophone
, Steve Slagle
Steve Slagle
Steve Slagle
b.1951
sax, alto
, JD Walter
JD Walter

vocalist
, Duduka Da Fonseca, Patience Higgins, Gerald Hayes, Michiel Borstlap, Tecora Rogers
Tecora Rogers
Tecora Rogers

vocalist
, Cynthia Scott
Cynthia Scott
Cynthia Scott

vocalist
, Jim Rotondi
Jim Rotondi
Jim Rotondi

trumpet
,Will Boulware, Donald Edwards, and James Spaulding
James Spaulding
James Spaulding
b.1937
sax, alto
.

Ark has been living in New York since 2005, but as a lifelong component of the Russia, Ukraine and NYC music community, Ark has always returned to his roots, regardless of where his musical endeavors have taken him abroad, and his most recent venture is a recording project by the Ark Ovrutski Band, called Sounds of Brazil,featuring Grammy Award-winning drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, pianist Helio Alves
Helio Alves
Helio Alves

piano
and two great flute and sax players, Craig Handy
Craig Handy
Craig Handy
b.1962
saxophone
and Jorge Continetino, performing a unique blend of different styles of jazz, Brazilian grooves, original melodies and contemporary arrangements.

Besides his busy performance schedule, Ark has been running the International Kiev Jazz Academy, intensive performance project, since 2006. Guest artists of that clinic have included Steve Slagle, Kim Plainfield, Frank Lacy
Frank Lacy
Frank Lacy
b.1959
trombone
, Gregory Porter
Gregory Porter
Gregory Porter
b.1971
vocalist
, Mark Soskin, Joe Ford
Joe Ford
Joe Ford
b.1947
saxophone
, James Spaulding, Ryan Kohan, Cynthia Scott and others. In May 2010 Ark received his Masters Degree in Jazz Performance at Rutgers University, NJ (double-bass major under Pr. Mike Richmond
Mike Richmond
b.1948
, and composition minor under Pr. Stanley Cowell
Stanley Cowell
Stanley Cowell
b.1941
piano
).

Home: Brooklyn, NY.

Instrument(s):

Bass.

Teachers and/or influences? Mike Richmond, Bob Cranshaw
Bob Cranshaw
Bob Cranshaw
b.1932
bass
, Victor Lewis
Victor Lewis
Victor Lewis
b.1950
drums
, Stanley Cowell, Larry Gray.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I was 10.

Your sound and approach to music: Groove, melody, harmony and peace.

Your teaching approach: Patience.

Your dream band:

With harmony and peace.

Favorite venue:

My home town conservatorium hall.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why? Lois and Basie was my first LP.

The first Jazz album I bought was: Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
, My Funny Valentine.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? Composing and playing my music<.p>

CDs you are listening to now: Darius Milhaud, Saudade do Brasil.

How would you describe the state of jazz today? World.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? Playing and writing.

What is in the near future? Brasil project with Duduka Da Fonseca in November 2010, and my big band project in 2011.

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