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Boris Netsvetaev

Boris Net (real name – Boris Netsvetaev) is a jazz musician, composer, pianist and keyboarder. He was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he studied music theory/composition at the Rhymsky-Korsakov music college, but later moved to Germany in the age of 18, to continue his jazz studies at the Music and Theatre University of Hamburg. Boris Net studied with Dieter Glawischnig (piano, arrangement), Wolfgang Schlüter and Lucas Lindholm (ensemble), he also participated an International Jazz Workshop at Banff (Canada) in 1999 where he studied with Joe Lovano, Dave Holland, Ken Werner, Dave Douglas, Hugh Fraser and Ari Hoenig. The first notable step in his career was the collaboration with the US drummer veteran Steve Reid, which started in 2000 and continued until Steve´s death in 2010. Boris was a member of several groups led by Steve, including his acoustic trio (CD´s „Waves“ and „Invitation“ CPR Records), his quartet and a recent „Steve Reid Ensemble“ featuring a brilliant electronic musician Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet). With the Steve Reid Ensemble Boris has recorded 2 CD/LPs, „Spirit Walk“ in London (Souljazz, 2005) and „Daxaar“ (Domino, 2007/08), this recording was made in Dakar, Senegal and it features some of the local african musicians, „Daxaar“ was well received by both, critics and listeners, this recording has sold over 7000 copies in the US. The Steve Reid Ensemble has performed on the diverse international jazz festivals, it was touring the UK twice (the first time along the famous BBC DJ Gilles Peterson), Spain and other countries. The Steve Reid Ensemble has made it´s last recording in 2009 in New York, where the band was touring. Unfortunately this one still remains unreleased due to sudden death of Steve Reid. Another important partner and friend in Boris Netsvetaev´s life was the German vibraphone legend Wolfgang Schlüter, who passed away in November 2018. With him Boris has recorded 4 albums, including a quartet and a duo-record, one with the NDR Big Band and the last one, that has been released after Wolfgang Schlüter´s death features Wolfgangs last quartet and a 12-pieces string orchestra.

Boris Net worked together with Steve Reid, Billy Harper, Howard Johnson, Kieran Hebden, Herb Geller, Lew Soloff, FrancoAmbrosetti, Wolfgang Schluter, Danny Gottlieb, John Marshall, Keith Copeland, Kazunori Kumagai, Trilok Gurtu, NDR Big Band and many others. He also performed on diverse jazz festivals, such as Lugano Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Tampere Jazz Festival, Festival Banleus Bleues in Paris, Akbank Jazzfestival in Istanbul, Jazzbaltika, Leverkusener Jazztage, Hamburger Jazztage (3 times), Überjazz Hamburg (2 times), Elbjazz Hamburg, Ingolstädter Jazztage and so on. He also prformed for the NDR Television with his own band in Hamburg and twice for the BBC radio with Steve Reid in London.

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