Marimba Plus is the first and the unique music band from Russia in which marimba is the leading instrument and the creativity basis. Marimba Plus is an instrumental group that combines jazz, ethnic and contemporary music into a stylized musical cocktail able to satisfy the taste of any music connoisseur. The musicians reinterpret classical, academic traditions and ethnic rhythms and tones with jazz improvisation and modern tendencies and technologies. They call this style art-fusion.
Lev Slepner - marimba, percussion, keyboards, composer; Ilja Dvoretskiy - flute; Sergey Nankin - clarinet, bassethorn, vocal, percussion; Ivan Akatov - trumpet; Michael Zuyev - saxophone, keyboards; Evgeniy Yaryn - bass; Dmitriy Sapoznikov/Vitaliy Epov - drums; Peter Vakulin - Sound
Marimba is an instrument originated in Africa. It’s a wooden relative to xylophone incorporating in its sound the ethnic shades and extraordinary timbre power, which is capable to touch any listener.
The main idea of the band’s new project “Flight Over the World” is to travel all over the world, absorb different cultures and translate them through exclusive author's music. Plus the multi-language style of the band’s vocalists.
Marimba Plus was created in 1999 by young professional musicians, who have graduated from the Russian Gnesin Music Academy and Moscow State Conservatory. After that the group started to be more and more popular and appeared very often at prestigious Moscow clubs and concert-halls.
Uniqueness of Marimba Plus is that possessing the refined features of academic music, they have comprehended also
jazz secrets, and added modern tendencies, surprisingly organically having made related these not always related
qualities. So they reached trust and recognition at each of adherents of these musical directions, having united them in
one indivisible audience with identical delight perceiving them. (ANATOLY KROLL, Russian musician, pianist, composer,
conductor, academic, professor of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music)