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Konstantin Ionenko

Konstantin Ionenko is a Ukrainian-based bassist & composer. He was born in Kharkiv, and got education at College of Music & University Of Arts (Conservatory). In 2003 moved to Kiev, where started playing with local jazz musicians in a variety of bands. At that time he travelled a lot, working in Europe & USA. Few years later Konstantin started working at Kiev Institute of Music, teaching bass & improvisation. He was also actively engaged in running workshops and jazz clinics. Apart from the academic career, he remained one of the most in-demand bass players in Ukrainian music business, being a constant member of the best jazz projects, sideman to popular artists & tv-shows, engaged in lots of touring and recording sessions. The year 2014 was very fruitful for Konstantin as a composer and band leader, since at that time two debut albums with original music composed by Konstantin were released

Deep Tone Project: Onward

Read "Onward" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Another fine collection of contemporary jazz from the Ukrainian collective band Deep Tone Project. The personnel is unchanged from their first album Flow (Fancy Music, 2014). But the compositional input is even more democratic. Previously split between guitarist Aleksandr Pavlov and bassist Konstantin Ionenko, this time a third of the tunes come from the pen of ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Top 25 "Recommended" Album Reviews: 2016

Read "Top 25 "Recommended" Album Reviews: 2016" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is recommended, and the reviews listed below represent our top 25 published in 2016. Local Color University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One 2014-15 by Jack Bowers Published: February 9, 2016 Blues, Ballads, and Beyond: ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

So many reviews this year, in so many genres, that I've split them into two categories--"Jazz" and “Latin, World & Experimental"--in response to the feeling that I was trying to compare apples to oranges. They're presented in more or less chronological order, and the guiding principle was whether I had a clear memory of the recording ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Konstantin Ionenko Quartet: Noema

Read "Noema" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Ukrainian bassist/composer Konstantin Ionenko introduces a striking new quartet on Noema. His previous release Deep Immersion (Fancy Music, 2013) was a quintet with piano, trumpet and saxophone. Only Ionenko and drummer Pavel Galitsky remain from that group, joined by new members Dima Bondarev (flugelhorn) and Alex Maksymiw (guitar). There was precedent for working with a guitarist, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Konstantin Ionenko Quartet: Noema

Read "Noema" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bassist and composer Konstantin Ionenko continues to experiment with formations as he returns with yet another revised lineup on Noema. The name refers to a Greek word meaning “thought" or the content of thought. Recorded in Kiev, Ukraine and mastered in Moscow, the quartet album consists of eight original Ionenko compositions that bridge European chamber jazz ...

Flow

Label: Fancy Music
Released: 2015
Track listing: Landscape; Odd Fellow; Blue; Recent Sense; Fragments; Untitled; Air Shortage; Flow.

NEWS: RECORDING

Tokyo Label Core Port Releases "Deep Immersion" by Bassist & Composer Konstantin Ionenko

Tokyo Label Core Port Releases "Deep Immersion" by Bassist & Composer Konstantin Ionenko

Over the last decade, Konstantin Ionenko has been engaged in several jazz projects spanning different countries, though only a small number of which were recorded and released. A solo project was just a matter of time as Ionenko's composing talent has been highly praised by colleagues and audience alike. His debut release Deep Immersion contains seven ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Konstantin Ionenko Quintet: Deep Immersion

Read "Deep Immersion" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The dark-toned, subtle, inviting and yet vaguely dangerous Deep Immersion represents electric bassist Konstantin Ionenko's project as a leader (and sole composer), the other being Flow from the Deep Tone Project, which he co-leads with guitarist Alexandr Pavlov. Ionenko does not hide this music's antecedents, which are sixties hard bop, complete with the two-horn ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Deep Tone Project: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Flow might just be the perfect record for late-night, candle light-and-wine listening with that special someone. As the music comes out of the speakers, it floats and softly envelops the room in deep violet, making time stop for the duration. If the group can be said have a leader, electric bassist Konstantin Ionenko would ...


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