Content by tag "Kiev"

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Anna Mia: Miasophy

Read "Miasophy" reviewed by Martin McFie

Kiev is the capital of Ukraine sitting uncomfortably between Europe and Russia on the Black Sea. A finance package with Europe was switched to financing from Russia. People took to the streets and the president left town for a long trip to Russia, which then annexed the Crimea. This is not the plot of a Gilbert ...

Anna Mia

I started serious relationship with music when was playing bass guitar in one Kiev electronic project. After that I had a long and incredibly happy life in the mountains. There I discovered a better instrument which is always with you – my voice. I was learning to sing from nightingales and other birds by imitating their trills in the garden which was not always successful. At that time I fell in love with modern instrumental jazz. I was motivated to move away from Euclidean geometry in the art to the direction of more complete and beautiful natural forms.

MUSICIAN Born:

Danil Zverkhanovsky

Born in 1994 in Kyiv, Danil Zverkhanovsky has been studying music for the last decade, focusing on guitar and improvisation. After graduating from a music college in Kyiv he has moved to Austria to study at the University of Arts Graz and eventually relocated to Berlin. He completed his bachelor studies at the Jazz Institute Berlin, with Kurt Rosenwinkel and Greg Cohen among his teachers. Danil is a prize-winner of MM Jazzfestival 2013 and a semi-finalist of the Montreux Jazz Electric Guitar Competition 2013 and Riga Jazz Stage 2017. Danil's music is a result of the search for an original language that suits modern environment.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Alfa Jazz Fest 2017

Read "Alfa Jazz Fest 2017" reviewed by Thomas Conrad

Alfa Jazz Fest 2017
Lviv, Ukraine
June 23-27, 2017

Jazz festivals are different in Europe. There are more of them, and they are crucial to the economic viability, social solidarity and creative evolution of the jazz art form. Many European towns that host their own annual jazz events seem like ...

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, ...