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Max Redko

When the composer, sitting at the instrument at home, suddenly feels something and presses the keys, this moment - this is jazz, the moment of creation; just jazz players learn to do it right on the stage

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Dennis Adu

Dennis Adu was born in 1987, May 8 in Saltpond (Ghana). When he was 2 years old his family moved to Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine. He started play the trumpet when he was 7, and when he turned 8 he was invited to Alexander Gebel Orchestra. Dennis participated in such international festivals and competitions like "Millau en Jazz" (France), "Fel du Sher" (France), "Jazz A Vienne" (Viena), Alfa Jazz Fest (Ukraine) and many others. Dennis took lessons from Alex Sipiagin and Joe Magnarelli. He played with Ku- umba Frank Lacy, Gregory Porter, Curtis Fuller, Jim Rotondi, Roy and Ofer Assaf, Steve Slagle, Javon Jackson, Larry Willis, Quincy Davis, Dana Hall, Wayne Escoffery, Michael Dease, Jason Brown, Jimmy Bosch, Mitch Froman, Pete Nater Frankie Vasquez, Mambo Legends Orchestra and other

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Misha Mengelberg

Misha Mengelberg was born in Kiev in 1935 - the son of a Dutch composer/conductor/pianist and a German harpist - but is a lifelong resident of Amsterdam, where he teaches counterpoint at the Sweelinck Conservatory. He wrote his first piece for piano at age four and has been composing pretty much ever since, in the jazz and classical fields. Crucial early influences include jazz pianists Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols, the composer John Cage, whom he heard lecture at Darmstadt in 1958, and the absurd-art movement Fluxus, with which he was involved in the 1960s. Mengelberg graduated from the Royal Conservatory in the Hague in 1964

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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 my serious relationship with music when played bass guitar on the Kiev based electronic project. Than a long and incredibly happy time I lived in the mountain, where opened another and best instrument, who always with you, voice. I learned to sing with a nightingales and other birds, copying, not always successfully, their trills in the garden. At the same time I really fall in love with the modern instrumental jazz. I was motivated to move away from of Euclidean geometry in the art to the direction of more completely and beautiful natural forms.

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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.

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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 ...

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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, ...


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