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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

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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 ...

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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: ...

Onward

Label: Fresh Sound New Talent
Released: 2016
Track listing: 01. Contemplation 5:26 02. Dubious Pleasure 6:43 03. Pacific Ocean 4:54 04. Slightly Abashed 6:46 05. Megalomania 7:25 06. Heritage 8:11 07. Torero Hallucinogene 6:55 08. Black Depth 8:40 09. Hope 7:40

Noema

Label: Fancy Music
Released: 2016
Track listing: Kaleidoscope; Imprinted Acerbity; Far Out; Glassy; Four Doors; Prelude; Noema; November.

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 REVIEW

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 REVIEW

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 ...

Deep Immersion

Label: Fancy Music
Released: 2015
Track listing: Yellow Greenwich; Barracuda; Devoted; Deep Dive; Sect; Invisible; Megapolis Distress (CFS).

Flow

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


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