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Dmitry Vasiliev

Dmitry Vasiliev is an outstanding Russian jazz multi-instrumentalist. His unique ability of improvising with voice and any instrument at the same time, the bright talent of playing, composing and arranging music make him a demanded musician, who works in various genres and roles. He's based in Saint-Petersburg, where he has finished Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory as a bouble bass player. As a teacher, he give the classes of arranging in School of music named after Mussorgsky. Dmitry has his own ensemble called "Empathy Project", also he is a member of "Classicize" by Irina Chehova, "The Acoustic Trio" in collaboration with Alexander Feldman and Igor Lozhevsky and the bal-folk project "Ember" by Dmitry Petrov, and a session singer/bass player in many other projects.

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Empathy Project

“Empathy is the ability to experience another person, another creature, a forest, a lake, nature and all the world inside yourself. This process is a drastically different and a far deeper and more errorless form of communication than the one we are all used to nowadays. Our mission is to find and develop this ability, and then to share it with people by means of music. This is how we might plant a seed of a new experience or help revive a forgotten one. And this is the reason why our band has such a name and our music can hardly be limited by one certain style only. Empathy Project is actually our way”. Empathy Project concerts are not just about performing for the audience, but also about offering a mutual process

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Roman Stolyar

Roman Stolyar was born in Novosibirsk, Russia, in the family of engineers and received his first musical experiences at state music school. Then, being a student of Novosibirsk Institute of Electrical Engineering, he made his first steps to studying jazz - first privately, then, after his decision to leave the career of engineer, at Novosibirsk musical college where he entered in 1989. His teacher was Igor Dmitriyev, the most famous Siberian traditional jazz pianist and educator. During studying jazz at the college Roman chose the way of contemporary and free jazz enriched by elements of classical composing and folk roots

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Intonema's Fifth Anniversary

Read "Intonema's Fifth Anniversary" reviewed by John Eyles

As it reaches the fifth anniversary of its first release, it seems a fitting time to reflect on how Intonema is progressing. Initially, the label attracted attention because it was based in St. Petersburg, on Russian soil, a novelty at the time. The early releases on the label featured Russian-based musicians, including the Intonema proprietors saxophonist ...

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Two Intonema Releases: Lucio Capece and Vile Cretin

Read "Two Intonema Releases: Lucio Capece and Vile Cretin" reviewed by John Eyles

The Intonema label released its first CDs in 2011 and has maintained a steady stream of noteworthy releases since, the current pair bringing the total to ten. One of the more remarkable features of Intonema is that it is a Russian label, based in St Petersburg--surely a measure of how far the world has evolved since ...

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Bystrov/Bledsoe/Lapin: Triologue

Read "Triologue" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

American flautist and educator Helen Bledsoe resides in Cologne, Germany, and is a prominent improviser on the global circuit. She aligns with Russians, pianist Alexey Lapin and clarinetist Vlady Bystrov, for a soundscape that defies stringent categorizations but touches on avant-Chamber, free-jazz, and is embedded in dense montages, as they explore numerous possibilities and outcomes. Recorded ...

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Leo Volskiy: Good News Blues

Read "Good News Blues" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Saint Petersburg is Russia's jazz capital, home to Igor Butman-Bill Clinton's favorite living saxophonist, and chosen for his musical debut by none other than Vladimir “Fats" Putin. Pianist Leo Volskiy also hails from the city, but no longer lives there. After studying at the Mussorgsky College of Music and listening to local musicians at such clubs ...


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