Listen to Raul Gallyot’s radio interview with Ian Maksin on KWMR
ian maksin (CELLO)
JOINED BY TIM DECILLIS ( PERCUSSION)
Breaking boundaries both musical and geographical, cellist, composer and multilingual vocalist Ian Maksin has created and developed his own unique genre by blending elements of different styles in a new way using his cello as the main unifying force. He sings in nearly 20 languages: Russian, Ukrainian, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Yiddish, Ladino (language of the Sephardic Jews of Spain), Turkish, Kurdish, Armenian, Arabic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Belarusian, and Macedonian. Ian is equally brilliant in every genre in its pure form, from classical to jazz and blues, and Latin to Balkan and Middle Eastern music. His passionate interpretations and soulful sound have generated a contagious universal and ever-growing appeal to diverse audiences across the world.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia into a multicultural family, Ian Maksin began playing cello at age six at the Special School for Gifted Children at the Leningrad Conservatory. He later continued his education at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he moved at age seventeen on his own. After many years working with several prestigious symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles in the classical realm, Ian chose a new musical path, exploring his own personal artistic voice by fusing styles from music of all sorts of genres that he listened to as a kid. Ian acquired blues and rock guitar skills along with learning the cello, which allowed him to expand the capabilities of cello in a completely new and unique direction.
According to Ian himself, “at some point I realized that music was much more than just a compilation of sounds for mere entertainment of both musician and listener, but something much bigger - a force capable of healing, inspiration, unity and reconciliation among people on a global scale. I believe cello can save the world.” ARTIST BIO AND VIDEO
Percussionist, Composer, Improviser
Tim DeCillis was born and raised in Rochester, NY, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in music performance from the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he studied classical percussion, jazz drum set and vibraphone, mallet music of Central America, and West African drumming and gyil. From there he went on to earn a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he also worked as a part time instructor, teaching lecture courses and private lessons. After maintaining an active playing schedule for several years in Chicago, where he performed with artists including Frank Rosaly, Nu Directions Chamber Brass, the Jarvis Raymond Trio, Lionel O, and Project Film, Tim relocated to Oakland in 2014 and has since forged working relationships with many members of the vibrant Bay Area music scene, including Phillip Greenlief, Karl Evangelista, Jordan Glenn, Tom Weeks, William Winant, Andrew Jamieson, and Nathan Clevenger, and explores his compositions as a leader in his quintet Harbinger, as well as the chamber trio Vertebrate.
San - São Trio
AmiltonGodoy | Léa Freire | Harvey Wainapel
AMILTON GODOY (piano), LÉA FREIRE (flute), HARVEY WAINAPEL (sax & clarinet)
Combining the worlds of Brazilian music and jazz in a chamber music type setting, these three instrumentalists have produced a body of work that blends the swinging exuberance, virtuosity, and charm of the many different rhythms of Brazil along with that country's characteristic tender lyricism; mix all this with the spontaneous discoveries of Jazz improvisation and you have a unique trio! Freire and Godoy, two major figures of Brazilian instrumental music, are on a brief US tour with Wainapel to release their new CD "Novos Caminhos"
Hermeto Pascoal: “For me, Amilton is one of the best pianists in the land; always has been and always will be!”
Egberto Gismonti calls Léa “a strong reminder of a Brazil that so many wish for, including myself.”
Ivan Lins says “Harvey understands Brazilian music in a way that’s very unusual; he’s got the spirit, he’s a great musician!”
Every Blue Moon concerts 2018 Artists
Guitarist Ricardo Peixoto
and Grammy nominated pianist Marco Silva
Brazilian jazz duo Ricardo Peixoto and Marco Silva have collaborated with other world class musicians who are household names in the Brazilian jazz scene. Ricardo has collaborated with Flora Purim and Airto, Dom Um Romão, Sivuca, Claudio Roditi, Toots Thielemans, Dori Caymmi, Guinga, Arturo Sandoval and Spok. He has performed throughout the US, Europe, Canada, Japan and Brazil.
Marco Silva was musical director for Flora Purim and Airto Moreira for 24 years. Marcos has written arrangements for Dizzy Gillespie’s band and replaced Gil Evans as arranger-composer of Airto’s Spiritual Mass in Germany.
SABIR KHAN IS THE SYMBOL OF THE SARANGI IN INDIA. Pre-show yoga class with Simone Norblom
videos and bios
Sabir is a virtuoso in musical improvisations with sustaining melodic and rhythmic skills framed by the raga form and interpreted in vibrant play by which he renders the “hundred colours” of the sarangi, the sublime and most demanding of instruments. Sabir has opened an exciting new phase for North Indian music and the Rajasthani folk compositions that he inherited from his forefathers.
Simone Norblom is a Kundalini Yoga teacher with more than 20 years of studying Kundalini as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Simone has been a student of many radiant teachers including Guru Singh, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, and Maty Ezraty.
Almir Cortes, Brian Rice, Harvey Wainapel and Scott Thomson premiere original Brazilian Jazz CD “Trançado.”
Visiting from Rio de Janeiro, Almir Côrtes presents the North American premier of his CD “Trançado.” Recorded in Brazil and California, the album’s title roughly translates to “braided” or “interwoven,” reflecting the repertoire’s mix of Brazilian folkloric rhythms with jazz improvisation, as well as the cultural interchange between Brazil and the USA. The project was awarded a generous grant from the state of São Paulo, funding the recording as well as a tour throughout that state.
Internationally recognized Czech pianist Karolina Syrovatkova has been called by the ABQ Review "a true poet of the piano." She is known for her innovative approach to performing in which she combines her pianistic and dramatic talents to create shows about great composers. Karolina performed a Clara Schumann program that she performed earlier in the year at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
the bee eaters
Grand National Fiddle Champion Tashina Clarridge has toured with Mark O’Connor, Tony Trischka and Laurie Lewis and performed at Carnegie Hall as a part of MacArthur Fellow/Grammy-winning bassist Edgar Meyer’s Young Artists program. Multi-instrumentalist brother Tristan Clarridge is a 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion and a pioneering cellist, synthesizing traditional folk influences with rhythmic vocabulary from jazz, rock and pop music, and leading a revolution among adventurous young cellists throughout the country. Hammer dulcimer wizard and composer Simon Chrisman brings a whole new approach to an instrument that has previously been thought to have limited range and technique.
World renowned Brazilian singer, songwriter, percussionist, and guitarist in the jazz and worldbeat genres.
Brazil's Badi Assad is one of the most innovative, passionate and talented Artists of all times and is lauded as one of the world's most unique and cross-transcendental performance artists of this generation. She transcends traditional styles of her native Brazilian music with a mixture of pop, jazz and world/ethnic. Badi played on the Inverness Ridge the night before she played Herbst Theater in San Francisco. A recent documentary film about Badi’s life called BADI won Best Documentary at the LA Brazilian Film Festival.
São Paulo pianist/composer/arranger AMILTON GODOY is a true pioneer of modern Brazilian instrumental music. In 1964 he founded the iconic Zimbo Trio. This became one of the most influential Brazilian instrumental groups in the second half of the 20th Century, making 51 recordings and playing in 40 countries over the years. LÉA FREIRE is a major force in creative Brazilian music, as a performer, composer, and producer. HARVEY WAINAPEL, They were joined by Bay Area saxophonist/clarinetist HARVEY WAINAPEL, who has toured internationally with Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, Joe Lovano, Ray Charles, and Jovino Santos Neto.
Antonio Iturrioz - Steinway Artist and filmmaker
Steinway artist and filmmaker Antonio Iturrioz presented his "Gottschalk and Cuba" program from his upcoming CD which he recorded at Skywalker Ranch. He played a world premier of his arrangement of a piece written for a 650 piece orchestra for a single piano.
“That you have given the world this historic ‘first’ re-hearing of Gottschalk’s original intentions for ‘Night in the Tropics’ is more than worthy of being recorded for posterity.”
ANDRE WATTS, March 26,2018
Grammy artist and founder of platinum selling bluegrass trio Nickel Creek played his new material from his newly released album, What to Fear. What To Fear is a follow-up to 2014’s acclaimed All I Do Is Lie, which had been Watkins’ first solo effort in nearly a decade, ten years that had been jammed with collaborative projects and a herculean amount of touring. On his own, Watkins displays tremendous warmth and soulfulness as a singer, a refreshing candor and humor as a lyricist, and prodigious skill as an arranger.
In the tradition of songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen, and Jay Farrar, Jacob's music is intensely beautiful, well-crafted, and haunting. His alternative folk songs weave flawlessly between light and dark, with a lyricism that conjures forth cinematic images of landscapes both external and internal.
Her recently released EP The Long Embrace was recorded and produced by Ben Tanner, member of the Grammy-award winning band Alabama Shakes. Featuring musicians Caleb Elliott, Jeremy Gibson, Adam Morrow (Belle Adair), and Ben Tanner, The Long Embrace was recorded in John Paul White's (Civil Wars) Sun Drop Sound Studio in Florence, Alabama and pulsates with ethereal longing and a driving rhythm inspired by the Muscle Shoals sound.