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2. 06 Kupalinka

06 Kupalinka

ZARIA - where the Earth ends and Music begins... Internationally known for his unique ability to blend different genres and styles, cellist, composer and vocalist Ian Maksin is taking his concept to yet a new orbit with the release of his album “Zaria”. The album is an ultimately eclectic mix of traditional music from different corners of the world from Persia to Macedonia and from Armenia to Belarus, both instrumental and vocal (Maksin is singing in six languages on the album), also his own versions of Jacques Brel’s iconic “Amsterdam” and Bill Wither’s classic “Ain’t No Sunshine”. Also the album features several of Maksin's new original instrumental compositions infused with Balkan rhythms, flamenco arabe, pagan Slavic chants, Mississippi blues and Argentine milonga. Minimalistically orchestrated with percussion, acoustic bass and occasional cameos by the middle Eastern string instrument oud, the album’s sound is blended together by the cello as a leading common element throughout.

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3. Manuel de Falla, Nana

Manuel de Falla, Nana

Collaboration of Russian cellist Ian Maksin and Bulgarian pianist Ani Gogova (iAN&ANi DUO). The album features music of Maurice Ravel, Rodion Shchedrin, Alberto Ginastera, a work commissioned from Russian-born Chicago-based composer Ilya Levinson as well as Ian Maksin's arrangements of Astor Piazzolla's Oblivion, Milonga del Angel and Adios Nonino.

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4. 01 Pensando En Ti

01 Pensando En Ti

ZARIA - where the Earth ends and Music begins... Internationally known for his unique ability to blend different genres and styles, cellist, composer and vocalist Ian Maksin is taking his concept to yet a new orbit with the release of his album “Zaria”. The album is an ultimately eclectic mix of traditional music from different corners of the world from Persia to Macedonia and from Armenia to Belarus, both instrumental and vocal (Maksin is singing in six languages on the album), also his own versions of Jacques Brel’s iconic “Amsterdam” and Bill Wither’s classic “Ain’t No Sunshine”. Also the album features several of Maksin's new original instrumental compositions infused with Balkan rhythms, flamenco arabe, pagan Slavic chants, Mississippi blues and Argentine milonga. Minimalistically orchestrated with percussion, acoustic bass and occasional cameos by the middle Eastern string instrument oud, the album’s sound is blended together by the cello as a leading common element throughout.

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5. James Brown "I Feel Good"

James Brown

Russian cellist Ian Maksin & Romanian guitarist Gabriel Datcu perform live at City Winery Chicago. June 5 2016. From Bach to Bossa, From Duke Ellington to James Brown and from Sting to Game of Thrones, they play it all and they play it funky!

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6. 10 Fields Of Gold

10 Fields Of Gold

My first encounter with Sting happened when I was about twelve. I was sitting in my parents’ kitchen watching their tiny black-and-white TV and suddenly he came on. It was the song Russians. It was surreal. Surreal and beautiful. Beautiful and haunting. Since that day Sting became an integral partof my musical life. A few years later I would spend hours on my own listening to Ten Summoner's Tales over and over again. And then one day, I got invited to do a pre-concert performance (in rock’n’roll terms it would be “to open”) for Sting at a fundraiser for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. I got to meet Sting. ​This solo cello transcription of Fields of Gold is my tribute to all of the inspiration that I drew from Sting’s music throughout the years. Although it starts off with the theme played twice in different registers, it quickly evolves into something different: there are several quotations from other Sting songs as well as one from J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1. Except instead of a major key, it appears in a minor one, and sets up the mood and harmony for the next bit: a quotation from Shape of My Heart. The piece ends with some brand new material remotely reminiscent of Fragile and paying further tribute to Sting’s harmonic language by exploring major and minor ninth chords so typical and unique identifiers of his music.

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7. Sunny Side Up

Sunny Side Up

Russian cellist Ian Maksin and Romanian guitarist Gabriel Datcu join forces in a new collaboration blending classical, jazz and free improvisation into a new and unique concept

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8. 02 Ain't No Sunshine

02 Ain't No Sunshine

ZARIA - where the Earth ends and Music begins... Internationally known for his unique ability to blend different genres and styles, cellist, composer and vocalist Ian Maksin is taking his concept to yet a new orbit with the release of his album “Zaria”. The album is an ultimately eclectic mix of traditional music from different corners of the world from Persia to Macedonia and from Armenia to Belarus, both instrumental and vocal (Maksin is singing in six languages on the album), also his own versions of Jacques Brel’s iconic “Amsterdam” and Bill Wither’s classic “Ain’t No Sunshine”. Also the album features several of Maksin's new original instrumental compositions infused with Balkan rhythms, flamenco arabe, pagan Slavic chants, Mississippi blues and Argentine milonga. Minimalistically orchestrated with percussion, acoustic bass and occasional cameos by the middle Eastern string instrument oud, the album’s sound is blended together by the cello as a leading common element throughout.

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9. 04 I Am A Snake

04 I Am A Snake

ZARIA - where the Earth ends and Music begins... Internationally known for his unique ability to blend different genres and styles, cellist, composer and vocalist Ian Maksin is taking his concept to yet a new orbit with the release of his album “Zaria”. The album is an ultimately eclectic mix of traditional music from different corners of the world from Persia to Macedonia and from Armenia to Belarus, both instrumental and vocal (Maksin is singing in six languages on the album), also his own versions of Jacques Brel’s iconic “Amsterdam” and Bill Wither’s classic “Ain’t No Sunshine”. Also the album features several of Maksin's new original instrumental compositions infused with Balkan rhythms, flamenco arabe, pagan Slavic chants, Mississippi blues and Argentine milonga. Minimalistically orchestrated with percussion, acoustic bass and occasional cameos by the middle Eastern string instrument oud, the album’s sound is blended together by the cello as a leading common element throughout.

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10. Duke Ellington "Caravan"

Duke Ellington

Russian cellist Ian Maksin & Romanian guitarist Gabriel Datcu perform live at City Winery Chicago. June 5 2016. From Bach to Bossa, From Duke Ellington to James Brown and from Sting to Game of Thrones, they play it all and they play it funky!

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11. 08 Adio Kerida

08 Adio Kerida

ZARIA - where the Earth ends and Music begins... Internationally known for his unique ability to blend different genres and styles, cellist, composer and vocalist Ian Maksin is taking his concept to yet a new orbit with the release of his album “Zaria”. The album is an ultimately eclectic mix of traditional music from different corners of the world from Persia to Macedonia and from Armenia to Belarus, both instrumental and vocal (Maksin is singing in six languages on the album), also his own versions of Jacques Brel’s iconic “Amsterdam” and Bill Wither’s classic “Ain’t No Sunshine”. Also the album features several of Maksin's new original instrumental compositions infused with Balkan rhythms, flamenco arabe, pagan Slavic chants, Mississippi blues and Argentine milonga. Minimalistically orchestrated with percussion, acoustic bass and occasional cameos by the middle Eastern string instrument oud, the album’s sound is blended together by the cello as a leading common element throughout.

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12. 11 Temptation Of The Firebird

11 Temptation Of The Firebird

ZARIA - where the Earth ends and Music begins... Internationally known for his unique ability to blend different genres and styles, cellist, composer and vocalist Ian Maksin is taking his concept to yet a new orbit with the release of his album “Zaria”. The album is an ultimately eclectic mix of traditional music from different corners of the world from Persia to Macedonia and from Armenia to Belarus, both instrumental and vocal (Maksin is singing in six languages on the album), also his own versions of Jacques Brel’s iconic “Amsterdam” and Bill Wither’s classic “Ain’t No Sunshine”. Also the album features several of Maksin's new original instrumental compositions infused with Balkan rhythms, flamenco arabe, pagan Slavic chants, Mississippi blues and Argentine milonga. Minimalistically orchestrated with percussion, acoustic bass and occasional cameos by the middle Eastern string instrument oud, the album’s sound is blended together by the cello as a leading common element throughout.

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13. "Game of Thrones" Theme

Russian cellist Ian Maksin & Romanian guitarist Gabriel Datcu perform live at City Winery Chicago. June 5 2016. From Bach to Bossa, From Duke Ellington to James Brown and from Sting to Game of Thrones, they play it all and they play it funky!

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14. Rachmaninov "Vocalise"

Rachmaninov

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15. 05 Patara Qalo

05 Patara Qalo

ZARIA - where the Earth ends and Music begins... Internationally known for his unique ability to blend different genres and styles, cellist, composer and vocalist Ian Maksin is taking his concept to yet a new orbit with the release of his album “Zaria”. The album is an ultimately eclectic mix of traditional music from different corners of the world from Persia to Macedonia and from Armenia to Belarus, both instrumental and vocal (Maksin is singing in six languages on the album), also his own versions of Jacques Brel’s iconic “Amsterdam” and Bill Wither’s classic “Ain’t No Sunshine”. Also the album features several of Maksin's new original instrumental compositions infused with Balkan rhythms, flamenco arabe, pagan Slavic chants, Mississippi blues and Argentine milonga. Minimalistically orchestrated with percussion, acoustic bass and occasional cameos by the middle Eastern string instrument oud, the album’s sound is blended together by the cello as a leading common element throughout.

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16. 03 Ov Siroon Siroon

03 Ov Siroon Siroon

ZARIA - where the Earth ends and Music begins... Internationally known for his unique ability to blend different genres and styles, cellist, composer and vocalist Ian Maksin is taking his concept to yet a new orbit with the release of his album “Zaria”. The album is an ultimately eclectic mix of traditional music from different corners of the world from Persia to Macedonia and from Armenia to Belarus, both instrumental and vocal (Maksin is singing in six languages on the album), also his own versions of Jacques Brel’s iconic “Amsterdam” and Bill Wither’s classic “Ain’t No Sunshine”. Also the album features several of Maksin's new original instrumental compositions infused with Balkan rhythms, flamenco arabe, pagan Slavic chants, Mississippi blues and Argentine milonga. Minimalistically orchestrated with percussion, acoustic bass and occasional cameos by the middle Eastern string instrument oud, the album’s sound is blended together by the cello as a leading common element throughout.

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17. J.S. Bach Suite for Unaccompanied Cello #3 in C major Allemande

J.S. Bach  Suite for Unaccompanied Cello #3 in C major Allemande

Russian cellist Ian Maksin & Romanian guitarist Gabriel Datcu perform live at City Winery Chicago. June 5 2016. From Bach to Bossa, From Duke Ellington to James Brown and from Sting to Game of Thrones, they play it all and they play it funky! www.ianmaksin.com

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19. J.S. Bach Suite for Unaccompanied Cello #3 in C major Bourree 1 & 2

J.S. Bach  Suite for Unaccompanied Cello #3 in C major Bourree 1 & 2

Russian cellist Ian Maksin & Romanian guitarist Gabriel Datcu perform live at City Winery Chicago. June 5 2016. From Bach to Bossa, From Duke Ellington to James Brown and from Sting to Game of Thrones, they play it all and they play it funky! www.ianmaksin.com

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20. 01 It's Not The Wind, Variations on a Russian Theme for Solo Cello

01 It's Not The Wind, Variations on a Russian Theme for Solo Cello

This composition is based on a Russian folk song that my mother used to sing to me as a lullaby when I was little. However, even though it worked quite well as a lullaby, in reality it was a love song: “It’s not the wind that is bending the branch, it’s my heart that is sighing for you, trembling like a leaf on a tree”. This song has been part of my life ever since and I have thought of doing some sort of a transcription of it for cello for quite a while. The right opportunity came about when I was asked to write a piece for a festival of World Music at Elmhurst College in Chicago. I instantly thought of the song and decided to write a set of variations based on this theme. I thought it would be an interesting thing to take the song on a musical journey: by slightly changing the melody (often just altering one pitch in the scale) and setting a new rhythmical pattern, each variation would transport the listener to a new place: Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia and finally culminating in an Irish gig ​(a bit reminiscent of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” ) and a rock groove with a minor blues feel.

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