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Ian Maksin is coming out with a new album of his original music for solo cello inspired by jazz, world music and rock-n-roll. The album also includes several works Maksin has commissioned from award-winning composers Paul Yeon Lee Ilya Levinson, Seth Boustead as well as Ian Maksin's own rendition of Sting's all-time classic Fields of Gold. Download album on iTunes
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CHICAGO, January 11, 2015, 7pm - doors open 5pm


​After his sold out album release at the Old Town School of Folk Music last fall, and having toured from LA to Paris since, Maksin is back at City Winery with a brand new project!  This time he is joining forces with one of Chicago’s most gifted and versatile artists, guitarist Goran Ivanovic and his trio.  Together they will explore and blend many genres:  from Russian and Balkan folk music to Flamenco and Arabic fusion.      TICKETS ON SALE, CLICK HERE

December 7, 2014, 19h00 

Ian Maksin performs live in Paris at Temple Passy, 19, rue Cortambert


URBAN SUITE by Ilya Levinson
In Blue
Different Colors of the Night

I met Ilya several years ago when I came to his composition class at Columbia College in Chicago to do a guest presentation on specifics of writing for the cello.  I gave Ilya a ride back to his home and we got to know each other a little bit.  Among other things he mentioned that he had recently written a piece for solo cello called “Prayer” and promised to send me a PDF file of it.  He did, and I loved the piece.  I decided to include it in my debut solo album “Solo Flight”, and after it came out, it became everyone’s favorite track.  I have been playing the Prayer in nearly every solo concert ever since.   I became good friends with Ilya and his family who turned out to be not only a gifted composer but an exceptional cook.  Subsequently, I commissioned more music from Ilya:  two pieces for my following album Tango Plus, Urban Suite for the current album, as well as a full concerto for cello and orchestra that has just been premiered in the fall of 2014.   Here’s what Ilya himself has to say about these pieces:
"I always lived in big cities, Moscow at first and now in Chicago.  The life never stops here, day or night there is always something going on; one just needs to learn to stop and start listening.  I was imagining what would one of the city-dwellers hear or feel during a typical sleepless night sometimes between 11 pm and 3 am. Rockin’: someone is practicing rock guitar late at night; will he/she ever stop? Different colors of the night: strange sounds and dreams floating around; is it an early dawn or lights of a police car? In Blue: loathing over broken dreams? Stop crying! It’s almost a dawn and its time for a coffee; the raising sun makes the coming day looking good!"