In his Roulette debut pianist Vadim Neselovskyi will present the United States Premiere of his new project Music for Piano and String Orchestra and with that the World Premiere of his original piece Black Black Sea. As a young pianist growing up in Odessa, Ukraine, Neselovskyi discovered that his calling was not to follow any one stylistic path but to become a “creator of music.” He’s long since fulfilled that early promise in myriad ways both inventive and unexpected: as a composer whose vision is expansive enough to spark inspired interpretations from jazz trio and symphony orchestra alike; as an improviser carving surprising pathways through the straight ahead, the avant-garde, and the indefinable; and as a collaborator valued by peers, mentors, and fellow innovators.
“I remember somebody saying to me that if you want to understand future you have to have very deep understanding of the past. I was always very interested in the organic synthesis of old and new. In this project, I am exploring improvisation, jazz harmony, and rhythmic sensibility in a context of traditional classical chamber string environment. I am not using any drums or percussion—and I do it on purpose. I hope that when listening to this music for the first time you will perhaps wonder: what is this? Is it jazz? Is it classical? And then —hopefully— you will stop asking questions and the music will take over, music without definition of style or genre, just music,” Vadim Neselovskyi says about his exciting new project.
Vadim Neselovskyi — Composition, Piano
Natalia Ponomarchuk — Conductor
“Kyiv-NYC” Chamber Orchestra
Special Guests TBA
Whether as a pianist, composer, improviser, soloist or bandleader, Vadim Neselovskyi creates music that is truly inspired and wholly unique. The Los Angeles Times has praised Neselovskyi’s “extraordinary playing” while The Guardian (UK) called him “the most promising of the young improvisers.” His work has been played by jazz greats like Randy Brecker, Antonio Sanchez, Julian Lage, and Gary Burton, as well as classical artists (Daniel Gauthier, whose recording of Neselovskyi’s “San Felio” won an ECHO Classical Award) and symphony orchestras in the United States and Europe.
Neselovskyi’s most recent release, Get Up and Go, earned a rare 4.5-star review from DownBeat by showcasing the meaningful bond forged between the pianist and his gifted bandmates during a visit to Neselovskyi’s native Ukraine at a time of political upheaval. The pianist’s next project will be a recording of his composition Bez Mezh (which, fittingly, means “no limits” in Ukrainian) by the International Symphony Orchestra (INSO) from Lviv, Ukraine. The ambitious work vividly interlaces composition and improvisation, providing both the piano soloist and the 65-piece orchestra with thrilling challenges to navigate.
Vadim Neselovskyi’s “Music for Piano and String Orchestra” is supported by Ukrainian Institute.