Pianistic grandeur and flexibility
“I'm interested in every musical style! Today, you will hear me playing swing or dixieland, tomorrow it will be bebop or funk, and the day after tomorrow Afro-Cuban or Ibero-American jazz.” - Sergey Zhilin
Sounds shimmering like dewdrops, falling like shooting stars, raging like torrents. An impeccable technique that swings just as it should, but sounds as flawless as the playing of a classical master pianist. Sergey Zhilin is internationally regarded as one of the most technically mature jazz pianists of our time. The Russian soloist, composer, band leader and arranger is celebrated in Europe as well as in the USA. With phenomenal abilities he translates music from all genres and areas into his own language without ever losing quality and depth. And, in terms of music, there is nothing that the Muscovite musician would be afraid of – to our delight: Zhilin is capable of transforming Tchaikovsky's music with such a creativity that his project "Tchaikovsky in Jazz. The Seasons" sounds like a programme of all-time jazz standards. In “The Blues Brothers II” he pays homage to the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley, transforms the Beatles evergreen "Yesterday" into a beautiful jazz ballad and gives Duke Ellington's "Caravan" pianistic brilliance à la Gershwin.
Zhilin's pianistic grandeur is no accident. For years he studied at the Moscow Music Conservatory where he was trained as a classical musician. Everyone expected the young virtuoso to become an important concert pianist. But instead of pursuing a classical career, he decided on jazz, went to the “Moscow College of Improvised Music” in 1982 and founded the legendary “Fonograf Jazz Band”, only one year later. Together with his ensemble, he dedicates himself to his unrestrained desire to experiment with genres such as traditional jazz, classical music, soul, mainstream, funk, jazz-rock, fusion as well as songs by stars like Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Lenny Kravitz. Zhilin's stylistic flexibility and versatility is shared by his ensemble and marks his collaboration with such diverse formations as the Presidential Orchestra of the Russian Federation under Pavel Ovsyannikov or his annual performances with pop and folk stars at the international festival "The Slavic Bazaar".
In 2002 Zhilin became the music director and chief conductor of the Russian version of the Broadway musical “Chicago”. In 2003 he was music director of the international festival “Days of Russian Culture”. Among Zhilin's most outstanding projects are the series “Raptures in Jazz”, organized together with outstanding Russian pianists in Moscow's “Golden Ring” theatre, and the annual format “JazzValentine” in Moscow's House of International Music.
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