Yuri Yaremtchuk (born 1951), improviser, composer and multi-instrumentalist, is one of the leading voices in Ukrainian contemporary non-academic music of the last 20 years, as well as in
great local demand as an intense free jazz player. Yuri is a master of extended techniques on saxophones, clarinet and bass clarinet. His improvisatory style is brisk, clear, logical, sonically rich, with a unique approach to phrasing, melody and timbre. Yuri's collaborations and performances during the 90's and 00's are numerous; among his recent notable collaborations: a tour in a quartet with Michel Doneda, Frédéric Blondy and Tatsuya Nakatani; participation in Ken Vandermark's Resonance project; the "Yatoku" trio with Klaus Kugel and Mark Tokar.
Ilia Belorukov (born 1987) plays saxophones and electronics, and is one of the most active experimental musicians in the St. Petersburg scene gathered around the GES-21 club. Ilia plays solo, as well as in projects Dots & Lines, Wozzeck, Totalitarian Musical Sect and many others. His interests stretch from free improvisation to noise and electroacoustic music; he has an extremely acute ear to what happens in free performance and his playing, even though exuberant, is "egoless" in the best sense of this term. Ilia has collaborated with, among others, David Stackenäs, Ignaz Schick, Alexei Borisov, Vladislav Makarov and Sergey Letov.
Andrij Orel (born 1981) lives in Lviv, Ukraine, and uses cheap acoustic guitars. He plays solo, is a member of the Noah Coward collective and has collaborated with The Moglass; he's also a frequent collaborator with Yuri Yaremtchuk during the last 2 years, with joint performances including Krakow's Audio-Art festival and Kyiv's GogolFest. Andrij's influences include lowercase improv and analogue tape noise, although he favors acoustic playing, having developed an ascetic and intricate style. Andrij has recorded for the Nezvanova Nova label.
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