Biography

Vadim Neselovskyi piano, composition

Critics have praised NY-based pianist/composer Vadim Neselovskyi for “extraordinary playing” (Los Angeles Times), “exceptional composition skills” (musicweb-international.com) and a “feathery touch” (New York Times).

While mostly known as one of the key members of multiple Grammy Winner Gary Burton’s Quintet, and a featured pianist and composer on Burton’s Concord Records release “Next Generation”, Vadim is rapidly gaining a reputation as a band leader, creating a “thrilling blend of classical and jazz” music (jazzreview.com).

Vadim grew up in Odessa, Ukraine, where he was the youngest student to be accepted into the famous Odessa Conservatory, and then moved to Dortmund, Germany when he was 17 years old. Shortly after arriving to Germany, he established himself in the local jazz scene, taking part in many events including the Dusseldorf Jazz Rally and Leipzig Jazz Days.

After a few years he decided to move to the US to further his studies at Berklee College of Music, where he was discovered by Gary Burton, with whom he has been touring worldwide since 2004. Vadim has also performed with George Benson, Karrin Allyson, Chaka Khan, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terence Blanchard and Nicholas Payton among others.

The year of 2010 brought Vadim two major Awards - Grand Prix at Thelonious Monk Jazz Composer's Competition and a Second Grand Prize at the 5th Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition.

 

Stefan Bauer vibes/marimba, composition

Stefan Bauer has been has been travelling annually with his own ensembles since 1980. A variety of tours led him to Africa (1987, 2002), Eastern Europe, India (1993), and all over Central Europe and Canada and to Seoul/South Korea during the Olympics in 1988. Bauer’s 7 CD’s document his compositions, including musicians Adam Nussbaum, Barry Romberg, Bernie Senensky, Charlie Mariano, Chris Bacas, Christoph Haberer, Claudio Puntin, Howard Levy, Kenny Wheeler, Laurent Roy, Marcio Doctor, Matthias Nadolny, Michal Cohen, Mick Goodrick, Paul McCandless, Ramesh Shotham, Rick Shadrach Lazar, Ted Poor, Thomas Alkier, Tim Hagans. Tim Wells, Volker Heinze, Jim Vivian, Ugonna Okegwo. He also wrote music for the Canadian short film "Seeduction", in 1990 he received a jazz-compositions prize from Monaco, and the cultural award of the city of Dortmund/Germany.

In 1997 his CD "Best of two worlds" was nominated for a JUNO Award (the Canadian Grammy). In April of 2002 his suite "Street Scenes" (commissioned by Manitoba's New Music association 'Groundswell') was premiered. Bauer has also participated in countless radio and TV broadcasts and in more than 30 CD’s. With his ensemble Voyage (Europe: Michal Cohen, Chris Bacas, pepe Berns, Roland Schneider. NY: Judi Silvano, C.Bacas, Pascal Niggenkemper, Rob Garcia) he played around NYC, toured Germany in ’06 (Jazzfest Moers/Germany) and ’08 (plus Jazzkaar Festival in Tallinn/Estonia). In 2007 he performed as a guest soloist and composer with the WDR Big Band (Radio Cologne, conducted by Vince Mendoza), and in 2010 (conducted by Ansgar Striepens).

PRESS NOTES

 

PRESS NOTES

"..an extremely creative and wonderful composer... an exciting, original kind of player."
Gary Burton

"Vadim Neselovskyi writes and plays graceful music with intelligence and passion. We all look forward to hearing much more from him, as he ventures further down the singular road he has found"
Steve Swallow

"...extraordinying..."
Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

"Vadim... sounds the most promising of the young improvisers."
The Guardian

"...his solos are passionate and brilliantly improvised. And through his background of classical training, he has developed exceptional composition skills."
Musicweb-International.com

"Neselovskyi’s a remarkable pianist. Ukranian-born, raised partly in Germany, at home with blues, funk, and Latin, with an extra Middle European dimension. Neselovskyi may be the decisive individuating presence."
John R. Calder, All about Jazz

"Pianist Vadim Neselovskyi is a player and composer and equally adept on both sides of the talent"
Jazz Society of Oregon

"...dominant voice... manifested by a characteristic ability to find the perfect phrase, the most fitting harmonic content. More than just a strong pianist, he's a composer who blends form and freedom in new ways."
John Kellman, All about Jazz

"Vadim Neselovskyi... has a precise touch as soloist and composer’s ear for arrangement."
Popmatters.com

 

"Again, Bauer shows off his enormous technique yet excels at delighting the listener with his keen penchant for nuance and subtly. Stefan Bauer is a fierce and dynamic vibraphonist yet at times, plays so soft and graceful one wonders if he could break eggs with his mallets."
Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz

"Bauer is a player of no uncertain gifts, strong in the technique and introspective feeling, whose instincts suggest a Euro-Canadian jazz connection. Hot, thoughtful sounds from the North."
Josef Woodard, Jazziz

"...exceptional control of the four mallet approach while his unique amplification of the instrument gives it a distinctive sound."
John Norris, "Coda Magazine"

"Bauer's playing consistently proves that he is one of the best vibists."
United Jazz Society

"Bauer still swings like crazy when he wishes, but the emphasis here (CD Silent Witness) is on the new voices of different surfaces - the wood song of the marimba, the warped notes of the mallet trigger, the international chatter of hand and machine..."
Randall McIlroy, Winnipeg Free Press                                                     

"To hear yet another innovator of the vibraharp with a mind of his own, evolved from a wide variety of influences, check out Coast To Coast, the title of which refers to the group's recent crosscountry tour of Canada."
Bill Donaldson in Marg Hofacre's Jazz News

Vibraphonists are quite rare in today's jazz world but good ones are even more scarce. "Coast to Coast" is a gem of an album from an exceptional talent. Not only a unique voice on his instrument but with a unique compositional and arranging style as well. This recording is a "must have," especially for audiophiles!"
Minneapolis Review by Joel Richman