Two of Chicago’s hottest solo instrumental artists are joining their talents to create a one-of-a-kind fusion of styles and sonorities: Ivanovic’s electrifying mix of Balkan, Arabic and Flamenco with Maksin’s soulful blend of classical, jazz and world music. The eclectic program will range from solo numbers Maksin’s original compositions as well as his ground-breaking and funky solo cello arrangements of Top 40, rock and blues tunes, to the duo’s renditions of folk songs from different corners of the world, music of Astor Piazzolla, groovy arrangements of popular classical pieces as well as original compositions by Maksin and Ivanovic.
Credibly both multi- and counter-cultural, Goran Ivanovic—from the group Eastern Blok and AKGI Guitar Duo—comes up with a unique musical language that melts together his Balkan roots with flamenco and Latin guitar traditions. Graduate of the celebrated Mozart Academy in Salzburg, Ivanovic has toured the world as a soloist and as a part of many of his successful collaborations. His brand new album GORAN IVANOVIC TRIO is being released in the winter of 2016 and is receiving great acclaim from critics around the globe. “Serbian-American classical nylon-string guitarist Ivanovic play unabashedly beautiful music that is as captivatingly melodic and cinematic as it is technically and compositionally sophisticated” -Guitar Player Magazine. “Best album of 2013” -Acoustic Guitar Magazine
Russian-born Chicago-based cellist and composer Ian Maksin has gained international recognition for his beautiful tone, his own unique innovative style of playing the instrument and for taking the cello well outside its conventional role. He gives over one hundred live performances annually in North and South America, Europe and Asia as a soloist as well as part of different collaborations. His recently released album of original music for solo cello titled “Soul Companion” has received great acclaim from critics and audiences around the globe alike.