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Ahead of Mikhail Nemtstov’s concert and album launch on the 9th September, we learn a little more about him here:
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Honest Russian musician
Who do you usually perform with?
My sister pianist Elena Nemtsova
What has been a performance highlight in your career so far?
Evening recital in Wigmore Hall
What is coming up in the diary that you are most looking forward to?
Our new CD launch
Do you have a favourite performer? What type of concerts/gigs do you regularly attend?
Daniil Shafran, Russian cellist. I usually attend classical music concerts.
How did you find out about CMF and why did you decide to apply?
I was nominated through the RNCM to apply for CMF. It seemed like an exciting opportunity and it certainly turned out this way!
The concert on the 9th is also the launch of your new album, 60 Degrees North, where did the concept come from and how did you select the repertoire?
The concept of 60 Degrees North for our new album came from a discussion we had with Ian Ritchie, who was my CMF mentor. He used to have a music festival with the similar name where the music from this geographical altitude was featured. We really liked the idea which Ian kindly let us use and choosing of repertoire happened naturally as we included the pieced we really like and enjoy playing. We thought that it would be cool to include Elena’s piece too and I am very glad it worked very well.
What has CMF done for you since being a CMF artist?
CMF has been really supportive and provided us with some excellent opportunities and in particular making it possible to record our new CD. We are very grateful to CMF for the great support.
What are your hopes for the future?
We are hoping to have more regular performances, have a manager who would help us to find more opportunities to play and get around more.
Finally, your 3 desert island discs?
Lully opera “Bourgeois gentilhomme”, Menuhin – Bach violin solo partitas and sonatas, Tchaikovsky 4,5,6 symphonies
Come and see Mikhail perform at St Lawrence Jewry on the 9th September. You can buy tickets here.
New Ansonia is the debut album from bassist and composer Misha Mullov-Abbado. Son of the late, great Italian conductor Claudio Abbado and Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova, British-born Mullov-Abbado grew up in a powerfully musical environment, a unique upbringing that has inspired Misha to create his own musical identity and tell his own compelling story. This, his debut album, demonstrates gifts that are uniquely his own and is full of unusual colours, leaps of imagination and a strong sense of character. New Ansonia clearly defines the path Misha intends to follow both as a composer and performer of exceptional ability. As Kenny Wheeler Music Prize judge Evan Parker put it, this is ‘the beginning of a journey of an outstanding individual’.
To achieve his musical goals Misha has brought together a wealth of young talent from the vibrant and creative London jazz scene with a front line of alto saxophonist Matthew Herd and trombonist Tom Green and alongside him in the rhythm section YouTube sensation & Quincy Jones protégé Jacob Collier on keys and drummer Scott Chapman.
Described by the London Jazz Website as ‘a hugely promising talent’, Mullov-Abbado showcases his diverse and wide-ranging skills as a bandleader and composer on New Ansonia. Listen to the opening track and you’ll be introduced to the melodic, widescreen ‘Circle Song’ followed by the rhythmically bristling and upbeat, ‘Lock Stock & Shuffle’. The title track ‘New Ansonia’ is exuberant and joyful while ‘Heal Me on This Cloudy Day’ introduces a sombre note – Mullov-Abbado wrote this song for his father’s funeral, demonstrating the emotional maturity and strength of character that suffuses this fine debut.
With a strong sense of song, evolving with dramatic twists, shifting dynamics and moods, New Ansonia is an exceptional debut – colourful, bursting with character, grooves, melody and inventive soloing.
Available on CD and Download
MISHA MULLOV-ABBADO double bass
MATTHEW HERD alto saxophone
TOM GREEN trombone
JACOB COLLIER piano
SCOTT CHAPMAN drums
JAMES DAVISON trumpet and flugelhorn (tracks 3 and 4)
NICK GOODWIN electric guitar (tracks 4 and 5)
VIKTORIA MULLOVA violin (track 7)
MATTHEW BARLEY cello (track 7)
1. Circle Song 7.07
2. Lock, Stock & Shuffle 7.22
3. Real Eyes Realise Real Lies 7.56
4. New Ansonia 7.52
5. Satan, Oscillate My Metallic Sonatas 8.18 6. Ode To King Michael 4.30
7. Heal Me On This Cloudy Day 5.06
8. September 8.47
9. Just Another Love Song 10.44
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