As a young pianist growing up in Odessa, Ukraine, Vadim Neselovskyi discovered that his calling was not to follow any one stylistic path but to become a creator of music.
He has long since fulfilled that early promise in myriad ways both inventive and unexpected: as a composer whose vision is expansive enough to spark inspired interpretations from jazz trio to symphony orchestra; as an improviser carving surprising pathways through the straightahead, the avant-garde and the indefinable and as a collaborator valued by peers, mentors and fellow innovators.
The Los Angeles Times has praised Neselovskyi’s extraordinary playing while the UK The Guardian called him the most promising of the young improvisers. His work has been played by jazz greats like Randy Brecker, Antonio Sanchez, Julian Lage, and Gary Burton as well as US and European symphony orchestras and classical artists including Daniel Gauthier.
His diverse talents have attracted the attention of legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton, the prestigious Graz Philharmoniker (Prelude for Vibes), iconoclastic composer/saxophonist John Zorn who invited Neselovskyi to contribute to The Book Beriah, the final installment of his Masada project and French horn/alphorn pioneer Arkady Shilkloper, a profound influence with whom the pianist now shares a longstanding duo collaboration.
Neselovskyi’s most recent release, Get Up and Go, showcases the meaningful bond forged between the pianist and his gifted bandmates during a visit to Neselovskyi’s native Ukraine at a time of political upheaval.
The pianist’s next project will be a recording of his composition Bez Mezh (no limits in Ukrainian) by the International Symphony Orchestra from Lviv, Ukraine.