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Ekaterina Chernousova (vocal, piano, arrangements, composition).
In 1995 graduated from the Chaikovskiy State Conservatory (Moscow,Russia) majoring in piano and history of music. While studying at the Conservatory, Ekaterina also attended vocal classes at theRussianAcademyof Theatre Arts (GITIS) where she later taught at the Department of Variety Arts for 2 years.Since 2002 Ekaterina Chernousova has been a solo performer of the Russian President Orchestra, which works with such renowned artists as Iosif Kobzon, Lev Leshchenko, Larisa Dolina, Luciano Pavarotti, Igor Butman, Givan Gasparyan, Andrea Bochelli, and others. Before that she combined work as reporter for “Nedelya” (“Izvestiya’s” weekly) and concertmaster of “The Kremlin Ballet” Theater. Since 1997 studied jazz improvisation with the Russian pianist D. Kramer, performed in the Maliy Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Chaikovskiy Concert Hall, Central House of Journalist, International Music House inMoscow. Performed at jazz festivals in various cities ofRussia.
On the New Year concert inThe Big Kremlin Palace with Prezident orchestra.
Ekaterina performs inMoscow and other Russian cities with the ensemble named “Komnati” (“Rooms”) which she created in 2001 and has been directing since then.She has been also participating in the Jewish Ensemble which performed many times at the Jewish New Year on Poklonnaya Gora inMoscow, at Hanukkah celebration of the student association named “Gilel”, and at the anniversary of Russian-Jewish Congress.
In 2002 the first “Rooms” CD was presented in the Jewish Cultural Center on Nikitskaya St. Soon there came an idea to make a program which will combine Jewish tunes with modern jazz rhythms. It resulted in the release of the second CD – east music in jazz. Its music was highly estimated by such renowned representatives of klezmer music as M. Lerner, M. Sheppert at 4th Klezfest inKiev (2004). And in December of 2004 “Rooms” got the first prize in vocal nomination (Ekaterina Chernousova) at the International Festival inKazanCity (Tatarstan). In 2005 the ensemble performed inSmolensk,Yaroslavl,Voronezh,Tula, and other cities ofRussia andFinland.
Ekaterina Chernousova performed as pianist and vocalist at various ethno-jazz festivals, including one inTurku(Finland) and jazz-street in Pori.
In 2006, Ekaterina participated in the Russian-American “Open World” Program and visited the United States where she performed at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival (Moscow, ID), which featured such maestros of American jazz as Jeff Hamilton, H.Jones, J.Morrison, R.Hargrove, B.Green and others. Two pieces, performed by Ekaterina (her arrangement of “Hallelujia” and the original composition “Shrovetide”) were a success at the festival. The latter was recorded inMoscow,ID, with support of the drummer and producer Jeff Hamilton.
In 2006 Ekaterina Chernousova and Andrey Antimonov (sax, clarinet, percussions, arrangements) recorded the program called “Feeling Russia” which contains original pieces except for the folk song “A Lass was Walking in the Garden” and “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Rimsky-Korsakov. This program is soon to be performed by “Rooms”. The soundtracks blend Russian tunes and modern funk and down-bit rhythms. “Very nice melodies, good playing, composing and arranging, nice
.Other recordings are being currently made, like 2 songs for V. Gorskiy’s album “Lotus of My Heart”.
In June 2006, Ekaterina Chernousova was invited by the Russian Consulate inIndiato perform in the city ofBombay. Also she performed many times inFinlandat the opening of art’s exibitions. And in September she participated in A. Vinitskiy’s trio performances in and many others towns ofRussia.
At present Ekaterina performs as a vocal solist with variation of different orchestras – symphony, small and jazz-bands in different towns of Russia and Ukrain.In 2009 Ekaterina recorded new ethno-jazz own programm of Russian music. She recorded it in CD “The dances of spring” where she performed as a vocalist, pianist and composer. There are own compositions and also arrangements of Russian classic music (Rahmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov)
“Katia Chernousova taps into this collection of evergreens and Russian
melodies with a playful passion, giving husky hues to CRY ME A RIVER,
spinning scat and operatic variations on Brubeck’s TAKE FIVE, and
playfully paying homage to her love of traditional and classical music
as only an accomplished vocalist-pianist-arranger can”.
Tamir Hendelman — pianist and arranger (USA), leader of his own trio, member of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.
In 2010 Ekaterina became a member of Moscow Union of composers. Her compositions are perform now inMoscowatMoscowjazz-festivals and at concerts in concert Halls for example Halls of Moscow State Conservatory.
In the fall of 2006, Ekaterina Chernousova and Andrey Antimonov recorded “Feeling’ Russia” album where they explored their long-cherished idea of blending jazz and Russian music. “We live in Russia, the country of amazing cultural traditions some of which have unfortunately been lost. The Russians have always been open and sensitive to cultures of other nations, and in particular to jazz. We wanted to try and express the Russian soul as it was probably understood by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, but to do this in modern rhythms. And contemporary jazz provides fertile soil for this.” (Ekaterina Chernousova)
The album is mainly based on jazz interpretations of Russian folk and classical music through extraordinary tone coloring: the basic sound element here is multiple interlacing of clarinet parts – their combinations make the core of Andrey Antimonov’s arrangements – now and then the instrumental texture is penetrated by sophisticated vocal Ekaterina Chernousova, piano. Stylistically, this album presents ethno-fusion. The musicians devoted this CD to one of the best contemporary jazz clarinetists – Paquito D’Rivera. Having heard the album, Maestro D’Rivera gave a rather positive review: “Very nice melodies, good playing, composing and arranging, nice clarinet sound!” First performance of the album was done by Rooms jazz band in March 2007, first at the Jazz Art Club and then at the Soyuz Kompozitorov (Composers’ Union) Club. At the same time this program was performed and well received by the audience at the “Jazz upon the Volga” International Jazz Festival in Yaroslavl, and then, in June 2007, at the “What a Wonderful World” International Jazz Festival in Chelyabinsk.
MP3 (lame 128 kbps):
- Lullaby (Колыбельная)
- Fair (Ярмарка)
- And the wrought iron bars are dressed in white snow (И на чугунных решетках белый узор)
- A lass was walking in the garden (Девка по саду ходила)
- Wind and leaves (Ветер и листья)
In 2004, the Rooms released their second disc, «Im Telech», containing their arrangements of eastern (Jewish and Azerbaijani) songs and their own compositions in oriental spirit. In December 2004, the band became the 1st prize laureate of the music festival and competition in Kazan after which they got invitations to perform in other cities such as Yaroslavl, Saratov, Obninsk. That year the Rooms also participated in several ethno-jazz festivals in Moscow.
1. Hallelujah (К. Oshrat — Sh. Ore) arranged by E. Chernousova 5.32 mp3
2. ShirSameach (Folk Song) arranged by E. Chernousova 10.36 mp3
З. Skochna (FolkSong) 3.39 mp3
4. Am Israel (Folk Song) arranged by E. Chernousova 6.26 mp3
7. East Market (Folk Song) arranged by E. Chernousova and A.Konchakov 5.05 mp3
8. Boybriker Khasene (Folk Song) arranged by E. Chernousova 5.31 mp3
Recorded by Anton Milyukov and Vasily Surianiniv at the President Orchestra of Russia studios
Now Ekaterina sings a lot of lazz music with symphony orhestras of Russia and other countries. In 2014 Ekaterina win a 3d prize in international vocal competition in S-Petersburg.
«Why “Rooms”? It means the idea of creating a space which is filled with a new sense every time. All depends on who is now living in the room — Bach, Ellington, dancing Jewish boy or Russian girl or flying bumble-bee. We hope that there will be many different guests in our rooms with new interesting ideas» — Ekaterina Chernousova
Ekaterina Chernousova (vocal,
at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle, February, 2006 (Ekaterina: far left)
In February, 2006, she visited the U.S. through the Open World Leadership Program. The group of seven young Russian jazz musicians, including Chernousova, performed at Seattle’s best jazz club, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, and then at the biggest jazz festival in U.S. Northwest — Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival (Moscow, Idaho). Russian musicians worked with students and teachers of Music College at University of Idaho the Lionel Hampton Music School, gave 4 master classes during festival and performed closing 2d day of festival in front of six thousand people at the Kibbie Dome/
“Her voice and playing was so inimitable that all public in the Concert hall asked an artist to repeat last song twice”
“Ilta Lehti “, Turku, 2004
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