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Sempre: A New Dimension

by Ian Maksin

Soulful music for strings
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sempre
3:05 $0.99
2. Blues au jardin du Luxembourg
4:05 $0.99
3. Vancouver Rain
3:22 $0.99
4. Summer Garden
1:58 $0.99
5. Respiro
4:05 $0.99
6. Lacrimae Novae
5:42 $0.99
7. Per me, per te...
4:18 $0.99
8. Sunset on the Cascade
5:25 $0.99
9. Brand New Page
4:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
Russian-born Chicago-based cellist, composer and multilingual vocalist Ian Maksin, known for pushing boundaries of the cello well beyond its known scope and blending many genres together, is releasing a new album of all original instrumental music for cello. The album will include 9 tracks scored for multiple cellos, some with addition of percussion.

According to Ian Maksin himself: “SEMPRE (Italian for always or forever) - a new dimension of infinity. I heard the cello for the first time when I was five years old. I closed my eyes and instantly got transported into an entirely new dimension where there was neither time nor space. I became overwhelmed with emotion of happiness to the point I wanted to cry. It felt like the sound was coming from deep inside human soul rather than a wooden box. I could no longer imagine my life without the cello. It was then when began my musical journey which is going on already more than thirty years. At some point I began to realize that my own music became the same kind of magic and healing force for a great number of people regardless of their race, religion or age. It became clear to me that music is one of very few things given to us that can bring us together, comfort, and inspire us to become kinder.

SEMPRE is an attempt to tune to a universal wavelength that will give us access to unlimited source of love, harmony and peace. May the sound of the cello, in its purest form, travel inside the deepest corners of the soul and fill them with its life-giving vibrations. May the simple caressing melodies become medicinal and consoling to those who need it, and may the become wings to those who are full of joy. Drawing inspiration from all of my favorite sources - from music of the Renaissance and Baroque to works of contemporary composers such as Philip Glass, Ludovico Einaudi, Yann Tiersen and Leonid Desyatnikov, I wrote this music and breathed into it everything that is my life: mountains, ocean, sky, woods and big cities. Some of the compositions are tied to earthly landmarks - Paris, Vancouver, St. Petersburg, Yerevan, Lake Baikal; others - completely outside spacial dimensions. May this music make us all a little better.”



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Steve Sheppard

Every composition is a story unto its own
The Cello is a remarkable instrument, it is a creator of reflective musical images that can sometimes break the heart, and at other times bring comfort and delight to the soul, it seems Ian Maksin feels somewhat similar to myself, as his love of the Cello shines like a beacon in the night on this his latest release entitled, Sempre: A New Dimension.
Sempre I believe means loosely, always, forever, and this opening piece called just that gives us a charming opening to the album, one that lays the melody open for us all to enjoy, and makes the music truly accessible to all, in a very stylish opening composition.
At just five years old the artist was entranced by the Cello, his deft skills on this next offering is a sample of that cultured craft on the composition called Blues Au Jardin Du Luxembourg. This fine example of a crossover arrangement is not only superbly played; it is done so with such a high level of skill and fluency to manifest something that is so incredibly transfixing.
On Vancouver Rain we have a track that has a real energy of reflection within its overall construction, there is something about this opus that is wonderfully addictive, but then the Cello is a masterful instrument, a tool of musical emotion and charm, and on this piece you have both, a combination of a slight Jazz ethic, blues and a little classical all meet to manifest a thoroughly compelling piece.
The short form piece Summer Garden could have taken us back in time to years gone by, to an era where the summers were as long as ladies dresses, this beautifully little danceable number will Waltz its way into your heart.
Respiro was one of my favourites off the album, its depth and intensity drew me into the composition with ease, it is without doubt the most fluent arrangement off the release. Strange thing is I feel so drawn to this music, and have now listened to it three times in a row already, the beauty of the arrangement is utterly outstanding, and now if you pardon me, I will enjoy its refrains again and just, breathe!
Lacrimae Novae is our next offering and another moving moment of musical interpretation from Maksim. At slightly under 6 minutes we have a piece that held its energies quite beautifully and manifested something quite ambient for me. This would be another favourite of mine, the depth in both performance and arrangement was sublime and to be honest, I could have listened to this on repeat for hours and would have still loved every second of it, a track as deeply mournful as the tears of a young child.
A shift in energy occurs as we reach the track entitled Per Me Per Te, a familiar tune indeed, but one played by the artist with a true uniqueness of style and performance. The melody seems to drift in and out with each note played, as if we stand on a musical shore and the tide of time and tone moves back and forth before us.
If we were silent within silence, perhaps we could detect the universal love we can all tap into, this is made much easier when listening to the following track entitled Sunset On The Cascade. A redolent moment, a halcyon segment of musical life;I can picture myself with my wife, just outside of the harbour on a boat, and as the engine stills, this music plays in the background across the backdrop of the Mediterranean ocean, as a glorious orange sun sets beneath salmon pink skies.
We have finally reached the last composition on the album; it is called Brand New Page. A fine sense of movement can be found here with the light but pertinent percussion that is contained within, this lively and vibrant song is simply the perfect way to leave an album of such classy intent.
Sempre: A New Dimension is an album that will hook it’s listeners with the intent of entertaining and engaging its audience in something fresh new and exciting. Ian Maksin has brought something very different to this musical table of ours, and I think you will love it, his unique performance style is bathed with such intelligence and class that each and every composition is a story unto its own, a thoroughly thoughtful and fascinating release, one that offers it’s listeners a totally different musical perspective.

Judson Hurd

Wonderful and Interesting Cello Music!
Ian Maksin is a wonderful cellist who was born in St. Petersburg, Russia where he began playing the cello at the age of 6. He later continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. His music has a variety of styles that include jazz, blues, Latin, Balkan, classical, and Middle Eastern Music. As a teenager, Ian was also a fan of the guitar which shaped the way he played cello and viewed it has a vehicle for healing.
The album starts with “Sempre” with light muted strings playing a sad and nostalgic progression. The cello comes in playing a minor, soft melody to being the first theme. It repeats again an octave higher to reinstate the theme and add variation! This is a very beautiful piece that is very simple melody that continues with a trade off of counterpoint between the plucks and cello melody. Highly recommend!
The next track is “Blues au jardin du Luxembourg” which I really enjoyed! The progression is a gentle but moving waltz with light jazz chords. The song puts me in a place of imagining being in a dream of dancing in a moonlit garden in the city.
My favorite is the seventh track on the album entitled “Per me, Per te…”, which has a common chord progression used in pop music but Ian makes it his own with expressive and longing melody that begins simply but then expands into an epic theme. I looked up the song on YouTube and found the official music video which is wonderful as well!
“Sunset Cascade” starts with some Middle Eastern percussion and then the cello comes in solo. Once it plays the first theme it’s looped with another cello coming in to play a different theme. The harmony and loop is simple but it really works bringing emotion and imagining a beautiful sunset.
The last track “Brand New Page” begins with percussion as well and reminds me of the music of Coldplay. I love how Ian creates simple but intricate loops and then plays beautiful and memorable melodies over them.
This is my first time hearing the music of Ian Maksin but I highly enjoyed this full record! I will be checking out his other music and listening to this record again to hear things that I may have missed!