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Church of Beethoven OP presents Internationally Acclaimed Cellist Ian Maksin
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Oak Park
Oak Park, IL
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Church of Beethoven OP presents Internationally Acclaimed Cellist Ian Maksin

HAVING PERFORMED already more than 50 live shows on three continents this year despite the pandemic, Ian Maksin is on a touch-and-go in his home-base Chicago and ready to bring a show to Oak Park's Church of Beethoven! In this concert Ian will share instrumental music and songs from his latest album, as well as other songs and compositions gathered and inspired by the musician during his recent world travel.  He will sing folk songs in Tatar, Armenian, Farsi, Arabic, Hebrew, as well as his own originals songs and covers in Russian and English.

ONE-MAN ORCHESTRA: Ian Maksin has created his own unique style breaking geographic boundaries and blending many genres and styles using the cello as the main common denominator. In addition to cello, he used an electronic device called the loop pedal, which allows him to create "loops" or layers by recording and replaying his own playing in real time. As Ian describes it himself, "Building music in such manner is akin to baking a multilayer cake. It allows the cello to be self-sufficient and have all necessary musical elements in real time: rhythm, melody and harmony". With addition of percussion and sometimes guitar and bass, this creates a whole orchestra experience similar to having several dozen people on stage.

SINGING IN 30 LANGUAGES: What began as a hobby and a passion for linguistics and travel has become part of a unique concert experience. At this time Ian Maksin sings in nearly 30 languages including Russian, English, Farsi, Armenian, French, Italian, Arabic, Hebrew, Mongolian, Bambara (one of the tongues spoken in West Africa) and many other exotic languages. Most of this repertoire was amassed by Maksin during his world travels, jam sessions and collaborations with local musicians. Many of his original songs and instrumental compositions are also infused with flavors of ethnic music from countries and regions where he drew inspiration from: Mongolia, West Africa, Middle East, the Balkans, Andalusian flamenco.

THE GLOBAL MAN: Ian Maksin was born in Saint Petersburg (Leningrad back then), Russia into a multinational family and grew up absorbing many cultures and traditions from an early age. He began playing guitar and piano at age 3 and cello at age 6 at the School for Gifted Children in Leningrad and then came to the USA at 16 to continue studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. After working for many years in the classical genre including a three-year tenure with the New World Symphony in Miami Ian has decided to look for his own musical path. His diverse musical experience, including playing rock and blues guitar and passion for jazz and world music has allowed him to take the cello to a new dimension and develop his own distinct style as a musician and composer. In Ian's own words: "At some point I realized that music is much more than mere entertainment. Music is one of most powerful and unifying forces in the world, capable of healing, inspiring, bringing people together and bringing peace among them. I believe that cello will save the world"


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Oak Park (View)
611 Randolph St
Oak Park, IL 60302
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > Classical
Music > Singer/Songwriter
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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