TGS PLAYER SPOTLIGHT - ROMAN MIROSHNICHENKO


Roman Miroshnichenko Spotlight


"Unforgiven" from his CD Temptation
TGS Spotlight Player from April 5, 2012

Roman Miroshnichenko is a virtuoso guitarist and the 2010 winner of the prestigious US Independent Music Awards. He is the first winner from the ex-USSR countries, and the only winner of the prize in two categories from Europe.


His soaring career as an artist includes numerous awards from international Jazz festivals and contests, collective performances and recordings with such world-renowned musicians as: Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell, Djivan Gasparyan, Frank Colon, Joao Donato, Marco Mendoza, Saskia Laroo, Richie Cole, Milcho Leviev and Augusto Enriquez to name a few.


Roman was born in 1977 and started to study drums at the age of 11, but it wasn’t until the age of 14 that he took up the guitar for the first time. Roman was heavily influenced by such guitar legends as John McLaughlin and Al DiMeola. From 1994 through 1999, Roman played guitar in the Big Band of his father, Maxim Miroshnichenko, while he was studying civil engineering at Dnepropetrovsk University in Ukraine. In 2000, Roman graduated from the university and entered the Moscow State University of Culture. It was during his first semester of study that he formed and started performing in his own fusion trio: «...But soon the band started to receive a lot of requests for gigs, we went on tour, we were so busy and I never saw that University again...»


In 2002, Roman founded his own band, RMProject, and has been touring since then all across Russia, ex-USSR, and European countries on regular basis. The band is a frequent visitor and headliner at many prestigious jazz festivals. Today, Roman is one of the leading fusion guitarists in the world, dexterously combining jazz, blues, Latin, African, and Cuban rhythms, with the energy of funk and the expressive style of flamenco.


The Maestro speaks the musical language that is very much his own and easy to understand for different people all around the world. Roman Miroshnichenko’s skill affects and inspires everyone from music lovers to the political elite worldwide. He has played a number of concerts for ambassadors from Argentina, Armenia, Brasil, Cuba, Poland, the USA, and France. Roman's talent has won him many admirers in the ministries of the Russian government and other friendly nations and he has been cheered on by the President of Russia, as well as the leaders of Lithuania and Ukraine. Roman’s discography includes four solo albums: “The Infinity” (2005), DVD “Live in Jazz Town” (2007), “Temptation” (2009) and “Quasipsychedelic” (2011). “Temptation” achieved the honor of being in the ten top-sellers of the largest American online shop “CD Baby” in the “world fusion” category. Roman's track “Eastern Etude“ from his “Quasipsychedelic“ album reached the TOP-50 jazz downloads of the year for 2011 at the leading jazz portal All About Jazz. The German recording company, 7 Jazz, has just signed Roman to a three year contract to distribute his albums,“Temptation” and “Quasipsychedelic” throughout Europe. Roman’s music spreads not only worldwide, but is now forging new frontiers by going into Space. On the Eve of 2012 (In the passing of 2011), Roman Miroshnichenko was awarded with a diploma named after Yury Gagarin by the astronauts of Zvyozdny gorodok (Star City), Russia. The award was given to Roman by acting pilot-astronauts, who proposed to send a digital copy of Roman’s new album, "The Best of... GuitaROMANtic" to the Space Station on the next Russian mission launch.


Larry Coryell, the Godfather of fusion, commented on the release: "Temptation" is an excellent piece of the type of modern flamenco music that John McLaughlin and I played with Paco de Lucia in the late seventies in Europe. It is a wondrous aspect of the modern guitar evolution that a young Ukrainian could faithfully embrace the Spanish/Gypsy culture with such accuracy.“


Al Di Meola, the legendary guitarist, who considers Roman as his best disciple said: “I am flattered when Roman uses his ideas with my influence.”


The track “Unforgiven”, from Roman’s album “Temptation”, was the winner in “The Best World Traditional Song” category and also received a special people’s choice award - the “People’s Vox Populi” from the Independent Music Awards – 2010 one of the most significant musical awards for independent artists, comparable to the “Grammys” and “MTV Awards.”


The winners among thousands of nominees from all around the world in more than 50 categories were selected by the jury including 80 influential reviewers, musicians, producers and a number of other VIPs from world showbiz. Such world stars as Tom Waits, Lee Ritenour, David Garett, Suzanne Vega, Bettye LaVette were among the members of the jury.


Roman’s award was considered in the Russian mass media as a kind of “international breakthrough for modern Russian stage performers” in instrumental music. Also, the Ukrainian mass media called the achievements of its fellow countryman “a new Ukrainian crown jewel”.


In February 2011, Roman again became «The Independent Music Awards» nominee in the category “World beat” album of the year. UK portal “Acoustic Guitar Workshop” highly evaluates the virtuoso guitarist: “Roman is a phenomenal acoustic guitarist. His style reminds one of the great Al Di Meola, but without a doubt Roman has got his own very specific hand. Album „Temptation justifies his skill and ingenuity.”


«I am very proud to be part of this magnificent work that is "Temptation". - Daniel Figueiredo, Latin Grammy winner, says, «I doubt that someone will not yield to the temptation to listen to it over many, many times throughout life Roman is one in a million: highest musical knowledge, humility, talent and professionalism Roman Rocks!»


In January 2011, «Tides, To and Fro», an animated film directed by famous Russian animator Ivan Maximov, showcasing the song «Canto De Pilon» features Roman’s guitar solo on the single accompanied by the band Sambateria, was picked out for the “Generation Kplus” contest at “Berlinale” - one of the largest world film festivals.


Roman Miroshnichenko – is the only guitarist in Eastern Europe who has become an official artist/endorser of the Italian company IK Multimedia, Japanese company Roland Music and four American companies: Ovation Guitars, Paul Reed Smith guitars, D’Addario & Company Inc., and Wechter Guitars. In January of 2012, Roman presented the Wechter Pathmaker Thinline Deluxe PM-3140TE at the NAMM (National Association of Musical Merchants) show in Anaheim, California, - the largest musical industry exhibition in the United States. In December 2012 Hal Leonard Books (one of the biggest US publishing houses) is going to issue “The Great Jazz Guitarists” encyclopedia which will include information about Roman Miroshnichenko.


Visit Roman Miroshnichenko's website at www.romanmiroshnichenko.com


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