On Friday, November 1, 2019, the Ukrainian Institute of America presented an Evening of Jazz with Fima Chupakhin Quintet, celebrating the release of Ukrainian jazz pianist and film composer Fima Chupakhin’s debut album Water.
Chupakhin is highly regarded on the New York scene as a versatile pianist, keyboardist, arranger and creative sound-producer.
Serhiy Avanesov – sax, Taulant Mehmeti – guitar, James Robbins – bass, Jonathan Barber – drums, and Fima Chupakhin – piano.
Ted Panken, a renown jazz journalist for Jazz Times and Down Beat, describes Fima’s playing as “subtle, persuasive, exploratory, never harsh or aggressive.” He adds that “throughout the album Chupakhin engages with the last forty years of swing-oriented Black American Music on its own terms of engagement, guiding the flow with a strong compositional hand, imparting his own harmonic identity while giving his band ample room to maneuver.”
Water includes 6 original compositions, 2 arrangements of jazz standards and an arrangement of a church hymn. The album was recorded in the spring with a stellar line up of musicians whom Fima brought to the Institute for the release show.
For more information about Fima please visit http://www.fimamusic.com