Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Who is Ilya Goldberg?

"I play violin and make Turkish coffee. Collaborations with other musicians and performers are essential to the creative flow and life of music in my heart. Please send me a message if you feel inspired to create together!"

Welcome to my welcoming of Emancipator's violinist, Ilya Goldberg.  Ilya is originally from Perm, Russia, where he began studying classical music an an early age.  He decided to take an adventure to the United States in 2000, where he his technical ability aloud him to study at The Cleveland Institute of Music.  From here, he went on an international tours, leaving from his home base in Portland, OR.

Mr. Goldberg has also found himself  performing with several American and Russian orchestras and chamber groups, but he isn't well known for this sort of work.  Ilya is best known for his amazing ability to adapt to any genre.  He infuses his classical abilities with modern electronic music.   He has worked closely with groups such as Devotcha, Random Rab, Lynx, Rena Jones, The Human Experience, Jamie Janover, Future Simple Project, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

The reason why I wanted to explore more about this collaborative violinist is because I had the pleasure of experiencing his musical self while he was performing with the group Emancipator.  

"Known for its etheric melodies, immaculately smooth samples, and addictive drum beats, Emancipator’s music has captivated a diverse audience across the globe."

To this texture, Ilya adds harmonious swells to the detailed texture.  When describing Emancipators music, I am at a loss for words because of its unique qualities.  In my own words, I might say that emancipator connects with this ethnic part of the human soul, and relaxes the body completely, but still in an energetic way.  Or as Ilya puts it, a creative flow is essential, and making sure that the life of music is always in our hearts.  

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