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03/22/2021

When one listens to the powerful guitar playing of Roman Miroschnichenko, it is easy to be reminded of Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin during his Mahavishnu days, but it soon becomes apparent that Miroschnichenko has his own sound within fusion. While he is never shy to cut loose, he also uses subtlety, mood variations and creativity throughout, mixing together tight arrangements with pure spontaneity.        

Born in the Ukraine, Roman Miroschnichenko (the son of a saxophonist) began playing guitar when he was 14. While he started out exploring blues and rock, he was regularly exposed to jazz which he found challenged him more. Since 2003 he has led at least ten albums, setting the standard for 21st century fusion guitar.

The Sixth Sense has Miroschnichenko and his regular trio with electric bassist Oleg Kanakov and drummer Val Chernook are joined by special guests along the way which give the project variety. The guitarist performs eight of his originals plus Henrik Andersen’s “Moon Over Tanjore” and Daniel Figueiredo’s “Planar.”

The opener, “Flying Dragon,” has bassist Bunny Brunel joining Miroschnichenko for a high-powered and assertive theme that inspires the guitarist to play with a great deal of intensity. “Night In June” with percussionist Gumbi Ortiz also starts on an intense level but uses space that allows Miroschnichenko to draw out the melody as the performance builds and builds. “Isoboogie,” with guitarist Jennifer Batten added to the group, has a particularly catchy groove that is both memorable and fiery. “The Sixth Sense (which includes drummer Luis Alicea, percussionist Paul Wertico, and some background singing from Matt Laurent) is a relatively melodic piece that cools things down a little. 

It acts as a prelude to one of the album’s highpoints, “Bodhran’s Magic.” The interplay between Miroschnichenko and violinist Charlie Bisharat is quite colorful and the violinist takes an outstanding solo. In contrast, “Planar,” which includes pianist Rannieri Oliveira and the St. Petersburg Studio Orchestra, is a pretty ballad given a concise treatment. “Moon Over Tanjore” with guitarist Henrik Andersen and bassist Dominique Di Piazza has rapid lines played impeccably by the two guitarists who consistently challenge each other while displaying distinctive styles. “Ol” finds guest keyboardist Gary Husband adding jazz flavor to a piece that features a strong melody and Spanish rhythms. “Ocean” with Frank Colon and Gumbi Ortiz on percussion, is quite explosive yet melodic while “Breathe Groove” concludes the memorable set with a calm and peaceful theme.

The Sixth Sense is an impressive effort that can either be an introduction to the talents of Roman Miroschnichenko for some listeners, or be a prized acquisition for the guitarist’s many fans.

/ Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian and author of 11 books including The Great Jazz Guitarists and Jazz On Record 1917-76 /

02/24/2021

We're proud to announce that Roman Miroshnichenko just made semi-FINALIST in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) under the “Instrumental" category for his composition “Bodhrán's Magic” from the latest Award-winning album "The Sixth Sense".

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest which has the most prestigious panel of judges (Coldplay, Tom Waits, John Mayal, Arturo Sandoval, Jack Dejohnette, Dave Koz to name a few) of all the songwriting and music contests in the world with over 26,000 entries from 158 countries. This is Roman's 35th official recognition in the most prestigious US and UK music competitions he was nominated since 2010.

02/13/2021

Chick Corea, an architect of the jazz-rock fusion boom of the 1970s who spent more than a half century as one of the foremost pianists in jazz, died on Tuesday at his home in Tampa, Fl. He was 79. Mr. Corea’s best-known band was Return to Forever, a collective with a rotating membership that nudged the genre of fusion into greater contact with Brazilian, Spanish and other global influences.

01/31/2021

On the eve of 2020, Roman Miroshnichenko recorded an acoustic guitar part for the song "Love Can Conquer Hate" by the composer and pianist Barbara Wertico - the wife of the famous drummer Paul Wertico, who, in turn, recorded the percussion part for the future hit.

Shortly after its official release on streaming platforms January 29th, the new single piqued the interest of Deepak Chopra - a famous Indian-American author and alternative-medicine advocate, who featured the track on his official Spotify channel. In 2012, Deepak Chopra was ranked 4th on the list of the 100 most influential spiritual leaders of our time, along with the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey and many other prominent personalities.

01/20/2021

Roman Miroshnichenko's composition "Bodhrán's Magic" from new album "The Sixth Sense" - NOMINEE of The Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) !
 
Winners are chosen by select members of the Society of Composers & Lyricists, the TV Academy, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' music branch, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and performing-rights organizations, as well as film-music journalists and music executives. “Bodhrán's Magic" featuring virtuoso violinist Charlie Bisharat, is a track of the recently released album The Sixth Sense.
 
Past honorees include soundtracks for such iconic movies as “Joker”, "La La Land", “Rocketman”, "Ford V Ferrari", "Jojo Rabbit", "Lion King", "Parasite", "The Addams Family", "Incredibles 2", "Green Book", "Deadpool 2",  famous composers and songwriters Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri, Glen Campbell, "Earth, Wind & Fire", Diane Warren, Smokey Robinson, Annie Lennox, Dave Mason, Sam Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Brian Wilson, Lady Gaga, Christopher Young, John Debney, John Powell, Anthonio Sanchez, Shawn Stockman, to name a few.

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