Featuredfri24feb6:30 pmfri9:00 pmCELLO FOR PEACE TOUR: IAN MAKSIN in VENICE FLMon Ami Cafe, 1740 East Venice Avenue #STE 19, Venice, FL 342926:30 pm - 9:00 pm AreaVeniceCost$30-50

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World-renowned cellist composer and multilingual vocalist comes to Venice FL with concerts to support peace in Ukraine

Friday, February 24, 6:30 PM

Mon Ami Cafe, 1740 E Venice Ave, Venice, FL

Early bird 4 tickets or more: $30 (limited quantity)

Early bird general admission: $40

Front row: $50

The portion of the ticket and merch sales from this tour will benefit For Well-Being a non-profit organization providing mobile medical assistance to civilians in the parts of Ukraine most affected by war.

From Balkan rhythms to West African groves, and from Argentine milonga to the music of Mongolian shamans, Maksin magically connects and brings together some of the most diverse elements of world music into a unique fusion, using his cello as the unifying force. Using a loop pedal and other electronics, he augments the sound of his instrument into a virtual orchestra creating a one-of-a-kind listening experience. Singing in 30 languages from Arabic and Farsi to Polish and Ukrainian, and from French and Italian to Turkish and Mongolian, Maksin takes his listener on a musical journey around the globe.

In this concert, Maksin will play original music from his two most recent releases “The Alchemist” (2021) and “Sempre” (2019) as well as other new compositions that have not been recorded yet. He will also sing from his collection of songs around the globe including French, Spanish, Italian, Ukrainian, Polish, Yiddish, Hebrew, Arabic, Armenian, Farsi, and others.

ONE-MAN ORCHESTRA: Ian Maksin has created his own unique style breaking geographic boundaries and blending many genres and techniques using the cello as the main common denominator. In addition to the 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”. Adding percussion and sometimes guitar and bass 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, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Andalusian flamenco.

THE GLOBAL MUSICIAN: Ian Maksin was born in Leningrad, USSR 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 the 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”



(Friday) 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Mon Ami Cafe, 1740 East Venice Avenue #STE 19, Venice, FL 34292




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