Born: July 21, 1970 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Boris is a great vocal perfomer with a brilliant personality. He’s always been in love with his “vocal instrument” and its extraordinary possibilities. Boris loves to find different original ways of singing, due to his very different backgrounds, from classical studies untill jazz singing (thanx to his mentor Mark Murphy), passing from rock-funk to avantgarde experimental approach.
In these last few years he starts a collaboration with the Decostructing Metajazz Band “SADO” and released the album “Holzwege “(2008 - AMS/BTF) but the most representative Boris’ work is the album titled “INSANOLOGY”, an experimental vocal solo project, composed, arranged and recorded using only a looper machine and no musical instrument (except for two tracks played by Marc Ribot on guitars).
INSANOLOGY obtains lotsa flattering reviews all around the world (Italy, USA, Brazil, France, UK, Holland, Russia, Germany, Israel) In december 2008, in his “Jazz Poll 2008”, the producer-critic Arnaldo DeSouteiro (producer of Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin and Joao Gilberto) put “Insanology” between the 10 best vocal jazz musical album of the year and place Boris himself in the category of “Better Jazz male singers” in the third position, after Tony Bennet and Al Jarreau.
Boris did lots of gigs in many different places, one of the most important in september 2008, with Elliott Sharp as a special guest, at “The Stone” (Jonh Zorn is the artistic director of this venue) the temple of avant music in New YorK. The “Insanology vocal solo” tour, after the USA and Italy, continues in Russia and Ukraine (MuzEnergo Festival and DoDj Interrnational Jazz Festival) in march-april 2009.
In june 2009 the New York Label Moonjune releases his new duo cd with Elliott Sharp titled “Protoplasmic”.
-“A technically dazzling, musically engaging show” - Bob Bannister (contributor to Time Out New York Magazine)
-“I was blown away by its power, musicality, technique and humor. Really, great singing” - Elliott Sharp
-“An attractive voice, interesting ideas, exciting solos” - Howard Mandel (Jazz critic)
-“One of the most intriguing vocal projects to come along in years” - Arnaldo DeSouteiro (producer Jazz Station Records, New York)
-“Definitely a genius.” - Iouri Lnogradski (contributor to Jazz Russia Magazine and Jazz.ru)
-“Boris is twitching violently, tapping his larynx in the name of vibration, manipulating his own sampled tones into wobbled pitch-waverers. A fine night”- Martin Longley (contributor to All About Jazz New York)
-“A modern variation on Bobby McFerrin and Al Jarreau” - René Yedema (contributor to IoPages Magazine Netherland)
-“I am still mighty impressed by the crafty use of Boris' many voices” - Bruce Lee Gallanther (Downtown Music Gallery New York)
-“He knows every moving piece of his elaborate puzzle and has a round and powerful voice” - Suzanne Lorge (contributor to All About Jazz New York)
-“A marvellous vocalist, creepy and crawly. On stage he is an unmistakable presence” - Ezio Guaitamacchi (Musical critic, director of Jam Magazine)
-“Is something else” - Greg Edwards (contributor to Gapplegate)
-“Very few singers pick up the thread that Bobby McFerrin left behind, but Boris takes it a step beyond” - Herman Te Loo (contributor to Jazz Flits Magazine, Holland)
-“A really great voice” - Rigobert Dittman (contributor to Bad Alchemy Magazine Germany)
-“A unique talent, An arresting mix of painstakingly overdubbed vocals, human beatbox effects, African-inspired choral music” - Chris Parker, (contributor to Vortex Jazz Magazine, UK)
-“Welcome to the tower of song when all is voice and voice is all” - Dmitry M. Epstein (contributor to Dmme Magazine, Israel)
-“A great range and dexterity in his voice” - Eric Mingus
-“An hypnotic voice” - Michelina Zambella (contributor to America Oggi Magazine)
-“An artist of extreme worth” - Marco Del Corno (contributor to Arlequins Magazine)
-“He’s the passion who get the upper hand of reason, the impossible made possible” - Furio Sollazzi (contributor to Strumenti Musicali Magazine)
-“He combines a great professionality with an ironic and funny attitude” - Christian Verzelletti (contributor to Mescalina Magazine)
-“A young voice maestro, a solo performer who becomes a little joyful exciting orchestra” - Donato Zoppo (Contributor to Jam Magazine and Movimenti Prog Magazine)
-“A solid technique and an incredible imagination” - Enrico Ramunni (Contributor to Rockerilla)
-“A bit of madness in a huge talent” - Maurizio Matteotti (contributor to newspaper Giornale di Brescia)
-“The magic of a kaleidoscopic musicality and vocality” - Loris Furlan (contributor to Il Mucchio Magazine)
-“One of the greatest singer we have in Italy” - Franco Leonetti (contributor to Idea Magazine)
-“Keep an ear on Boris…a promising artist in which a heaping helping of his promise is fulfilled” - Steve Cummings (ABC Radio Networks, Dallas)
-“A vocalist with great talent, competence and creativity” - Riccardo Storti (contributor to Mentelocale Magazine)
-“A meaningful protagonist of the italian music panorama” - Luca Morzenti (contributor to Movida Magazine)
-“A maniacal perfection and lots of irony”- Diego Pinamonte (contributor to Smemoranda Magazine)
-“A musician who's doing everything by himself playing only one instrument: his voice” - Paolo “Crazy” Carnevale (contributor to “Il Corriere Della Sera Alto Adige” and Circuitosonoro Magazine)
-“The voice of a great. Everything with his voice, but the result sounds like, and even more, then a real band ” - Gianpaolo Laffranchi (contributor to “Bresciaoggi” newspaper)
-“Boris is a voice virtuoso, a very talented vocalist” - Fabiana Bugno (contributor to Tempi Duri Magazine)
-“An unconventional musical experimenter” - Marco Leopizzi (contributor to Musicaround Magazine)
-“He 's able to use his voice like a mosaic, thanks to a great ability” - Giancarlo Bolther (contributor to Rockimpressions Magazine)
-“Not to be missed” - Mario Giammetti (contributor to Rockstar Magazine)
-“Music needs protagonist like Boris” - Marco del Corno (contributor to Arlequins Magazine)
-“In Boris vocal chords harbours a schizophrenic habit” - Paolo Carnelli (contributor to Wonderous Stories Magazine)
-“He does wonder with his voice” - Jochen Rindfrey (contributor to Babyblaue-Seiten Magazine, Germany)
-“Stunning vocal experimentations” - James Russell (Music critic, UK)
-“A shamanic singing with a trascendental technique” Enrico Ramunni (contributor to Rockerilla Magazine)
-“An excellent singer and a great range”- Phil Jackson (contributor to The Rocker Magazine)
-“Great vocal layers, rhytmical phrasing, vocal percussions and horns you forget there’s no band behind him”- Gaspare Bonafede (contributor to Jazzitalia magazine)
-“Wonderful!” - Volkmar Mantei (contributor to www.ragazzi-music.de)
-“A great technique and an incredible voice” - Aleksandr Lézy (Contributor to Progressia.net)
-“An artist who created is own original language very far from any standard” - IlPanes (contributor to Debaser)
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.