Born: June 4, 1977 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Roman Miroshnichenko is one of the most prominent virtuosos in the contemporary instrumental jazz-fusion field of Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe. WInner of the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards(USA). Was nominated for and won both the regular and Peoples Choice popular vote judging. 10th Annual Independent Music Awards the Best World Beat album of year nominee. Semi-finalist of the International Songwriting Competition 2012.
His soaring career as an artist includes numerous awards from international jazz festivals and contests, as well as collaboration, performances and recordings with such world-renowned musicians as: Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell, Djivan Gasparyan, Frank Colon, Dominique Di Piazza, Daniel Pipi Piazzolla, Joao Donato, Marco Mendoza, Saskia Laroo, Richie Cole, Joel Taylor, Milcho Leviev, Augusto Enriquez to name a few.
Roman was born in 1977 and started to study drums at the age of 11, but it wasn’t until the age of 14 that he took up the guitar for the first time. Roman was heavily influenced by such guitar legends as John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola. From 1994 through 1999, Roman played guitar in the Big Band of his father, Maxim Miroshnichenko, while he was studying civil engineering at Dnepropetrovsk University in Ukraine. In 2000, Roman graduated from the university and entered the Moscow State University of Culture. It was during his first semester of study that he formed and started performing in his own fusion trio: «...But soon the band started to receive a lot of requests for gigs, we went on tour, we were so busy and I never saw that University again...» In 2002, Roman founded his own band, RMProject, and has been touring since then all across Russia, ex-USSR, and European countries on regular basis. The band is a frequent visitor and headliner at many prestigious jazz festivals.
Today, Roman is one of the leading fusion guitarists in the world, dexterously combining jazz, blues, Latin, African, and Cuban rhythms, with the energy of funk and the expressive style of flamenco.
The Maestro speaks the musical language that is very much his own and easy to understand for different people all around the world. Roman Miroshnichenko’s skill affects and inspires everyone from music lovers to the political elite worldwide. He has played a number of concerts for ambassadors from Argentina, Armenia, Brasil, Cuba, Poland, the USA, and France. Roman's talent has won him many admirers in the ministries of the Russian government and other friendly nations and he has been cheered on by the President of Russia, as well as the leaders of Lithuania and Ukraine.
Roman’s discography includes four solo albums: “The Infinity” (2005), DVD “Live in Jazz Town” (2007), “Temptation” (2009), “Quasipsychedelic” (2011) and “Surreal” (2013). “Temptation” achieved the honor of being in the ten top-sellers of the largest American online shop “CD Baby” in the “world fusion” category. Roman's track “Eastern Etude“ from his “Quasipsychedelic“ album reached the TOP-50 jazz downloads of the year for 2011 at the leading jazz portal All About Jazz. The German recording company, 7 Jazz, has just signed Roman to a three year contract to distribute his albums,“Temptation” and “Quasipsychedelic” throughout Europe. Roman’s music spreads not only worldwide, but is now forging new frontiers by going into Space. On the Eve of 2012 (In the passing of 2011), Roman Miroshnichenko was awarded with a diploma named after Yury Gagarin by the astronauts of Zvyozdny gorodok (Star City), Russia. The award was given to Roman by acting pilot-astronauts, who proposed to send a digital copy of Roman’s new album, The Best of... GuitaROMANtic to the Space Station on the next Russian mission launch.
The track “Unforgiven”, from Roman’s album “Temptation”, was the winner in “The Best World Traditional Song” category and also received a special people’s choice award - the “People’s Vox Populi” from the Independent Music Awards 2010 one of the most significant musical awards for independent artists, comparable to the “Grammys” and “MTV Awards.” The winners among thousands of nominees from all around the world in more than 50 categories were selected by the jury including 80 influential reviewers, musicians, producers and a number of other VIPs from world showbiz. Such world stars as Tom Waits, Lee Ritenour, David Garett, Suzanne Vega, Bettye LaVette were among the members of the jury. Roman’s award was considered in the Russian mass media as a kind of “international breakthrough for modern Russian stage performers” in instrumental music. Also, the Ukrainian mass media called the achievements of its fellow countryman “a new Ukrainian crown jewel”.
In February 2011, Roman again became «The Independent Music Awards» nominee in the category “World beat” album of the year.
In January 2011, «Tides, To and Fro», an animated film directed by famous Russian animator Ivan Maximov, showcasing the song «Canto De Pilon» features Roman’s guitar solo on the single accompanied by the band Sambateria, was picked out for the “Generation Kplus” contest at “Berlinale” - one of the largest world film festivals.
Roman Miroshnichenko is the only guitarist in Eastern Europe who has become an official artist/endorser of the Italian company IK Multimedia, Japanese company Roland Music, Danish company DPA Microphones and four American companies: Ovation Guitars, Paul Reed Smith guitars, D’Addario & Company Inc., and Wechter Guitars. In January of 2012, Roman presented the Wechter Pathmaker Thinline Deluxe PM-3140TE at the NAMM (National Association of Musical Merchants) show in Anaheim, California, - the largest musical industry exhibition in the United States. In December 2012 Hal Leonard Books (one of the biggest US publishing houses) is going to issue “The Great Jazz Guitarists” encyclopedia which will include information about Roman Miroshnichenko.
Awards:10th Annual The Independent Music Awards nominee. The Best World Beat album category, 2011.
9th Annual The Independent Music Awards. "The Best World Traditional Song" nominee. Winner 2010
Semi-finalist of the International Songwritting Competition. "Jazz" category. 2013. Judges: Jeff Beck, Tom Waits, McCoy Tyner, Duran Duran.
9th Annual The Independent Music Awards. "People VOX POP Choice nominee". Winner 2010
The winner of "Grand prix", nomination "The Best jazz ensemble" (as a member of "Bril Brothers" band) at the international jazz festival-competition DoDж 2004, Ukraine
According to the results of "Music Box" monitoring Roman Miroshnichenko's original compositions were included in "The Best Russian Guitarists" CD collection.
The 1st prize winner in "Guitar" nomination at "DoDж 2004" international jazz festival-competition, Ukraine.
The 1st prize winner, "The Best music band" nomination at the international competition of the Latin American music players "Viva La Fiesta Latina 2002", Moscow
The prize winner at "Moscow 2000" young jazz musicians festival-competition, Moscow
The winner of "Grand prix", "The Best concert performance" nomination at competition of musical video of the most popular Russian internet-portal Top4Top 2008.
/ Larry Coryell /
...in down town Moscow last week, young guitar virtuoso Roman Miroshnichenko was busy doing miracles. His fingers were flying at the speed of sound, and the sound he created was dazzling. No wonder one of the world's guitar gurus, Al Di Meola, who toured Moscow, was impressed enough to join Roman on stage ant to anoint him brilliant...
/Salt Lake Tribune, USA, August , 2003/
...There are a lot of personalities who are famous in the filed of jazz guitar. Some of the significant jazz guitarists are Duck Baker who was a well renowned acoustic jazz guitarist, George Benson who is known as one of the first jazz guitarist, Charlie Byrd who was the person who played jazz on a nylon string guitar, Ted Greene who is a solo jazz guitarist without any band backing him, Lage Lund who is the winner of 2006 Thelonious Monk competitions, Roman Miroshnichenko who is a Russian jazz guitarist, John McLaughlin who is was a famous Jazz-rock fusion pioneer in the 1970s, Pat Metheny who is a Missouri based guitarist and who leads his own band, Les Paul who is a Grammy winner as jazz guitarist, Howard Roberts who is guitarist who plays it in a funky style, Benjamin Rodefer who is the youngest guitarist known today, Kurt Rosenwinkel known to be the best new voice in jazz guitar play etc. Other players include Stanley Jordan, Barney Kessel, Allan Holdsworth, Jim Hall and many more...
/ http://www.dreamsofanartist.com/jazz-guitar /
...I am flattered when Roman uses his ideas with my influence... /Al Di Meola/
...Roman Miroshnichenko's new solo album Temptation leaves the sensation to even tempers and harmonies, which not often manages to reach even leaders of this genre. However, territorial restriction Roman already overcomed, having obtained concrete success in Russia and USA: became the laureate of prestigious alternative Independent Music Awards, fell into encyclopedia The Great Jazz Guitarists...
/Smena magazine, #1746, April 2010/
...Roman is a phenomenal acoustic guitarist. His style is reminiscent of the great Al Dimeola, but of course Roman puts his own and highly individual touch and stamp on the guitar. His ‘Temptation’ CD is a testament to his brilliance. It’s a tour de force!...
/www.acousticguitarworkshop.com, April 2010/
...Roman is one in a million: highest musical knowledge, humility, talent and professionalism. Roman Rocks...
/ Latin Grammy winner, Daniel Figueiredo /
...The guitar stands out, but the overall atmosphere is fresh, modern and lively. He may have performed with Al DiMeola and Larry Coryell, but this is not the simple fusion jazz that I remember. It is almost fully instrumental and creates a nice atmosphere for fans of pyrotechnic guitar playing as well as creative intellectual music...
/FolkWorld Magazine about Quasipsychedelic CD, 2011/
The Best Of. GuitaROMANtic
Gazprom expo, Compilation CD.
2012 As a Leader
Live in Jazz Town DVD
2003 As A Co-Producer
Bril Brozz and Roman Miroshnichenko
Personnel: Roman Miroshnichenko: guitars, arrangements. As A Side Musician
Live in Kremlin DVD
Personnel: Roman Miroshnichenko: acoustic nylon guitar.
Live in Moscow DVD
Personnel: Roman Miroshnichenko: guitars.
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