Since moving to NYC in 2005, Ark Ovrutski has had a busy career free-lancing with many of the great jazz musicians from many generations, including: Curtis Fuller, Carmen Lundy, Mark Soskin, Steve Williams, Larry Willis, Javon Jackson, JD Walter, Duduka da Fonseca, Patience Higgins,Gerald Hayes, Michael Borstlap, Cynthia Scott, Jim Rotondi ,Will Boulware, Donald Edwards, James Spaulding. In 2007 Ark began work on his Masters degree in music at Rutgers University in New Jersey, studying with bassist Mike Richmond, drummer Victor Lewis and pianist Stanley Cowell, among others. Veteran bassist Bob Cranshaw advised him to go for a doctorate, which he’s done at University of Illinois
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“Sounds Of Brasil is a unique blend of contemporary arrangements and original melodies in various different styles of jazz with Brazilian grooves.”
– Russ Musto-All about Jazz
““44:33” … performs program of bright melodies, tight ensemble collaboration, individualized solos and firm underlying swing. 44:33 – titled for its running time — is an expression of accomplishment and direction from a coterie of players, instigated by a well informed, thoroughly engaged leader.”
– Howard Mandel-Downbeat
“Matching the brio and inventiveness of modern jazz with strong melodies and brilliant ensemble interplay, Ovrutski creates a major “time to take notice” statement on 44:33.”
– Thomas Staudter-Downbeat
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced students
TA at Mason Gross School of Art 2009-2010.
ISYM Faculty University of Illinois 2013
Was running Jazz clinics in Ukraine, 2006-2012