Ian Maksin is an artist who transcends musical boundaries. As a virtuoso cellist, composer, and vocalist, he challenges conventional rules. Combining classical, jazz, and world music, and drawing inspiration from a variety of musical sources.
Maksin‘s latest release, AMOR RENATUS (REBIRTH OF LOVE), is a single that captures his artistry’s essence.
Released alongside a visually captivating music video, this composition is a prelude to his upcoming 12-track album of the same name, slated for release on October 10. It’s a musical bliss that showcases Maksin’s ability to create music with veritable healing properties, a testament to his profound passion for his craft.
Speaking about the inspiration behind AMOR RENATUS, Maksin delves into the tragic ongoing events in Ukraine:
“AMOR RENATUS is a reflection on the tragic ongoing events in Ukraine. It delves deep into the darkest recesses of the human soul, unearthing a myriad of feelings universal to all wars: grief, indignation, fear, and despair. As the journey continues, the music guides the listener through a path to redemption and a spiritual transformation, allowing them to ultimately find peace, comfort, and empowerment. As artists, we are fortunate to have music as the most powerful means of emotional healing and be able to offer it as medicine for the soul to the listener as well.”
AMOR RENATUS is a unique blend of cello, enhanced by the use of loop pedal technology, and transformed into a virtual orchestra through the incorporation of electronics. A variety of percussion instruments, such as the Mongolian frame drum and the West African djembe, reinforce the music’s pathos.
Born in the USSR and brought up in a multicultural family, Maksin embarked on his musical journey from a very young age, at 16 he enrolled at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
Ian Maksin reflects on his remarkable journey: “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.”
Ian Maksin‘s unwavering dedication and sparkling talent are making him a formidable force in that direction.
He will donate a portion of the proceeds from his concert tour and album sales to For Wellbeing, a non-profit organization that offers humanitarian aid in war-affected regions of Ukraine.
Photos by Cuantica and Tata-Scutelnic