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Quarin
Quarin (Liyah Bey Lapidot)
R&B soul pop singer songwriter

Liyah Lapidot graduated with a degree in Fine Arts in Israel. She studied piano and guitar and received seven years of vocal training throughout her childhood. Quarin began singing professionally at the age of 10.  Liyah also had her own show called “Ladies Soul: Tribute to Aretha Franklin,” which became a big attraction to renowned nightclubs. She became the lead singer of the famous band, Afifon, and performed with them throughout the Middle East, Europe and North America. Quarin also has produced and written lyrics for her own CD’s as well as for other well known artists. Quarin has collaborated with the well-known Ude and Violinist Samir Shokri, who has produced 17 albums of his own. Quarin has also recorded a top selling CD with Kool and the Gang.  and has performed with Praz from The Fugees in Moscow.  She was also working on a show in Los Angeles, CA, featuring Gerry Brown.

Goga (Denison)

Influenced by the likes of Buddy Guy, Marvin Gaye and Barry White, Denison’s unique sound is as diverse and eclectic as the music that he sings.  Known throughout the Southwest for his smoky voice and soulful style, Denison surrounds his listeners with his energy and passion creating a uniquely personal experience each time you see him perform.  “It took me a while to find my style, but when I did writing songs became easy” – says singer/songwriter Denison, who started out as a cover artist performing a broad range of musical genres. 


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Hristo
Hristo

Hristo is one of the greatest rock quitarist in music industry. He is also a composer, blending an eclectic selection of musical influences into original and colorful melodies.
Since 1996 Hristo has been collaborating with prominent European and Russian musicians as a composer and songwriter. Hristo’s original style is unmistakable and so are his arrangements.
  In 2007 the show ‘Star’, directed by and starring Hristo, opened at the largest concert halls in Moscow. His performances at Moscow’s biggest venues (The Kremlin Concert Hall and Luzhniki, to name a few) have been met with considerable acclaim.
  Hristo Kirilov’s unique show is an artful interpretation of popular tunes, classical scores and Hristo’s own arrangements.  With original choreography, costumes and projected computer-generated graphics, ‘Star’ is an unforgettable performance, both technically and artistically. Hristo’s shows have been met with acclaim in the best venues of Moscow and Europe.


Zinovy

Zinovy Shersher, multi–Award winning composer, producer and artist. Voting member at GRAMMY Academy, president of Ariel Records  was born in the former Soviet Union. At the age of 7 his mother enrolled him to the music school where for 7 years he studied violin, piano and harmony. After his graduation with a masters in Arts and Music, he was touring with the biggest groups and stages. After moving to US in 1980, finally free to express his artistic vision fully, Shersher flourished with songs and paintings of newfound brilliance.  His success has continued throughout three decades in America, featuring international tours and art shows, and worldwide acclaim. Zinovy Shersher wrote and produced 6 song and instrumental CD albums such as “MERRY CHRISTMAS, I WROTE THIS SONG FOR YOU”, a heartwarming mix of 5 original songs and instrumentals and 5 licensed Christmas Carols. Shersher also recorded and co-produced a joint album with Conductor and Arranger Shelly Cohen (former assistant director of NBC’s Tonight Show orchestra) and his “Pacific “Pops” orchestra. Their album “Color the world with music” features exciting arrangements of time honored standards and new songs and compositions by Maestro Zinovy Shersher. 6 Zinovy’s CD albums were nominated for GRAMMY.  Shersher participated in music videos, animated features and movie scores including “The Hunt for Red October” with Sean Connery, “Lucky Numbers” and others. His biography is in the “Encyclopedia of Living Artists in America”, “Who’s Who in Art” and “Who’s Who in the West”.

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Komsky
George Komsky

Ukrainian-American tenor George Komsky is a protégé and scholarship beneficiary of world-renowned vocal teacher Seth Riggs, whose star pupils include Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban and Natalie Cole.   At an early age, Komsky was inspired by the beauty of the Bel Canto singing style immortalized by the great Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Tito Schipa. He started his vocal training at age 11 when his grandfather encouraged him to study with the local Cantor. Years of vocal training followed along with a trip to Italy in 2001 to perform Verdi’s Requiem at St. Paul’s Basilica in Rome.  After graduation, Komsky starred in Dublin Worldwide Productions Twelve Irish Tenors and once again toured the US before returning to Los Angeles to further his vocal training. He was also a semi-finalist in the inaugural season of the hit TV series America’s Got Talent. After performing his rendition of the pop opera classic Caruso, lead show judge Piers Morgan commented, “You are without a doubt, the finest adult singer in this competition.”  Today, Komsky frequently tours across the United States and Europe, and continues to build his fan base, both domestically and internationally. He has performed in the US and abroad with Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, with recent engagements in San Francisco, Napa, Tarrytown, NY, and the prestigious Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC. He touched audiences with his rendition of the National Anthem on NBC’s Sunday Night Football on Sunday, December 16th, which aired to over 20 million television viewers.

Tonik Slam

Tonik Slam, was born August 9th, 1989 in Yekaterinburg, in the Ural Mountains(Russia). At the age of 9, Tonik was introduced to the world of Hip-Hop, inspired by the passion and energy, young Tonik began his journey in the World of Music.
Fast forward, Tonik was running his own independent label, released 3 compilation albums, even opend up the stage for XZIBIT, ONYX, Raekwon(Wu-Tang) in YBC. So one of those days he reached out to the Legendary Kokane, and they started working together. They collaborated on Tonik Slam’s debut solo album “Hell-A-Cold” which is available on iTunes and Soundcloud.
Tonik Slam participated in the Akademia contest wit the «Hell-A-Cold» LP, and won as «The Best Rap/HipHop Album» April 2015. As the winner he received a radio promo campaign for the single «Hell Of It», which has been being played all over the world for more than a year in heavy rotation. and he received #1 ON THE CHARTS Award by Radio FM Global Network.
In California he found himself in the perfect environment to grow as an artist and producer. There he was personally introduced to such Legendary artists like Kurupt(DPG), Tray Deee(Eastsidaz). But also, made connections wit Jelly Roll, Crooked I, Krazie Bone & Lazie Bone(Bone Thugz-N-Harmony), Jayo Felony, OG Cuicide(ONE WEST Magazine), Yukmouth, Mitchy Slick, Vokab Kompany, Mac Lucci, King C and many more. Tonik Slam had even been to Snoop Dogg’s Mothership wit Kokane.  Right now, Tonik Slam resides in San Diego, CA, creating a new and fresh collection, “Grown in YBC” off his clothing line “PONICA,” along with projects wit Tha Chill(CMW) & DJ CELL(DPG). Furthermore, Tonik Slam & Kokane are working on a joint album «Tha Kemistry!!», which is released digitally worldwide on all the media outlets January 13th 2018.

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Alex Rush
Output EP
Alex Rush

Alex Rush And Zinovy Shersher Collaboration Debut:

Raised in Chicago, the house music capital. Alex became acclimated with underground house music at a young age. He experienced raves and after-hour events where he got to see first hand the pioneers of house music mold the way for what is the EDM movement today.  At the age of 18, Alex moved to Las Vegas, NV where commercial EDM started to take over the Las Vegas music scene. Alex decided to enroll in the world famous DJ school “The Scratch Academy” in Los Angeles, CA. During his enrollment at the academy he would hone his craft and implement his style of Deep house,Tech house and Minimal house music. Bringing Euphoric energy, melodic and soulful sets was what grasped his audiences attention.  Alex Rush has performed at various venues in the west coast as well as EDC Las Vegas after hours events. Some of his musical influences are house legends Carl Cox, Felix the House Cat, Dj Caffeine, Bob Sinclair, Fedde Le Grand and most recently the Art Department and Tale of Us. Along with djing, Alex continues his music education with Piano school and learning from top producer/DJ’s from around the world to bring his unique style to late night dance floors and pool parties globally.  Alex rush and Zinovy Shersher met coincidentally through a mutual friend. And soon they found out they had huge mutual interest. Music. Alex Rush who is an up and coming underground dj/producer out of Las Vegas,NV and Zinovy Shersher who is an accomplished international music composer and producer realized that they had the ingredients to make Unique and tasty underground music. This is when they decided to collaborate on the New EP named Output. The project was started in june and to be released in August 2015. It didn’t dissappoint. “Output EP” features four individually unique tracks.

Alec Say

Akademia Award winning Music producer / Sound engineer / videos Director.  He started recording music albums at the age of 12 and never stopped. Fluent in almost every popular software and music sequencer on the market. Studied physics of sound and binaural technology.  Alec have been fortunate with opportunities to write music for TV, movies, ads, games, and movie trailers. From sound design to live 60-channel recording and mixing of a symphonic orchestra. Worked with many well-known producers and artists. As an independent musician produced and published successful singles and music videos, one of which went viral with more than 12m views.  In 2012 co-founded Smokin’ Heroes, an innovative creative agency.  Smokin’ Heroes is an art group, focusing on digital art, inventions, music, and film production. They work with Nike, Adidas, Vogue, Facebook, Playboy, Maxim, Lexus, Porsche, Philips, Dior, Breitling, Panasonic and other major brands. Also collaborated on the largest calligraphy project in the world.  In 2016 he celebrated his first POV action film release “Hardcore Henry”.Music producer / Sound engineer / Artist Los Angeles, California https://www.linkedin.com/in/smokinins/ I started recording music albums at the age of 12 and never stopped. Fluent in almost every popular software and music sequencer on the market. Studied physics of sound and binaural technology. I have been fortunate with opportunities to write music for TV, movies, ads, games, and movie trailers. From sound design to live 60-channel recording and mixing of a symphonic orchestra. Worked with many well-known producers and artists. As an independent musician produced and published successful singles and music videos, one of which went viral with more than 12m views.  In 2012 co-founded Smokin’ Heroes, an innovative creative agency.  Smokin’ Heroes is an art group, focusing on digital art, inventions, music, and film production. We work with Nike, Adidas, Vogue, Facebook, Playboy, Maxim, Lexus, Porsche, Philips, Dior, Breitling, Panasonic and other major brands. Also collaborated on the largest calligraphy project in the world.  In 2016 celebrated our first POV action film release “Hardcore Henry”.  Especially interested in implementing Binaural and Ambisonics surround sound into VR/AR experiences, games and live shows.  Specialities: Studio producer, songwriter with an excellent understanding of sound design & sound engineering. Complete studio setup, hardware, and software setup, and optimization. Directing music and fashion videos. Advanced Mac and PC admin with working understanding of professional A/V editing software (Sternberg Nuendo, Propellerhead Reason, Logic-Pro, Pro Tools, Final Cut, Studio One, Adobe Premiere). 

Shelly Cohen
Shelly Cohen

For more then 40 years Sheely has been a part of America’s music community. Educated in Brooklyn College and Julliard, Shelly became Assistant Musical Director for the Tonight Show starring Johny Carson and remained so for 30 years until Johny’s retirement in 1992. Other television accomplishments include Music Coordinator for the Emmy Awards and The Today Show’s “Reflections of Irving Berlin and Richard Rogers,” and writer/producer of two Christmas Specials for NBC, “Christmas with Friends” and “Noel”. Shelly is also he founder and conductor of the Pacific Pops orchestra. His vision was to gather a group of versatile musicians capable of performing many styles of music. Shelly’s writing and musical arrangements cover a broad range from classical to pops. Many of these compositions have been published. In addition he has produced and recorded many albums for various record companies included Ariel Records International. Two of these albums were nominated for Grammys. Shersher also recorded and co-produced a joint album with Conductor and Arranger Shelly Cohen (former assistant director of NBC’s Tonight Show orchestra) and his “Pacific “Pops” orchestra. Their album “Color the world with music” features exciting arrangements of time honored standards and new songs and compositions by Maestro Zinovy Shersher.

Irina Fooks

Irina Fooks emotional engaging solo pianist-composer is an artist with a strident and engaging style. Irina graduated from the Conservatory of Music as a pianist in Russia, then moved to the U.S. in 1989… though her new album pays homage to the great jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, Irina has a style completely her own, with strong leanings towards classical jazz ballads. What sets her work apart from all the other solo piano artists is her crisp and strident style of playing…”
“It’s also quite surprising that though she has such a strong classical background, she is so comfortable with jazz ballads influenced by Dave Brubeck, and has produced such a strong tribute to him with this fine album.”, In 2017 Zinovy Shersher at “Ariel records”, hollywoods prominent composer and producer, voting member of Grammy, recorded and produced Irina’s music video “Dialogue” which won her an Akademia music award that year, and it was accepted for Grammy 60 in “Record of the year”category. 
This month Irina’s first full CD album “Homage to Dave Brubeck” is released. This album includes seven compositions by Irina Fooks, D. Brubeck’s “Chopin Tribute” and three Zinovy Shersher’s compositions.

Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews