Internationally acclaimed duo iAN&ANi (cellist Ian Maksin and pianist Ani Gogova) and visual artist Galina Shevchenko will present a unique blend of live classical music, silent-era film and real-time animation at the Copernicus center in Chicago on November 15. Two masterpieces from the Soviet Era, sonatas for cello and piano by Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitry Shostakovich, as well as some shorter works including Maksin's own new piece, will be rendered by the duo to Shevchenko’s edgy conceptual video mixing Russian Revolution era silent documentary footage and artist’s own real-time animation.
Acclaimed for their electrifying performances and innovative approach to classical music as well as their cutting-edge collaborations with other art forms, Russian cellist Ian Maksin and Bulgarian pianist Ani Gogova have won the hearts of audiences all over the globe in a little over two years of their existence as iAN&ANi DUO. Last year, their live-dance-and-music project “Tango Obsession” was sold out for many consecutive nights in Chicago. The duo appeared on TED Talks in their collaboration with members of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and they have been frequent guests on WFMT, WBEZ, NPR and its affiliate stations around the USA, as well as national stations in many European countries. Their debut CD “Tango Plus” was released in 2012 and features music from Spain, Latin America and works inspired by the theme of tango. After over 100 concerts around the country and Europe, iAN&ANi return to Chicago with a new production “Behind the Curtain” in 2013-14 season, an exciting new collaboration with visual artist Galina Shevchenko.
Galina Shevchenko is a Moscow-born, Chicago-based multimedia artist, working across the media of animation, video installation, live video performance and immersive video environments that she creates for art galleries, theatrical happenings and multimedia festivals around the world. She loves to combine vernacular visual elements with archetypical and cultural icons creating exquisite combinations of high art and pop, classical and postmodern. Whether it is a video, a painting, an animation or a design object, Galina’s work is baroque and provocative, it teases and questions, seduces and demands, ultimately it is a delicious visual treat. Currently Galina is an artist member of the Chicago Art Department, using this unique space as a platform for exhibiting and curatorial explorations.