A wide spectrum of sound and soul exists between Blues music and bluesy music; music of deep feeling and soul substance. There are strains of bluesiness found in Arabic, Hindi, Armenian, Greek, Turkish, Kurdish, Spanish, French language music and in the folk music of every land and nation that Chicago based Russian-born composer, performer, and recording artist IAN MAKSIN has explored. His music is bluesy in the most haunting senseWhile touring the world, Maksin has absorbed melodies and harmonic voicings from the far reaches in pursuit of new sonic connections. The cello, sometimes called the closest instrument to the human voice, is Maksin’s mode of expression and its mournful strains echo the longing voice found in peoples in every field, village and town of our earth.  
         To hear and watch Ian (pronounced “yan” among us English types) in the throes of a passionate performance is to hear the colors of the blues: purples and magentas, yellows and reds. 
         A prolific composer and collaborative artist, Ian’s recording catalog is wide and varied in genres. Check out his CDs Zaria, Soul Companion,Tango Plus and his newest offering SEMPRE: A New Dimension available through his website: IANMAKSIN.COM.  Also available, is his DVD live concert  “Magic Carpet” recorded in Chicago.

Photo of Ian with Charlie Parker taken at Jazz Showcase, 2018.

– Peter M. Hurley 

Mr. Hurley is a contributing photographer and writer for Living Blues Magazine and the staff photographer for Chicago Blues Network. His recent book Blues Legacy: Tradition and Innovation in Chicago, in collaboration with Blues historian and author David Whiteis, showcases his work in the field. His passion for blues music began with the Chess Studios’ sound of Bo Diddley and continues to this day.