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Izela
Izela, which translates into the phrase “good luck” in ancient Macedonian, is a Los Angeles-based instrumental ensemble that presents entirely original pieces by envisioning a dialogue between the traditional music of the Balkans, Anatolia and Fertile Crescent and contemporary jazz, experimental rock and film music. 

Featuring Ryan Parrish on Kaval/Ney, Max Kutner on Guitars, Yunus İyriboz on Oud/Saz, Rusty Kennedy on Electric Bass and Dan Ogrodnik on Percussion, each member of Izela carries a wide array of performance experience and studied musical knowledge for the disciplines described above. The group was formed based on a mutual joy and fascination for exploring those genres together. 

Since forming in 2011, Izela has performed across Southern California in noteworthy venues including the bluewhale, Basic Flowers, the Bootleg Theater, the Last Bookstore and others. A debut album “I” was released independently on April 11, 2017.  

ALBUM

"I" was released on April 11, 2017.

 

     1. Euclid (Ryan Parrish)

     2. Marishkinata (Bulgarian Traditional)

     3. Ophion (Ryan Parrish)

     4. Uzun İnce Bir Yoldayım (Ăşik Veysel )

     5. Purushakara (Ryan Hall)

     6. The Bard (Max Kutner)

     7. Molim Te (Tristan Selzler)

 

Ryan Parrish - Kaval

Yunus İyriboz - Oud & Saz
Max Kutner - Guitar
Rusty Kennedy - Bass
Dan Ogrodnik - Percussion

"I" was recorded, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Samur Khouja at Seahorse Sound Studios.

Musicians

Ryan Parrish

Kaval/Ney

Ryan Parrish, primarily a saxophonist born and raised in Reno, NV, began practicing Balkan folk music at University of Nevada, Reno, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies. In Reno, he was a member of original projects such as The Droogs of Eidetia and The Mark Sexton Band (The Sextones) and performed alongside many of Reno's best musicians such as Peter Epstein, Mike Mayhall, Ryan Hall, Dan Weiss, Alex Korostinsky, Mike Lockwood and Te Kanawa "Rufus" Haeriti. Upon moving to Seattle in 2008, Ryan formed a Dub Reggae Quartet called Dubsak with Mike Mayhall and Dan Weiss, as well as forming the great New Orleans brass funk band Tubaluba!.

Ryan attended California Institute of the Arts where he received a Master's Degree in World Music. While focusing mainly on Kaval (Bulgarian Shephards Flute), Ryan was also deeply engrossed in the study of the music and culture of West Africa, The Balkan Region,  Japan and Iran. Ryan was founder of Stupid Man Suit as well as Izela's several other early mutant versions.  He also was a member of other original projects such as Sogo Takeover, Kalopsia, Max Kutner's Zappa Band, Team Sabotage, The Matty Harris Double Septet and BABAOrchestra.

Since living in Los Angeles, Ryan has been focusing mainly on the concept of "future folk" or "folk doom," the Music and Culture of the current and future huddled masses.  He is also a continuing member of Atomic Ape with Jason Schimmel which released their first album in the fall of 2015 and is currently fishing the second to be released in 2018. This ensemble toured with the United States with Secret  Chiefs 3 during 2014-15 and Ryan would later perform with Secret Chiefs 3 at the Stone as well as recording saxophone and kaval on several of that group's new works such as Bereshith, Brazen Serpent, The New Daylight, Holy VEHM, Book of Souls Folio B, and the upcoming Masada Book B'riah, by John Zorn, arranged by Trey Spruance.

 

Yunus Iyriboz

Oud/Saz

Yunus Iyriboz, originally from the bay area, is a Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist working in many diverse musical settings. He is able to perform fluidly on guitar, oud, saz, bass and even oboe on occasion.

Highly active in the Southern California live music community, he has performed Orkestar MEZE, Zaub, Matt Cook, Ron Holsey, Lauren Baba's YA-YA and Suspect. These projects and others have taken Yunus across the United States and back several times.

He attended the prestigious California Institute of the Arts from 2008-12, studying under the wing of acclaimed performer and composer, Miroslav Tadic. He earned his B.F.A. from that institution in Multi-Focus Guitar Performance.

Max Kutner

Guitar

Max Kutner is a guitarist, composer and instructor originally from Las Vegas, NV. As an instrumentalist, Max's focus is on new works for the electric guitar as well the promotion of electric guitar in new performance settings. As a composer, Max translates several of his non-musical passions: namely literature and architecture, into a distinctly singular musical language that is neither strictly exclusive or accessible to performers. His compositions have been featured in showcases at CalArts and the Wulf, television station KCET and radio stations KPFK (Los Angeles, CA), FRSC (Santa Cruz, CA), KCBS (Seattle), KBOO (Portland, OR), KMHD (Portland, OR), WFMU (Newark, NJ), KXLU (Los Angeles, CA), WVUD (Newark, DE), WCBN (Ann Arbor, MI), KSDS (San Diego, CA) and KUNR (Reno, NV). His debut solo album, "Disaffection Finds Its Pure Form", is available jointly via Silber Records and Records ad Nauseam as well as HERE.

Max was responsible for developing, producing and performing multiple instruments in the U.S. premiere performance of Mike Keneally's The Universe Will Provide (REDCAT) and has also participated in West Coast premiere performances of pieces by Sofia Gubaidulina (REDCAT) and Ulrich Krieger (Beyond Baroque). Presently, Max is the lead guitarist of the Magic Band (John French) which performs the music of Captain Beefheart around the world. He has also performed in the Johnny Vatos Boingo Dance Party featuring former members of Oingo Boingo, the Grandmothers of Invention (Frank Zappa alumni Don Preston, Bunk Gardner, Napoleon Murphy Brock) and also in the bands of Alphonso Johnson, Henry Kaiser, Daniel Rosenboom and Lili Haydn. Additionally, he leads or co-leads the groups Evil Genius (experimental jazz trio), The Royal US (folk-tronica) and Izela (quintet inspired by music from the Balkans).

His performance credits also include dozens of recitals with various singers and chamber groups as well as leading several live bands who are actively performing in the greater Los Angeles area. He has also performed and/or recorded world music from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Norway, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Persia, Nigeria,Turkey, Ireland and Scotland. Max is being featured on an upcoming album of John Cage's indeterminate works for Mode Records and has previously been a soloist with the University of Nevada Chamber Choir and Guitar Ensemble. Max has also performed as lead guitarist for Truckee River Community College (TMCC) productions of HAIR and RENT and has contributed to the sound design of an adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's play, Desire Under the Elms. From 2012-2013, he taught on the Adjunct Faculty of CalArts as guitar instructor for non-majors. Since 2015, Max has also served as the Artist Liaison for the Los Angeles-based creative music label, Orenda Records.

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Rusty Kennedy

Bass

Rusty Kennedy is a Los Angeles based bassist, educator, arranger, conductor, and composer. He has over 10 years of experience teaching, and has spent much of that time leading elementary and middle school brass, winds and orchestra and teaching privately. He currently teaches, conducts, and arranges for Harmony Project Ventura, where he teaches brass and leads the orchestra and jazz band. He also currently privately teaches brass and bass at Rhodes School of Music in Larchmont. As an instructor, Rusty is beloved for his positive and optimistic approach and for his ability to truly connect with students. Well-versed in a wide array of genres, including Jazz, Progressive Rock, Blues, Metal, Balkan, Brazilian, Grindcore, West African, Salsa, Funk, R & B, hip hop, Microtonal, Dance, Pop, and even opera, Rusty is sought after for his extreme versatility and his specialized approach to every project. He has toured extensively around the US and has performed at festivals internationally. Just a small fraction of his many projects include Blackberry Tongues, Wax People, Izela, Brundlefly, Bubbeleh, The Baba Orchestra, Atomic Ape, Heart of Cygnus, Felix Martin, and THE INDUSTRY’S HOPSCOTCH. He holds a BFA in jazz bass performance from California Institute of the Arts.

Dan Ogrodnik

Percussion

Dan Ogrodnik is part of a new generation of percussionists who combine the dedication and precise technique required for classical and contemporary western compositions with the unique sounds and techniques of traditional world music. Dan’s impassioned study of and veneration for contemporary percussion repertoire of the 20th century serves as the groundwork for a larger understanding of the structures and techniques in the music of many diverse cultures.

Dan has studied percussion from all over the world, including steel drums from Trinidad, Afro-Cuban comparsa ensemble, Ghanaian Ewe drumming, North and South Indian tabla and kanjira, Arabic doumbek, riq, frame drumming, salsa bands, Persian daf and tonbak, Brazilian pandeiro, and carnaval instruments. Dan completed his MFA in Multi-Focus Percussion in 2015 at California Institute of the Arts, studying with Randy Gloss, Swapan Chaudhuri, Houman Pourmehdi, Andrew Grueschow, David Johnson, and Aaron Serfaty. Dan completed a BM in Percussion Performance in 2009 from the Hartt School of Music at The University of Hartford where he studied with Ben Toth, Shane Shanahan, Joe Galeota, Nebojša Jovan Živkovic, Rogerio Boccato, Robert Black, and John Amira. Throughout his education he has participated in master classes with renowned percussionists including Katarzyna Mycka, Randy Gloss, Michael Udow, Nebojša Jovan Živkovic, Perry Dreiman, David Johnson, Vinny Golia, and Gregg Bendian. Dan is also a clinician as a solo artist.

As an active part of the West Coast new music scene, he has performed and recorded with such acts as Kan Wakan, Jonah Christian, Alex Emami, Sin Color, Dhara, The Milky Way, Zaub, Iridas, Jxel Rajchenberg, Saba Alizadeh, Milen Kirov, Housewarming Project, Genevieve Birchman, Ragged Silk, Bella Strings, Saga Strings, Gin & Lace, Madapple, Sofi Mkheyan, Pontea, and more. Dan also performed on the West Coast premiere of one of the biggest percussion pieces in recent years, Inuksuit by John Luther Adams curated by Steve Schick.

In addition to being on faculty at AGBU Tamar and Manoukian High School, Dan is an accompanist at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance in Los Angeles - providing live musical performances for classes including Contemporary, Afro-Cuban, Partnering, Modern, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Commercial Dance, Dunham Technique, Improvisation, guest clinicians and more. Dan has also composed and performed original music for choreography staged at USC Kaufman.

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Dan Ogrodnik

Percussion

Dan Ogrodnik is part of a new generation of percussionists who combine the dedication and precise technique required for classical and contemporary western compositions with the unique sounds and techniques of traditional world music. Dan’s impassioned study of and veneration for contemporary percussion repertoire of the 20th century serves as the groundwork for a larger understanding of the structures and techniques in the music of many diverse cultures.

Dan is an active part of the West Coast new music scene. He has performed and recorded with such acts as Kan Wakan, Jonah Christian, Alex Emami, Sin Color, Izela, Dhara, The Milky Way, Zaub, Iridas, Jxel Rajchenberg, Saba Alizadeh, Milen Kirov, Housewarming Project, Genevieve Birchman, Ragged Silk, Bella Strings, Saga Strings, Gin & Lace, Madapple, Sofi Mkheyan, Pontea, and more. Recent appearances include Izela at Four Larks' The Temptation of St. Antony,  which LA Times critic Mark Swed described as “seriously imaginative, theologically post-apocalyptic, gravely yet wondrously immersive.” and was featured in the LA TimesLA WeeklyHuffington PostHollywood Reporter, and KCRW. Recent performances of contemporary repertoire include Lou Harrison’s Suite for Violin and American Gamelan; Henry Cowell and Lou Harrison’s Persian Set; and Toru Takemitsu’s Sacrifice. Dan also performed on the West Coast premiere of one of the biggest percussion pieces in recent years, Inuksuit by John Luther Adams curated by Steve Schick.

Dan is an accompanist at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance in Los Angeles, providing live musical performances for classes including Contemporary, Afro-Cuban, Partnering, Modern, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Commercial Dance, Dunham Technique, and more. Some of the world-class dance instructors Dan has accompanied include Patrick Corbin, Saleemah Knight, Anindo Marshall, Victor Quijada, Jennifer McQuiston Lott, Thomas McManus, Alison D'Amato, Osnel Delgado, Hai Cohen, Desmond Richardson, Brian Brooks, Moncell Durden, Jillian Davis, Terk Lewis Waters, Clifford Williams, Dwight Rhoden, Dancerpalooza, and the Complexions Contemporary Ballet Summer Intensive. Dan has also composed and performed original music for choreography staged at USC Kaufman.

Dan has studied percussion from all over the world, including steel drums from Trinidad, Afro-Cuban comparsa ensemble, Ghanaian Ewe drumming, North and South Indian tabla and kanjira, Arabic doumbek, riq, frame drumming, salsa bands, Persian daf and tonbak, Brazilian pandeiro, and carnaval instruments. He is frequently called on to perform with master musicians and elite students in many genres, including recent performances with Vinny Golia and Sulley Imoro . He is co-founder of Rhein Percussion, a virtuosic cross-cultural percussion ensemble which has recorded two consecutive years at Capitol Records (CalArts Jazz CD April 2012 and 2013) and performed multiple times with the world-renowned Hands On'Semble. He has also has the pleasure of performing for the King Salman of Saudi Arabia.

Dan completed his MFA in Multi-Focus Percussion in 2015 at California Institute of the Arts, studying with Randy Gloss, Swapan Chaudhuri, Houman Pourmehdi, Andrew Grueschow, David Johnson, and Aaron Serfaty. Dan completed a BM in Percussion Performance in 2009 from the Hartt School of Music at The University of Hartford where he studied with Ben Toth, Shane Shanahan, Joe Galeota, Nebojša Jovan Živkovic, Rogerio Boccato, Robert Black, and John Amira. Throughout his education he has participated in master classes with renowned percussionists including Katarzyna Mycka, Randy Gloss, Michael Udow, Nebojša Jovan Živkovic, Perry Dreiman, David Johnson, Vinny Golia, and Gregg Bendian. Dan is a clinician with Rhein Percussion and as a solo artist.

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Musicians

Upcoming Shows

Date City Venue Country
02/23/18 Los Angeles, California Highland Park Bowl United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 5621 N. Figueroa St.. Related post.
04/14/18 Glendale, California Glendale Public Library United States
Time: 2:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Related post.

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