Acclaimed cellist and composer Ian Maksin, known for pushing the boundaries of cello and contemporary music, brings his new album release concert tour Amor Renatus (Rebirth of Love) to Minneapolis. This album unveils a collection of original instrumental compositions for cello, powerfully augmented into virtual orchestra through the use of loop pedal, and further expanded by sound of diverse percussion instruments ranging from trance-inducing grooves of the West African djembe to deep, heartbeat-like sound of the Mongolian frame drum.
Reflecting on the tragic ongoing events in Ukraine, the album delves deep into the darkest recesses of the human soul, unearthing a myriad of feelings universal to all wars: grief, anger, anguish, and indignation. As the journey continues, the music guides the listener through a path to redemption and a spiritual transformation, allowing to ultimately find peace, comfort, healing, and empowerment. Drawing musical inspiration from diverse sources from J.S. Bach and Mozart to Astor Piazzolla and Balkan jazz, Maksin has taken his eclectic and quite distinct musical style to a new dimension.
Maksin will perform the new album in its entirety, other original instrumental compositions, and traditional songs from Maksin's collection of over 200 songs in 31 languages.
A portion of ticket and merchandise sales from this tour will benefit For WellBeing, a humanitarian relief organization in Ukraine.