By Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine
For those of you who may be unaware, there’s a revolution going on in Russia, a jazz revolution that is.Having already covered a couple of projects from the Rainy Days label, let me borrow some of my words that appeared in another outlet. We’ll get to Sasha Mashin’s new project Happy Synapse in a bit but thought it was important to understand the context first, largely because Mashin also has the A&R and musical producer roles for the label. Mashin explains the label’s mission this way, “of course, in Russia we boast a formidable legacy of classical arts like Russian ballet and Russian classical music, veterans of which including Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Glinka, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokoviev etc. We as a label will support openness and creativity in our musicians, aiding them to create new, innovative, bold music, without fearing the potential of hostility from international audiences, in response to this niche art.” Read the full review here.