Roman Zastavny (bass), Kirill Sokirko (piano), Roman Smirnov (drums).
New Album - Mind and Illusion (2014)
Our new album is out! We’re proud to announce the release of Fusion Point’s second CD,
Mind and Illusion (2014), which, as usual, has come out on the MALS record label
(www.mals.ru). The album features seven compositions which the band has been performing
live, including some tracks that didn’t make it to the album Morning Rain. The band
spent a great deal of time in the studio working on the overall sound, with the innovative
keyboard arrangements particularly standing out. The creative process was also marked by
an attempt to capture a range of styles, genres, and sub-genres – quite a challenge for a
trio. The end result is a rich and compelling musical mélange intended to interest all
music lovers, regardless of individual taste.
All the tracks were recorded at RIGA Studio (St Petersburg) in 2013 and, like the first
album, were written by Kirill Sokirko.
For any queries regarding distributing or purchasing the album, please write to
info[a]fusionpointband.com or info[a]mals.ru
CCKD Concert Hall, 2012, St.-Petersburg
New videos added to the Multimedia section. Thanks to everyone who came to the concert!
Free mp3 - Mania by Fusion Point
Mania - the first track from the album Morning Rain is available for free download on allaboutjazz.com. Read more...
Album: Morning Rain (2012)
Work and production have finished on the band’s debut CD Morning Rain (2012), released by Mals Records, Russia!
A preview of tracks are available in the Multimedia section of the website.
Please contact info([-at-])fusionpointband.com to obtain the CD or for any collaboration proposals.
The band appeared at the Jazz Bez 2011 international festival (Ukraine/Poland),
during which the musicians performed five concerts in five different cities.
Details can be found at dzyga.com/jazzbez/ .
About Fusion Point
Fusion Point is a project of the St.-Petersburg pianist Kirill Sokirko.
Fusion Point continues the tradition of chamber music in a trio format,
which does not so much define the number of performers as the instruments used
– piano, bass, and drums. The band plays in the style of fusion – an appropriate label,
given the fact that the musicians work between several sub-genres, including jazz-rock,
smooth-jazz, funk, and trip hop, along with nu-jazz, lounge, and even some older genres like
cool, be-bop, and mainstream/swing. However, since the contemporary understanding of fusion is
more often associated with jazz-rock, some critics would say the band's style is better
described as modern-jazz. Despite the various styles inherent in their compositions,
Fusion Point’s music mainly centers around melodicism, with a sharp definition of musical form.
This underscores their background in classical music, and makes their arrangements more accessible
and transparent, while the improvisation so characteristic of jazz takes secondary importance.
The concept of each composition is to be arranged in such a way to be accessible to most listeners.
At the same time, the public’s reaction to the music helps the musicians grow and to set new priorities
when working on material. The direction of Fusion Point’s music has been influenced by a number of
bands, such as Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Hiromi Uehara, Michel Petrucciani, Niacin, Marcus Miller, and
The recording was made in the 'House of a Thousand Sounds' private studio (St. Petersburg) in 2010.
The musicians plan to include these tracks on their first album, which they are currently working on.
• Acoustic grand piano, tuned (440 Hz), adjusted to the following parameters:
a) No more than 50 grams of weight should be required to fully press a key;
b) There should be a 10 mm distance between the lowest and highest positions of the keys.
Acceptable brands: Steinway & Sons, Bösendorfer, Fazioli, Bluthner, August Förster, and Boston.
If an acoustic piano is not available, the organizers must provide an electronic piano
(this option is only permitted as a last resort, and is not acceptable for large halls).
Acceptable brands: Roland and Kurzweil.
• Grand piano bench
• 1 mic (on stand) for pianist
• 2 music stands (bass, drums)
• Bass: combo or cabinet (4x10). Acceptable brands: Ampeg , SWR, GK, Markbass , Phil Jones, Aguilar , Trace-Elliot and Epifani, min. 350 W. Chinese-made amplifiers and cabinets are unacceptable.
• Drumkit. Acceptable brands: Sonor, Pearl, Yamaha, Tama, DW and Gretsch.
a) 1 snare - 14"
b) 1 bass drum - 20" or 22"
c) 2 toms - 10" and 12"
d) 1 floor tom - 14" or 16"
e) Drumheads. Acceptable brands: Remo, Evans and Aquarian
f) 6 stands (snare -1, hi-hat -1, cymbals - 4)
g) One professional drum throne – must be height-adjustable and be in PERFECT working condition.
h) 1 bass drum pedal - acceptable brands: Pearl, Yamaha, Tama and DW.
i) All drum equipment must be in excellent working condition with new drumheads. Cymbals stands should have sleeves, felt washers and wing nuts. The 10" and 12" toms must be able to be mounted on the bass drum. The floor tom must have legs and not be attached to cymbal stands. The bass drum’s front head must have a hole in it for proper mic positioning.
• Three (3) monitors, three (3) channels (bass+drums+piano).
The band should be provided with a dressing room that can be locked with a key, and the key must be provided to the manager of the Fusion Point trio by the time the musicians arrive at the concert venue. The dressing room must be in the same building as the stage, at a distance easily accessible from the stage, and accessible from the stage without passing through the concert hall.
The dressing room should be equipped with a mirror, chairs, hangers, costume rack or hooks, soap, towels, toilet and a sink with running cold and hot water. If dressing room does not have a toilet and sink, the organizers must provide a private bathroom in close proximity containing a toilet and a sink with running cold and hot water.
• Hotel: four-star international standard (or better)
• Three (3) single rooms including full breakfast
• Lunch and dinner each day or meal expenses covered
The organizers will provide all local ground transport for musicians of the
Fusion Point trio. The band will appear at the venue two hours before the start
of the concert. During the sound check, neither the public nor persons not involved
in the sound check are to be permitted in the concert hall. The equipment must be ready
for the sound check as soon as the musicians arrive.