Jazzist Zhenya Strigalev at Sooriya Village | Sunday Observer

Jazzist Zhenya Strigalev at Sooriya Village

London based Russian jazz musician Zhenya Strigalev will be playing live at The Sooriya Village on September 16 from 7.30 pm.

Zhenya is considered a maverick in jazz for his unique style and ingenuity in his music, and his willingness to bend the rules. His time in Colombo will be spent teaching and playing, sharing his magic with the rest of us.

Zhenya Strigalev, at the age of 17 won “The Best Saxophonist” award in a popular jazz competition in St Petersburg. He then started performing consistently at many European, Russian and UK festivals.

He graduated from The Royal Academy of Music and started spending more and more time between the London and New York jazz scenes. He has worked with some of today’s most forward thinking musicians including, Mat Garrison, Chris “Daddy” Dave, William Parker, Hamid Drake, Joseph “Foley” McCreary from Miles Davis fame, Alex Sipiagin, Taylow Eigsti, etc.

He has performed extensively in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Russia, the Czech Republic, Austria, Britain, India, Switzerland, Peru and Chile. Zhenya arrived in London with only his saxophone and nothing much else, least of all money. His work ethic and talent, his tenacity propelled him to where he is today and is now considered one of the most exciting young jazz musicians in London.

He has six albums under his name and seems to have reached a new level of artistic maturity with his new album, Never Group.

Zhenya will play from his own creation of instrument called, the Alto Box where he makes unique jazzy sounds from a saxophone built in what appears to be a box.

Tickets are available at The Sooriya Village store on September 10 and 11 between 10 am and 6 pm or at the gate on September 16. For more information, please write to, [email protected]