Alexei Orechin

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A steadily growing voice that saturates the listener in lucid colour and shimmering melodies. Born in Pinsk, Belarus in 1984 and immigrating to Canada in 1992 with the collapse of the USSR; Alexei Orechin has been actively shaping the Toronto music scene as composer and guitarist for over ten years.

His approach towards the creative process is to view the musical landscape as an open canvas, one that holds no boundaries or genre limitations. A diverse talent that is reflected in the company he has shared the stage with: Nas, Lupe Fiasco, Akae Beka, Rana Mansour, Shad, Dave McMurdo, Yaadcore, Dan Weiss, and David Liebman. He has toured throughout USA, Mexico, Europe, and Russia. Performed at the TD and Montreal Jazz Festivals, Caribana, Irie Music Festival, Tirgan Festival, and Pride Toronto. His music for film has been featured at TIFF, CFC, NFB and the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival. He has been featured on CBC, Noisey, Global News, The Star, Huffpost, Afropunk, and Relix magazine.

The summer of 2017 saw the release of Unbuttoned’s long-awaited sophomore LP Liquid (Round4Records) with an East coast tour and national television and press coverage. This year also saw the release of Chronicles Dub Trio’s Chapter II: Marcus Garvey (Coated In Dub) with acclaimed reviews from Dub Rockers, Reggaeville, Dennis Bovell (UK) and a single feature on Reggae Vibes compilation #57 alongside Chronixx, Sly & Robbie and others.

In 2018, he collaborated with Persian santur player Sina Bathaie to release Rebirth, toured with the Tara Kannangara Group, collaborated with Shad, and recorded alto-saxophonist Matthew Woroshyl’s Forward. A project in co-operation with Andrew Forde and the Glenn Gould Estate called Ideas of North resulted in a full capacity concert at Koerner Hall in February. 2020 saw the premier of 1992 Ambient, a 45-minute long composition that is a “therapeutic experiment in slowly melting sound and colour; representing the
acculturation and restructuring oneself through emigrating from Russia to Canada in 1992.” This work also marked the completion of a Master’s Degree in Composition from the renowned Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC) in Barcelona.

2020 will also see the release of his debut full length album on Overfold Records; a record that showcases his diverse and ever evolving style of composition, ranging from moments of melodic solitude to fractal experimentalism, inspired by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Linda May Han Oh, Aphex Twin, and William Basinski.

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