Born in Pinsk, Belarus, and immigrating to Canada (Hamilton, ON.) in 1992, Alexei Orechin has been actively shaping musical environments by leading his own jazz, and chamber ensembles into his compositional work. A diverse talent that is reflected in the company he has shared the stage with: Nas, Akae Beka, Rana Mansour, Shad, Yaadcore, Nahre Sol, Sina Bathaie, and Núria Andorrá. He has since performed in Mexico, Europe, Russia, and the US. Performances include the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Caribana, Irie Music Festival, Tirgan Festival, Manifesto, and Pride Toronto. Orechin’s music for film has been featured at TIFF, CFC, NFB, and the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival. He has also been featured on CBC, Noisey and Vice, Global News, The Star, Dub Rockers, Huffpost, Afropunk, and Relix Magazine. 2020 also saw the premiere of 1992 Ambient, a 45-minute work for chamber orchestra and electronics is a “therapeutic experiment in slowly melting sound and color”; representing restructuring oneself through emigrating from Russia to Canada in 1992. This music also marked the completion of a master’s degree in composition from the renowned Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC) in Barcelona.
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