Ira Mogilevsky

(born in Russia, 1975, resident Stockholm/Sweden), is a jazz pianist, band leader and composer. She began studying classical piano at the age of seven. Later she studied jazz piano, film and theater music with Salva Ganelin at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and graduated with a B.Mus in 1998. She continued her studies in a postgraduate program in jazz piano, with Ove Lundin, electro acoustic music with Sten Sandell and film music with Johnny Wingstedt at Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 2002. In Sweden she established different bands such as Gushpanka, Nybakat! MogNed and she performed and toured with them in Scandinavia and Israel. They played at events like UmeƄ Int. Jazzfestival, Kallott Jazz and Blues Int. Jazz Festival, Kaamos Jazz Festival in Finland, Falkenberg Jazz Festival, White Night Festival in Tel Aviv and many others. Mogilevsky has released three CDs whereof two are on her own label Mindoor Music. She has played with David Wilczewski, Jonas Knutsson, Fredrik Ljungkvist, and Christian Spering among others. Nowadays she also teaches. During her childhood in Russia she sang first in different choirs, then she played pop music and composed romantic songs but when she heard Ella Fitzgerald on the radio she fell in love with jazz and gradually realized the she couldn't express herself in the classical music. Her meeting with Slava Ganelin in Jerusalem made a big impact on Mogilevsky. Through Ganelin she learned that music is coming first of all from an emotional source, it must move something inside your soul, regardless styles and genres. That knowledge, Mogilevsky brought with her in her own musical life. She composes mainly film music and works, often together with her husband, composer Vlad Nedelin.
Selected works: Film music, directed by Sergei Grankin music composed together with Vlad Nedelin: The Lost Temple mocumentary; A bright day: for electronics with light beats; Altered Statement.
Selected recordings: Happy Land, 2010, Plugged records; Nybakat! 2007, Mindoor Music; Gushpanka, 2007, Mindoor Music

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