Yuriy Seredin is a pianist and composer, one of the brightest representatives of the Ukrainian jazz scene. His music combines contemporary jazz, minimalism, polyphonic forms and is sometimes almost cinematic, constantly contrasting on the edge of human drama and meditation; his works are very personal, often with references to specific life situations and personalities.
Having been in Europe before the outbreak of war, after February 24, Yuriy Seredin was forced to stay in Berlin, where he had previously studied, to continue his musical and charitable activities. He recorded and played with Nasheet Waits, Ben van Gelder, Seamus Blake, Satoko Fuji, etc.
Yuriy also became a scholarship holder of the Italian Ministry of Culture (Teatro Massimo, Palermo), Deutsche Musicrat (Babylon Orchestra) and the Berliner Senat.
Ganna Gryniva is a singer and composer living in Berlin. She emigrated from Ukraine to Germany with her parents in 2002 at the age of 13. Today Ganna is considered "one of the most impressive singers and musicians on the European jazz and world music scene" (Mirjam Jessa, ORF). Her new album HOME was released in November 2022 on BERTHOLD records and was hailed by the music press as "album of the year" (Ulrich Habersetzer, DLF Kultur) and "jazz highlight of the year" (Roland Spiegel, Bayerischer Rundfunk). In her music she unfolds her different cultural roots. In her multinational ethno-jazz quintet GANNA and in her solo program for loops and electronics, she combines Ukrainian folklore with jazz, improvised and experimental music. Ganna actively promotes the international dissemination of Ukraine's cultural heritage through her music. She has played at many international festivals and collaborated with musicians such as Louis Cole, Michael League and Kurt Rosenwinkel.
Dima Bondarev has long since made a name for himself as one of the most respected up-and-coming young musicians in Germany. Born in 1984 in Ukraine, Bondarev began playing trumpet at the age of nine and has lived in Berlin since 2013, where he completed both his bachelor's and master's degrees at the Jazz Institute Berlin (JIB). He has collaborated with many outstanding musicians in the European and American jazz scene, including Greg Cohen, Joey Baron, NDR Big Band, Jim Black, Nels Cline, Steve Turre, Conrad Herwig and many others. He has been dedicated to jazz since his early childhood. After moving to Berlin in 2013, Dima formed his own international band with which he has experienced many glorious moments; some of the highlights are the 2nd prize of the "50th Jazz and Odra Festival' in Wroclaw (Poland, 2014), the 1st prize of the Festival de Jazz à Montauban (France, 2014),JIB Jazz Prize of the Karl Hofer Gesellschaft Gestiftet von Toni und Albrecht Kumm (Germany, 2015) and the the 2nd prize of the Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy, 2017). In September 2017, Dima's Quintet released his debut album under the name “I'm Wondering” on Unit Records. In 2018, Dima formed his new quartet, with which he has already played countless concerts in Germany and Poland. The band around Bondarev was awarded a grant from the Berlin Senate to record an album.
Growing up in Kiev, Danil Zverkhanovskyi had a choice between painting and playing the guitar. After a few years of trial and crror, he left the former behind and made the latter his profession. In 2012, Zverkhanovsky went to Graz for his first experience abroad and spent a semester at the Art University there. A year later, he moved to Berlin to study with Kurt Rosenwinkel at the Jazzinstitut Berlin and made many new contacts in the city's vibrant international music scene. In the time of the Revolution of Dignity and the following beginning of Russian aggression, he records his debut album "In Pieces Suite". In 2017, he finally receives his bachelor's degree. Networked in Ukraine as well as in Germany, the exceptional guitarist plays countless concerts in Europe and is also a successful producer.
Matt Adomeit - Imagination and honesty are qualities that distinguish Hartford, Connecticut native Matthew Adomeit. A broad musical spectrum plus utter control of the bass violin are tools Matt uses for driving and commanding The RHQ. His double degree from Oberlin College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio along with his rapidly expanding work experiences have Adomeit – born 1990 - carving a special place for himself in today’s ever changing music scene as he darts from Berlin, his current residence, to places all over the globe.
Ivars Arutyunyan is a musical, energetic, dynamic musician and drummer from Latvia. He has studied music all his life spent several years in Copenhagen and Paris, now lives in Berlin. He is an active member of the European jazz and improvised music scene and has played with artists such as Seamus Blake, Greg Osby, Logan Richardson, Jerry Bergonzi, Jesse van Ruller and Carsten Dahl, to name a few. He has performed in more than 30 countries and has been awarded the Latvian Music Grand Prize 2022, Best Jazz Record of the Year in Latvia (2019), Grand Prix in Jazz Hoeilaart (BE), Almeria Jazz (ESP) and Yamaha Drum Day (LV) ) etc.