We would like to propose for your kind attention a Ukrainian progressive rock project “Modern – Rock - Ensemble”, the album called “Touch the Mystery”. “Modern-Rock Ensemble” is a musical project of Vladimir Gorashchenko - a Ukrainian composer, poet, keyboard/guitar player and producer. Starting from being a devoted fan of 1970’s art-rock Vladimir began composing his own music and step-by-step developed his own style. Musical style of the band is a fusion of art-rock, jazz-rock, cosmic rock, sympho- and ethnic rock. Many talented Ukrainian rock and jazz musicians were involved in this project as well as a string quartet.
“Touch the Mystery” is the latest album of the group, it was recorded in 2016. The CD consists mainly of instrumental pieces:
- Central piece and the title track - “Touch the Mystery” presents a “musical biography” of Vladimir Gorashchenko, rather than just a 20-minute “epic”.
- “Meditations” was recorded by “Modern Rock Ensemble Putnik” Mk 1 in Italy back in 1988. Part of this recording was used in the track.
- The “Swamp” was recorded live on a stereo deck during a jazz-rock festival back in 1989 by “Modern Rock Ensemble Putnik” Mk 2, re-mastered in 2014. It gives a good example of what the style of the 4-piece group was then and was its own sound during the concerts. The piece is dedicated to a well-known Russian film director Andrey Tarkovskiy and his creative work that opposed Soviet ideology.
- Two short pieces: “What will happen to my country?” and “My Angels (dedicated to my wife and daughters)” were played by Vladimir on keyboards and recorded in 2014.