At the age of seventeen I was transplanted from my birthplace of Kiev in Ukraine.
A dreamy European city in front in front of my eyes was replaced by New York, with all its severity of lines and colors, unforgiving, yet intriguing. I’ve painted since my childhood, learning visual precision and honesty, developing a firm faith in harmony, beauty and perfection. My new reality was rough and fearsome. And I knew that I was being transformed. New reality brought new simplicity and roughness into my work. I painted nudes, craving love, music and spiritual fulfillment. All of these eventually came, bearing happiness for the émigré/exile/refugee, transforming him into an American:
Come back, my son, come back to me, my boy,
So I would wash your head.
-Mother, my head could be washed by rains,
And my hair shall be combed by feral winds…
There has always been music in my family. My father is an artist-painter, but he also was a fine classical baritone in his younger days. Our house was always full of interesting guests, of all kinds of arts. The grown-ups were infinitely more interesting than children of my own age. The former were bearers of the historical weight of the place where I was growing up.[…]
Roman Turovsky-Savchuk (Ukrainian: Роман Туровський-Савчук) is an American artist-painter, photographer and video-installation artist, as well as a lutenist-composer, born in Ukraine. His musical works were published under various pseudonyms, including Johann Joachim Sautscheck.
Massimo Marchese is known worldwide as one of the most refined performers of his generation. His long career allowed him to play and collaborate with many famous early music ensembles and to perform soloist concerts in several foreign countries. More than 18 record publications, among them 8 as soloist (RCA, Stradivarius, Tactus, Brilliant, Centaur, ecc.), let Massimo Marchese be proud of one of the smartest curriculum concerning his instrument. He was very young when he first approached to the instrument: he met M° Jakob Lindberg, and he achieved a Diploma at the “Royal College of Music” of London then the specializations with Paul O’Dette, Nigel North, and Hopkinson Smith marked the beginning of his career. Since 1980 he played as soloist and continuo player performing for voices like Nigel Rogers and Furio Zanasi renewing, moreover, his collaboration with Jakob Lindberg (member of the “Dodekachordon” ensemble) in addition to other smart experiences with Enrico Gatti, Ottavio Dantone, and Flavio Emilio Scogna. During various tours he played in the most iconic music capitals in Italy and abroad; particularly noteworthy are his concerts for ”Oude Muziek – Lute Festival” of Utrecht, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – Sorbonne of Paris, Festival of Sacred Music of Tenerife and the Sofia Music Weeks. He has been Artist in Residence at the Osaka Italian Cultural Institute during summer 2016 (June and July), he participated in several RAI RADIO BROADCASTS (Radio 2, Radio 3 – Piazza Verdi and Radio 3 Suite – La Stanza della Musica (Music Room, ndt)) and Bulgarian National Radio. He has been the first lutenist in the world recording monographic CDs of Francesco Spinacino (Tactus, 2006), Franciscus Bossinensis (Tactus, 2004), Joackim Van den Hove (Brilliant Classics, 2015) and complete works in score (1682/1686/1716 ) of Robert de Visée (Brilliant Classics, 2011/2015). He worked in musicological research and held several lectures, bringing back to light composers like Gabriele Fallamero (1584). In 2003 he was lute professor at “A. Vivaldi” Conservatory of Alessandria (Early Music Department) and, from 1993 to 2000, President of S.I.E.M. (Italian Society for the Musical Education) in Alessandria. In 1997 he took part in the “landeskongress Schulmusik” in Stuttgart. He has been artistic director and musical consultant in several festivals like C.I.M.A.Al (Italian Centre of Early Music of Alessandria) in 2004 with which he organized and directed the European Festival of Early Music – Eastern Piedmont until 2014.