"A promising saxophonist of a brand new formation who's not overburdened with problems we have... he plays much and easily." Vladislav Makarov"Very young, but with an extraordinarily well-developed voice, I doubt that many will have heard from him, apart from on his local Russian scene, but I happened to stumble across some of his work on the internet, and I think that he's a real discovery." David Grundy, eartrip magazine (England)Ilia is a young (born 1987) saxophonist from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. He works in the direction of free improvisation, free-jazz, noise and electroacoustic music. Ilia practices an experimental approach of sound extraction on different types of saxophones (alto, tenor and baritone) and on flute (inc. fluteophone). In his compositions and improvisations you can find out influences of John Zorn, Derek Bailey, Mats Gustafsson, Evan Parker and other masters of improvised music.The artist records and distributes his music by himself. He often plays at The Gallery of Experimental Sound – 21 (GES-21), Saint-Petersburg.Ilia has played with such musicians as David Stackenäs (Sweden), Ignaz Schick (Germany), Arkadij Gotesman, Skirmantas Sasnauskas (Lithuania), Gnomus trio, Black Motor trio, Tero Kemppainen, Jaakko Tolvi & Topias Tiheäsalo (Finland), Edyta Fil (Poland), George Bagdasarov (Armenia/Czech), Susie Allen, Demetrius Spaneas (USA), Vladislav Makarov, Sergey Letov, Nikolay Rubanov, Alexey Lapin, Dmitriy Kakhovskiy, Alexei Borisov, Philip Croaton. Together with Dots & Lines group (trio with Roman Stolyar and Andrey Popovskiy) he performed on the festival of Jazz.Ru portal dedicated to it’s 10th anniversary. He’s also a member of Wozzeck, Totalitarian Musical Sect (TMS).He collaborates with musicians of other genres: with Moscow groups crrust (experimental hardcore), Tooth Kink (noise, live electronics), Motherfathers (noise-rock), Solntsetsvety (magical unicellular music); with St.-Petersburg avant-rock band Hg (Rtut'). Benzolnye Mertvecy (improvised noisecore), with Samara mathcore-band Penny Flame.He'd played on festivals:Jazz.Ru 10th Anniversary (Moscow); SKIF-12 (Saint-Petersburg) ; Aposition-4 (Saint-Petersburg); Electro+Mechanica IV (Saint-Petersburg); Bryansk VII Jazz Festival (Bryansk); Art of Sound Festival (Moscow); Budapest Spring Festival (Budapest); SKIF-13 (Saint-Petersburg); GES21 10th Anniversary (Saint-Petersburg); Noise & Fury 8 (Moscow); Gogolfest 2009 (Kiev); Ethnomechanica (Moscow).