Slava Grigoryan, Al Slavik
Slava Grigoryan – guitars
Al Slavik – bass, vocals, chapman stick, percussion, programming
Phil Gould – drums
Matthias Jakisic – strings, string arrangements
Luke Howard – keyboards
Reuben Zylberszpic – flugelhorn
Continental Shift resonates with a complex and assured touch of seasoned professionals, avoiding the temptation to overwhelm the listener. All tracks have been written by Al Slavik with the exception of the title track 'Continental Shift', a composition by Grigoryan, and the Moorish flavoured opener 'Bedouin Breakfast' which was written by both Al and Slava.
Both artists live for their art. Slava emigrated to Australia from Kazakhstan and has cut a swathe through the classical music world ever since. He signed his first recording contract at the age of 19 with Sony Music Entertainment Australia. His international performance career is peerless.
Singer, Songwriter, Musician and Producer, Al Slavik also hails from Europe. The Austrian bass virtuoso had huge success in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with his band Bass by Al. He became a sought-after session and touring performer in the competitive London music scene. His first collaboration with Slava began in 1996. The pair have since toured America, Japan, Australia and Europe.
Continental Shift presents a chemistry and technical virtuosity that is enticing. The intimate musical bond between these outstanding musicians is apparent in both the duo tracks as well as the more layered instrumentals and songs. Guest musicians include legendary UK drummer Phil Gould from Level 42.