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DODO Orchestra is a unique retro-world-jazz ensemble that has enchanted audiences with their vivacious energy and a refined repertoire. This NYC-based miniature orchestra is composed of young and talented musicians of the new generation who are everything that is New York -- sophistication, cosmopolitanism and the never-ending party. Inspired by beats and sounds from all over the world and moved by the timeless appeal of the bygone era, DODO embarks upon crossing times and places, performing with effortless originality gems of the French, German, Italian and Russian retro. With bold flair they fuse tango and samba, swing and chanson, balkanica and reggae, creating a delicious urban cocktail.
Maria Sokolovsky (vocals) is a true powerhouse, with strong exciting voice and explosive energy, tastefully combined with the sensibility and skills of an old-fashioned artist. She is a classically trained opera singer and a graduate of Mannes College of Music.
Leonid Gelman (piano, guitar, sax, vocals) is a graduate of the Thelma Yellin School of Arts in Israel. He does most of the arrangements for the group. Leo’s style encompasses elements of jazz, classical and Russian folk music. It is filled with lyrical strength, warmth and vibrant spontaneity.
Dmitry Sokolovsky (button accordion) is a graduate of Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow, where he initially studied classical and folk music, later expanding towards jazz and world music. Dmitry is recognized for his incredible solos, most of which are improvised on the spot.
Dmitry Fisch (Violin) is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, performs in a wide variety of musical genres: from classical to jazz, from world/fusion to klezmer, from rock to gypsy swing. Dmitriy's style combines virtuosity and elegance and is influenced by Stephane Grappelli, Fritz Kreisler and other great musicians of the past.
Dmitry Ishenko (bass) is a graduate of Berkeley College and the New England Conservatory of Music. He can often be spotted at the top-notch Jazz venues of New York City. A very accomplished Jazz bassist, Dmitry is highly praised for his deep velvet sound and his unmatched rhythm, tone and articulation.
Danny Mallon (percussion/drums) is a graduate of Mannes College of Music, where he has been a faculty member since 1991. Danny is a versatile, accomplished percussionist/drummer, recording for TV, radio, film scores and playing all styles of music with many well known artists.