Konstantin Kolesnichenko

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Leading Ukrainian harmonica player

Blues harp teacher

Bio 

Konstantin's distinctive and modern style of harmonica playing won him the recognition of other musicians and a spot among top Ukrainian harmonica players. At different times he got acclaim from world famous musicians including Guy Davis, Adam Gussow, Jason Ricci, Pierre Lacocque, PT Gazell, Jelly Roll Johnson, Dennis Moriarty, Bartosz Leczycki, and Keith Dunn to name a few.
A native of Dnipro, Ukraine, Kostantin's career has spanned 12 years. He began playing harmonica at age 19. In 2008 he joined the Bullet Blues Band - a local Chicago blues band and acoustic duo with guitarist Oleg Lavrik. The band opened for such greats as Guy Davis, Keith Dunn, Robert Lighthouse, Daniel Jeanrenaud, Mikhail Mishouris blues band, Max Tavricheskiy, and so on. He took part in the first international harmonica festival in Kiev, Ukraine in 2011.

In 2014 he released his first album "If You Want to See This Blues". This album was a mix of blues and jazz and got a lot of positive feedback from the fans and other musicians.

The next album "Sweeten It Up" was released in 2015. This all-instrumental EP shows Konstantin Kolesnichenko's tasty harmonica and features a jazzy quartet. Konstantin offered his own interpretation of the five world-famous songs which got an interesting touch of harmonica sound.

In 2016 he released his third album "Hypnotized!".  A hot jazzy-blues album which is played in organ combo format with swinging guitar, wailing organ, jazzy drums, and honking harmonica. 

In June 2017 the Konstantin Kolesnichenko Quartet took part as performers in famous Alfa Jazz festival.


In July 14 2017 Konstantin Kolesnichenko Quartet released an album called "Minor Differences". The new album logically follows the previous one. It has the same vintage and sentimental feel.

Konstantin is well known in Ukrainian, Russian, and Belorussian harmonica communities. And he's got his audience in the US and Europe as well.

 

 

 

"Konstantin Kolesnichenko is one of my favorite living harmonica players playing some of my very favorite music. I am a huge fan of both his playing and his artistic direction to the point of jealousy."

- Jason Ricci

 

"Konstantin Kolesnichenko (don't say it with a drink in your hand) is an exceptionally good Ukranian harmonica player. He's a modern blues guy."

- Adam Gussow

 

"There is a whole new breed of exciting harmonica players on the scene today. One of the young lions clearly leading the charge is Konstantin Kolesnichenko."

- PT Gazell


"This wonderful CD takes the listener on a musical journey from vintage Jazz to inspiring South American rhythms and gentle swings.

The 7 songs are well crafted instrumentals led by Konstantin Kolesnichenko's soulful and lyrical harmonica. The arrangements are creative and the bandleader's harp playing is masterful. Throughout, his harmonica sounds like a horn adding so much to the band’s ensemble feel. A stellar performance.
***** FIVE STARS" 

-Pierre Lacocque
Bandleader
Mississippi Heat


"I love Konstantin's playing. Soulful, powerful, emotionaly strong"

- Jelly Roll Johnson

Media 

Press 

Kolesnichenko is not afraid to try things that most folks would dismiss as fluff. “Volare” is a perfect example of this. One of the things I have always admired about Charlie Musselwhite was his fearlessness to include songs that others would consider trite. Kolesnichenko obviously is cut from the same cloth.
Get this EP…now. Dig It…

PT Gazell

Blues Blast Magazine review ("Minor Differences" album): A native of Dnipro, Ukraine, Konstantin Kolesnichenko is a refreshingly different harmonica player who’s proving once again that you don’t have to be born in Chicago, Memphis or the Mississippi Delta to play the blues with understanding, emotion and feel. His growing legion of fans in the U.S. boasts a host of harp luminaries, including Jason Ricci, Adam Gussow, Mississippi Heat front man Pierre Lacocque and Guy Davis

BluesJunction (January 2018): Best Jazz-Blues album of 2017 and #19 in Top 40 of 2017 albums!


Minor Differences, the latest offering by the Ukrainian harmonica master Konstantin Kolesnichenko, is what it feels like when jazz and blues climb into the same bed and make passionate love. - David Mac

(http://www.bluesjunctionproductions.com/recommended_listening_-_july_2017

Hypnotized! is the third album from this extremely talented Ukrainian harmonica player. – David Mac (http://www.bluesjunctionproductions.com/recommended_listening_-_november_2016)


Monthly Artist Spotlight on bluesjunctionproductions.com: Konstantin Kolesnichenko

http://www.bluesjunctionproductions.com/monthly_artist_spotlight_konstantin_kolesnichenko


Blues Blast Magazine review("Hypnotized!" album): You just can’t go wrong with this level of musicianship. A clear case of instruments in the hands of players who love and are well schooled in the music. You’ll never get tired the this musical journey. Jazz, blues, South American rhythms, it’s all here. If you are of a lover of music in general you are going to find much to like here.

National Harmonica Magazine Review: The sophistication of the music jumps out immediately with overtones of jazz. This isn't your standard set of blues riffs.Yet it stays closely enough within the boundaries of blues to keep to sate the appetite of the hungry blues harmonica fan craving a new, yet familiar, taste.


The music from my last album was played on BBC radio station!  - BBC radio station


The song  from "Hypnotized!" album was in Bluesmusic magazine April 2017 CD Sampler


Review of my "Hypnotized!" album by French "Soul Bag" magazine


 "I think blues music helps to break boundaries between all those aspects. It's common interest and love between a millions people all over the world and that make it so important as a root music." - Interview for Blues @ Greece


КОНСТАНТИН КОЛЕСНИЧЕНКО КАК ЕСТЬ: О ФЕСТАХ, ГАСТРОЛЯХ И ГУБНОЙ ГАРМОШКЕ - Александр Топилов

С блюзом в наших краях вообще как-то не очень сложилось. Вот почему альбом Константина Колесниченко Hypnotized так важен и нужен. Нам нужно побольше блюзовых фестивалей и блюзовой продукции. Нам нужно прививать хороший вкус массовому зрителю. Нам нужно больше блюзменов. Потому что страна, в которой играют блюз — непобедима  - Александр Топилов

Запись радиоэфира на Old Fashioned Radio. - ведущий Артур Ямпольский

Один невеличкий альбом для людини, і величезний стрибок для українського блюзу. Точніше, для самого автора альбому – 33-річного виконавця на губній гармоніці з міста Дніпро Костянтина Колісниченка. - Viachek Kryshtofovych Jr для cultprostir.ua

"Прорив року 2016" за версією журналу cultprostir.ua - Viachek Kryshtofovych Jr для cultprostir.ua

Интервью с Натальей Рекуненко для "Вестей"

Интервью для Old Fashioned Radio


Blues courses 

I'm teaching three blues courses at harmonica-school.pro (ukrainian and russian language only):

https://1.harmonica-school.pro/ - курс для продвинутых по 1, 2 и 3 позиции в блюзе.

http://2.harmonica-school.pro/ - курс по второй позиции в блюзе.

http://3.harmonica-school.pro/ - курс по третьей позиции в блюзе.

Schedule 

Август  2018

11.08 19.00 - арт-кафе "Неизвестный Петровский".  Bullet Blues Band, г. Днепр

19.05 около 18.00 - Koktebel Jazz Fest (Jazz-blues cafe stage).  Bullet Blues Band, г. Черноморск


Май  2018

23.05   20.00 - "Дом-Мастеркласс". Jan Korinek +Konstantin Kolesnichenko Quartet , г. Киев

24.05   19.00 - Филармония. Jan Korinek +Konstantin Kolesnichenko Quartet , г. Днипро

25.05   20.00 - "Bar32". Jan Korinek +Konstantin Kolesnichenko Quartet , г. Киев

26.05 19.00 -  джаз-клуб "Двор Культуры \ Перрон№7" 19.00.  Jan Korinek +Konstantin Kolesnichenko Quartet, г. Одесса

28.05  19.00 - Паб "Сундук"  - "True Blues Night"  Jan Korinek + Konstantin Kolesnichenko, г. Киев

31.05 20.00 - арт-кафе "Неизвестный Петровский".  Bullet Blues Band, г. Днепр


Апрель  2018

6.04, 19.00 -   ресторан  "Roadhouse".  Bullet Blues Band, г. Днепр

12.04   20.00 - арт-кафе "Неизвестный Петровский". Konstantin Kolesnichenko Trio, г. Днепр

Март  2018

08.03, 19.00 - кафе "Snack & Bike".  Bullet Blues Band, г. Кривой Рог

16.03, 19.00 -   ресторан  "Roadhouse".  Bullet Blues Band, г. Днепр

17.03   19.00 - арт-кафе "Неизвестный Петровский".  Bullet Blues Band, г. Днепр

31.03 19.00 -  джаз-клуб "Перрон№7" 19.00.  Konstantin Kolesnichenko Quartet feat. Alexandr Remez, г. Одесса


Февраль  2018

15.02, 20.00 - арт-кафе "Неизвестный Петровский".  Bullet Blues Band, г. Днепр

17.02   20.00 - "Bar32". Bullet Blues Band , г. Киев

28.02 18.00 -  Арт-Центр "Квартира" 18.00.  Bullet Blues Band, г. Днепр


Январь  2018


12.01, 19.00 -  - ресторан  "Roadhouse".  Bullet Blues Band, г. Днепр

13.01, 19.00 - арт-кафе "Неизвестный Петровский".  Bullet Blues Band, г. Днепр

25.01   20.00 - арт-кафе "Неизвестный Петровский". Konstantin Kolesnichenko Quartet , г. Днепр

27.01   20.00 - "Дом-Мастеркласс". Konstantin Kolesnichenko Quartet , г. Киев

28.01  19.00 - Паб "Сундук" Руки В Брюки  + Konstantin Kolesnichenko, г. Киев