Photo: Veera Penninkangas

Nikita Rafaelov – acoustic piano, synth, electronics

Nikita Rafaelov is a Helsinki-based pianist and composer, who released his solo debut “Spirit of Gaia” in 2018 on the Danish label Gotta Let It Out. Spirit of Gaia is a conceptual album, inspired by the circle of life, the infinite cycle of entropy and recreation. As a contrast to the album’s meticulously layered tapestries, on stage Rafaelov is wild and spontaneous improvisator, making every concert experience unique.

Few first recordings have the depth of vision or the grasp of the big story of Spirit Of Gaia. A marvellous debut.

– Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz / BEST RELEASES OF 2018