Ivan Stechishin, 1966, Edmonton, Canada. Born into a family of Ukrainian descent, as a child Stetch heard and performed music constantly, singing in Ukrainian choral groups and also playing in a Ukrainian wedding band. After studying tenor saxophone and clarinet, he switched to piano in his mid-teens where he was able to find the technique necessary to bring to life the complexities of the music he felt inside. He studied music at McGill University in Montreal, graduating in 1991 and the following year moved to New York City although he has retained strong links with his Canadian roots, and through this with his Ukrainian heritage. In jazz, he was influenced in part by Kenny Kirkland and Keith Jarrett but was also influenced by classical composers. Very soon, though, Stetch became his own very original man. In 1993, he came second in the Thelonious Monk Composers Competition and in 1998 he won Le Grand Prix Du Jazz Du Maurier at the Festival International de...