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Pianist Vadim Neselovskyi and bassist Jeff Denson pair up

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Concertgoers who enjoy classical fare with a contemporary twist should know pianist and Ukraine native Vadim Neselovskyi, who will be holding court at Silo's in Napa this week.

Whether you're well-versed in Vadim's work, especially his 2013 release Music for September, or have never heard his name is of little consequence. His skills make him a must-see.

While studying classical music and honing his chops by playing in jazz clubs in Germany in 2003, Neselovskyi (pictured) earned a full scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. After graduating, he began touring internationally, as well as teaching piano at his alma mater.

This concert is the first of a new series presented by Berkeley-based nonprofit group Ridgeway Arts, founded last year and dedicated to developing cultural and educational directives throughout the Bay Area.

Also included on the ticket is Bay Area–based bassist and composer Jeff Denson, whose work in a duo setting on record (and live, both in a trio or quartet) is well documented and revered. The duo will perform new compositions and original arrangements in addition to select solo classical piano pieces. Vadim Neselovskyi and Jeff Denson play Friday, May 6, at Silo's, 530 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $20 advance; $25 at the door. All ages. 707.251.5833.

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