Since moving to NYC in 2005, Ark Ovrutski has had a busy career free-lancing with many of the great jazz musicians from many generations, including: James Spaulding, Curtis Fuller, Carmen Lundy, Gregory Porter, Steve Williams, Larry Willis, Javon Jackson,Duduka da Fonseca, Cynthia Scott, Jim Rotondi, and many others. Ark’s most signiﬁcant original contributions in jazz are his three recordings as a leader and composer, “Sounds of Brasil” (self-released, 2010), “44:33” (Zoho, 2014) and “Intersection” (Origin, 2016). These three recordings are consisted basically of Ark’s remarkable original compositions.
His recording project titled by the Ark Ovrutski Quintet “Sounds of Brazil” (2010) featuring Grammy drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, piano player Helio Alves and two great flute and sax players Craig Handy and Jorge Continentino performed a unique blend of different styles of jazz, Brazilian grooves, original melodies and contemporary arrangements. This album was highly estimated and Ark was invited to play with this program to Dizzy Coca Cola jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC in April 2011.
Ark’s album “44:33” (2014) featuring Mike Dease and Ulysses Owens released on the recording label ZOHO. This CD was nominated by DOWNBEAT in the section PLAYERS in June 2014 and got a lot of positive feedback including jazz major media.
This was confirmed by several articles in the famous jazz magazines besides “Downbeat” – “New York City Jazz Record.”, “All about jazz”, “Elmore”,”Cadence” “Latin Jazz Network” etc.
The latest Ark’s venture is the newest CD “Intersection”(2016) featuring Michael Dease and Grammy winner drummer Duduka Da Fonseca recorded in May 2015 and is out in January 2016 on the recording label ORIGIN.
All albums are rotating on radio stations and were included in Jazzweek TOP 70.
The release concert of the latest his CD “Intersection” successfully took place at the famous New York jazz venue Jazz at Kitano. With the release of “Intersection”, Ovrutski began a new contract with Origin Records, which will yield more new albums. Ark’s composition “Bolero” from the album “Intersection” was awarded by International Society of Jazz Composers and Arrangers.
In 2010 Ark received degree of Masters of Music in Jazz Performance at Rutgers University. In 2014 he earned degree of Doctor of Musical Art in Jazz Performance at the University of Illinois.