Julia & Cruise Control
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Julia & Cruise Control


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Cruise Control
Julia Zakirova – vocal

Julia is the most active jazz soloist in Latvia and the contestant of numerous international competitions and festivals. She started her career when she was only 16 years old when she fell in love with Jazz, which has become a great part of her life.
In 2001 she performed for the audience of the festival ZOLOTOJ SHLYAGER in Belarus. A year later she had competed at the Baltic countries TV music contest FIZZ SUPERSTAR. The talented singer is also known for her performance at the youth contest NEW STARS under the patronage of the famous composer Raymond Pauls. Having studied jazz at the Moscow Contemporary Art School, she has finished the Jazz Department of the Riga Dom Choir School in June 2007. Julia is a winner of the vocal contest SONY JAZZ STAGE 2006 in Riga, after she has taken part in such festivals as KAUNAS JAZZ, PORI JAZZ in Finland, JAZZ KAAR in Estonia. Julia was invited as a solo vocalist in recording of new Felix Jazz Party CD, which was recorder in cooperation with Raymond Pauls.
Julia is a very joyful person and believes that music can make this life more colorful and bright. She sees her future in composing and recording her own compositions with her band. She takes part in performances in popular Jazz Clubs in Riga and Jurmala and most famous Jazz festivals in Latvia.

Guest Artist: Simon York

Simon York

Simon was born in Australia but enjoys permanent United Kingdom residency status due to English parentage. Simon still maintains some music related interests in Australia and returns form time to time but is based in United Kingdom with a second home in Riga, Latvia.

Simon was performing for some events in Latvia shortly after marrying his Latvian wife Ilze, who now performs with Simon regularly in Spain, Germany, Denmark, Japan, Australia, Latvia.
Simon performs occasionally with the band and the combined sound of Simon’s voice and guitar playing ad some intriguing flavors to the sound of the band. Simon also brings many years of experience in various styles to the band to make the overall band repertoire and style varied and diverse.

Roman Murashov - leader of band
Was born in 1973 and studied bass guitar formally.
Roman has had the privilege of studying under such great bassists as Richard Bona, Jimmy Haslip, and Abraham Laboriel.

He has participated in jazz festivals such as Rīgas Ritmi, Klaipeda Jazz, The Saxhophonia. Participated in “Riga Bass Day 2007”
Also progressive jazz projects such as “Rhythm Community”(Electro jazz, jazz house, acoustic drum and bass).
Romans is the band leader.


2000 - 2007 Jāzepa Vītola Latvian Music Academy – Bachelor Music.

1993 - 1996 Studied for Diploma - Music College. Brass orchestra conductor, Orchestral arranger, Teacher, Trumpet.


Has participated in many large brass bands and performed with some of Eastern Europe’s biggest names in music, such as, Marijai Raimondu, Paulu, Denisu Paškevicu, Laimu Vaikuli, Intaru Busuli, Raimondu Macatu, Normundu Runtuli, Mariju Naumovu, etc. Has recorded with ‘Time after Time’.

Additional information:
English, Latvian, Russian.

Computer skills
Windows xp, Internet Explorer.

Travel, sports, video editing, movies.

Aivars Sproģis

Born 1958
Studied at P.Jurjāna Music School for violin
From the age of 16 he has played Keyboards in many bands.

Has been performing as resident musician at the Baltic Beach Hotel, Riga; Casino Olympic, Riga and many other five star resorts and hotels in the Baltic States.

Has performed in many jazz festivals including RĪGAS RITMI Jazz festival.

Andrejs Šmeļovs

Born 1985

Has played drums since the age of twelve and made a reputation as a drummer in the band ‘Diversion’ before joining with the band ‘Cruise Control’.