Ivan is the tall, rail-thin guitarist and leader of his death metal band, Abyssinister. His parents died in a drunk driving accident when he was a teen; he first met Shadia in Al-Anon. But, with talent and hard work, he was able to earn a full- ride musical scholarship to Juilliard. Ivan’s a very intense guy; he’s ambitious and driven, but also overly serious and single-minded. He can only relax when he’s hanging around with Shadia, for whom he has a fierce love. His greatest fear is dying forgotten. He feels that, if he can find greatness through music, then he’ll be immortal. But while he has technical mastery, his stiff personality keeps him from good songwriting. He lacks the spark, and it kills him.
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