Cool Balkan trio
This project is inspired by the cool-jazz movement. The conception of this kind of sound, is about to making the music more fresh and open for the musicians to implicate their ideas, more present and unit so, rhythm section and three soloists in the same time together. In this trio the folk Balkan and jazz standard music be came together in one form.
Musician that during 7 years is included in the mainstream of jazz music. This period is taken along the experimentation of jazz with folk music in different experiencing with: Elina Duni, Dejan Terzic, Gent Rushi, Backyard Jazz Orchestra, Nicholas Simion Stefan
SCHOLTZ Peter Ehwald, ...etc.
Born in Thessaloniki. Completed studies for double bass in music education at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki and licensed in Vienna, Austria by the American Institute of Music in which studying Jazz/Bass and Jazz/Bass guitar under Professor Angus Thomas (Miles Davis) and Jonas Helborg (John Mc Laughlin). Then pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Music in Graz, Austria where a diploma in the class of Wayne Darling (Woody Herman). Has collaborated with jazz musicians such as Sheila Jordan, MILCHO Leviev, Andy Sheppard, Airton Moreira, Adam Nussbaum, Venchi Blagoev, Mordy Ferber, Mark Murphy, Fritz: Power, Angus Thomas, Danny Hayes, Henry Robinett, Alan Jones, Jon Hendricks James Carter, Carl Ratzer, Amir Gwirtzman, Terence Blanchard etc. He has been part in many world jazz festivals, including : Austria, Mexico, Morocco, Poland, Greece, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Germany, etc.
Is a professional drummer who studied at the Music Academy NAKAS Athens Greece. His artistic activity begins in 1988. It was part of a great number of concerts, recordings, TV show. He have cooperated more with a lot of named musician in Greece, USA, Albania ... etc. He is a career musician.
Lakis Tzimkas - C/Bass&Guitar
Take one listen to Lylit and you will be amazed at all that is encapsulated within her spirit and song: gospel, jazz, classical and, of course, soul. Born in Austria, musically inclined and intrigued, Lylit set out to absorb as much of it as possible. And what resulted was astounding: raspy powerhouse vocals whose cords find melody, effortlessly. She is a pianist—who has also successfully tried her hand at the guitar, 5-octave mbira and violin. She is music mogul Kedar Massenburg’s signee—and as evidenced on her EP, Evasion—she plans on leaving a serious impression.
Being a master trained civil engineer (BA. Yıldız Technical University – MA Bosphorus University), Advanced MA Padova University-Italy & Catalonia Technical University- Spain) music was always present for Mircan Kaia.
Known to have started music at very early ages, Mircan; has started to perform in front of audiences when she was in elementary school.
She started playing the guitar at the age of twelve, sang Classical Turkish Music at Yıldız Technical University in the classical Turkish music choir. Again during college years, she made compositions and sang together with symphonic rock band that she founded with her friends. For a certain period she worked with Erguder Yoldas, a major composer in Turkey.
Mircan Kaia is an artist who was able to discover her inner voice. She has been a determined producer without a rush of being popular. Thus she has been recognized both in Turkey and abroad, has been praised by important music authorities and has evolved into a more and more known artist Folk Roots, BBC, World Music Central, FLY Global Music, New Internationalist are some. Recently being involved in literature, Mircan has published a book named “Gece, Karanlık, Çekirge ve Sen” (Midnight, Darkness, Grasshopper and You).
Her discography: Bizim Ninniler (2005), Kül & Ashes (2005), Sala (2006), Numinosum (2007), Outim (2008), Elixir (2010), Minor (2012), Nanni (2012). At the same time she is the winner of several prizes: The Foundation of MOTIF - Community Knowledge Prize, 2014; YTU-Yıldız Technical University, Artist of the Year and Gratitude Prize, 2014; 44cü SİYAD Best Soundtrack Prize, 2011; TASI President of the Turkish Association of Sysmic Isolation - 2011-12013; IMO Music Director of the Construction Engineers’ Chamber – since 2012
Ceyda Pirali - Piano
Merih Aşkın - Guitar and Bağlama
Onurcan Cagatay - Trumpet
Gürkan Özkan - Percussion
Enzo Favata, Danilo Gallo, and UT Gandhi, well-known and internationally experienced musicians, meet Enrico Zanisi, young wonder of the Italian jazz scene, awarded ‘Best Italian Top Jazz Talent’ in 2012. They all come together in an expressively strong quartet that combines innovative music ideas with several compositions from Favata’s historic repertoire, where poetry, virtuosity, energy,
melodiousness, and high-level jazz intertwine with milonga and tango sounds, as well as Mediterranean melodies and rhythms from Sardinia. UT Gandhi, comparable to the greatest drummers of all time, and Danilo Gallo (Top Jazz 2010.2014 ) with his double bass, form an impressive rhythm section. Favata and Zanisi enhance the melodic lines and rhythms with
creative sounds, making the music continuously astonishing. Enzo Favata, Enrico Zanisi, Danilo Gallo, and UT Gandhi are real entertainers and can be regarded as seamen sailing from port to port, since they travel indeed. They regularly perform at prestigious festivals all around the world:
Italy, Europe, Latin-America, Asia, Africa, Japan, Arab countries,
and many more.
After performing throughout Europe with several group alongside pianist Camelia Ben Naceur and legendary drummer Billy Cobham, Inbar went into the studio to record “Time Quartet Project”. Collaborating with Camelia and fellow french band members, the quartet traveled to the foot of the Pyrenees in the south of France. Inspired by the vast French countryside, the CD introduces a very melodic and lyrical Original jazz. It was released on Origin records in 2013.
Inbar Fridman is a jazz guitar player born in Israel. After studying at Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary music, Inbar moved to the USA to pursue a jazz performance bachelor's degree at William Paterson University in New Jersey. At WPU Inbar Studied with Gene Bertoncini, Harold Mabern, James Williams and John Mosca. While in NYC Inbar performed at Smalls, Fat Cat, 55 bar and Blue note to name a few, alongside renowned musicians such as Aaron Goldberg, Steve Cardenas, Will Vinson, Myron Walden and Harry Whitaker. Moving back to Israel in 2005, she tours regularly throughout Europe and Israel.
Yoni Zelnik Bio: Born in 1975 in Haifa,Israel,Yoni began playing the electric bass as a teenager. He studied at the Music Academy of Jerusalem where he began playing the double bass. In 1995 Yoni moved to Paris where he continued his music studies at L'Ecole CIM. He has since become one of the most active bass players on the French jazz scene. Yoni has recorded more than sixty records with musicians such as Youn Sun Nah,Geraldine Laurent,Yonathan Avishai,Sophie Alour and Laurent Coq and has performed around the world with artists including Dave Douglas,Avishai Cohen,Billy Hart,Nasheet Waits,Jeff Ballard,Justin Brown,Anat Cohen and Jason Lindner.
Jonathan Zelnik - C/Bass
Stephane Lucchini - Drum
Maxime Sanchez - Piano
The contemporary guitar duo of two Hungarian jazz-guitarists, Gábor Kéri and Tibor Eichinger is probably more, than just a jazz-duet with a set of standards adopted for two guitars.
Both players write music for several bands and of course for their own, so there’s a good chance to hear a lot of originals based on Hungarian traditional and contemporary music as well.
The two have recently recorded their own transcriptions of piano works composed by the great contemporary legends, György Ligeti and György Kurtág - to be heard as a special part of their program, too.
Our music represents a unique blend of Balkan irregular rhythms, the beauty of Mediterranean and Oriental mysticism.
Darko Nikčević - (1971) is a flamenco guitarist and composer. He graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Podgorica and took his MSc at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Belgrade (Audio and video technology department). He works at the Music Academy in Cetinje as the head of the Electroacoustic laboratory and as the professor of Music Technology. He has participated in numerous concerts in Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Greece, Albania, Netherlands, Italy, United Kingdom, Russia and Spain. He is the author of the first album of instrumental music in Montenegro - “Flamenco” (1994) published by the Music Production of Radio-Television of Montenegro and co-author (with guitarist Srdjan Bulatovic) of the CDs “Duo” (2001), “Nostalgia” (2005), “Touch of Montenegro” (2011), "Synergy" (2012) and "Ritmico" (2015). He recorded an album with his compositions in Slovenia (2003) with the flamenco group Duende. He is author of the books “A School of Guitar” (2000), “Power of Guitar” (2004), “Guitarra Romantica” (2008) and “Audio technology” (2011) and co-author (with Srdjan Bulatovic) of the three editions of the book “Guitar for Beginners” (2006, 2011 & 2013). He participated in a large number of music programmes, concerts and spots of many radio and TV stations in Montenegro, Serbia (Studio B), Croatia (HRT), Slovenia (TV Slovenia and TV3) and Spain (Radio Nacional de España). He is a member of the Association of Composers of Montenegro.
Srdjan Bulatovič - (1972) has started playing guitar when he was eight years old in the class of Professor Miodrag Cupic where he finished the Primary music school and where his focus on classical guitar as a profession begins. He has graduated from the Music Academy in Belgrade in the class of Prof. Srdjan Tosic. After that, he acquires his Master’s and DA degrees in the class of prof. Vera Ogrizovic. He is the first graduated classical guitar player and the first holder of the Master of music degree in Montenegro and also the first DA of the performing arts for classical guitar. As the first graduated classical guitar player in Montenegro, in 1994, he founded a guitar department at the Secondary music school “Vasa Pavic” in Podgorica. In a very short time, the department becomes recognizable in Montenegro and outside of Montenegro. Its students start achieving significant results in performing, win awards at the renowned festivals and get accepted by renowned Music Academies in the country and abroad. Srdjan Bulatovic initiates the opening of the Guitar department at the Music academy in Cetinje in 2000, where he works as the assistant of the Prof. Vera Ogrizovic until 2005, and then as a Professor until 2013. He was actively involved in concert activity as a solo performer as well as a member of various chamber orchestras. In 1991, he meets a flamenco guitar player Darko Nikcevic and they form a guitar duo.Through this duo, he introduces himself to other music genres like flamenco, symphony film music, ethno and jazz music, which, in the correlation to the classical music, will have the strong impact on his future performances and his music in general. Of great value is also his pedagogical work, based on the empirical principles. This work, with the generations of different age,will through the years have a tremendous influence on his further development. Today, after more than 20 years from establishing the department of classical guitar in Montenegro and outside of Montenegro, all Montenegrin guitar players and professors were his students. He has performed as a soloist, as a member of various chamber orchestras in Montenegro and abroad (Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Albania, Italy, Hungary, France, Germany, Netherlands, Egypt, Great Britain, Russia, Macedonia). He is the author of the book “The Collection of Compositions and Etudes” for classical guitar (2003) and co-author, with Darko Nikcevic, of three publications of the textbook “Guitar for the beginners” (2006, 2011 i 2013). He has recorded the musical programs, concerts, music videos etc. for the radio and television (RTV CG, RTS, HRT, TV SLO, TV Nile – Egypt, MTV – Hungary, Radio Kopar…). As a soloist, he has published a CD “Guitar”, which is also the first classical music CD recorded and published in Montenegro (1998), "Live in Belgrade" (2010) and album “Fuoco” (2012). In a duo with the flute player Boris Nikcevic, he has recorded CD “Caffe” (2012). As a co-author with Darko Nikcevic, he has recorded the following compact discs: “Duo” (2001), “Nostalgia” (2005), ”Touch of Montenegro” (2011), “Synergy” (2012) and "Ritmico" (2015). He is one of the founders of the first classical guitar festival in Montenegro - “Bar Guitar Fest”, and the art director of “Guitar art Summer Fest” in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. He is working as a guitar professor in the Secondary music school ”Vasa Pavić” in Podgorica, Montenegro. He has held many master classes both in Montenegro and abroad.