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Duo Atanasovski: Liberte Toujours


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Duo Atanasovski: Liberte Toujours
Liberte Toujours by Duo Atanasovski is a musical odyssey that skillfully blends jazz, Balkan folk, and classical influences, displaying the extraordinary talents of these Slovenian artists. In this album, Ariel Vei Atanasovski, wielding both guitar and cello, partners with Vasko Atanasovski, a virtuoso of the saxophone and flute. They are joined by the formidable talents of Marko Churnchetz on piano, Jošt Drašler on double bass, and Marjan Stanić on drums and percussion, creating a powerhouse ensemble.

This musical journey is not just about notes and melodies; it is a testament to the profound connection between father and son. Ariel Vei Atanasovski takes center stage as the composer of all the tracks, highlighting his ability to seamlessly weave tuneful structures with dynamic improvisations and rhythm changes, where he sets a high bar for his musical career and effortlessly hurdles over it.

The album kicks off with "Drevored," a piece characterized by pianist Marko Churnchetz's surging block chords and Vasko's blithe saxophone work, sounding like a feathery dreamscape. The production features swiftly executed unison choruses, painting a sonic landscape that is both enchanting and romantic, abetted by Ariel Ver's expressive guitar and cello voicings.

"Barve Sena" introduces Vasko's lyrically articulated flute lines dancing atop a perky groove, while "Balada Za Soncen Dan" is a soulful ballad with an uplifting theme, demonstrating the duo's versatility. The album's final track, "Liberte Toujours," contains Ariel Vei's resonant guitar and cello passages within a peppery pulse and complex unison runs with Zasko, where the pianist's piano solo adds a jazzy flair, creating a harmonious counterpoint to Vasko's tremolo-laden solo, resulting in a celebratory climax.

What truly sets this album apart is its fearless exploration of musical freedom. The duo and their cohorts use the foundational musical form as a canvas, inviting limitless improvisations and creative expressions. With this release, Duo Atanasovski beckons its audience to embark on a captivating journey through its distinctive and boundary-pushing musical landscape. It is an album that not only entertains but also challenges the very definition of musical genres, leaving listeners eagerly anticipating the next chapter in this father-son musical saga.

Track Listing

Drevored; Orehi; Barve Sena; Balada Za Soncen Dan; Vrane Na Prepihu; U2; Liberte Toujours.


Duo Atanasovski
band / ensemble / orchestra
Jošt Drašler
bass, acoustic
Additional Instrumentation

Ariel Vei Atanasovski: guitar; Vasko Atanasovski: flute.

Album information

Title: Liberte Toujours | Year Released: 2023 | Record Label: MoonJune Records

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