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Aleksandar Jovanovic Shljuka

• Aleksandar Jovanović Šljuka - pianist, keyboardist, composer, arranger, was born in Zaječar in 1978, where he began his musical career doing solo performances, and with the Alegorian Jazz band in 1999, with which he revived jazz playing in Zajecar after a decades-long break (which was also recorded on one of the public recordings of the radio show "All That Jazz" on Radio Belgrade 202). • Since 2004, he has been working with the band Coolares, with which he has had more than a thousand club and concert performances throughout Serbia and the surrounding countries. • In 2009, he founded the jazz trio Woodcock Group, with which he began his composer career, and performed throughout Serbia, and in 2011 this trio released the album Water Stories, for the label Sunset Jazz Recordings from New York. • In 2012 he joins the Serbian Jazz BRE! project as a pianist, composer and arranger. With this band, he released two studio albums (‘Serbian Jazz BRE’ in 2013 and ‘Serendipity’ in 2015), as well as one live album, dedicated to legendary Serbian drummer Branislav Lala Kovačev. They have performed at almost all jazz festivals in the country (including a big concert at the annual 30th Belgrade Jazz Festival), as well as at many European jazz festivals. • Since 2015, he has been collaborating with writer and rapper Marko Šelić Marcelo as one of the composers and arrangers on the albums ’Napet Šou’and ’Nojeva varka’, and as a keyboardist with the Napeti Quintet, with whom he played a number of concerts in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Austria, Germany ... • In 2017, for the first time, he introduced himself to the public as a songwriter and vocal soloist with the project "SHLJUKA" and released an album called "Iluzija" for the label Lampshade Media. With this project, he performed at solo concerts and festivals in Serbia and abroad. • He also successfully performs as a solo pianist, performing original compositions and improvisations, as well as traditional songs from the Balkans, throughout Serbia, as well as abroad. • Since 2021, he has been a permanent member of the world music band "Shira U'tfila", with whom he recorded the album "Las Amores Sefaradis". * In November 2021 released the album "Piano Solo" for Lampshade Media. • During his career so far, he has performed, recorded and collaborated with many renowned musicians: Mihailo Miša Blam, Stjepko Gut, Valtko Stefanovski, Božidar Boki Milošević, Uroš Šećerov, Papa Nik, Vladimir Nikić, Hannes Beckmann, Jelena Jovović, Katarina Kačunković, Sofija Knežević , Aleksandar Sedlar, Gabor Bunford, Max Kochetov, Filip Krumes, Marcelo, Lena Kovačević ...

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