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Damjan Grbac

Damjan Grbac was born on the 14th June 1979. He enters the world of music at the age of 12 by playing the clarinet in the Musical association „Spinčići“. He started playing the bass guitar at the age of 16. In the year 2000. he started to engage himself professionally in music.

He was improving his knowledge with the famous Croatian musicians such as the bass guitar player Henry Radanović, the guitar players Darko Jurković Charlie, Spartaco Črnjarić and the American jazz pianist Joe Kaplowitz. He attended the „ Jazz camp Kranj“ school several times where he improved his knowledge with the very esteemed contrabass player Aleš Avbelj and other famous musicians like Primož Grašič, Mario Mavrin, Emil Spany and the jazz – legend Boško Petrović. In 2011. Damjan graduated the five year Academy in Trieste „Giuseppe Tartini“. He is engaged in authorial and pedagogical work.

He is the member of the LeKap quartet (Joe Kaplowitz – Piano/hammond (USA), Lela Kaplowitz – vocal, Tonči Grabušić – drums, Damjan Grbac – double bass. In 2010. they published the jazz CD „Love me or leave me“.

At the „Last minute“ jazz festival in Bale (Istria) he cooperates with the musicians who work in the Nederlands. These are : Rajko Zjača (Holland), Stanislav Mitrović(Holland) and the drummer Ratko Divjak (Slovenia).

Damjan colaborates with many different Croatian bands, appears on several festivals and on the national TV HRT shows.

In June 2012. he took part in the project organized by the Triest jazz Academy „Giuseppe Tartini“ and the Italian Agency. The project consisted of the Greek antique music in jazz elaborations and arrangements. After that he performed in Italy, in Tricesimo near Udine and in Greece, in Athens, where he represented Croatia, as a member of this project.

With Le Kap quartet and Denis Razz Quartet he took part at almost all Croatian jazz festivals: in Poreč „Jazz in the Lapidarium“, jazz festival in Sisak „Siscia open Jazz & Blues festival 2008., Jazz festival in Osijek, “Liburnija jazz festival“ in Opatija, jazz festival in Petrinja“ III days of jazz“, musical days in Pula, He performed in the Tower of Trsat, during the „Summer in the Tower“, jazz festival in Mali Lošinj „Jazz festival Lošinj, BP club Zagreb, 16th international jazz festival in Varaždin, jazz festival in Ptuj/Slovenia, Samobor jazz festival and twice in the concert hall“ Vatroslav Lisinski“ during the spring musical of jazz, in Zagreb „Proljetna revija jazza“…

He also colaborates with many jazz musicians from Croatia and the region, Tonči Grabušić,Lela Kaplowitz, Joe Kaplowitz, Darko Jurković Charlie, Spartaco Črnjarić, Ivan Kapec, Francisca Fis, Mitja Tavčar, Bruno Mičetić, Zoran Majstorović, Zvjezdan Ružić, Alba Nacinovich, Leo Škec…

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Aquarius Records



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