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Jani Moder

Jani Moder was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and moved back to Slovenia when he was 3 years old. He started playing classical guitar when he was 8 years old and took lessons for 10 years. He graduated from jazz guitar with honors at Karntner LandesKonservatorium in Klagenfurt, Austria. At audition in Paris he received scholarship for prestigious Berklee College of Music and received scholarship from Slovene ministry of culture. At Berklee he was recipient of Stephen D. Holland Award for outstanding musicianship and graduated with honors in 2 years. He was also chosen among 10 students to sign a contract with Berklee’s Jazz revelation records where he is featured on the Cd called Common Ground. He studied with Mick Goodrick, Joe Lovano, Hal Crook, Dave Samuels, Jeff Galindo, Darren Barrett, Tim Miller, Brett Willmott, Rick Peckham, David Gilmore,… Jani Moder has worked and recorded with many internationally established musicians (Aaron Parks, Dave Samuels, Alex Sipiagin, Renato Chicco, Jonathan Blake, Tommy Crane, Chris Tordini, EMJO- European Movement Jazz Orchestra, Big Band RTV SLO, Ratko Divjak, Primoz Grasic, Drago Gajo, Krunoslav Levacic, Janez Boncina Benc and September, Dado Topic, Oto Pestner…only to name a few, in Europe, USA and Africa. He has also been active as a leader or a sideman on many different projects. Jani Moder released 3 Cd’s, Momentum (2008) and Sky High Low Down (2012), Abacus (2014) and received great reviews from critics and listeners all over the world and recorded over 40 Cd’s as a sideman


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Jani Moder: guitars Marko Churnchetz: fender Rhodes, piano Robert Jukic: el. “baby” bass Klemens Marktl: drums, percussion Optional: Flip Philipp: vibraphone, marimba

Berklee College of Music graduate, Jani Moder has asserted himself as one of the leading Slovenian jazz musicians. Member of EMJO, European Movement Jazz Orchestra, the guitarist has worked with a number of acclaimed jazz musicians. Jani Moder has performed in Europe, USA and Africa and has recorded over 40 cd’s as a sideman. Following his debut album, Momentum, its sequel Sky High Low Down (with a highly prominent Hammond organ), Moder has now released his third album, Abacus, which “blends and blenders diverse musical contexts into a unique whole”

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