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Vasko Atanasovski

VASKO ATANASOVSKI (soprano, alto & baritone saxophone, flute, bansoori, recorders)

Saxophonist and flutist Vasko Atanasovski is one of the most creative and versatile Slovenian composers and musicians, well known for his cross-genre collaborations with world famous jazz, rock, classical, traditional musicians and his masterful approach to all styles of music. Up to this date he has released 10 highly acclaimed albums, received numerous awards as well as earned audience and critics’compliments for his performances and compositions home and abroad. He is a regular guest on the European festival and concert circuit and has also performed in India, China and New York. His original compositions have also found a way into the world of theatre, dance and puppet shows, repertoires of eminent soloists, orchestras, ensembles and choirs.

Selected music collaborations: Marc Ribot (USA), Michel Godard (F), Living Colour (USA), Hindi Zahra (F), Simone Zanchini (I), Glen Velez (USA), Greg Cohen (USA), Tamara Obrovac (Cro), Roberto Bartoli (I),Zoltan Lantos (H), Bratko Bibič, Xu Fengxia (China), Wilbert de Joode (HOL), Krunoslav Levačić (Cro), Ewald Oberleitner(A), Karmina Šilec & Carmina Slovenica, Festine Orchestra, Zlatko Kaučič, Žiga Golob (SLO), Dragan Dautovski (Mk),Damir Imamović (BIH)... And with choreographers and directors: Miha Golob, Vito Taufer, Brane Potocan, Jernej Lorenci, Mojca Horvat, Jasna Knez, Matevz Gregoric, Peter Bostjancic...

Selected concerts & festivals: Townhall (New York, NY), 'SallyCan't Dance Festival' (Beijing, China), European Week of Culture in India (New Delhi, Bombay...), Alpentoene (CH), Xong festival (A, I, CH), Cankarjev dom (SLO), Druga godba (SLO), Festival Maribor (SLO), Porgy&Bess Vienna, Jazz & Wine festival (I), Skopsko leto (MK), Rasa (HOL), Henry le Boeuf Hall - Balkantraffik (B), Euro Jazz Festival (Athens), RingRing (YU), Mediawave (H), NoJazz Fest (CRO), Linzfest (A), Crossroads (I), MIDEM (Cannes, F)...

Selected discography of Vasko Atanasovski: - “Vasko Atanasovski Trio – Come to me” Celinka 2012, Ljubljana - “Vasko Atanasovski Visions Ensemble – Bohemia” published by the author 2009, 2xCD - “Mljask - Live at the Old Power Station” Celinka 2008, Ljubljana - “Atanasovski Golob Levacic Trio – Attic dance” JBR 2007, Ljubljana, Slovenia - “Vasko Atanasovski Adrabesa Quartet – Altdorf LIVE” published by the author 2005 - “Vasko Atanasovski Adrabesa Ensemble - Tanatos Eros” Goga 2005, Novo mesto, Slovenia - “Vasko Atanasovski Adrabesa Ensemble - Eros Tanatos EP 2004” published by the author 2004 - “Vasko Atanasovski – Suite de passion / Suita pasijonska” Goga 2003, Novo mesto, Slovenia - “Vasko Atanasovski Quartet – Heat Flower / Vročinska roža” October 2002 Extraplatte Musikproduktions Vienna, Austria - “Vasko Atanasovski SOLO - Akupunktura” published by the author 2001


Soprano, Alto & Baritone Saxophone, Flute, Bansoori, Blockflute (soprano & alto) Manufacturers: Inderbinen Saxophones, Old Amati and Weltklang Saxophones, Yamaha flute, Adler Blockflute


Album Review

Duo Atanasovski: Liberte Toujours

Read "Liberte Toujours" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

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 ...

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Vasko Atanasovski: Phoenix

Read "Phoenix" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Phoenix captures the voice of one of Eastern Europe's most acclaimed and creative musical ensembles, the Adrabesa Quartet founded and led by Slovenian maestro Vasko Atanasovski, and amplifies this unique voice throughout MoonJune Records' global distribution network. Phoenix thus demonstrates that the globalization of jazz hasn't muted the strong, perhaps even essential, regional accents in its overall voice. Founded in 2005, the Adrabesa Quartet on Phoenix features a somewhat unusual though colorful instrumental lineup. Founder and leader Atanasovski ...

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Adrabesa Quartet: Phoenix

Read "Phoenix" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Slovenian saxophonist Vasko Atanasovski has a gift for marrying seemingly disparate sounds, styles and cultures, as demonstrated on this compelling date. Binding virtuoso Italian accordionist Simone Zanchini, French tuba titan Michel Godard and Polish drumming force Bodek Janke, and enhancing the scenery with the presence of his son, guest cellist Ariel Vei Atanasovski, this leader erases borderlines. He essentially forsakes the concept of strict style for the sake of greater substance, and the music is all the better for that ...

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»Jim Morrison with a saxophone!« ...»Here is why "Come To Me" album is the unquestionable candidate for the Domestic album of the year: Because it has - simply put - everything. Sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. There's no way you'd be bored by it. Ten carefully crafted arrangements that sound simple yet, when performed live, it can be seen from the moon how gifted Lapanja, Stanić and Atanasovski are. They are one of the best things this country has to offer. Even with such humorous lead vocals. It is almost impossible to find a thing Slovenian sounding more representatively mixed and east-west-international. And with so quality made.« Jasa Lorencic, Vecer 2012

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Liberte Toujours

MoonJune Records



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Celinka Records



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