Eastern Europe and, particularly the Balkans, have been fertile ground in the evolution of jazz, with an excellent recent example of Markelian Kapedani's Balkan Bop. Another pianist emerging from that same fecund spot is Vladan. Vladan is Vladan Mijatovic, a Serbian pianist and composer intent on trashing genre designations and fully expanding the piano sound palette. Vladan accomplishes an impressively seamless mash-up of Eastern European, Western Classical, and American jazz styles. Orchestral in scope, Vladan's pianism is muscular and virile, demonstrating a forceful kinetic energy that is highly listenable.
Vladan's compositions are very user-friendly in the same way that much ambient piano music is, but it can sneak up on the listener and get their attention. These pieces a consonance filled, all resolving in a well-behaved manner. The title piece is Perpetuum mobile with tumbling rolls and arpeggios. Tuneful and bright, it interacts well this work and thought. "Folk and Rock" plumbs percussive depths with echoes of Philip Glass. The constant left had propels the piece, with the right adding acceleration. Vladan's four-part improvisations range from the rapid conversation of "Relative Impressions" to expansive "My Spontaneous Heart."
Ornaments; Rock & Folk; Leoland; Homeland; Biljana; Jeremija; Serbian
Leaves; There Are Days; When I Don’t Know What To Do…; Free Improv
(Relatives Impressions); Free Improv (D String Impressions); Free
Improv (Arpeggio Impressions); Free Improv (My Spontaneous Heart)
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!
Get more of a good thing
Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.