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Bojan Z at Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

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Bojan Z Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin, Ireland September 4, 2016 It's been ten years since All About Jazz last encountered Bojan Z in a live solo context, in Cambodia, where the France-based, Serbian pianist gave a riveting performance that drew heavily from Solobsession (Label Bleu, 2000). Although often playing in a solo context, it took Z another dozen years to record another solo album, the exquisite Soul Shelter (Emarcy, 2012). This concert, an Improvised ...

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Bojan Z: Soul Shelter

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In twenty years as leader, pianist/composer Bojan Z has been judicious with the frequency and quality of his releases. Soul Shelter is his ninth CD in that time, and his first solo outing since Solobsession (Label Bleu, 2001). A new release by the pianist is always an event, and the wait, as always, has been worth it. The music on Soul Shelter covers wide stylistic territory and marks another significant milestone in Z's captivating career to date. Ten ...

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Bojan Z Tetraband: Humus

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Humus is the first album from the Bojan Z Tetraband and it's as intriguing as might be expected from such an original and inspired set of musicians. Led by keyboard player Bojan Zulfikarpasic--born in Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia and now resident in France--the band is tight, energetic and powerful despite the fact that the lineup only came together a few months before the April 2008 recording session. The album has been described by Z as “the most 'rock' album ...

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Bojan Z Tetraband: Humus

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The rocket fuelled, electro-acoustic Tetraband quartet began life as a trio pianist Bojan Zulfikarpasic formed with drummer Sebastian Rochford and electric bassist Ruth Goller in 2007. Paris-based Z grew up in what was then Yugoslavia, and the Balkans' dance rhythms have long been a feature of his playing. On tour in Europe, Rochford and Goller, both members of British punk-jazz iconoclast Acoustic Ladyland, brought a heat and groove to the music which perfectly matched Z's passionate double-fisted style.

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Bojan Z at Le Meridien Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Bojan Z Le Meridien Angkor Siem Reap, Cambodia June 25, 2006From the opening “Algerique , with its joyous, dancing rhythms, to the encore, an exquisite, meditative version of Bowie's “Ashes to Ashes , Bojan Z demonstrated why he was the juror's choice for European Jazz Artist of the year 2005. Simply put, he has few peers.He is not just another great technician either; he is a wonderful composer and a highly communicative ...

INTERVIEWS

Bojan Z: Stranger Sounds

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Did a B-52 full of Fender Rhodes really crash near a small Serbian village a quarter of a century ago? What's a Steinway full of holes doing at a jazz festival? What is the connection between Jim Hall and the Dixie Chicks? And just who would pay $6,000 for a bottle of wine? European Jazz Artist of the Year 2005 and pianist extraordinaire Bojan Z has all the answers and in a candid interview talks about life and death (but ...

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Bojan Z: Xenophonia

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Bojan Z's latest release for Label Bleu is perhaps his most satisfying work to date, showcasing his considerable compositional skills whilst allowing equal representation to the fine musicians who excel throughout.

The opening track, “Ulaz, is a definite highlight. Hypnotic drums, however gentle, with brushes and washing cymbals, a heavily plucked acoustic bass pulse, and a kaval (a Balkan flute) float ethereally in the background like some ancient spirit being evoked. It is not until a minute and ...

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Bojan Z Trio: Transpacifik

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This art of music has the virtue of being plural and boundless. Even so, its development has allowed the formation of certain well-fenced lots. For instance, people say that Coltrane's playing was a definite landmark that no sax player after him could beat. Equally, they say that Tatum, Powell, and Evans did the whole thing that can be done on piano. So if they listen, for example, to Mehldau, they compare him to Bill Evans, or, paraphrasing Mehldau's words, they ...


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