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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Vladan: Ornaments

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Pianist Vladan Mijatovic, who goes professionally by his first name only, has won Best Jazz Musician and Best Jazz Solo awards at the International Jazz Piano Competition in Freiburg, Germany in 2010 and 2011 and received a scholarship in 2010 to study at the Berklee College of Music. He is blessed with seemingly limitless technique with which to express what feels like a bottomless well of emotions. To listen to his debut solo album Ornaments is to be ...

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Vladan: Ornaments

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In October of 2014, young Serbian-born pianist Vladan Mijatovic, who simply prefers to go by his first name as a professional name, performed a concert at Carnegie Hall presenting the music of Ornaments which, is now documented here in his very first piano solo debut. Fusing the music of Eastern Europe with the modern jazz style and classical music, seems to be the formula that propels this gifted pianist to the forefront and drives his inspiration. Vladan now lives and ...

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Vladan: Ornaments

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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, ...