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Majamisty Trio: Organic

Read "Organic" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Serbian pianist Maja Alvanović is an imaginative composer and a virtuoso performer who, for the past decade, has created uniquely enchanting music. On past releases Alvanović seamlessly fused western classical techniques with exciting improvisation and created ethereal impressionistic originals. Her third release Organic finds Alanović with her Majamisty Trio, in a more introspective mood as they explore sublime sounds in a more intimate setting. Alvanović's tense and cinematic “Jungle" is the centerpiece of the album and it opens ...

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Majamisty TriO: LOVE

Read "LOVE" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Pianist Maja Alvanović and her self-fashioned Majamisty Trio with bassist Ervin Malina and drummer Istvan Cik put Serbian jazz on the map. The trio's 2013 debut Mistyland showed three young artists at top of their game right out of the gate, with classical cylinders running along a track paved in jazz. The sophomore effort LOVE expands the traction of their world. “Our appetites increased," Alvanović tells All About Jazz. “We wanted to enrich our sound by adding more and more ...

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Majamisty TriO: Love

Read "Love" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Serbian pianist and composer Maja Alvanovic's second release with her Majamisty TriO Love is a collection of ethereal dreamscapes that crackle with lively spontaneity. The dominant and unifying theme of the album is a sort of nostalgic impressionism with fluid, hazy sonic images filtered through the lens of memory and time. The redolent “Rain Dots" evokes the warm, cozy indoor ambience of rainy afternoons. Alvanović's keys emulate the gentle pitter-patter of a drizzle that grows into a stormy ...

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Majamisty TriO: Love

Read "Love" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

"Maja" refers to pianist and composer Maja Alvanović, “misty" is a nod to Errol Garner, one of her influences. Love is the second album from the trio, based in Novi Sad, Serbia. The trio--Alvanović, bassist Ervin Malina and drummer Istvan Cik--are superb players. Alvanović is melodic, crafting single note runs that are gentle, percussive, romantic in turn. Cik is a positive, economical, drummer and the imaginative Malina is particularly strong on arco bass. The combination of their playing and the ...

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Majamisty TriO: Mistyland

Read "Mistyland" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Supreme virtuosity and intense lyricism come together on Majamisty Trio's Mystiland. Both the group and record are named after Erroll Garner's composition that serves as leader Maja Alvanović's theme song, and is also the only standard on an otherwise all-original disc from the pianist. She imbues Garner's masterpiece with a breeziness that masks the complexities of her Interpretation, letting a sublime gracefulness shine through. Alvanović, a professor of classical piano at Serbia's Novi Sad University, has also ...

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Majamisty TriO: Mistyland

Read "Mistyland" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

"Seek," so the saying goes, “and ye shall find." But where to look for an exciting new piano trio? The Serbian city of Novi Sad may not seem like the obvious place, but it's home to Majamisty TriO--whose debut, Mistyland, is evidence of a beautifully creative and original ensemble. Pianist and composer Maja Alvanović, a professor at the Academy of Arts University of Novi Sad, leads the trio. Alvanović is a classically trained musician with a penchant ...


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