Balkan jazz pianist/composer
Jazz pianist/composer Tihomir Stojiljkovic was born in Leskovac, Serbia. In his debut album „Solo“ we discover the treasures of Balkan musical heritage, tastefully reinvented through the language of modern jazz.
“I've never heard deeper music… Tihomir dug up the Balkan region in full” – Bojan Z
At the age of six, Tihomir started playing mostly traditional music on the accordion. By the age of sixteen, he improvised in various musical genres on keyboards. In his early twenties, he developed his own piano style that he would later qualify as Balkan jazz.
Tihomir is a self educated-jazz musician, who was raised in a not so jazzy environment and barely had the use of a real piano. His musicianship evolved from years of wandering, listening to his heroes (Keith Jarret, Paco de Lucia, Chick Corea, John Mclaughlin, Thelonious Monk, Billy Cobham, and many others...), and collecting every piece of knowledge he comes across, he gradually painted the big picture he was holding in his heart.
„Learning to play jazz was not the only challenge for me, but also to sound in a particular way, determined by my background... I had to take a completely unknown path, in every sense of the word...“
While preparing a solo tour, Tihomir is currently also working on a piano trio record, in which he will take us once again in his remarkable way, through the ancient stories of the hilly Balkan region...
My Jazz Story
I love jazz because it gives me great freedom to express myself!
I was first exposed to jazz as a teenager.
The best show I ever attended was the Chick Corea Electric Band in Athens.
My advice to new listeners is to always go deeper into the music...