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Jani Moder

My Jazz Story

Jani Moder was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and moved back to Slovenia when he was 3 years old. He started playing classical guitar when he was 8 years old and took lessons for 10 years. After that he graduated from jazz guitar with honors at Karntner LandesKonservatorium in Klagenfurt, Austria. At audition in Paris he received scholarship for prestigious Berklee College of Music and received scholarship from Slovene ministry of culture. At Berklee he was recipient of Stephen D. Holland Award for outstanding musicianship and graduated with honors in 2 years. He was also chosen among 10 students to sign a contract with Berklee’s Jazz revelation records where he is featured on the Cd called Common Ground. He studied with Mick Goodrick, Joe Lovano, Hal Crook, Dave Samuels, Jeff Galindo, Darren Barrett, Tim Miller, Brett Willmott, Rick Peckham, David Gilmore,… Jani Moder has worked and recorded with many internationally established musicians in Europe and USA. He has also been active as a leader or a sideman on many different projects. Jani Moder released 2 Cd’s, Momentum(2008) and Sky High Low Down(2012) and recorded over 40 Cd’s as a sideman.