Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

326

Project Zlust: Project Zlust and The Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra

Nenad Georgievski By

Sign in to view read count
Maybe Project Zlust's music is rooted in the classical tradition, but its members have always looked beyond the confines of any tradition. The band has consistently- -and sometimes, irreverently—bridged musical styles that range from jazz and rock to folk and avant-garde music; in effect, creating a powerful commentary on the different kinds of music available in our culture. Project Zlust has blurred musical categories, thus attracting an interest from audiences who might never have otherwise encountered a string ensemble. Seemingly working without any genre boundaries, the group has collaborated with luminaries including Kiril Dzajkovski, Nikola Kodzobashia, Toni Kitanovski and Bodan Arsovski. The group has created film scores like How I Killed A Saint (Chicken Madness, 2004), contributed to other scores including Balcan-can (Lithium, 2005) and The Great Water (AG, 2006), and have released a slew of unique and interesting music.

Project Zlust and The Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra is the first recorded work from the group after an absence of almost five years, and consists of arranged and rearranged past material as well as new, unreleased music that has only seen the light of the day at its performances.



Arrangement-wise, the Philharmonic Orchestra doesn't act like a decorative unit, used only to add grandeur to Project Zlust's already genius compositions. Instead, there are close encounters between the two entities, interacting on a higher level. The arrangements for this big band retain the meticulous clarity and lightning reflexes of the small group. Let there be no misunderstanding: this band grooves, rocks, chills and burns; and, most impressively, it knows when to do each. But this is the beauty of the album: the orchestra provides a forum for Project Zlust's compositions to expand. The result is not merely novel or exotic, but a fresh, real and unusual musical experience.

The magic happens at a higher level when the two groups dialog with each other. Listening closely, it's possible to clearly hear the conversation and exchange between them. In terms of individual performances, there are many favorites to list, but there are also a few definite highlights: "Koza go Ubi Valerij," with its darting and stabbing brass; "Falcer," a fast-paced and swirling composition, with beautiful textures and a rhythmic roller coaster ride (as the title suggests, a waltz gone terribly wrong); and "El Zmeshe Pasa," a slow-moving, dirge-like affair with a beautiful, lyrical melody.

Project Zlust has delivered yet another masterful recording with Project Zlust and The Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra. In a career that has been defined by innovation and creativity, the Zlusts not only perform contemporary music, but invent new directions for it as well.


Track Listing: Sambe; Koza Go Ubi Valerij; Nekojsi Tamu; Tri Osmini Jasmin; 1948; Falcer; Bosanska; Ace Buljoto; Chachak; El Zmeshe Pasa.

Personnel: Dzijan Emin: french horn, keyboards; Ivan Bejkov: doublebass; Gazmend Berisha: violin; Mihail Josifov: trumpet; Zdravko Angelov: clarinet, bass clarinet; Aleksandar Serafimov: alto sax; Vladimir Pop Hristov: cello; Vladimir Krstev: violin; Aleksandar Sekulovski: drums; Goce Stefkovski: percussion. Music composed, arranged and produced by Dzijan Emin and Ivan Bejkov.

Title: Project Zlust and The Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Chicken Madness


Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read A Big (Band) Swinging Christmas! CD/LP/Track Review A Big (Band) Swinging Christmas!
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 25, 2017
Read Afloat CD/LP/Track Review Afloat
by Gareth Thompson
Published: November 25, 2017
Read Bitter Almonds CD/LP/Track Review Bitter Almonds
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: November 25, 2017
Read Formidable CD/LP/Track Review Formidable
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: November 24, 2017
Read Cochonnerie CD/LP/Track Review Cochonnerie
by John Sharpe
Published: November 24, 2017
Read Threes CD/LP/Track Review Threes
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 24, 2017
Read "Small Town" CD/LP/Track Review Small Town
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: August 4, 2017
Read "Bleak House" CD/LP/Track Review Bleak House
by Karl Ackermann
Published: September 15, 2017
Read "Umbrella Weather" CD/LP/Track Review Umbrella Weather
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 24, 2017
Read "Cultural Capital" CD/LP/Track Review Cultural Capital
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 4, 2017
Read "Tied Together, Not to the Ground" CD/LP/Track Review Tied Together, Not to the Ground
by Geno Thackara
Published: July 9, 2017
Read "The Complete Syllables Music" CD/LP/Track Review The Complete Syllables Music
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 4, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Please support out sponsor