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Marko Churnchetz

Marko Churnchetz is one of Slovenia's most heralded contemporary musicians and renowned exports, based in New York City. On the international scene he is known as a formidable young multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer who easily works across genres and in particular jazz, classical and popular music. Churnchetz was born May 15, 1986 in Maribor, Slovenia and by the age of age six his musical path began by studying classical music on accordion and then piano at the age of ten. A prodigious talent, by his teens he was a multiple award-winner in both national and international competitions, and he earned a classical piano degree at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet Maribor, Slovenia in 2005 as well as jazz piano degree at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria in 2009 where he graduated with honors. He has released four albums as a leader: Signature and Moral Interchange (both released in 2010 on B.A.S.E.)

Place To Live

Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: M&M; Countdown; Bright Size Life; Place to Live; Ask Me Now; Pinocchio; Nicolette; Bellavista; His Cottage in the Country.

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

A World of Piano Trios

Read "A World of Piano Trios" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The piano trio format is alive and well, judging by this disparate collection of piano trio albums (mostly: a couple of them feature a guest vocalist on a track or two). They come from Israel (recorded in Berlin), Slovenia (recorded in New York City), Greece (recorded in Hungary), Boston, and Asheville, North Carolina. Traditionally the pianist ...

Samo Salamon: Three At Once (Freequestra, Trio, & Rotten Girlz)

Read "Samo Salamon: Three At Once (Freequestra, Trio, & Rotten Girlz)" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The adventurous (and prolific) Slovenian guitarist Samo Salamon has outdone himself in both departments, releasing three albums in the same month. They are a diverse collection: an eleven-piece free jazz orchestra; a chamber trio of viola, acoustic guitars and drums; and a “free modern jazz punk avantgarde groove quartet" (Salamon's description), with a vocalist and the ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2018

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

2018 was another year with too many favorites to choose from. I'm struck by the number of “extended ensembles" on my list: groups of eight or more, including a chamber orchestra plus jazz group. It was also an exceptionally good year for RareNoiseRecords, making it hard for me to stop at three albums. This list is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Marko Churnchetz: RUTHENIA - Retrospective of Russian Composers of the 20th Century

Read "RUTHENIA - Retrospective of Russian Composers of the 20th Century" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Slovenian-born pianist/composer Marko Churnchetz presents an ambitious suite for fifteen musicians: essentially his jazz quartet accompanied by a small orchestra of winds and strings. He pays tribute to the great Russian composers of the 20th Century: Shostakovich, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff (the title “Ruthenia" is a Latin name for the Russian border provinces and their ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ivan Baryshnikov Quartet: Journey

Read "Journey" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Capturing his East-to-West life trajectory, Russian saxophonist Ivan Baryshnikov's debut Journey documents his path through the jazz world via his origins in Moscow, an intervening stay in the Netherlands, and his ultimate arrival in New York, the end-point of his travels (for now). It's a well-conceived set of ten original pieces, with a convincing display of ...

RUTHENIA - Retrospective of Russian Composers of the 20th Century

Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Ouverture; Cantabile; Fantasia; Preludium; Nocturne; Valse; Scherzo; Toccata.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark F. Turner's Best of 2014

Read "Mark F. Turner's Best of 2014" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Typically, when music is labeled it gets thrown into a box that limits its artistic scope. But the four letter word “jazz" in today's environment obliterates typical categorization as found in these diverse releases. Ambrose Akinmusire The imagined savior is far easier to paint (Blue Note)


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