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Ratko Zjaca

Ratko Zjaca is considered a very gifted stylist, assumes many roles in his macrocosm of music: contemporary guitarist, composer, performer and educator. His unique musical vision absorbs and reflects all manner of music while retaining an enviable individualism and high quality craftsmanship that can span from quiet intimacy to searing intensity. Diverse musical backgrounds, which include jazz, world music, and free improvisation. He has been working on original compositions as well as crafting beautiful and haunting improvisations. He invented a unique style that is fearless, ambitious and volatile

Light In The World

Label: In And Out Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Light in the World; Storyteller; Across the Gateway; River Spirit; Where to Stay; Many Miles Away; Heart of Season; Trilogy Evolution; Just Like It Is.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nocturnal Four: Light In The World

Read "Light In The World" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A band of the night embraces light. It's an equipoise in interests that propels this outing to great depths and heights. Croatian guitarist Ratko Zjaca, long a proponent for cross-cultural exchange in music, uses this dark yet illuminating platform to sow the seeds of accord with a band of brothers from different motherlands. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Bologna Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Bologna Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Bologna, Modena, Ferrara, Forlì Varie sedi, 25.10-26.11.20019 Il Bologna Jazz Festival 2019 ha confermato, ampliandole, le linee guida delle due passate edizioni, proponendo per un mese intero concerti esclusivamente serali, anche in contemporanea. Per quanto riguarda l'offerta musicale non si sono riscontrate univoche scelte stilistiche, ma soprattutto si è teso ad estendere ...

Life On Earth

Label: In + Out Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Baracoa; Sense Of Mission; Mind Your Step; Shapes And Light; There Is No Tomorrow; Here Nothing Begins; Guanajo; Finding Our Place; Colours Of Dance.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nocturnal Four: Life On Earth

Read "Life On Earth" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

What's in a band name? Sometimes, absolutely nothing; but in this case, a world of truth. Croatian guitarist Ratko Zjaca's Nocturnal Four infuses his music with vespertine vibes and shrouds it in shadows, living up to its name while carving out its own identity on an absorbing program calling to the moonlight. After ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Eloisa Manera

Read "Eloisa Manera" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Simone Zanchini -Don't Try This Anywhere -(In&Out Records -2015). Disco sublime suonato da un quintetto di primissimo ordine. Il virtuoso e creativo Simone Zanchini è spalleggiato da Stefano Bedetti, straordinario sassofonista romagnolo e Ratko Zjaca, chitarrista croato che si inserisce con grande intelligenza nell'impasto sonoro del gruppo. Condisce il tutto una ritmica di prim'ordine, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

ZZ Quartet: Beyond the Lines

Read "Beyond the Lines" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Croatian guitarist Ratko Zjaca and Italian accordionist Simone Zanchini hit artistic pay dirt when they teamed up for The Way We Talk (In + Out Records, 2010). They joined forces with Macedonian bassist Martin Gjakonovski and American drummer Adam Nussbaum for that album, creating a cross-cultural blend of music that speaks to specific musical idiosyncracies and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

ZZ Quartet: Beyond the Lines

Read "Beyond the Lines" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The group is called the ZZ Quartet, and no, it is not an expansion of the famed blues rock trio from Texas, ZZ Top. Beyond the Lines is the brainchild of the leaders--the Zs of the ZZ Quartet--accordion master Simone Zanchini and guitarist Ratko Zjaca. And their music isn't rock, though elements of the genre surface, ...

The Way We Walk

Label: In+out record
Released: 2011
Track listing: Pippo; Twilight Time Again; Kandinsky Night; One Mind Temple; Frida Is Vanished; Morgagni Est; La Stanza Di Arturo; The Forest Of Love; Adam And Eva; A Friend For Life; Out Of Body.


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