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Vasil Hadzimanov

Vasil’s concept of mixing Balkan traditional, folk rhythms and melodies with modern musical styles (most originating from the west, including: jazz; funk; avant garde; electronica; rock; trance; and more) has been the impetus for creating his own unique "musical hybrid," of sorts. This sophisticated sonic stew is completely original, authentic and embraces a bold new approach to musical expression within the context of the fusion and jazz genres. It was this vision that inspired him to form The Vasil Hadzimanov Band, back in 1995 — when they made their first recordings and began performing live. In 2001, the group released their first official album release, "11 reasons for…," published by the major Eastern European regional label, PGP-RTS

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vasil Hadzimanov Band: Lines in Sand

Read "Lines in Sand" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Among work with half a dozen musical ensembles and a line in TV/film scoring, one has to wonder when Vasil Hadzimanov has time to sleep, let alone lead his own group. Nonetheless he's managed seven albums with this wildly ambitious electric fusion outfit as well. If the title and cover of Lines in Sand suggest something ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Clarinet Tales with Arun Ghosh

Read "Clarinet Tales with Arun Ghosh" reviewed by Nick Davies

This show features an interview with clarinetist Arun Ghosh from the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. We talk about everything, from music in general to his composing and the recorder. We also discuss his latest album But Where Are You Really From. Plus lots of new music from artists like D.F.A. through to Beledo. Playlist ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

Read "Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit. Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that ...

Live at Kolarac

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: TNT (The New Tune); Nocturnal Joy; Nedjalkos Eleven; Multi Don Kulti; Ohrid; Rege Hadži; U Ranu Zoru/Amarcord; Fur Das Ende

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vasil Hadzimanov and Bojan Zulfikarpasic: Live at Kolarac

Read "Live at Kolarac" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

The duet album between two simultaneously very similar and very opposite musicians, pianists Vasil Hadzimanov and Bojan Zulfikarpasic documents their two encounters that occurred in February and October 2015 at the prestigious concert hall in Belgrade, Kolarac. Both musicians have their distinguished careers in often different branches of jazz, have different sensibilities and yet they still ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Garana Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Garana Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Garana Jazz Festival Garana, Romania July 6-9, 2017 Running from the 6-9th of July, the 21st edition of the Garana Jazz Festival saw the jazz world descend on its location near the Garana village, high in the Semenic Mountains of Romania. Obviously, the artistic credibility and the creative energy were ...

Alive

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Nocturnal Joy; Zulu; Odlazim; Dolazim; Tovirafro; Razbolje Se Simsir List; Uaiya; Otkrice Snova.

Alive - featuring David Binney

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Nocturnal Joy; Zulu; Odlazim; Dolazim; Tovirafro; Razbolje Se Simsir List; Uaiya; Otkrice Snova.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Nenad Georgievski's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Nenad Georgievski's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

There is a poem by a Russian poet Velimir Khlebnikov titled “When Horses Die" that I came across to by accident. It goes like “When horses die they breathe when grasses die, they wither, when suns die they go out, and when people die they sing songs." For many musicians, the year 2016 was final and ...


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