Styles Jazz Duos / Groups • World
Counties Greater London
Born in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, and entirely self-taught, this guitarist began playing guitar at the age of 15 and very soon found a love of jazz and Brazilian music, influenced by Joe Pass, Charlie Parker and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Soon, he was being featured at a number of jazz venues and festivals in his home country and appeared at the largest festival "The Days of Jazz in Novi Sad".
At 18 he starts composing sensual music of great beauty with Sunny dispositions writing 100’s of tunes. He is largely inspired by the Sun, and influenced by Jazz, Traditional Folk music of Yugoslavia, World, Brazilian and classical music. The interest in these compositions led to recordings for radio and TV Novi Sad. Following this he formed his trio whose success led to numerous concerts and broadcasts on TV.
As an avid reader of the Sherlock Holmes series, he began to hanker after a different life and wider musical opportunities. In the early nineties he set off to England with little more than his guitar and has since become a fixture on the London and UK music scene, actively composing and performing solo, in various duos and with his new trio featuring the elegant Leslee Booth on 6 string contra bass and imaginative Buster Birch on percussion. He composes and plays sensual music of great beauty, coloured by many world influences.
The trio has performed at many top venues such as Arts Centres, - The National Theatre foyer, Royal Albert Hall-Ignite, Norwich, Colchester, Cardiff, Windsor, Eastbourne -UGT; Festivals - London Jazz Festival, City Of London, Ealing Jazz Festival, Oxford Jazz Festival, International Guitar Festival of GB Wirral, Ards International Guitar Festival of Co Down N. Ireland, Rural Touring (NRTF-Devon) and an endless list of clubs such as: Pizza Express Jazz Club in London, The Stables Theatre Milton Keynes, High-Places as: The Landmark Hotel-London, Royal Commonwealth Club, Royal Automobile Club...
He has also appeared with his trio on Sky TV "Arts World", BBC Radio 3's "In Tune" programme and is regularly featured and a favourite on Sarah Ward's show on Jazz FM/Smooth FM.
He is also a qualified teacher at Goldsmiths College and City Lit, London, where he teaches guitar and jazz guitar in his unique, passionate and enthusiastic way by passing that enthusiasm and love for the guitar to his students thus enabling them to really play the instrument.
DISCOGRAPHY: Six critically acclaimed albums and live DVD are released on Sun Recordings label.
”A musical journey to warm the soul.” "Not to be missed"! Sarah Ward Jazz FM
"One of the most lyrical and original guitarists around today.” Jack Massarik Evening Standard
”Full of quiet beauty this regular trio is the sound of a master craftsmen at work. Delicate filigree, subtle, clean, immaculate, imaginative, optimistic, warm and relaxing original music. This album is further evidence of guitarist’s abilities in an understated display of quiet virtuosity.” Ian Mann thejazzmann.com
Beside original music the trio/duet can also play some carefully chosen Jazz/Latin/World "standards" and covers, for wedding/corporate events, such as: "Wave", "Triste" and other bossa-nova by A.C. Jobim; lyrical jazz as "Nuages" by Django Reinhardt; world/traditional pignant folk as "Sky Is So Clear" by J.J. Zmaj or lively "Kolo" by V.P. Carevac...and even beauties such as "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by Gerge Harrison and The Beatles!