Legendary saxophone player, composer and music arranger Don Menza will turn 82 in April this year. Despite his age, Don Menza sounds better with each passing year. His famous “Big Sound”, accompanied by Big Band RTV Slovenia, will fill up the Old Power Station. Menza has collaborated with the most prominent Big Bands led by world famous musicians Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton, and Buddy Rich. He has also worked with the John Coltrane Quartet drummer, Elvin Jackson, for many years. (more…)
George Garzone, world–famous saxophonist and professor at the Berklee College of Music, is visiting Europe, and also coming to Slovenia for the first time. George Garzone is one of the most renowned saxophone players in the world, along with names such as Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Chris Potter, and Joshua Redman. (more…)
This young dream pop quintet formed in 2016 around singer-songwriter Ela Tolstova. The band delivers mature yet innocent-sounding dream pop with elements of acoustic music, electronic textures, and delicate vocals. Two singles, Right Choice and Agapé, made big waves on the Slovak indie scene, and the Tolstoys’ eagerly awaited debut album “Botanika” was released in October via Slnko Records. And word is that there is much more to be heard from this band in the coming years.
The Austrian supergroup is composed of Schmieds Puls singer Mira Lu Kovacs and jazz band Kompost 3 in which rapper/drummer Koenig handles the drums. Mira, who makes dark pop with her parent band, is regarded as one of the most expressive voices in Austria. The genuinely fresh and colourful group thus combines elements of jazz, dubstep, breakbeat, and, of course, pop. The result is a cinematic journey on which the band is not afraid of sudden turns and unexpected climbs. In September, Seayou Records released their debut album “And To In A”.
“When Zala Kralj sings, time stops.” MARIBORINFO
Those who caught the song “Valovi” on radio Val 202 undoubtedly turned their head, whether it was the version with producer Gašper, or the most pure and fragile one – the live acoustic rendition. Namely, after hearing the first one, radio host Andrej Karoli invited the talented young singer-songwriter to the studio, so we could hear her live as well. After studying the violin at the music academy, Zala found greater joy in playing the guitar and singing. This led to her first challenge, the covers that have been filling up her YouTube channel over the past year, and then to an even greater one – her own original songs. Here’s to Zala’s challenges!
MENT Ljubljana is a three-day (31 January–2 February 2018) showcase festival of fresh musical artists from all of Europe and beyond. Sixty artists perform at different venues during those three days. One of the festival venues is the Old Power Station. (more…)
In Stara elektrarna, Bowrain will presents its long-awaited album Distracted. Slovenian pianist and producer has been working on his second studio album for the last two years, and the album represents a new era of his artistic vision. Through piano, the author is looking for volatile musical structures, combined with universal uncertainties and the loosening of modernity. (more…)
The concert that should take place on April 26th 2017 is being cancelled due to illness. (more…)
Photo: Iztok Vidmar
***Original concept Stop***David Jarh trumpet/flugelhorn + Big Band + RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra Stop***conductor Jaka Pucihar Stop***arrangers Jaka Pucihar, Tadej Tomšič, Steve Klink Stop***guest vocals: Mia Žnidarič Stop***guest instruments Bruno Domiter drums, Nino Mureškič percussion Stop*