Bojan Z. (piano)
When a pianist like Bojan Z. comes along with his peculiar artistic language of mature jazz vocabulary impregnated with subtle doses of Balkan-influenced folklore, he not only leaves an indelible mark on all of the groups he plays with, but also sends shockwaves rippling through the jazz scene. That’s exactly what happened with this native of Belgrade, a true pioneer of jazz fusion with Balkan music, who decided to shorten his surname (Zulfikarpasic) while expanding his musical creativity. Shunning the usual piano-playing norms, his splendid compositions confirm his unique status as a jazz pianist and his apparently unlimited talent, always demonstrating his particular language of jazz vocabulary subtly influenced by the folkloric music of the Balkans.
As well as with Texier, Portal and his own band Lourau, in trio format and solo, Bojan Z. has played at top festivals including Montreal, North Sea, Paris, Copenhagen, Marciac and La Roque d’Anthéron, as well as at famous concert halls such as the Palau de la Música in Barcelona and the Konzerthaus in Vienna. He has also received numerous accolades, outstanding among which are the Knight of the Order of Arts and Lettres conferred by the French Republic, the Hans Koller Prize as best European musician and the Django Reinhardt prize awarded by the French Jazz Academy.