National Theatre Bitola 01.07.2021
Vasil Hadzimanov – piano
Martin Gjakonovski – d.bass
Aleksandar Sekulovski – drums
Persistent, constant, musician with endless work energy and musicality, Vasil Hadzimanov 🇷🇸, pianist, composer, arranger and educator, is an inevitable link of Serbian jazz, from the end of the XX century and the beginning of the new millennium, an artist who leaves a great mark in Balkan music and cultural heritage. From the first lessons that, with a lot of patience, selflessness and introduction to the world of jazz, were given to him by Vojin Draskozi – world famous bassist and composer, Hadjimanov followed his world of colors and sounds until Berkeley College of Music.
Martin Gjakonovski 🇲🇰 born in Skopje is Macedonian bassist and composer living in Germany 🇩🇪. He is considered one of the most prominent jazz artists in Europe. Gjakonovski comes from a musical family; his mother was a jazz singer and his father founded and directed the Radio Jazz Big Band Macedonia. Martin Gjakonovski learned from the age of six violin and moved with 14 years to double bass. He soon formed his own band, the trio Spato. Since 1991 he studied at the Cologne University of Music. He worked in groups of Paul Kuhn, Lynne Arriale, Olivia Trummer, Paul Shigihara, Nicolas Simion, Bojan Z, Anders Berg Krantz, Omer Klein and the Frankfurt Jazz Big Band. With musicians such as Roman Schwaller, Andy Middleton, Tony Lakatos and Charlie Mariano, he was on the major European festivals, such as in Zagreb, Brussels, Bilbao, Krakow and Leverkusen.
Aleksandar Sekulovski 🇲🇰 is Macedonian musician and proffesor, has been playing, teaching and recording drums for over 25 years. He was born in Bitola and currently lives in Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦. He holds a Master’s Degree in Pop & Jazz drums and has studied with Ron Savage (Berklee College of Music) and Hristo Yotsov (NMA) among others. He has collaborated with artist like: Greg Hopkins, Toni Kitanovski, Vasil Hadzimanov, recorded over 40 albums and played many famous festivals, TV and theatre performances around the world. An accomplished educator, Alek has worked as Professor of Drums at the Music Academy at UGD, Stip, Macedonia. His eloquence in using Balkan polyrhythms and his knowledge of the history of drumming has made him a frequent contributor to various workshops and clinics, summer schools, and festivals.
Jazz Factory Festival – Bitola
Under patronage by Ministry of Culture N. Macedonia
Supported by: National Theatre Bitola, Municipality of Bitola, General Consulate of Greece – Bitola, MOST – Budapest.
Sponsored by: Stoby Winery, Euronickel, FOD Bitola, Pela Rosa, Komunalec Bitola, Niskogradba Bitola, Vodovod Bitola.