Bojan Zulfikarpašić opens the Jazz Month

The popular pianist, respected in the world, will also present compositions from the current album "As Is" at tonight's concert.

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Bojan Zulfikarpašić, Photo: Private archive
Bojan Zulfikarpašić, Photo: Private archive
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Prominent European jazz pianist and composer Bojan Zulfikarpašić with tonight's concert in the Great Hall of the KIC, Budo Tomović will open the traditional event "Jazz Appreciation Month in Montenegro - JAM 2024".

This year's manifestation is held under the motto "Jazz Colors", the opening of JAM 2024, Bojan will use it to present to fans of this musical direction compositions from the current album "As Is", which was published under the auspices of the publishing house "Paradis Improvise". Besides presenting new achievements, this concert will also serve as a reminder of some of his earlier solo works.

"As Is" is a new album performed solo on the piano by Bojan Zulfikarpašić. Through the compositions that were on the album, Bojan perfectly permeated the Balkan influence, but also highlighted his exceptional performing skills. On Zulfikarpašić's first solo album after "Soul Shelter" from 2012, there are several compositions by Bojan, as well as covers, among which are "Some Place Called Where" Wayne Shorter and “Self Portrait In Three Colors” Charles Mingus. The release of the album was accompanied by a short film by the director Maje Uzelac "Bojan Z - As Is Movi" on YouTube in French.

Zulfikarpašić's artistic work is highly appreciated in jazz circles, and with his talent and creativity he made a significant mark in the world of jazz.

Born into a musical family in Belgrade in 1968, Bojan Zulfikarpašić started playing the piano at the age of five. He encountered different music in his childhood, attended a music school and played in various bands. Over time, he became a well-known musician on the Belgrade jazz and rock scene, which earned him the award for the Best Young Jazz Musician of Yugoslavia in 1989. Winner of a scholarship for three-year studies at a music camp in Michigan (USA), he moved to Paris in 1988, and within a few years became an indispensable name of jazz in France. He continued his education at the International Music Conservatory and began collaborating with other musicians. With a guitarist By Noel Akshote played in all Parisian clubs, from duo to quintet, as well as with contemporaries such as the saxophonist Julien Luro, flautist Magic Malik and others.

Bojan's professional rise began in 1990. Replacing the pianist in the bassist quartet Mark Buronfos, won the prize for the best soloist at the "Concours de la Défense" competition.

In addition to playing and recording as a backing musician, Bojan also leads his own bands and projects, so he started working with the prestigious label "Label Bleu" in 1993.

The French government awarded him the prestigious Order of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (2002), and the French Jazz Academy awarded him the title of Musician of the Year and the Django Reinhardt Award. He received the "Hans Koller" European jazz award in 2005, as the best jazz artist. His album "Xenophonia", released in 2006, won the most prestigious French music award (Victoire du Jazz) for the best album in 2007. He is the winner of the great award of the Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of France - SACEM, in 2017.

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