Congratulations to Air Serbia for celebrating it’s first birthday. Air Serbia was created from the old and famous all of us know as JAT. We the help of Etihad Airlines, who own a 49 percent stake in the company, Serbia’s latest air transport company should be one of the top companies in Europe. One thing JAT had and Air Serbia does not as of yet, is flights to North America. Hopefully that should be on it’s way soon as they have recently been approved to fly into the United States. We would guess that John F. Kennedy in New York and Ohare in Chicago would be one of the first airports to welcome an Air Serbia aircraft. Some of Serbia’s finest even have planes named after them, such as Novak Djokovic and Vlade Divac. We wish Air Serbia a successful future.
New York City-based jazz pianist and composer VLADAN began playing the piano at age 7, as the latest incarnation of a generations-long dynasty steeped in the unique Balkan musical tradition.
After completing music school in his hometown, VLADAN continued his education at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich (Jazz Piano), studying with world-renowned Russian jazz pianist Leonid Chizhik and graduating with honors. In 2010 he received a prestigious scholarship from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Since 2006 VLADAN has recorded and performed extensively, most often as part of a trio or as soloist. Starting in 2009, his trio started giving FOLK-MEETS-JAZZ themed concerts. Next, he made a solo piano recording entitled Mamazone (music for people who have cancer) released in Germany. LOFT Music, a major German production company, has organized a series of Folk Meets Jazz concerts, for which VLADAN composed several songs closely linked to his native musical tradition and played by him on piano and keyboards with a distinctive Balkan sound.
As part of his musical background, VLADAN has continuously combined music from Eastern Europe with the modern jazz and classical music idioms, finding a fine fusion of the two. He has performed around the world with his trio and as a solo pianist, and has built an international following, with audiences having come to expect a singular, intense experience at his performances. Via his original iteration of the Balkan musical tradition, personal playing technique and treatment of progressive ornamentation and poly-rhythmic beats, and his at once dynamic and sensitive spirit, VLADAN has built a distinctive musical style incorporating the revolutionary combination of acoustic and electric sounds – something rare in jazz.
VLADAN received the Best Jazz Musician in Germany and Best Jazz Solo awards at the International Jazz Piano Competition in Munich and Freiburg, Germany in both 2010 and 2011. In 2013, The Tesla Science Foundation presented him with an award recognizing his contribution to promoting the life and legacy of Nikola Tesla through music.
VLADAN has toured globally with his trio and quartet, performing at premiere venues throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall, Munich Philharmonic, BB King Lucille’s New York, The 7 World Trade Center, Carl-Orff-Saal, Sava Center, Pionir Hall, Center Skenderija, Kombank Arena and many other performance spaces in various countries throughout 6 continents.
He recently started a new trio project with Grammy winner, drummer Robby Ammen and the well-known Turkish-American composer and author of the “Virtuoso Series” books, Bugra Balci. The trio is called “Korrous” and their new album, Paranoid, will present the fusion between Latin, American Jazz, and Eastern European music. VLADAN is working on a new recording of legendary singer Lyn Christopher and Paramount Records will release her new album by the end of the year.
In October 2014 VLADAN will present his new Solo Piano album, Ornaments, at a performance at Carnegie Hall.
*Taken from http://www.vladan.com/
If you’re in NYC during October check out Lidija Slavkovic’s exhibition in Studio Vendome Projects.
A Plan: Vacation, Lidija Slavkovic’s first New York exhibition, will be on view at Studio Vendome Projects (30 Grand Street, New York, NY) from October 22 – November 22, 2014. The exhibition will include drawings of landscapes made with acrylic, graphite, charcoal pencil, and coffee.
The title of the exhibition A Plan: Vacation has a double meaning – the most obvious is one’s associations with seascapes and landscapes as vacation destinations. The more important aspect is that the title reflects how Slavkovic thinks about retrieving her imagery from what are generally considered “Landscapes,” and therefore immediately being reduced to metaphor.
“I see my work as an object of attention, in that the work is a reflection of my relationship to some ‘thing’,” says Slavkovic. “I acknowledge that my concept is only an impermanent objectification of sensation, thus I think of my drawings not as an art work but as the result of the work of art.”
Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Slavkovic earned a BFA in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade in 1999. She lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia and Miami, Florida.