VASIL HADZIMANOV BEND
VASIL HADZIMANOV BEND
He graduated in 1995 and his piano teachers were Ray Santisi and Lazslo Gardony. While at Berklee, he performed with Matt Garrison, Rick Peckham, Leroy Jenkins (in his rap opera Funky Faust), George Garzone, Ayib Dieng,Adam Deutch,Antonio Sanchez,Reuben Rogers,Marko Djordjevic,Gintas Janusonis,Bato the Yugo... and toured nationally with Paskal Bokars afro-pop band. In September 1996 Vasil moved to New York, where he continued his work with some of the best young musicians like: David Gilmore, David Binney, Cris Cheek, Danny Sadownick,Rodney Holmes,Ultranate At the same time he worked as a music programmer at the TOMANDANDY studios (authors of the Killing Zoe soundtrack).
Vasil also performed with the following Serbian artists: Jovan Maljokovic Balkan Salsa Band (Rothweill Jazz Fest., Montreaux Jazz Fest.), Dusko Gojkovic (European tour), Steve Gut (Segedin Jazz Fest.), Mimo Mitrovic, Bisera Veletanlic, Zafir and Senka Hadzimanov, Rambo Amadeus (ex Yu tour) After spending a year in the Big Apple he decided to move back to Serbia(Yugoslavia) and finish what he started with his own: VASIL HADZIMANOV BAND His ideas of mixing Balkan traditional, folk rhythms and melodies with the western, modern musical styles (jazz, funk, world music) in his own music is completely authentic and a new approach to jazz music. For the last 5 years, Vasil and his musicians have continuously played his compositions on concerts and jazz festivals all over Serbia and Montenegro and other countries with big success (Belgrade summertime Jazz Fest - following Joe Zawinul, Novi Sad Jazz Fest., Nis, Smederevo, Kragujevac, Podgorica, Budva, Banjaluka, Sarajevo, Mostar, Zelenkovac Jazz Fest (Bosnia), Skopje Soul and Blues Fest., Kumanovo Jazz Fest.(Macedonia), Maribor Lent Fest., Cerkno Jazz Fest. (Slovenia), Opatija Jazz Fest., Promotion concert for the PGP publishing house in Stuttgart, Pula (Croatia), Berlin (benefit concert), Porgy and Bess jazz club in Vienna (Austria), Bratislava Jazz Days Jazzove dni (Slovakia) In the year of 2001, Vasil Hadzimanov Band released their first CD and tape under the title 11 reasons for published by PGP-RTS. Its first edition sold out in three months.
Also for their first release, they won the award Beovision 2002 for the Best Debut Album of The Year 2002. In the summer of 2002 Vasil Hadzimanov Band joined famous director Goran Paskaljevic and his film crew, in making of a documentary about Belgrade, for the ARTE television. Vasil composed the music and the band fronted by their percussionist Bojan Ivkovic, acted and performed music in the movie. Vasils music can also be found on 011 Belgrade, a movie by a young Austrian director Michael Pfeifenberger and a new movie by Rasha Andric "When I Grow Up I Wanna Be A Kangaroo".
In the year of 2003 they released their second CD Kafanki, again published by PGP-RTS, which they currently promote across Europe. For this one, they won the award Suncane skale 2003 for the Best Instrumental Album of The Year 2003. 19th of November 2003 VH Band performed on the Enter Music Festival in Belgrade sharing the stage with the great Joe Zawinul and his Zawinul Syndicate. After hearing the band perform live, Zawinul himself invited Vasil and his mates to perform in his new club in Vienna, called "Joe's Birdland", in the spring of 2005.
In the summer of 2005, the band will represent the sounds of the Balkan on Expo 2005 Aichi, Japan. In June 2004 VH Band were invited by the violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy to perform with him on his big Belgrade concert. This was quite an experience for both parties involved, as well as for the audience... Read more on Last.fm.
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