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FOURTH EAST EUROPEAN JAZZ FESTIVAL IN LONDON 2011

15/10 – 17/11 2011

 What Press said about the Artists:  

“All composers want to sound unique – but few manage to be as distinctive as

Nikola Kodjabashia …” John. L. Walters, Guardian, July 2004.

Nikola Kodjabashia is considered to be one of the most eminent representatives

of the Balkan and East European musical avant-guard and composer of 4 critically

acclaimed albums: The Most of Now, 2008, Reveries of the Solitary Walker,

2004, Penelope X (with Foltin) described by Guardian, The Times, BBC Radio 3

JazzZeitung.de, Lira.se, Giornale della Musica, All About Jazz critics as….” Probably

the best record of the year”… “Magisch!”….”un ibrido perfetto”…”masterful”..

Kodjabashia morphs effortlessly from assured composer-conductor through laidback

facilitator to multi-tracking keyboard wizard”….”result, drawing on every musical

language from modernism to Shadowslike twang, is masterful.”…

He has scored music fro numerous internationally acclaimed theatre productions,

including Sir Peter Hallʼs BACCHAI at the National Theatre, Young Vicʼs international

hit KAFKAʼS MONKEY feat. Katherine Hunter, C.A.T.S. 2011 Multi winner

Dominic Hillʼs THE THREE MUSKETEERS AND THE PRINCESS OF SPAIN, Old

Vicʼs production of Wajdi Mouawadʼs SCORCHED, then Music for Olivier award

winning Jonathan Kentʼs production of HECUBA at DONMAR Warehouse Theatre,

Covent Garden and many more. Other commissions include scores for La Biennale

di Venezia 2004, BBC Singers 2010, numerous scores fro BBC TV and

Radio 2005/10 as well as The National Theatre 2002/3. His music is released by

ReR, described by the Guardian as “one of the most adventurous and coherent of

avant-rock labels.”

FOLTIN is undoubtedly one of the top and most original bands from the Balkans in

the past 15 years. Foltinʼs music is surreally retro, contemporary witty, melancholic

but most of all passionate and unpredictable with a frantic dance undertone.

They often describes themselves as pseudo – emigrant cabaret rather than by

musical style or genre etiquette. Their performance history lists all the leading European

music festivals and theatre stages… feat.

 

Nikola Kodjabashia and Foltin group –  Goce Stevkovski  –   Macedonia