Ratko Zjaca & Simon Zanchini - Way We Talk, the (CD)
Release Date: 07/12/11
They talk to each other - and also to their audience. It's a very special vocabulary, a new form of multilingual communication in which European music culture and the history of swinging America are linked. A mixture of past and present, of classical music and improvisation, of folklore and innovation. If you check out the line-up of Ratko Zjaca's and Simone Zanchini's quartet, you will immediately notice how borders blur. Guitarist Zjaca stems from Croatia, accordionist Zanchini is Italian, Martin Gjakonovski, the bass player, is from Macedonia (although he now lives in Bergisch Gladbach, near Cologne) and drummer Adam Nussbaum is from the USA. A 'task force' of aesthetic options that embraces different races and continents. For Ratko Zjaca this is also a philosophy of life. It is the aim of this guitar wizard, the creator of this project, to bring together opposites and broaden horizons. Four years ago he met Simone Zanchini and Adam Nussbaum for the first time at a jazz workshop in Slovenia. 'Teachers gave concerts there and they also had jam sessions,' Zjaca recalls. 'We played together and created sounds that were really interesting and exciting.' A tour followed in 2009, then the four of them went into the KlangstudioLeyh, IN+OUT Records' preferred recording studio, and recorded eleven original compositions by Zjaca and Zanchini. 'It definitely is a jazz album', says Simone Zanchini. 'but it is certainly not classic mainstream jazz. What links Simone Zanchini and Ratko Zjaca together apart from their joint love of acoustic adventures, is their fondness for movies, in particular the cinematic masterpieces of Federico Fellini. In an interview they each described sections of their début album as 'Fellini-esque'. In this sense you could say that, with their ingenious hotchpotch, the quartet created 'Fellini jazz'.
|Label: In+out Records|