Bojan Z: Soul Shelter

Yesterday, Universal released the new album of the pianist and composer Bojan Zulfikarpašić. Soul Shelter is his second solo album, released 11 years after the album Solobsession.

Watch the short video presentation of the new album recorded in the concert hall Fazioli in Sacile, Italy in June last year. In this album, Bojan Z is combining the sound of acoustic and electrical piano Fender Rhodes, playing them interchangeably.

Bojan was awarded with the title of knight (Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the French government in 2002 for his achievements in culture and art and during the same year he received the Prix Django Reinhard award for the musician of the year, the award given by the French jazz academy. Three years later he got the European Jazz Prize as the best musician in Europe. The Guardian called him “proven piano genius” and dynamic compositor, musician capable of combining various rhythms into the arrangements that possess drama and severity.

Jazz Fest has so far regularly followed and presented the work of this excellent pianist. The audience in Bosnia-Herzegovina had a chance to see and listen to him, beside the Jazz Fest scene, during the concerts held within the music happening Xenophonia.

Bojan Z had his solo concert for the first time at the Jazz Fest in 1999, and two years later he presented himself in a duet with Anna Lauvergnac and the world premiere of the trio BoZiLo with Julien Lorau and Karim Ziad. He presented his Transpacific Trio at the 8th Jazz Fest Sarajevo with the bass player Remy Vignolo and drummer Ben Perowski while at the 10th Jazz Fest in 2006 we had a chance to listen to his Xenophonia trio (with Remy Vignolo and Ari Hoenig) as well as his performance with Dhafer Youssef. At the music happening Xenophonia in 2009 he held his second solo concert in Sarajevo, presented his duet with Amira Medunjanin and performed in quartet with Eric Vloeimans, Bachar Khalif and Damir Imamović.