FOTO: Žiga Koritnik
Evan Parker & Zlatko Kaučič
saxophone & percussions
Evan Shaw Parker (Bristol, 1944) is a British saxophonists who plays free jazz. During the years, he has recorded and performed with many collaborators, and thus became a pivotal figure in the development of European free jazz and free improvisation. He has pioneered or substantially expanded an array of extended techniques. Critic Ron Wynn describes Parker as "among Europe's most innovative and intriguing saxophonists. His solo sax work isn't for the squeamish." Parker is better known, however, for his later work, which rapidly assimilated the American avant-garde and forged his own, instantly identifiable style. His music of the 1960's and 1970's involves fluttering, swirling lines that have shape rather than tangible melodic content; sometimes he makes use of pure sound in a manner that recalls Steve Lacy's more radical 1970's recordings or the work of some Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) members. He began to develop methods of rapidly layering harmonics and false notes to create dense contrapuntal weaves; these involved experiments with plastic reeds, circular breathing and rapid tonguing which initially were so intense that he would find blood dripping from the saxophone. Parker has become increasingly interested in electronics, usually through inviting collaborators such as Phil Wachsmann, Walter Prati, Joel Ryan, Lawrence Casserley or Matthew Wright to process his playing electronically, creating a feedback loop and shifting soundscape. He has recorded a large number of albums both solo or as a group leader.
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Zlatko Kaučič (Postojna, 1953) is a Slovenian creative multi-percussionist. In 70's he moved to Italy where he toured and recorded with the group Hero and was involved with the music co-operative Swiss, playing with Irene Schweitzer, Radu Malfatti, Duško Goykovich and Allen Blairman, among the others. In 1976 he moved to Barcelona and began playing in clubs and festivals all over the country with musicians such as Peter Delphinich, Eric Peter, Tete Montoliu, Claude Guillot, Paul Stocker, Mike Osborne, Burton Greene, John Lewis, Steve Lacy and Kenny Wheeler, as well as giving solo concerts. In 1979 he toured Portugal with Paul Stocker and then joined The trio with Portuguese bassist Ze Eduardo and pianist Antonio Pinho, which played extensively in Portugal as well as in Macau (China), and subsequently backed Don Rendall, Michael Garrik and Portugese tenorist Rao Kyao. From 1981-83 Zlatko taught drums in the Barcelona "Taller de musicos" jazz school and participated in jazz seminars with Chuck Israels, Ron Mclure and David Schnitter. From 1984 to 1992 he has lived in Amsterdam (Holland). Zlatko has played the "North sea jazz festival" twice and plays with his own trio which tours Spain regularly. He also plays with an octet and composes music for theatre and dance groups. Zlatko's specialty is a unique solo percussions performance that expresses his own personal style. He gave lots of workshops in Europe and USA. He also made music for two documentaries (Kinoatelje Gorica) and solo performances, poetry and dance. In 2008, 2011 and 2017 he got several national in regional awards.