Ratko Zjača

Biografija

"The unexpected delight of hearing John Riley on this recording with an all-star assemblage of European musicians
 Ratko Zjaca Nocturnal Four only makes the listening experience sweeter. I highly recommend this album "- Peter Erskine

"This new CD by guitarist Ratko Zjaca's New Organ Group featuring the great American drummer John Riley, Renato Chicco on Organ and Stefano Bedetti on Tenor Saxophone is full of creative, well conceived, and grooving original compositions by Ratko,
 and absolutely first rate playing from everyone! It's a tightly knit group and his best record yet in my opinion, well produced as far as overall conception, and great sound too! Check it out!”-Randy Brecker

”I listened and really enjoyed this album. The collaboration of these four artists is brilliant and extremely well played. They are all musicians of the highest caliber. CD - Life on earth” - Lenny White

"Ratko's new CD is full of great compositions played by a top notch band. With his lyrical playing, this makes for a most enjoyable listening experience." - John Abercrombie

"My brother Mike thrived on originality, everything about him was different. He would have loved this CD which oozes originality and interaction at the highest level. These great musicians know how to LISTEN... this is just a stupendous effort... I really enjoyed it too!" - Randy Brecker

"Ratko presents a dynamic collection of jazz and attains something very rare indeed - a balance between body and soul." - Vernon Reid

"Once again I am pleased to hear that Ratko is continuing to carve his niche, as an important contributor to contemporary music. Enjoyable and inspiring." - Reggie Workman


"Ratko put together a great band and found beautiful original compositions for us to play on... it was a very free session, musically speaking everyone played their hearts out." - Randy Brecker

This new outing by the ZZ Quartet, co-led by guitarist Ratko Zjaca and accordionist Simone Zanchini, finds the intrepid improvisers and virtuosos on their respective instruments stretching and exploring in a live setting.
Zjaca and Zanchini present an eclectic set of music that organically blends aspects of jazz, classical, folkloric, world music and rock, with just a touch of humor along the way from the fertile imaginations of these stellar improvisors.
 They succeeded in grand fashion on these two unforgettable October nights in 2019 at the Milestone Jazz Club and the Bologna Jazz Festival. From structured forms to sublime ballads to free flowing conversations on the bandstand, the ZZ Quartet speaks in a myriad of tongues on Midnight in Europe -Bill Milkowski
 
“Passionate...lyrical...one of a kind with virtuoso performance, this is music that should be heard by all music lovers.”
- Dave Liebman
 
 “This recording reminds me how much fun a musical gathering can be. It’s good to recall that music, particularly improvised music, is rooted in dancing - the urge to shake that thing is universal, transcends all borders.
  We need music these days more than ever, and here's just what the doctor ordered”- Steve Swallow


Ratko Zjaca -  is an award winning guitarist, composer and recording artist  with many  critically acclaimed recordings under his name  he has recorded and performed with some of the most influential musicians in  jazz and modern  improvisation music.
 
 He is an innovative musician, who is widely recognized as a technically advanced guitarist. He is known for being a relentless individualist, which is evidenced in his improvisational style. Ratko is a highly versatile player covering many areas of music but is best  known for his work in the modern jazz and improvisation idiom and released a number of albums as leader and sideman .

Ratko is considered a very gifted stylist, assumes many roles in his macrocosm of music: contemporary guitarist, composer, performer etc. Born in Croatia, Ratko in his early days was attracted by the sound of the guitar, both subversive sounds like those produced by Jimi Hendrix and from the classics like Bach and van Beethoven. He studied and graduated from Zagreb University. In his drive for the necessary knowledge and the enormous need for studies he sought his refuge in The Netherlands at the Rotterdam Conservatory, famous for its studies of modern music. There he could get teachings by well-known masters. He also followed masterclasses and personal courses with Joe Pass, Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, Mick Goodrick, Mike Stern, Bob Brookmayer, John Abercrombie and others.
Unlike some of his colleagues Ratko is not focusing only on saxophone phraseologies, but is continuously expanding the guitar's vocabulary within today's world of music. Whilst improving his performance to create his typical own sound and style, Ratko as a gifted teacher with a loaded teaching schedule, is capable of transposing most advanced phrases and concepts into structures, suitable for every musician. He gives master classes all around the world for guitar and fretless guitar, in countries like Slovenia, the Netherlands, France, Croatia and the United States.
After completing his study at the Rotterdam Conservatory, he also studied at New York University School of Music. He started to work with own group and with American trumpet veteran Benny Bailey. Ratko participated at many international festivals and has been booked for the major club dates at the European and American scene. Ratko has constantly made major efforts to enrich his experience with appearances and recordings. He was also performing and recording with Benny Bailey, Randy Brecker, Gary Peacock, Reggie Workman, John Pattituci, Al Foster, Steve Gadd, Miroslav Vitous, Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Jeff Tain Watts, Antonio Sanchez, John Riley, Alvin Queen, Adam Nussbaum, Shawnn Monteiro , Denise Jannah , Kirk Lightsey, Simone Zanchini ,Renato Chicco, Stefano Bedetti, Anders Bergcrantz  etc.

In April 2000 Ratko recorded "A Day in Manhattan" in New York with the jazz stars Reggie Workman and Al Foster.
Ratko is currently composing music and working on a new world music project on which he plays baritone, sitar, fretless, soprano, electric and acoustic guitars - this will be the second part of his previous record Shades of Spirit, Fretless Guitar Project.
Ratko released a quartet recording, Crossing The Border, in New York City with John Patitucci, Al Foster and Stan Mitrovic, with all original compisitions of all members of the quartet.
Ratko released a record, Continental Talk, with John Patitucci, Steve Gadd, Randy Brecker and Stan Mitrovic.
Ratko just released a new record on In+Out Records, The Way We Talk, with Simone Zanchini, Adam Nussbaum and Martin Gjakonovski.
Ratko's new recording Now and Then is out with Simone Zanchini, Miroslav Vitous, John Patitucci, Reggie Workman, Steve Gadd, Randy Brecker and others on In + Out Records.
He recorded a album with the ZZ Quartet  Beyond the lines (Zjaca, Zanchini, Nussbaum, Gjakonovski).
 Ratko album in NYC is out   with Simone Zanchini,Stefano Bedetti , John Patitucci and Adam Nussbaum
"Life on earth with” Ratko  with  Antonio Sanchez ,Renato Chicco and Stefano Bedetti
“Light in the world” Ratko with John Riley, Renato Chicco and Stefano Bedetti
“The places you will go” Ratko wiyh John Riley,Antonio Sanchez, Simone Zanchini, Miroslav Vitous, John Patitucci, Reggie Workman, Steve Gadd, Randy Brecker and others
“ Midnight  in Europe “  Ratko Zjaca, Simone Zanchini, Adam Nussbaum and Martin Gjakonovski  new live album release also on double vinyl record.

Ratko endorses Mirabella Guitars.
Ratko Zjaca is nominated for best jazz guitarist in South American El Intruso New Creative Music Critics Poll Award for 2010.
The CD “ Don’t try this anymore” has won the Orpheus Award for 2016 - the best Italian production  for jazz music
 Ratko Zjaca receive The Award for achievement ,the authorship and artistic creation in jazz music from the Croatian Composer Society  -2019
 

Guitarist / Performer / Composer / Recording Artist / Educator

Ratko Zjaca -  is an award winning guitarist, composer and recording artist  with many  critically acclaimed recordings under his name  he has recorded and performed with some of the most influential musicians in  jazz and modern  improvisation music.
 
 He is an innovative musician, who is widely recognized as a technically advanced guitarist. He is known for being a relentless individualist, which is evidenced in his improvisational style. Ratko is a highly versatile player covering many areas of music but is best  known for his work in the modern jazz and improvisation idiom and released a number of albums as leader and sideman .

Ratko is considered a very gifted stylist, assumes many roles in his macrocosm of music: contemporary guitarist, composer, performer etc. Born in Croatia, Ratko in his early days was attracted by the sound of the guitar, both subversive sounds like those produced by Jimi Hendrix and from the classics like Bach and van Beethoven. He studied and graduated from Zagreb University. In his drive for the necessary knowledge and the enormous need for studies he sought his refuge in The Netherlands at the Rotterdam Conservatory, famous for its studies of modern music. There he could get teachings by well-known masters. He also followed masterclasses and personal courses with Joe Pass, Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, Mick Goodrick, Mike Stern, Bob Brookmayer, John Abercrombie and others.
Unlike some of his colleagues Ratko is not focusing only on saxophone phraseologies, but is continuously expanding the guitar's vocabulary within today's world of music. Whilst improving his performance to create his typical own sound and style, Ratko as a gifted teacher with a loaded teaching schedule, is capable of transposing most advanced phrases and concepts into structures, suitable for every musician. He gives master classes all around the world for guitar and fretless guitar, in countries like Slovenia, the Netherlands, France, Croatia and the United States.
After completing his study at the Rotterdam Conservatory, he also studied at New York University School of Music. He started to work with own group and with American trumpet veteran Benny Bailey. Ratko participated at many international festivals and has been booked for the major club dates at the European and American scene. Ratko has constantly made major efforts to enrich his experience with appearances and recordings. He was also performing and recording with Benny Bailey, Randy Brecker, Gary Peacock, Reggie Workman, John Pattituci, Al Foster, Steve Gadd, Miroslav Vitous, Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Jeff Tain Watts, Antonio Sanchez, John Riley, Alvin Queen, Adam Nussbaum, Shawnn Monteiro , Denise Jannah , Kirk Lightsey, Simone Zanchini ,Renato Chicco, Stefano Bedetti, Anders Bergcrantz  etc.

In April 2000 Ratko recorded "A Day in Manhattan" in New York with the jazz stars Reggie Workman and Al Foster.
Ratko is currently composing music and working on a new world music project on which he plays baritone, sitar, fretless, soprano, electric and acoustic guitars - this will be the second part of his previous record Shades of Spirit, Fretless Guitar Project.
Ratko released a quartet recording, Crossing The Border, in New York City with John Patitucci, Al Foster and Stan Mitrovic, with all original compisitions of all members of the quartet.
Ratko released a record, Continental Talk, with John Patitucci, Steve Gadd, Randy Brecker and Stan Mitrovic.
Ratko just released a new record on In+Out Records, The Way We Talk, with Simone Zanchini, Adam Nussbaum and Martin Gjakonovski.
Ratko's new recording Now and Then is out with Simone Zanchini, Miroslav Vitous, John Patitucci, Reggie Workman, Steve Gadd, Randy Brecker and others on In + Out Records.
He recorded a album with the ZZ Quartet  Beyond the lines (Zjaca, Zanchini, Nussbaum, Gjakonovski).
 Ratko album in NYC is out   with Simone Zanchini,Stefano Bedetti , John Patitucci and Adam Nussbaum
"Life on earth with” Ratko  with  Antonio Sanchez ,Renato Chicco and Stefano Bedetti
“Light in the world” Ratko with John Riley, Renato Chicco and Stefano Bedetti
“The places you will go” Ratko wiyh John Riley,Antonio Sanchez, Simone Zanchini, Miroslav Vitous, John Patitucci, Reggie Workman, Steve Gadd, Randy Brecker and others
“ Midnight  in Europe “  Ratko Zjaca, Simone Zanchini, Adam Nussbaum and Martin Gjakonovski  new live album release also on double vinyl record.

Ratko endorses Mirabella Guitars.
Ratko Zjaca is nominated for best jazz guitarist in South American El Intruso New Creative Music Critics Poll Award for 2010.
The CD “ Don’t try this anymore” has won the Orpheus Award for 2016 - the best Italian production  for jazz music
 Ratko Zjaca receive The Award for achievement ,the authorship and artistic creation in jazz music from the Croatian Composer Society  -2019

 

Selected discography
Ratko Zjaca

Ratko Zjaca Nocturnal Mission Quartet
"The Bag is Packed" - Benny Bailey Group
Ratko Zjaca Quartet live jazz festival
"A Day in Manhattan" - Ratko Zjaca, Reggie Workman, Al Foster
"Live" - Reggie Workman and Jim Cobb Sextet
"Shades of Spirit", Fretless Guitar Project - Ratko Zjaca and Stanislav Mitrovic
"Crossing The Border" - Ratko Zjaca, Stan Mitrovic, John Pattituci, Al Foster
"Continental Talk" - Ratko Zjaca, John Patitucci, Steve Gadd, Stan Mitrovic, Randy Brecker
"The Way We Talk" - Ratko Zjaca, Simone Zanchini, Adam Nussbaum, Martin Gjakonovski
"Now and Then" - Ratko Zjaca with Simone Zanchini, Miroslav Vitous, John Patitucci, Reggie Workman, Adam Nussbaum, Steve Gadd, Al Foster and others
"Beyond the Lines"  - Ratko Zjaca, Simone Zanchini, Adam Nussbaum, Martin Gjakonovski
"Dont try this anywhere" - Ratko Zjaca,Simone Zanchini,John Patitucci,Adam Nussbaum and Stefano Bedetti   
“Life on earth” - Ratko Zjaca with Antonio Sanchez,Renato Chicco and Stefano Bedetti
“Light in the world” - Ratko Zjaca with John Riley ,Renato Chicco and Stefano Bedetti
“ The places you will go “ Ratko Zjaca with  John Riley, Antonio Sanchez, Renato Chicco , Simone Zanchini, Miroslav Vitous, John Patitucci, Reggie Workman, Adam Nussbaum, Steve Gadd, Al Foster and others
“Mdnight in Europe”- Ratko Zjaca, Simone Zanchini, Adam Nussbaum, Martin Gjakonovski

Diskografija

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