Jazziana Croatica na UCLA EUropean Jazz Festivalu

Jazziana Croatica na UCLA EUropean Jazz Festivalu
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Borna Šercar Jazziana Croatica
Borna Šercar je sa svojim sastavom Jazziana Croatica 11. listopada 2013. nastupio na UCLA EUropean Jazz Festivalu, na sveučilištu UCLA u Los Angelesu, kao jedan od jedanaest europskih sastava iz deset zemalja - Hrvatske, Austrije, Češke, Finske, Njemačke, Mađarske, Italije, Irske, Poljske i Švicarske - koji su se predstavili američkoj jazz publici. Povodom ulaska naše zemlje u Europsku uniju, sa željom unapređenja kulturne suradnje Europe i Amerike, festival je održan na inicijativu Republike Hrvatske i uz podšku predsjednika Ive Josipovića. Nastupivši u dvorani Schoenberg sastav Jazziana Croatica pobudio je veliko zanimanje publike kaja je bila oduševljena osebujnim spojem jazza i hrvatske tradicijske, ali i klasične glazbe. Svojom su svirkom izazvali iskreno oduševljenje publike, ali i ostalih glazbenika koji su sudjelovali na festivalu, a najekstravagantnija izjava stigla je od jedne starije američke ljubiteljice jazza koja je rekla da je to bio najsexi jazz koji je ikad slušala. U sklopu festivala svojim se radovima predstavio vodički slikar Roko Ivanda koji je jedan od svojih ciklusa posvetio jazz glazbi.

Kinocaviar.com: "Just last July, Croatia joined the European Union, and the Croatian Consulate General in Los Angeles decided to celebrate by inviting other EU countries to join in honoring America as the birthplace of jazz.  A festival initiated by Croatia "is a contribution to European cultural identity," said Consul Marijan Orešnik. "Jazz, the original American music, went out to the world, and we are bringing European versions of it back to its home.  We intentionally looked for bands with local elements included in the music, therefore ‘painting' the music in a specific European way."
Fans will be carried to Europe before they even cross the lobby of Schoenberg Hall into the auditorium as another kind of vibration - a visual one - fills the air with a companion exhibit of 28 posters by artist Roko Ivanda, one for each of the 28 European Union member states.
The original paintings, acrylic on canvas, were created by Ivanda in his picturesque coastal town of Vodice, Croatia, where his gallery, Ispo Kampanela (Under the Belfry), is one of the cornerstones of "Vodice Summer," an annual nexus of art and culture.  The scintillating colors and lines of Ivanda's paintings first took their form in his "Seaside Jazz" cycle, the name of a music festival that inspired him to explore the interaction between the sonic and the visual in art, and he has since found himself enthralled with the mission of visualizing the sensations of the jazz sound within the local land-and-sea setting.
Ivanda's postmodern acrylics bring primary colors to beige bricks and gray stones. Ancient towers and sky-bound steeples dance with the masts of boats over jetties and moorings set afloat with the buoyant hues.  Adriatic azure turns jazzy blue, and the town flares in the sun, a-tilt, on-the-run. Red roofs jump to tympani drums, and old cobbled steps fly with folk-notes anew.  Arched walls bend like the strings of a bass, like the trill of a horn over the marina's eye.  Alleys climb hills like narrow notes on the scale or swirl to the sea and prance by a palm.  The rhythm jives - the town's alive - and Roko Ivanda takes us there.  You can hear it in the air....
Euro-jazz tips its hat to America as the cradle of the art all the while that it comes into its own and arrives at the door idiomatically intact. As a medium of cultural expression, jazz has historically thrived on such artistic freedom in both form and practice, so it has always called for experimentation within local legacies and innovation stemming from regional roots.  The fusion of diverse inflections - or even the syncretism of oppositional rhythms, themes, and styles - is not only part and parcel of jazz but also defines it, making jazz both rich and unique, and oddly, a universal language of liberation. A democratic turn of hand and voice sprung freely from deeply ingrained traditions on Continental soil salutes the American indigenous art form that from birth has surprised with its visceral blues.
In its set-up for the stage, Borna Šercar's Jazzianna Croatica might look the most conventional of the eleven groups performing at UCLA. Šercar on drums is joined by Tihomir Hojsak on bass, Vojkan Jocić with his sax, and Zvjezdan Ružić playing piano.  Drawing from the ethnic strains of its musical heritage by presenting sounds authentic to the region, the quartet would like to introduce new jazz standards that can be identified as distinctly Croatian; so its repertory offers new compositions and arrangements embracing familiar folk themes that have time and again emerged in classical music."

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