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Vasko Atanasovski - Alto & Soprano Saxophone, Flute (Slovenia) Simone Zanchini - Accordion (Italy) Michel Godard - Tuba, Serpent (France) Bodek Janke - Drums & Tabla (Poland/Germany) Special Guest: Ariel Vei Atanasovski - Cello (Slovenia). The Adrabesa Quartet consists of four exceptional musicians, brought together by its long-standing founder and leader: composer and saxophonist, Vasko Atanasovski. Vasko is a well-known and well-established European maestro, having collaborated with renowned musicians such as Hindi Zahra, Vlatko Stefanovski, and Living Color, among a celebrated career. His masterful, unpretentious approach to his instrument has seen him embrace a host of diverse genres, exhibiting a fluency and grace which compliments any musical setting. The quartet's musicians are among the leading virtuoso instrumentalists in the world. Simone Zanchini is an Italian accordionist, who has been collaborating with Vasko since the early part of this new millennium. A virtuoso on his instrument, Zanchini's eccentric brilliance has garnered praise and recognition. In 2016, he received the coveted Orpheus Award - for "Best Jazz Album of the Year," in Italy. His extensive resume includes collaborations with noted jazz musicians such as Bill Evans, Adam Nussbaum, John Patitucci, Jim Black among many. The Adrabesa Quartet's tuba player, Michel Godard, hails from France. Michel has enjoyed a distinguished career: one which has seen him work with many great artists, including Kenny Wheeler, Ray Anderson, Michel Portal, Louis Sclavis, Henry Texier, Enrico Rava, Michael Riessler, Rabih Abou-Khalil and many others. The unit's fourth member - who plays percussion and Indian tabla drums - is Bodek Janke. Currently residing in Poland, his is also a career marked by accomplisment and embellished by stellar names. In 2008, he was awarded the "Jazzpreis Baden- Wu?rttemberg", the highest award for jazz musicians in Germany and the "German Records Critics' Award" for his work on Olivia Trummer's "Westwind." He, too, has collaborated with scads of great artists, most notably of which are David Liebman, Ben Monder, Dave Binney and Billy Harper. After assembling the group for an ongoing, inspirational Melem (translation: "Soul Remedy") project back in 2017, there was an organic chemistry which quickly emerged. Inspired, Vasko and company decided to produce an exquisite musical document, highlighting their own original works and incorporating an assortment of regional ethnic musical dialects. Compiling a collection of pieces as quirky and unconventional as the quartet's instrumentation (sax, accordion, tuba and percussion), "Phoenix" stands as a shimmering testimony to both their considerable individual talents and corporate inventiveness. Joining the quartet's magical sonic adventures is special guest, Ariel Vei Atanasovski. Ariel is Vasko Atanasovski's 17-year-old son: a gifted young cellist, and ambitious understudy of renowned celloist, Professor Niko Sajko, at th
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