Boštjan Simon, saxophone
Mirko Cisilino, trumpet
Luigi Vitale, vibraphone
Goran Krmac, tuba
Bojan Krhlanko, drums
This time Boštjan Simon with his quintet will present a programme of his own music. The renowned saxophonist recently recorded his original compositions for the album named There Be Monsters, the English phrase denoting unexplored territories, which the old maps portray as an area of monsters and other mythical beings. Simon’s music focuses precisely on the boundaries between famous and unknown, between composed and completely open sound landscapes. The acoustic ensemble allows sound allusions to the ethno traditions (the area of the known), and at the same time – with the use of aleatorics, improvisation, Messiaen modes etc. – goes into a field that is foreign to the traditions.
Boštjan Simon graduated from the Ljubljana Faculty of Arts (on the theme of Cage’s music). After studying jazz saxophone at the Amsterdam Conservatory, he concentrated on improvisation and concert appearances across Europe. He is a saxophone teacher at the Nova Gorica Music School and founding member of the bands Big Band Nova, Trus!, There Be Monsters, Vanilla Riot, Velkro and Litosht. He explores various approaches in improvisation and alternative sound techniques as well as the use of live sound sampling and other effects. He performed with the artists such as Trevor Watts, Seamus Blake, Perico Sambeat, Larry Grenadier, Jasper Stadhouders, Robert Jukič, Jasper Blom, Saša Nestorović, Peter Epstein, Tomaž Grom, Vitja Balžalorsky, Massimo de Mattia, Simone Zanchini, Arthur Majevwski, Ratko Divjak, Milan Stanisavlević and Prices Resnik.
Mirko Cisilino is a trumpeter, trombone- and horn player, keyboardist, composer and arranger. At the Conservatory of Udine, he obtained a classical musical education. He studied jazz at the Conservatories in Klagenfurt and Amsterdam. He collaborated with leading musicians and big bands in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Currently he works at the Abbey Town Jazz Orchestra as a trumpeter, arranger and conductor. He has performed at festivals such as Roskilde Festival (Denmark), Athens Jazz, Veneto Jazz, JEFF Festival in Koper/Capodistria, jazz festivals in Padua, Udine, Vicenza, Bologna, Turin, etc. Since 2016 he has been playing in the Trio of Doug Hammond and in the Tower Jazz Composers Orchestra (Ferrara).
Vibraphonist and marimbist Luigi Vitale graduated from the Conservatory in his native Salerno. He has performed at jazz workshops held by David Friedman, Dave Samuels, Ed Saindon, Saverio Tasca and many others. In 2004 he won the prestigious Massimo Urbani Award and the Audience Award as a young jazz talent. In 2009 he graduated with honors at the jazz department of the Conservatory in Castelfranco Veneto.
Goran Krmac plays tuba, he is also composer and arranger, focused on contemporary music genres. He plays jazz, pop and related genres, with a great sense of improvisation. He studied in the Netherlands. He performed with Michael Moore, Daniele D’Agaro, Kaja Draksler, Andrej Hočevar, Žiga Murko, Carmina Slovenica, Big Band RTV Slovenia, Zoran Predin and others.
Percussionist Bojan Krhlanko comes from Celje. He gained experience in domestic rock groups. In 2001, the The Stroj group invited him to participate in high-profile events such as the Stockton Riverside Festival and BBC music Live in Leeds. With this group he peformed at festivals around Europe and the world. In 2004 he began studying at the Klagenfurt Conservatory. He attended workshops mentored by Matt Penman, Aaron Goldberg, Jimmy Cobb, Adam Nussbaum, Mario Gonzi, Wallter Grassman, Don Menza, Seamus Blake et al. In 2012 he graduated with honors in the class of Professor Klemens Marktl. He collaborated with musicians and ensembles such as Jani Moder, Marko Črnčec, Igor Lumpert, Lenart Krečič, Jaka Kopač, Jure Pukl, Karen Asatrian, Simone Zanchini, Peter Ugrin, Ana Bezjak, Vasko Atanasovski, Big Band RTV Slovenia, Rob Bargard, Prasanna, The Stroj, Strojmachine, Aperion, Free Willys, Doris Šegula, Samo Ivačič, Goran Bojčevski, Vitja Balžalorsky, Joris Teepe, Daniel Sadownick, Jošt Drašler, Igor Leonardi, Janez Škof & Čompe, Ludovik Material and others. He was also active on the Slovenian scene of popular music.