Lenart Krečič, saxophone
Teo Collori, guitar
Tonč Feinig, organ
Gašper Bertoncelj, drums
Jazz combo Home Run is made up of top-tier musicians of Slovenian descent, who fully formed musical as personalities through substantial experience of learning and playing jazz abroad. Guitarist Teo Collori significantly adds to the band’s unique sound personality with his musical sensitivity, emotionality, and originality, which emanates from his guitar playing. Tonč Feinig‘s exceptional sensitivity for the sound of the band as a whole enables him to ensure harmonic and melodic stability by adding exactly what is needed. Gašper Bertoncelj keeps the wheels of rhythm turning smoothly with an astonishing feel for rhythm and control of his instrument. Against this backdrop, saxophonist Lenart Krečič is able to freely create fresh and virtuosic motifs. The superstar cast of Home Run weave the earliest jazz with contemporary influences to satisfy even the most demanding audience.
Slovenian-born saxophone player, composer, and physicist Lenart Krečič graduated in jazz saxophone from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and went on to get his master’s degree from the New York University. He studied, performed, and recorded with world renowned musicians including John Purcell, Billy Harper, Reggie Workman, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, John Scofield, Kenny Werner, Gerry Hemingway, Don Friedman, Matthew Garrison, and Marcus Gilmore. He released two albums: Chain of Sounds (2010) and Mind Change (2016) and played on more than thirty albums with musicians from across the globe. He is a saxophonist, artistic coordinator, and artistic council member of the Big Band RTV Slovenia, and actively performs in a variety of bands around the world.
Teo Collori is one of Slovenia’s leading guitarists. In the course of his 20-year career he performed with the most prominent Slovenian musicians (Magnifico, Alenka Godec etc.). In the last ten years, he has been focusing exclusively on his own original projects. He is the leader and founder of the exceptionally successful band Teo Collori & Momento Cigano, whose instrumental music is appreciated by audiences all over the world. Among other things, Teo recorded the lead solos on Big Band RTV Slovenia’s album this year.
Tonč Feinig has been a successful professional pianist, organist, producer, and singer since 2000, when he returned to his native Austrian Carinthia after concluding his studies at the Conservatory in Klagenfurt, the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag in the Netherlands. What followed was a string of countless performances with top European musicians and a series of projects including the ensemble Fine Noise (Miles Griffith, Daniel Nösig, Mario Gonzi), film and documentary music, and even working with choirs in Austria and Slovenia. With all this experience, Feinig is currently one of the most sought-after musicians on the Austrian scene. Recently, he focused on singing and composition. However, in the context of Home Run’s concert, you will have a rare chance to witness his extraordinary skill on the Hammond organ again.
Drummer and musician of international acclaim Gašper Bertoncelj has spent the last two decades regularly gigging across Europe and America. He started on his musical path in Austria, studying at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz under the tutelage of Doug Hammond before continuing onto the master’s programme at The City College of New York, where he was steered by Victor Lewis, Billy Drummond, Andy Watson, and John Patitucci. As a guest musician, he collaborated on a number of studio sessions and concerts while employing his skills as a composer, arranger, and producer on a number of his own excellent projects: “CAUTION! Hard Hat Area!” (2008 Arabesque Records, NY), “The Swingers of Jazz” (2008 Goga Muzika, SLO), “The Swingers of Jazz: Gasper’s Back in Town” (2012 Arabesque Records, NY) and his most recent album “Dreamin’ with G” (2021 Klopotec, SLO). His music is regularly played and appreciated around the globe.