Jani Šepetavec, saxophone
Aleš Ogrin, hammond organ
Tomi Purič, drums
Nova Gorica-based sax player, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Jani Šepetavec got his master’s degree in saxophone from the Jazz Institute at the Kunstuniversität in Graz, where he studied in the class of Karlheinz Miklin. He took part in masterclasses with top-tier coaches, such as Don Menza, Dave Liebman, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Mintzer, and Donny Mccaslin. As a multi-instrumentalist, he regularly collaborates with acclaimed Slovenian musicians and composes music for a variety of collaborative as well as his own projects.
Aleš Ogrin graduated in concert accordion and jazz piano at the Secondary School of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana before going on to study music pedagogy at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. During his studies, he attended numerous educational sessions, including a workshop which the New York School for Jazz and Contemporary music held in Italy. He plays with the Big Band of the Slovenian Armed Forces and is active as an arranger for big bands and vocal-instrumental music.
Klagenfurt State Conservatory alumnus Tomi Purič is known to many as a member of various legendary ensembles including the cult band Terra Mystica, others have seen him play in noted television house bands (Hri-Bar). However, his current sphere is “balkanjazz”, which, incidentally, is also the title of his debut album. He collaborated on numerous jazz projects, for example, the EJQ project with known sax player Klemen Kotar and noted pianist Marko Črnčec, for which he also contributed his original music.