Jure Pukl, saxophone
Jani Moder, guitar
Robert Jukič, double bass
Kristijan Krajnčan, drums
Jure Pukl is one of the most creative saxophonists and composers of the younger Slovenian jazz generation. He studied in Austria in Vienna, in the Netherlands in Hague, in the USA at the Berklee College of Music (with masters such as Joe Lovano and George Garzone), and completed a master’s degree at the Academy of Music in Graz. In 2015, he received the Prešeren Fund Award. Pukl’s internationally successful career enabled him to perform at festivals around the world, such as Pori, Moers, Moscow, Cairo, Santiago de Chile, Vienna, Berlin, Tokyo, and in famous clubs, for example Blue Note, Jazz Standard, The Jazz Gallery, The Vortex, Porgy & Bess or Bimhuis. He has performed with world-renowned musicians such as Dave Liebman, Branford Marsalis, Esperanza Spalding, George Lewis, Maceo Parker, Vijay Iyer, Jeff Tain Watts, and many others. In his works, Jure Pukl focuses mainly on contemporary interpretations of jazz. He has released several CDs that have received rave reviews in magazines and newspaper such as Downbeat, Jazzwise, Jazzpodium, All of Jazz, The New York Times, and The Guardian that called him » … a rising star of a creative new generation that is energetically driving the music on into its second century.« He performs regularly all over the world, and this time he presents his excellent new, already eleventh album Broken Circles, which was released in early 2020 by London label Whirlwind Recordings. He premiered the album in January last year at the famous Winter Jazz Festival in New York. On the new album, he expresses empathy and respect in relation to contemporary socio-political changes and trends. »The music I create is evolving – here I moved away from the piano, added a vibraphone and a guitar, and took the time to focus on the compositional / arranging aspects, in addition to improvisation, of course. I can see that I am developing not only in the jazz sense, but also under the influence of my classical studies and, of course, the rest of the music I listen to« he says. According to him, the Broken Circles album is also marked by modern-day insensitivity: »We have become numb to many events« says Pukl. »We post the incidents we witness on social media and then spread positive thoughts. However, this is not enough. But I am optimistic, I still believe that things will improve«.
Jure Pukl is also active as a pedagogue, producer, and organizer, and with his Creative Jazz Clinic Velenje he inspires hundreds of young musicians in his home country and abroad.
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