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Goran Ivanovic, The Block, Jazz Fusion, jazz series, guitarist

The Goran Ivanovic Trio & Cellist Ian Maksin

Goran Ivanovic, guitar
Saturday, March 19th, 7:30 pm

Doors and bar open at 6:30 pm

$25 and up, $10 student tickets
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We’re thrilled to welcome back Chicago based jazz guitarist Goran Ivanovic. A native of Croatia, Ivanovic embraces his traditional Balkan folk music with an amalgamation of flamenco, Balkan, classical, blues and jazz. His trio (guitar, bass and drums) performs a fusion of foreign folk music with the improvisational aesthetics of American jazz. Joining is cellist Ian Maksin, adding a soulful blend of classical, jazz and world music.

Cellist and composer Ian Maksin has gained international acclaim for his beautiful tone and distinct style as well as his uniquely charismatic way with the audience. Apart from being recognized as one of the leading classical musicians, Maksin plays jazz,  world, blues, flamenco, rock, R&B, pop, and has taken the cello well outside its conventional scope. He has collaborated with artists of many different genres including Andrea Bocelli, P. Diddy, Snoop Dogg and Gloria Estefan. He has also opened for such artists as Sting and his guitarist Dominic Miller

Goran Ivanovic – guitar
Ian Maksin – cello
Mike Harmon – bass
Pete Tashjian – drums

Goran Ivanovic is a native of Croatia, a Balkan country torn by the civil strife that engulfed the former Yugoslavia. The musical son of a Serbian father and a Bosnian Croat mother, he has crossed many boundaries in his life and in his music. While he was studying at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with masters such as Elliot Fisk and Joaquin Clerch, his parents were expelled from Croatia and were granted political asylum in the United States. Since his residence in this country, Goran’s broad grounding in Classical music has been enriched by influences of Jazz,Balkan and the World Music. Goran frequently performs at mayor festivals and concert halls in the US,as well as TV and Radio performances. He has been featured on Chicago Tonight, WTTW,Dame Myra Hess Concert's,848 on Chicago Public Radio. As a leader he has released 6 albums:1999 Guitar Solo, 2001 Macedonian Blues(with Fareed Haque),2005 Seven Boats (with FH),2006 Goran Ivanovic Group,2007 Folk Tales (Eastern Blok),2009 Goran Ivanovic and Andreas Kapsalis Guitar Duo. Goran's music has been published by Lemoine publication's in Paris under direction of grammy winning artist Sergio Assad. Goran has taught as a guest artist at Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, Cornell University, University of Michigan,Depaul University,Truman University and has appeared at prestigious events such as Chicago World Music Festival, NY Guitar Festival,NY Jazz Festival,Wall To Wall Guitar Festival as well as legendary Jazz clubs The Blues Alley,Firefly Club,Joe's Pub and Chris Jazz Cafe. His current projects are: Eastern Blok, Grazyna Auguschik Orchestar, Goran with Fareed Haque and Goran with Andreas Kapsalis.

Chicago-based Goran Ivanovic Trio Releases Debut Album
The Goran Ivanovic Trio, featuring guitarist and composer Goran Ivanovic, bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Pete Tashjian have released a debut album laced with sing-able melodies, rich harmonies and complex rhythms. From the uplifting Americana influenced sounds of Alvorada Americana to dark mood songs like the haunting Patient Zero the album comprises a diverse palate of flavors.

In the song Querido Paco, Ivanovic pays tribute to lifelong influence, legendary Flamenco guitarist, the late Paco De Lucia. The lively composition Tic Tac Toe is an audience favorite, with nearly 7 minutes of acrobatics on guitar it takes you through hard rock riffs, Flamenco rhythms and classical harmonic development.

Maurice’s Ragtime features cellist Ian Maksin. The track features a slow ragtime feel with impressionistic harmonies reflective of French composer Maurice Ravel. The self-titled album can be purchased online at cdbaby.

Ivanovic’s unique and rarely found talents set you forth on a cinematic array of emotions, sophisticated, yet rebellious, the acoustic ensemble nods its head towards tradition while disregarding technical conventions. The trio experiment's in the melding of classical, rock, jazz and various styles of traditional folk music, to create a sound all their own.

Goran Ivanovic, The Block, Jazz Fusion, jazz series, guitarist

The Goran Ivanovic Trio & Cellist Ian Maksin

Goran Ivanovic, guitar
Saturday, March 19th, 7:30 pm

Doors and bar open at 6:30 pm

$25 and up, $10 student tickets

About

We’re thrilled to welcome back Chicago based jazz guitarist Goran Ivanovic. A native of Croatia, Ivanovic embraces his traditional Balkan folk music with an amalgamation of flamenco, Balkan, classical, blues and jazz. His trio (guitar, bass and drums) performs a fusion of foreign folk music with the improvisational aesthetics of American jazz. Joining is cellist Ian Maksin, adding a soulful blend of classical, jazz and world music.

Cellist and composer Ian Maksin has gained international acclaim for his beautiful tone and distinct style as well as his uniquely charismatic way with the audience. Apart from being recognized as one of the leading classical musicians, Maksin plays jazz,  world, blues, flamenco, rock, R&B, pop, and has taken the cello well outside its conventional scope. He has collaborated with artists of many different genres including Andrea Bocelli, P. Diddy, Snoop Dogg and Gloria Estefan. He has also opened for such artists as Sting and his guitarist Dominic Miller

Goran Ivanovic – guitar
Ian Maksin – cello
Mike Harmon – bass
Pete Tashjian – drums