Intoxicating folk-jazz fusion meets whirling symphonic sounds and Balkan beats in “Balkan Fever”, an evening curated by charismatic Estonian/American conductor Kristjan Järvi, as part of his series of world music and jazz collaborations. Under Järvi’s baton, Macedonian Philharmonic featuring kaval player Theodosii Spassov and guitarists Vlatko Stefanovski and Miroslav Tadic, play Balkan song’s arrangements made by Spassov, which combine traditional music and Western jazz in a highly charged mix of folk and jazz beats. This concert is a Balkan premiere of the project, following the Barbican performance with London Symphony Orchestra, and concerts in Monte Carlo and Leipzig in 2012. Kristjan Järvi was born in Tallinn, Estonia and was raised and educated in New York. Järvi's exposure during his youth to various musical styles in New York led to his establishment of the Absolute Ensemble in 1993, an eclectic group since praised for its performances of both Baroque and rock compositions. In 1998 Järvi was appointed assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and held the post through 2000. He continued concertizing and recording with the Absolute Ensemble, and appeared ubiquitously as guest conductor of numerous orchestras, including those in Gothenburg, Detroit, and Bamberg, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Russian National orchestras, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, and many others. In 2004 Järvi accepts the appointment of principal conductor of the Vienna-based Tonkünstler Orchestra. Among his most important projects are the collaboration with jazz pianist and composer Joe Zawinul on his last album “Absolute Zawinul”, recorded before his death, as well as concert with Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
19 October Universal Hall, 20:30h