Evan Parker (born in Bristol, 1944) took up the saxophone at the age of 14. Early influences included Paul Desmond, Eric Dolphy, and above all John Coltrane. Free improvised music has accounted for most of Parker's activities over the last forty years, whether playing solo or in groups. A major force in European improvising, Parker has collaborated with American innovators, amongst them Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, George Lewis and Wadada Leo Smith. Zlatko Kaučič is arguably Slovenia’s most accomplished and well-travelled improviser, who played with Steve Lacy and Peter Brötzmann, and collaborated with Peter Delphinich, Eric Peter, Tete Montoliu, Claude Guillot, Paul Stocker, Mike Osborne, Burton Greene, John Lewis, Steve Lacy and Kenny Wheeler, as well as giving solo concerts. Since 1984 he has lived in Amsterdam (Holland). He also plays with an octet and composes music for theatre and dance groups. Zlatko's specialty is an unique solo percussions performance that expresses his own personal style. Parker and Kaučič’s album, “Round About One O'Clock” documents the performance that these two great exponents of European improvised music gave 4 July 2009 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the jazz festival in Ljubljana. The meeting is dedicated to the memory of the unfortunate saxophonist Mike "Ozzie" Osborne, who shared with Parker that some chapters of the British music scene. The material is intimate and reflective, almost evanescent, that pervades many dialogues: a polished lyricism that winds paths loads implicit tension, erupting into vibrant sequences. This will be first performance of Evan Parker in Skopje.
17 October Macedonian Opera and Ballet, 20:00