Born in 1973 in Zagreb, Matija Dedic is one of the most prominent Croatian jazz musicians, pertaining to the later generations. It is no wonder he is such an accomplished musician, considering the fact that he grew up in a family of highly esteemed musicians; his mother, singer Gabi Novak and his father singer-songwriter Arsen Dedic, have exposed their son to various musical influences from a very young age. He began playing the piano at the age of five finishing his education at the jazz department of the Music Academy in Graz, Austria. After having returned to Zagreb in 1997, he started to perform very often, and by that, affirmed his status as a pianist, in Croatia and abroad. He was part of the lineup of Tamara Obrovac and Ladislav Fidrij bands, a guest on Zagreb Jazz Portrait, and was also one of the founding members of Boilers Quartet, touring alongside Benny Golson/Kenny Burrell All Stars Band. Matija was a leader of his own bands as well, starting in 1988 with his trio, with Ziga Golob and Kruno Levacic. His career is also coloured by successful collaborations with acknowledged jazz musicians, like Bosko Petrovic, the trio Black Coffee, Gianni Basso, Tommy Emmanuel...Apart from composing for his personal projects, he also creates film and theatre scores. A proud winner of the award for Best Jazz Author, granted by the Croatian Association of Composers, several times awarded the Status acknowledgment for Best Jazz Pianist. “Matija plays Arsen”, for which he was granted the Porin award for Best Jazz Album in 2016, is the project we will have the privilege to have at Skopje Jazz Festival.
15 October National Opera and Ballet, 20:00 NOB, 20:00