Zlatko Kaucic Trio | Stefano Battaglia | Paolino dalla Porta | December Soul | Not Two Records

ZLATKO KAUCIC has been known to take household items and turn them into percussive instruments incorporating them into his music, experimenting with the sound they make and the sharpness and clarity of their timbres. This is also a point made by one of his most memorable fans Jakob, a ten year old boy, who attended Zlatko’s concert in Nova Gorica and said loudly to his father in the middle of the show, “Look what Zlatko is playing, some funny home-made instrument.” Provocative, thoughtful, spellbinding, and always original and contemporary, Zlatko Kaucic’s compositions have inspired collective improvisations in his native Slovenia and abroad for over thirty years, celebrating this achievement with his 2009 recording 30th Anniversary Concerts. His sonic contributions, experimental sounds and concepts can be found on 24 recordings combining his solo efforts and collaborative offerings.– SUSAN FRANCES Continue reading

Evan Parker and Zlatko Kaucic | Round about one o’clock | Not Two Records

Bogdan Benigar is the musical director of the Ljubljana Jazz Festival. He gave me the opportunity to perform with the great musician Evan Parker on the occasion of the 50th Jubilee Festival. I met Evan the day before the concert and there was an instant connection between us. I told him a story about being in Spain and playing with the amazing Mike Osborne in Valencia and Madrid. It was in 1978 in a small club called TRES TRISTES TIGRES in Valencia. It was an absolutely thrilling experience, despite the fact Ozzie was very ill at this time (acute schizophrenia). I remember a concert in Madrid with a sold-out theatre (over 1000 people) where we didn’t have any PA system, and the sound of Mike’s alto was so strong, so powerful, hit so directly into the heart of people that the public was just stunned. After that, I didn’t have any news of him. I was told that he went into a mental hospital to cure himself. He stopped playing after 1982 and went back to Hereford, his home. He passed away on September 19, 2007. So Evan and I decided to dedicate this record Round About One O’clock to the memory of Mike Osborne – Ozzie. — Zlatko Kaucic Continue reading