Tue Oct. 8, 2024

Vollmaier 'Kind of Laibach – Extended' (SLO) / Rok Zalokar Zhlehtet (SLO)

Sašo Vollmaier
Sašo Vollmaier: piano

Rok Zalokar Zhlehtet
Alja Petric: vocals, percussion
Urška Preis: harp
Lenart De Bock: flute, saxophone
Boštjan Simon: saxophone
Rok Zalokar: piano, electronics
Jošt Drašler: bass
Kristijan Krajnčan: cello, drums
Žiga Smrdel: drums

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Sašo Vollmaier
The piano ain't got no wrong notes. (Thelonious Monk)
Agree with that. But Laibach ain’t got no right notes either. (Laibach)
Imagine what it would be to carve out a piano classic from the 'industrial' monolithic Laibach sound structure. Vollmaier does not tackle this challenge, as one might expect, through preparation or electronic interventions, but by seeking inspiration from the virtuoso pianists Glenn Gould and Vladimir Horowitz, as well as in one of his professors (formerly an associate of the Laibach band as well) Aci Bertoncelj. He is faithful to the original music by testing the extreme limits of both the performer and instrument. Laibach's linear rigor breaks precisely with industrial precision and physical perseverance, but the final result is, surprisingly, even more monolithic, though an absolutely subtle structure, woven only with the black and white keys of an elegant machine, a concert piano which is for Vollmaier larger than life.

After completing his studies at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, Sašo Vollmaier began to develop his musical style, influenced by the various groups with which he collaborated (from 'chamber' to 'alternative music'). In recent years he has been active in the fields of performance and theater. His performances include stage sound design with the interventions of movement and spoken words. He creates music for dance and theater performances. His passion for the human voice led him to the “Centre Artistique International Roy Hart” in the south of France, where he works as the musical co-director for vocal works and prepares actors and singers for their roles. Vollmaier is also an associate of the Laibach group, with which he actively worked as a keyboard player between 2007-2013, and where he is now engaged as an arranger and studio musician.

Rok Zalokar Zhlehtet
Led by jazz pianist and composer Rok Zalokar, Rok Zalokar Zhlehtet presents a new level of creative expression in the jazz world. Through a synthesis of acoustic sound, electronics, and improvisation, it blends tradition and contemporary sound of the 21st century into a musical experience that will calm you while making you laugh. Rok Zalokar improvises on various instruments to develop catchy and inspiring melodies, which then serve as motifs for individual songs. The resulting compositions perfectly balance traditional and modern elements into a musical experience you won’t soon forget.