Indra Rios-Moore in Podgorica


American jazz singer Indra Rios-Mur will stage a concert in Podgorica during the December Art Scene event, on 21st of December, 2019, at the “Budo Tomović” Cultural Information Center, at 8p.m. Accompanied by Danish saxophonist Benjamin Traerup and Japanese double bassist Masatoshi Kamaguchi, she will promote her fourth album entitled “Carry My Heart” and perform a wide repertoire – an acoustic address book full of jazz, groove, soul, but also folk, gospel and blues.

Indra grew up in a musical family in New York (her father Donald Moore used to play bass with the New York Contemporary Five, Archie Shepp, Elvin Jones, Sonny Rollins, and Jackie McLean). 13-year-old Indra won a scholarship at Mannes College of Music where she developed her soprano voice and during the same year she attended the Village Harmony, summer camp in Northern Vermont. Her teenage years were spent in a musical parallel existence: one full of classical arias and vocalization practice and the other filled with traditional American folks tunes and old Balkan folk songs in the woods of Vermont.

Meeting with Danish jazz saxophonist Benjamin Traerup was a turning point for her personal and professional life. Moving to Denmark, and forming a trio in 2007, represented a new chapter in the singer’s career; for starter, concerts in Denmark and Scandinavia followed. She released her first album “Indra” in 2010. She soon received the annual award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in Denmark 2012, for her second album “In Between”. Her next album, Heartland, was released in 2015 by Impulse! Records, and has received excellent reviews from the international press, which has proclaimed one of the best jazz albums of the year (by London’s Sunday Time and The London Telegraph). Her single “Little Black Train” was a No. 1 on the iTunes jazz charts in France, Germany and Denmark. Telerama of France declared that hers was the “celestial voice of jazz”.  Her latest album, “Carry My Heart”, was released last year by Verve Records. “Keep on Pushing” is a centerpiece to this album which was recorded with Grammy winning producer, Jay Newland. “With Carry My Heart”, Indra and her band continue in the eclectic spirit of “Heartland” and weave a world of sound that creates a through line between songs by Steely Dan, Swedish electro-pop singer Robyn, Johnny Nash, the Isley Brothers, classical composer Claus Oberman, Duke Ellington, Curtis Mayfield, Gershwin, Bobby Caldwell as well as two original compositions, album opener “Carry My Heart” and “Give It Your Best”.

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ZZ Quartet in Podgorica


Famous ZZ Quartet consisted of international jazz masters, composers, and players such as Ratko Zjača, el. guitar (Croatia/Netherlands), Simone Zanchini, accordion (Italy), Adam Nussbaum, drums (USA), and Martin Gjakonovski, double bass (Macedonia/Germany). Their actual European tour include their  first concert in Montenegro, in Podgorica capital city on 28 October, at the “Budo Tomović” Cultural Information Center, main hall (8p.m).

This group has a unique musical vision that absorbs and reflects all manner of music while retaining an enviable individualism and high quality craftsmanship that can span from quiet intimacy to searing intensity. Diverse musical backgrounds include jazz, modern classical, world music, and free improvisation. They have been working on original compositions as well as crafting beautiful and haunting improvisations. Their music blurs the boundaries between notated music and free improvisation; the unique sonic landscapes that result are grounded in history, while pushing at the boundaries of modern improvised music.

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Laurin Talese & A Novel Idea tour Montenegro


The American jazz band Laurin Talese & A Novel Idea will be performing in Montenegro from September 23 to September 25 through the American Music Abroad program of the US Government, organized by the American Embassy in Podgorica and local partners. The first concert will take place on September 23 at KIC Budo Tomovic in Podgorica at 8 pm, followed by performances in Pljevlja and Bijelo Polje.

Led by vocalist Laurin Talese, jazz and soul ensemble Laurin Talese& A Novel Idea, have shared their brand of cinematic jazz for the better part of a decade. Laurin has appeared in a host of national and international venues such as The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, The National, the famed Apollo Theatre, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and the New Jersey Center for Performing Arts (NJPAC) in November 2018 when Laurin won the seventh annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. She frequently collaborates with a host of internationally celebrated recording artists including Bilal, Robert Glasper, Vivian Green, and Christian McBride, and has had the distinct pleasure of performing with renowned classical and jazz ensembles such as The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Jazz Heritage Orchestra, The Moses Hogan Chorale, and the internationally acclaimed Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, Austria. 

Her first album, entitled “Gorgeous Chaos” (2016), was produced by and features in-demand producers such as Adam Blackstone and Ulysses Owens, Jr. Laurin’s record was listed as a top 10 jazz album by the Chicago Tribune and debuted on the Billboard jazz charts.  

In addition to playing with Laurin Talese & A Novel Idea, bassist Jonathan Michel was a member of Grammy Award-wining Billy Paul’s band and has served as its musical director. In addition to co-leading an original music project, the L.X.G., Jon is building a portfolio as composer and producer with ongoing projects in film, R&B, and gospel. 

Eric Wortham II is a jazz and classically trained accomplished pianist, composer, songwriter and producer. Eric has toured with Grammy Award winning artists such as Jill Scott and Adele and collaborated with Vivian Green, Aloe Blacc, Kindred The Family Soul, Music SoulChild, Jeff Bradshaw, Bakithi Kumalo and Jamey Haddad.  Eric was the Musical Director for Jill Scott, and performed on Adel’s tour 2017.

Inspired by musicians in church, drummer Julius Rodriguez began very early his music career. In 2016, Julius was selected as a member of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency at the Kennedy Center in D.C. That year, he also was accepted into and began attending the Juilliard School for Jazz Studies on Piano. Julius has worked with a wide variety of artists including A$AP Rocky, Wynton Marsalis, Macy Gray, James Morrison, Dev Hynes, Jazzmeia Horn, Brasstracks, Nick Hakim, Roy Hargrove, Carmen Lundy, and many more. He played festivals such as the Portland Jazz Festival, DC Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, etc.

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