Balkan Youth Jazz Orchestra – Open Call for Musicians

FB cover BYJOCalling all young musicians hailing from the Western Balkans – Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo*, North Macedonia, and Serbia! You are invited to take part in our new „Balkan Youth Jazz Orchestra“ project, implemented by Podgorica’s own Jazz Art NGO and funded by the Western Balkans Fund. University of Arts in Belgrade, Faculty of Music and University “Goce Delchev” Academy of Music in Štip will be our esteemed partners in this project.

Musicians from 18 to 27 years of age are eligible and priority instruments include:

  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  •  Tuba
  • Saxophone (alt, tenor and baritone)
  • Piano
  •  Bass (guitar or double bass)
  • Drums
  • Guitar

Other instruments that will be considered for inclusion are:

  • Strings (violin, viola and cello)
  • Woodwind (bassoon, oboe, flute, clarinet)
  • Horn
  • Vocal

In addition to:

  • Harp
  • Percussion
  • Accordion
  • Traditional instruments

In the selection process, the following criteria will be taken into consideration:

  • Sight reading
  • Creative improvisation
  • Ability to perform with a group

Candidates should have at least one of the above capabilities.

If interested, please fill out this online application.

Through this form, interested candidates should also send one to three videos showcasing their musical capabilities through compositions no longer than six minutes.

Applications will be accepted from 1 July to 1 October 2020.

Successful candidates will be invited for an online audition two weeks after the closure of this open call.

Chosen members of the “Balkan Youth Jazz Orchestra” will have the opportunity to cooperate with experts, Antonio Kitanovski and Vladimir Nikolov, nominated by the project’s partners, and become involved in the preparation of the versatile repertory, consisting of works of young and prominent composers from our region. The project’s final stage will take place in Podgorica (Montenegro). During the six-day rehearsal period, from April 24 to April 30, 2021, there will be intensive preparations followed by multiple concert performances in Podgorica and Cetinje. These performances will be held as part of our Jazz Appreciation Month in Montenegro on April 29 and April 30, 2021, culminating with International Jazz Day. All the costs of travel and your stay in Podgorica will be covered by Jazz Art.

We would like to encourage all the young talented and interested musicians from the Western Balkans region to apply for this opportunity and join us in the first Balkan Youth Jazz Orchestra.



*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.


Posted in Jazz | Leave a comment

Balkan Youth Jazz Orchestra

We are happy to announce that our brand new project „Balkan Youth Jazz Orchestra“ has been awarded a grant by the Western Balkan Fund in its third call for regional project proposals. Our project was chosen from over 290 submitted applications, and is one of the 24 winning projects.

WBF Certificate to JAZZ Art Association

The project will start in early June and will run for the next 12 months. We will keep you informed about the project’s phases as it develops. We will implement this project with our project partners: the Academy of Music, Goce Delcev University in Stip, North of Macedonia, and  the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia.

We thank to Western Balkan Fund for their recognition and cooperation.

Posted in Jazz | Leave a comment

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”.

More about artist:

Posted in Jazz | Leave a comment