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ARTIST
TITLE
A New One
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
ZAMA 001CD ZAMA 001CD
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RELEASE DATE
7/10/2007

This is the debut full-length release by Vesna on new Essay Recordings imprint, Edition Zama. Inspired by her childhood's family singalongs, the Serbian-born Vesna Petković has crafted powerfully emotional songs with a strong jazz backing. She studied jazz voice in her hometown and later at the reputable Graz University of Music and Performing Arts, considered the breeding-ground for the finest musicians of the Balkans. Vesna graduated with the Federal Ministry of Culture's prestigious "Würdigungspreis" in appreciation of her achievements. Almost immediately, she started performing in musicals and soon met like-minded musicians who formed the Sandy Lopiçiç Orkestar and embarked on a meteoric career -- releasing two CDs that met with critical acclaim, especially for the vocals. Vesna also came to the attention of Bucovina Club creator Shantel, who signed her up for his Bucovina Club Orkestar. The band, still going strong, did several highly-acclaimed tours and played some epochal gigs, including the North Sea Jazz Festival. In 2000, Vesna got together with some of the best musicians of her home region (Serbia and Austria) to found her own band, all the while quietly writing and arranging the music that she now presents on A New One. Influences from the musical cosmos of her childhood meld with the jazz she loved and studied. The little girl under the kitchen table and the experienced performer, the traditional music of her homeland and cutting-edge jazz, melancholy and unfettered lust for life -- all of these can be heard and felt on this exceptional debut.