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Bojan Z

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Bojan Zulfikarpašić (also using stage name Bojan Z.) is a Franco-Serbian jazz pianist. He started playing piano at the age of 5, and as a teenager, he started playing in bands on Belgrade jazz scene, where he received Best Young Jazz Musician of Yugoslavia award in 1989.

In 1986 studied with Clare Fischer at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. He was influenced by the traditional Balkan music playing in an army orchestra during his military service in former Yugoslavia, which would influence all his subsequent work. He moved to Paris in 1988, playing with Noël Akchoté, Julien Lourau, Magic Malik, Marc Buronfosse, Henri Texier and other renowned French musicians.

In 1993, he recorded the debut album with his Bojan Z Quartet with Label Bleu, followed by Yopla!. In 1999, he was engaged in multi-ethnical project Koreni (Roots) with musicians such as Karim Ziad from Algeria, Kudsi Erguner from Turkey, and Vlatko Stefanovski from Macedonia.

His solo piano album “Solobsession” (2001) brought him wider world-wide recognition. On “Transpacifik” (2003) he started collaborating with american jazz musicians Scot Colley and Nasheet Waits, and continued on “Xenophonia”(2006.) with Ben Perowsky and Ari Hoenig, as well as frenchman Remi Vignolo.

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