Majamisty Trio

About Us/O nama

“Supreme virtuosity and intense lyricism come together on Majamisty Trio’s Mistyland, a work of subtle elegance constructed from western classical structures, jazz spontaneity and the complex rhythms of their native land. Often melancholic, sometimes exuberant but always enchanting, this album has earned its place next to the best examples of European jazz.” – Hrayr Attarian ALL ABOUT JAZZ
“Mistyland (Self Produced, 2012) was a five star debut. Love is the sound of a composer who’s becoming ever more ambitious and a band that’s growing in confidence. It’s a five-star second album, with some of the loveliest melodies of the year.” Bruce Lindsay ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“A simply beautiful album of glorious melodies, haunting wordless vocals, and delicious edgy cameos blending effortlessly with a perfect trio.” Mary James ONLYJAZZBLOG.COM

Epic, sinematic, dramatic Alvanovic, with a brooding trumpet feature and major sweeping sound gestures capable of knocking you off your feet.” ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“Love is a sophisticated work that retains an emotional rawness,
demonstrates a superlative celebration of camaraderie without sacrificing individual artistry. It is a near flawless record that showcases Alvanović as a consummate musician and an accomplished orchestrator” Hrayr Attarian/ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“Love includes mostly the pianist Maja Alvanovic’s compositions and I can assure you that these compositions will impress you deeply thanks to its progressive style and catchy melodies of Balkan influence forming the background for qualified and improvisational performances.” Fatih Erkan blogspot

“Musically placed somewhere in the EST style jazz sphere, there was a translucent beauty in Ms Alvanovic’s playing: her style contemplative as to be expected of a Bill Evans disciple with Lennie Tristano touches evident too in her love of cliché- free solos.”

 

Majamisty Trio, ensemble from Novi Sad, Serbia explores the space beetween jazz and classical music, ocasionally expanding the possibilities of the traditional jazz piano trio by adding a vocal part which is treated as an instrument equal to the others. The trio’s lyrical style originates in the author’s long experience in classical music and her affinity with jazz, thus finding an original path that paints subtle moods and emotions. Inspired by the beauty of her hometown Alvanović’s impressionistic compositions are spiced by hints of a Balkan musical heritage.

In August 2010 the Majamisty Trio recorded their debut CD Mistyland in the studio of famous serbian composer Boris Kovač. The album’s 12 compositions comprise 10 by Maja Alvanović, one by her father Blaza Alvanović, and a cover of Errol Garner’s „Misty“.

The CD was released by SKC Novi Sad in August 2011 and re-released in April 2012 by Maple Grove Music Productions.
With their debut album ‘Mistyland’ in 2013 receiving worldwide acclaim in ALLABOUT JAZZ, JAZZ TIMES and other jazz journals, the trio has been featured in the prestigious jazz festivals of Belgrade, Novi Sad, Nishville and many more.

Their NEW project “LOVE” with ten tracks, all original, was recorded in May and June 2013 in Novi Sad and released in October 2014 by Cosmic Sounds/London. This project includes more guest musicians, Gisle Torvik, guitar (Norway), Damir Bacikin, trumpet (Zrenjanin/Berlin), Bunford Gabor, saxophone (Subotica), Uros Secerov, percussion (Novi Sad), Aleksandra Drobac, vocal (Novi Sad).

LOVE, because it gives meaning to our lives and is never lost, even if we loose the people we love.

                                                                                                         

O NAMA

Za svega nekoliko godina postojanja, Majamisty TriO se etablirao kao jedan od najznačajnijih domaćih džez sastava mlađe i srednje generacije. Tajna njihovog uspeha i kreativnih dostignuća nalazi se u netipičnom džezerskom sazrevanju glavne pokretačke snage benda – novosadske autorke i pijanistkinje Maje Alvanović. Klasično školovana i sa bogatim iskustvom u pedagoškom radu, zaljubljena u džez muziku, u svojim tridesetim godinama okušala se u novom žanrovskom okruženju. Umesto brušenja sviračkog talenta kroz sešne i rasviravanja repertoara standarda, smelo se okrenula kompozitorskom radu koji na savršen način spaja dva sveta – delikatni klasičarski senzibilitet i savremeni evropski džez.

Za svoje kreativne zamisli odabrala je prekaljene saradnike – kontrabasistu Ervina Malinu i bubnjara Ištvana Čika, jednu od najuigranijih domaćih ritam sekcija, te vokalistkinju Aleksandru Drobac koja se pridružuje bendu u delu repertoara. Debitantski album “Mistyland” objavili su 2011. godine (SKC, Novi Sad) i momentalno skrenuli pažnju na sebe originalnim kompozitorskim i aranžerskim izrazom.  Klasičarski pristup kompoziciji i sviranju klavira, emotivan naboj blizak skandinavskoj džez produkciji, te prepoznatljiva lirskaj atmosfera koju forsira čuveni izdavač ECM Records, bili su polazna tačka za nove poduhvate novosadskog trija.

Nakon brojnih zapaženih nastupa na domaćim džez festivalima, sjajnih recenzija i prikaza u relevantnim inostranim džez medijima, pa čak i uspešne distribucije CD-ova u dalekom Japanu,Maja Alvanović još ambicioznije pristupa novom materijalu. Na drugom albumu “Love”, koji je prethodne godine objavila izdavačka kuća Cosmic Sounds, angažovani su atraktivni gosti – trubač Damir Bačikin iz Berlina, norveški gitarista Gisle Torvik, saksofonista  Bunford Gabor iz Subotice i novosadski perkusionista Uroš Šećerov. Maja Alvanović širi i paletu stilskih uticaja, od slavnog gitariste Peta Metinija do dinamičnog, modernog izraza Esbjorn Svenson Trija.  Rezultat je još zreliji i raskošniji autorski izraz, koji je ovog puta. krunisan i gostovanjima na internacionalnim scenama, od Kijeva, do Beča i Londona. Sa sve većim Majinim iskustvom u džez improvizaciji i bendom koji, nakon godina zajedničkog sviranja, diše kao jedan, Majamisty TriO je izrastao i u autentičnu koncertnu atrakciju koju ne smete propustiti.

Notable Performances

2016 Kirov Recital Hall, Manhattan, New York City, USA

2016 Drawing Room, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2015 Pancevacki Jazz festival, Serbia

2015 Pizza express jazz club, London, UK

2015 Norwich Jazz weekender festival, UK

2015 Nisville jazz festival, Serbia

2014 Sargfabrik club, Vienna

2014 Novosadski Jazz Festival, Serbia

2014 Koktebel Jazz Festival, Kiev, Ukraina

2013 Indjija Jazz Festival, Serbia

2012 Novosadski Jazz Festival, Serbia

2012  Sombor Greentown Jazz festival, Serbia

2011  27 Belgrade Jazz Festiva, Serbia

2011  Nisville Jazz Festival, Serbia

2011  World Piano Conferention, Sinagoga, Novi Sad, Serbia

2010  Jazz & Blues Festival „Geza Balaž-Gari” – Kikinda, Serbia

2010  The 26th Jazz Festival in Valjevo, Serbia

2010  Jazz Appreciation Month Novi Sad, Serbia

 

Band members

Guest members