THE SLAVO RICAN ASSEMBLY continues where the JK quartet left off, with its main focus being the exploration of the similarities and differences between the music of the Puerto Rican (and generally, Caribbean) and Slavic and Balkan cultures, merging them into a cohesive, brand-new sound that is unique in the current music market place, yet representative of the ever evolving landscape audiences are looking for, all rooted in the common-ground language of jazz.
The band members (3 Slovenians and 3 Puerto Ricans, plus a Serbian vocalist) combine musical traditions from the Balkans and Slavic folk songs with the musical traditions of the Caribbean, synthesizing them seamlessly in a never-before-heard, attractive, heartfelt and powerful rhythmical mix!
Jan Kus – tenor, soprano saxophone
Aleksandra Denda – vocals
Gabriel Vicéns – guitar
Gabriel Chakarji – piano, keyboard
Dan Martínez – double bass, electric bass
Victor Pablo - percussion
Žan Tetičkovič aka Jean John – drums, drum pad
RECENT LIVE FOOTAGE
check out some of the action up close from our recent show
ŠTO TE NEMA (Bosnian trad., arr by: J. Kus)
A hauntingly beautiful Bosnian traditional song, Što te nema, reimagined by the Slavo Rican Assembly, featuring the spell-binding vocalist, Aleksandra Denda.
Zrejlo je žito (Slovenian trad., arr by J. Kus)
Check out this Caribbeanized version of the melancholic Slovenian folk song.
Percussionist Victor Pablo putting it DOWN with The Slavo Rican Assembly!!!
Vocalist Aleksandra Denda bringing the deep Balkan vibes, going mystical….
Vsi so venci vejli
(Slovenian Trad., arr. by: J. Kus)
Our version of a haunting Slovenian folk song.
Zrejlo je žito - SAX SOLO EXCERPT
When the Slavo Rican frenzy takes you….