Blesok no. 46, January-February, 2006
Sound Reviews


An Intensed Sound Odyssey Right To The Center Of Freedom
Georgi Šarevski Sextet on the Small Stage at Macedonian Opera & Ballet

Ljupčo Jolevski


The compositions from the latest opus of the Macedonian jazz-guitarist – an initial burst of the masterful improvisation, especially by the Italian music guest – the sax-player Francesco Bearzatti

photo: Jasna Susha

The concert of the Georgi Šarevski Sextet, held on February 11th on the Small Stage at Macedonian Opera & Ballet, got every attribute to be noted as one of the most quality events that happened in this city for a long-time period back. That was one of those performances that people regain faith in the music and the music art here, in this environment so infected by the turbo-folk cacophony. Our jazz-guitarist, accompanied with Vladan Drobicki (trombone – “Sethstat”), Gian Emin (horns & synths – “Project Zhlust” and “D.N.O”), Oliver Josifovski (bass – “Ljubojna”), Alexander Sekulovski (drums – “Toni Kitanovski Trio”) and Francesco Bearzatti (one of the most famous Italian saxophonists), in a little more than 70 minutes presented his latest compositions written right after his debut-album “Elflandia”. It was more than evident – not only his inclination toward self-reexamination in his creative music work, but also his need to present a musical image that wouldn't be limited by any restrictions whatsoever. As an author, he moves around, from swing and the sound typical for the New Orleans school of jazz, across the jazz-blues, and with skillfully interweaved threads of the rhythms within his genes, up to the moments that strongly touch the psychotic intercrossing of jazz and funk, Šarevski didn't left any doubts. His time as a complete musician and a leader of the larger band – is already here and now! In Macedonia, at the Balkans, in Europe…

photo: Jasna Susha

    And, in that kind of a relaxed atmosphere, in a mood when even mild mistakes are charming, he really confirmed his own music maturity and he elevated himself above everything we knew about him till now – that he was one of the best students in his class at the famous Musical Jazz College in USA – Barclay.
    Understandable, all said above wouldn't make any sense if we don't mention, or even emphasize the virtuosity and the inspiration of his music companions that evening. And, we're not speaking only of the “enraged” Bearzatti performances (who was brilliant in his solo part for the composition “War”), whose solo-performances only confirmed what our jazz-fans claim: that the Italian jazz-scene is definitely one of the most exciting – not only in Europe, but also of the performances of the our “local guys”, as Drobicki, Sekulovski…
    In whole, these musicians endured and worked this concert with a lot of energy, and they walked their path through this musical Odyssey right to the center of the freedom of the given music form with a lot of fierce and strong energy. And they enjoyed the encounter. With the audience together. The true jazz lovers who doesn't settle with a poor offer of this kind of events, must consider this one as a “candy”.
    Finally, this concert touches one other matter, also. The cooperation between the local and the foreign musicians (unfortunately) prove as a necessary for our jazz-scene, and (even more regretfully) this kind of cooperation is still at the very start of forming as a tradition, although this cooperation may definitely only help our musicians to overcome the fear of stepping out of the local environment. Anyway, this claim will be put to test when the new album with the compositions performed at this concert will get out of print, which should happen latest at the end of June, this year.

Translated by: Petar Volnarovski

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