Vocals: JD Walter (USA)

Vocals: JD Walter (USA)

Vocals: in addition to basic singing techniques, you'll learn a lot about jazz frasing, the art of improvisation and how to lose the fear. You will make new jazz arrangements and learn about your role in the band and how to work with its members. JD WALTER (USA) is currently considered as one of the most innovative and unique vocalists in jazz. With his unique style he has created a lot of respect among the giants of contemporary jazz music. His discography includes seven CDs, he is a regular guest at major festivals, and in addition to concerts he is often found in the role of professor, where his knowledge and unique ideas are with great enthusiasm transferred to the less experienced.

Piano: Marko Churnchetz (SLO/USA)

Piano: Marko Churnchetz (SLO/USA)

Piano: students will learn how to obtain such a piano sound as you want to hear it, how to change it with different approaches. You will learn basic and more advanced "voicings" wandered into the world of improvisation ... MARKO CHURNCHETZ (SLO/USA): well known pianist of the Slovenian younger generation, successfully gaining ground as well in New York, where he creates his music. He is also a guest artist with the big names of American jazz scene. His popularity among musicians is definitely also conditioned by his versatility and fresh style. Last album Devotion was ranked among the 20 best jazz albums in 2014 by a prestigious magazine All About Jazz. 

Trumpet: Igor Matkoivc (SLO)

Trumpet: Igor Matkoivc (SLO)

Trumpet and Brass: learning jazz articulations of soloing, as well as the use of articulation in larger ensembles. You will work on the creation of melodic lines in improvisation and the use of various rhythmic and melodic concepts ... IGOR MATKOVIC (SLO): He completed a Masters degree at the University of Graz. Travelling through Europe and America (particularly New York), he studied with celebrated trumpet players including Stjepko Gut, John Swana, Charles Toliver, Dave Rodgers and Erik Vloemians. As a session musician he recorded over 30 albums in collaboration with different groups across a range of genres. His second album "Sonic Motion", featuring his own original compositions, was released in 2012. The album was very well received by the Slovenian public, and led Igor to explore a more atmospheric approach. He is currently developing this sound further in collaboration with the acclaimed Polish piano player Marcin Wasilewski.

Saxophone: Jure Pukl (SLO/USA) & Melissa Aldana (CHILE/USA)

Saxophone: Jure Pukl (SLO/USA) & Melissa Aldana (CHILE/USA)

Saxophone and brass workshop includes learning about sound you can design with your instrument, advanced melodic and rhythmic concepts, understanding the harmony and application of knowledge in improvisation ... JURE PUKL (SLO/USA): one of the most creative and insightful jazz musicians of Slovenian younger generation. Already during his studies he worked with many big names of jazz such as Dave Liebman, Esperanza Spalding, Aaron Goldberg ..., he was a part of many successful projects, his music has been repeatedly awarded with the renowned awards, in 2015 he received the highest award in the field of art in Slovenia - Prešern prize. He currently lives and works in New York. MELISSA ALDANA (CHILE/USA): After graduating Berklee College of Music in Boston, she moved to New York, where she immediately landed on the scene and started playing in most prestigeous New York jazz clubs and concert halls. She played with world's best musicians and apart from playing in New York, she had concerts on international jazz festivals as well. She released her debut record in 2010  and received great critiques in Downbeat Magazine, Jazz Times and New York Times.

Guitar: Mike Moreno (USA)

Guitar: Mike Moreno (USA)

Guitar: A category is intended for all interested in learning about the different styles of play and participation in the band, you will upgrade not only your solo performance, but also how to be a good companion player in band, since most guitarists perform in this role. You will learn different approaches, teaching methods, improvisation ... MIKE MORENO (USA): Mike began studying music formally at the Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, a school renowned for its musical alumni such as Robert Glasper, Eric Harland, Chris Dave, Beyoncé, Kendrick Scott and Jason Moran. After graduating, Mike moved to attend the New School University in New York. He played and recorded with Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton Me'Shell N'Degeocello, Jason Moran, Terence Blanchard, Robert Glasper ...

Bass: Linda Oh (AU)

Bass: Linda Oh (AU)

Double bass, bass guitar: you will learn how to form a bass line, depending on the style of music, how to make a good basis for the whole band, and how to cooperate with the rhythm section ... LINDA OH (AU): Born in Malaysia, raised in, Perth, Western Australia, Linda began playing electric bass at the age of fifteen, playing jazz in high school bands, while playing a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers. She received the 2010 Bell Award for Young Australian Artist of the Year. In 2010 she was nominated for the Jazz Journalist's Awards for Up and Coming Artist of the Year, and received the award of No. 1 Acoustic Bass Rising Star in the Downbeat Critic's Poll. Linda completed her Masters at the Manhattan School of Music in 2008 studying with Jay Anderson, John Riley, Phil Markowitz, Dave Liebman and Rodney Jones. Linda has performed with the musicians such as Joe Lovano, Steve Wilson, Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, Kenny Barron, Fabian Almazan, and Terri Lyne Carrington. She is currently the bassist with guitarist, Pat Metheny. She released 3 solo albums, all critically well acclaimed. Linda is currently working on her second trumpet trio album and an eight-piece group featuring ... More...

Drums: Vladimir Kostadinovich (SRB/USA)

Drums: Vladimir Kostadinovich (SRB/USA)

Drums: you will learn about basic jazz rhythms, polyrhythms, cooperation with the rhythm section, drumming traditions ... VLADIMIR Kostadinović (SRB / USA): one of the leading jazz drummers in the Balkans, recent times primarily operates in New York, where he is already well established on the scene. This year he released his second album. He is distinguished by a style, which mixes tradition with modern influences of American jazz.

Accordion: Simone Zanchini (ITA)

Accordion: Simone Zanchini (ITA)

Advanced and professional level of jazz accordion will focus on development of improvised lines, use of rhythmic elements, and comping techniques. Improvisation on this instrument often flirts with ethnic rhythms. SIMONE ZANCHINI (ITA) Simone Zanchini is considered as one of the most exciting and innovative artists on the international scene. His research of the sound of accordion moves the boundaries of contemporary music, acoustic and electric sound experimentation, mixing tradition and modern jazz influences. He graduated from the classical accordion at the Conservatory G. Rossini in Pesaro. He has performed at numerous festivals in Italy, international festivals throughout Europe, Russia, Africa and America.  

Art Director: Joris Teepe (HOL/USA)

Art Director: Joris Teepe (HOL/USA)

Artistic director: the selection of mentors and workshop program is managed by renowned bassist and composer, head of jazz department at the Prince Claus Conservatoire:JORIS TEEPE (HOL / USA): a versatile musician and educator works both in the US as well as in the The Netherlands. As a long-time teacher at Jazzinty workshop he took over the management of the workshop, which includes the integration of individual trainers and categories, practical exercises and lectures with special performances with big band as soloist and arranger.

Improvisaton and composition theory - drums: Dre Hocevar (SLO/USA)

Improvisaton and composition theory - drums: Dre Hocevar (SLO/USA)

Special addition to workshop is Improvisation theory, composition, and sound art program, led by rising young artist: DRE HOCEVAR (SLO/USA): Percussionist, composer and improvisor Dre Hočevar is realizing individual approach to life and creation through research, practice and performance. He is interested in taking risks, experiencing new challenges and designing solutions that provoke and inspire.

Improvisaton and composition theory - sax: Igor Lumpert (SLO/USA)

Improvisaton and composition theory - sax: Igor Lumpert (SLO/USA)

Improvisation and composition theory: Special addition of this year's workshop is Improvisation theory, composition, and sound art program, led by New York based mentors. A progressive tenor saxophonist and composer, Igor's music represents a unique melt of jazz, eastern european music and classical music. He has performed with jazz legends including Reggie Workman, John Abercrombie, Chico Hamilton. In New York he trained with some of the world's finest musicians-George Garzone, Reggie Workman, Buster Williams, Chico Hamilton, Billy Harper... His band Innertextures represents his passion for the music to journey to new and daring places. He is supported by bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Nasheet Waits. In addition to his work as a performer, he has an active career as an educator, having taught master classes and improvisation lessons throughout Europe and the United States.