Thursday, February 18, 2016

Slovenian jazz saxophonist Jan Kus releases his debut album "Faith"

Jan Kus - "Faith"
Jan Kus - "Faith"

Jan Kus Quartet’s CD release show for their debut album – Faith – produced by LeitmotivArts is taking place on February 23rd at New York City’s club Drom. The album is set for digital release February 17.

The quartet is led by the eclectic Slovenian-born, New York City-based saxophonist and composer Jan Kus, who has been performing steadily since 2014 in the NYC area, and internationally since 2007 (Europe, Puerto Rico, South Korea). Other members of the quartet include Dan Martínez (upright bass) and Joel Mateo (drums) from Puerto Rico, and Sean Fitzpatrick (piano) from Queens, NY.

Jan Kus Quartet
Jan Kus Quartet

Compositions on the album represent an original eclectic musical mixture that spans from Modern Jazz to Latin jazz and Soul with intricate musical landscapes full of exotic rhythms and sophisticated harmonies. Jan Kus seamlessly meshes his talents as a saxophonist, composer and arranger to create his original musical expression and modern sound.
Besides nine original compositions by Jan Kus and two pieces written by the group’s bassist, Dan Martínez, the album includes refreshing original arrangements of the jazz classic, “Rhythm a Ning” written by Thelonious Monk, and the mesmerizing movie soundtrack piece, “Just A Little Person” (heard in Charlie Kaufman’s New York: Synecdoche) written by Jon Brion.
The album features guest appearances by Grammy-award acclaimed jazz greats Antonio Hart and Alex Sipiagin, as well as future household names in various genres, spanning from modern jazz to Latin jazz, soul and hip hop Rafal Sarnecki, Carlos Maldonado, Žiga Murko, Mélanie JB Charles.
The album release show includes an exciting line up of special guests Jan Kus has pulled together exclusively for this performance, and enjoy live performances of the music from the album, as well as some new, never before presented material.
​ Talented Serbian vocalist and songwriter Aleksandra Denda​ will perform at the show.

For more information about the album release performance on February 23 at Drom visit the venue’s website here -

Jan Kus is an internationally recognized New York-based saxophonist and composer. Besides performing, recording and touring with some of today’s biggest names in jazz (Alex Sipiagin, Jason Palmer, Andy Hunter, Jimmy Heath, Chris Potter, David Binney, Linda Oh, Marko Djordjevic), he performs his original music on a steady basis throughout the Tri-State Area and Europe, as well as in Asia and the Carribean, as the leader of his group - Jan Kus Quartet. 

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