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Invitation to jazz concerts

A Part of concert series with guests artists from Slovenia and best Israeli jazz musicians
Gasper Bertoncelj Group

Slovene jazz drummer Gasper Bertoncelj is once again inviting you to attend two very special concerts that he organizes in honor of two visiting artists from Slovenia: vocalist NINA STRNAD and alto saxophonist JAKA KOPAC.
Nina is a very talented vocalist and is well known to Slovene audiences from different music genres as she gets invited to participate in all biggest and superior events in Slovenia.  
Jaka comes from a line of great Slovene saxophonists of younger generation, active throughout Europe and also known as the musical director of Jazz festival DZJEZZ in Celje, Slovenia.
Gasper Bertoncelj is known for his ability to compose ensembles with musicians that work well together, feel and support each other and give out positive and swinging energies. This ensemble will be no different. 
The concerts are:
Oct. 5 @ Rothschild 12, Tel Aviv, 8 PM, no cover, limited seating. 03-510-6430

 Oct. 7 @ Beit Haamudim, Rambam 14, Tel Aviv, 9 PM, no cover  03-510-9228
The Band:Nina Strnad – vocal  (Slovenia)
Jaka Kopac – alto saxophone  (Slovenia)
Yoav Yinon – guitar  (Israel)
Simon Starr – bass  (Israel/Australia)
Gasper Bertoncelj – drums  (Israel/ Slovenia)

The two concerts will be very contrasting.The concert on October 5th will feature Nina Strnad on vocal and her choice of Slovene songs and American jazz standards – very emotional and pretty. The concert on October 7th will feature the Bop sounds of Jaka Kopac's saxophone – energetic and swinging with Nina's singing of course. On both concerts will also feature original compositions by the band members.
This concert series featuring Gasper Bertoncelj with visiting artists from Slovenia and  best musicians in Israel, is supported by The Slovene Embassy in Tel Aviv.     
NINA STRNAD is a young Slovenian vocalist from Ljubljana. She graduated from the city's Music and Ballet Secondary School, Department of Jazz and Popular Music under the mentorship of Nada Žgur and continued her schooling on prestigious New School for Jazz and Contemporary music in New York. An experienced performer in many musical genres, Nina is now recognized as one of Slovenia's most significant emerging jazz vocalists.
In 2009, she received the award for the best soloist at the 4th National gathering of Big Bands and Dance Orchestras. Same year she recorded a live album of jazz standards with Big Band DOM entitled “My Piran”, which was subsequently released by the Publishing and Record Label RTV Slovenia. In 2010, she represented Slovenia in the European Jazz Orchestra that toured throughout Europe and in 2012 she represented Slovenia on the Olympic games music festival in London. She carried out many tributes to the masters of Jazz including Shirley Horn, which was recorded live with symphonic orchestra and released in 2012.  Nina is currently performing in Slovenia and abroad.
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JAKA KOPAC is a Slovene alto saxophone player who despite his young age acquired recognition on the Jazz scene in Europe. He studied at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria and Sibelius Academy in Finland where he received the title Master of Arts. Frequent visits to New York exposed him to American musicians and their musical styles and habits. Jaka carries the traditions of Be-bop and Hard bop as well as Contemporary Jazz styles. His playing might be best presented on his debut album     

Gasper Bertoncelj is an internationally acclaimed drummer. Originally from Slovenia, he studied and performed in Austria and New York where he got his Master of Arts degree. He became known and sought after in Europe, U.S.A. and Israel, where he resides for the last three years with his swinging style and musical approach on the drum set. He also released three albums as a leader on Arabesque records (New York, 2008, 2012) and Goga Muzika (Slovenia, 2008).