The Thies-Krajacic Project: Spontaneous Inventions
March 24, 2012

In a performance of passionate music that blends Classical, Jazz, and Eastern European sounds, the Thies-Krajacic Project (TKP) invites to the stage the incredible bassist Mike Valerio and drummer Steve Schaeffer to bring a new dimension of creativity and color to the music.

Pianist Robert Thies and Croatian flutist Damjan Krajacic, from quite different backgrounds, came together to find a common language to express a wealth of beauty without imposing any limitations on creativity, expression or style. The result is a friendly collaboration: a wonderful alloy of the world’s musical traditions, with a result that is not only pleasant, but refreshing, heartfelt and hopeful. Thies, a world-class pianist and winner of the prestigious Prokofiev piano competition, and Krajacic, a Croatian flutist versed in Latin/Brazilian/Cuban and ethnic music, create sounds which embrace our diverse musical heritage without being dogmatic. They point to a new era of true artistic collaboration across genres and styles, perhaps helping to pave the road towards a new way of capturing the human condition of our times. 

This performance begins at 8pm. 

Passionate music that blends Classical, Jazz, and Eastern European sounds
In a performance of passionate music that blends Classical, Jazz, and Eastern European sounds, the Thies-Krajacic Project (TKP) for this performance invites to the stage a bassist and drummer to bring a new dimension of creativity to the music.
Pianist Robert Thies and Croatian flutist Damjan Krajacic, from quite different backgrounds, came together to find a common language to express a wealth of beauty without imposing any limitations on creativity, expression or style. The result is a friendly collaboration: a wonderful alloy of the world’s musical traditions, with a result that is not only pleasant, but refreshing, heartfelt and hopeful. Thies, a world-class pianist and winner of the prestigious Prokofiev piano competition, and Krajacic, a Croatian flutist versed in Latin/Brazilian/Cuban and ethnic music, create sounds which embrace our diverse musical heritage without being dogmatic. They point to a new era of true artistic collaboration across genres and styles, perhaps helping to pave the road towards a new way of capturing the human condition of our times. 
The refinement and sensitivity of the music draws from the depth of many hundreds of years of classical heritage, while the improvisations point at the great tradition of Jazz and ethnic expression. “Both Thies and Krajacic are orchestrators onstage, and one can’t believe the different colors and textures Krajacic can achieve on this traditionally classical instrument.

Damjan Krajacic, flute

Robert Thies, piano

Michael Valerio, bass

Steven Schaeffer, drums

The refinement and sensitivity of the music draws from the depth of many hundreds of years of classical heritage, while the improvisations point at the great tradition of Jazz and ethnic expression. “Both Thies and Krajacic are orchestrators onstage, and one can’t believe the different colors and textures Krajacic can achieve on this traditionally classical instrument.”

A pianist of “unerring, warm-toned refinement, revealing judicious glimmers of power,” [Los Angeles Times] Robert Edward Thies (pronounced "Theece") is an artist renowned for his consummate musicianship and poetic temperament. He first captured worldwide attention in 1995 when he won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. With this victory, Thies became the only American pianist to win a Russian piano competition since Van Cliburn's triumph in Moscow in 1958. Thies enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He has already performed 40 different concerti with orchestras all over the world, including the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Auckland Philharmonia (New Zealand), the Mexico City Philharmonic, Mexico’s National Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Pasadena Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Naples Philharmonic. He frequently shares the stage with members of the LA Philharmonic and the LA Chamber Orchestra. Over the past decade he founded the Thies Piano Quartet, the Pantoum Trio, and most recently, the Thies Consort, a unique ensemble which presents thematic programs of varying instrumentation and color.

Composer and flutist Damjan Krajacic is an artist characterized by a unique sound in his work that reflects a blend of styles and a naturally rhythmic yet lyrical performance.  A native of Zagreb, Croatia, Damjan holds a Master of Music degree from the California State University Los Angeles in Afro-Latin Music.  He studied Charanga, Jazz, Brazillian and Classical flute with the world-renowned flutist Danilo Lozano in addition to studying Jazz flute with the award-winning flutist and composer James Newton.  He has performed and/ or recored with such renowned artists as Barbara Morrison,Claudia Acuna, Poncho Sanchez, Coky Garcia, Joey De Leon, Serge Kasimoff, Rigoberto Lopez, Robert Thies, Matija Dedic, Raul De Castro, and Eldad Tarmu, among others. Damjan's most recent of three releases "Glide" speaks, swings and gooves.  It is Damjan's most ambitious project to date with carefully selected compostitions and thoughtful arrangements.  

 

 

 

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