Vlatko Stefanovski Trio
Vlatko Stefanovski was born in 1957 in Prilep, Macedonia in a theatrical family. He started playing the guitar at the age of 13. In his late teens he formed the group Leb i Sol which became one of the most important names in the music scene of former Yugoslavia. Leb i Sol released 14 albums and toured around the world. Since the mid-nineties Stefanovski has developed a successful solo career. He has recorded remarkable solo releases, like Cowboys & Indians, Sarajevo, Vlatko Stefanovski trio, Kula od karti, Thunder from the blue sky etc. The collaboration with Miroslav Tadić on the albums Krushevo, Treta majka, Live in Belgrade, and Live in Zagreb shed a new light on Vlatko’s acoustic guitar work, and his further exploration of the Macedonian traditional music. We are on the interesting crossroad between the East and the West. We have influences from the old Byzantine music, we have influences from the Ottoman times, and we also have influences from the classical music of Europe. And in recent times we have big influences of pop music and rock and jazz, said Stefanovski in an interview. In the last several years he has played and recorded all around the world with many top artists like Tommy Emmanuel, Stochelo Rosenberg, Gibonni, Jan Akkerman, Theodosii Spassov, Stefan Milenković, Kudsi Erguner, Bojan Z, Manu Katche, Toni Levin and many others. His recent work also includes music for films, theatre and ballet. Stefanovski is the author of the soundtracks for films such as Stole Popov’s Gipsy Magic, Yesim Ustaoglu’s Journey To The Sun, Mirjana Vukomanović’s Three summer days and Skyhook directed by Ljubiša Samardžić. Stefanovski is well known for his unique guitar technique and tone.