3rd concert from the cycle Milko Lazar & Matjaž Drevenšek with Guests at the Ljubljana Castle 2015

In the music world today, we encounter composers and performers who follow very different creative paths; some are narrowly profiled, almost subspecialised, while others establish their creative space extremely broadly. Amongst the latter, we find the creators of the programme of five concerts at the Ljubljana Castle – Milko Lazar and Matjaž Drevenšek. Although they took “their” instruments as the point of departure – the saxophone, the piano and the harpsichord – they will, in the course of the five evenings, create a kaleidoscope of compositions across various periods and styles with the help of internationally acclaimed colleagues and friends (Zlatko Kaučič, the SOS Saxophone Orchestra, Marko Hatlak, the Zagreb Saxophone Quartet, Vasilij  Meljnikov, Nino de Gleria, Brane Zorman and others). We will witness an apparent confrontation of the old and the new (J. S. Bach – Aldo Kumar and Milko Lazar), as well as unusual combinations of instruments (accordion, saxophone, harpsichord) and genres (ethno and minimalism, acoustic and electronic instruments, etc.). On this musical journey, we will discover both music and ourselves. As Milko Lazar put it: “Deep down, every person is ethno. When we learn the rules of life and how to engage with it we largely forget about that ancient core within us. But whoever sets out anew, with honest intentions, on this long and unpredictable search, is bound to rediscover the hidden core within, finding oneself in the process.”

“From Baroque to Contemporary Art Music”

Milko Lazar (harpsichord) and Matjaž Drevenšek (saxophones), guest Luka Juhart (accordion)
An encounter between one of the oldest (harpsichord) and one of the youngest (saxophone) European instruments through the works of J. S. Bach and two contemporary Slovenian composers (A. Kumar, M. Lazar). 

The meeting of two old friends will be a meeting of a new ensemble – an exclusive and unusual combination of instruments: the historical harpsichord and contemporary saxophones.

I am often asked”, says Milko, “which instrument is my favourite. I don’t have an answer to this question, as I care more about the musician’s expression than which instrument he or she is playing. However, there are two instruments that have always held a special attraction for me due to their penetrating and actually very similar sounds. They are the harpsichord and the soprano saxophone, for which I have written a new work.

If you asked me which saxophone is my favourite I would have to say it is the baritone, because its sound best reflects my character – to be the foundation. But on this occasion, to please Milko, I will play mostly the soprano saxophone,” adds Matjaž.

To achieve an even more unusual sonority, the two musicians have invited as a guest an accordion player, whose instrument, with its reeds and keys, will function as a linking element.

Admission: 10,00 €, 7,00 €* students, pensioners, groups of more than 15 people
Ticket sales: The Info Centre at the Ljubljana Castle, the lower funicular station, www.ljubljanskigrad.si and all www.mojekarte.si sales points (including Petrol service stations and Kompas branch offices around Slovenia).

To attend the event we recommend that visitors use the funicular railway. Visitors to the concert cycle are eligible to purchase a return ticket for the funicular railway at a reduced fare.

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