Rok Zalokar Trio – Port Songs | Villa For Forest
Rok Zalokar is a pianist & composer leading his award-winning trio, playing in avant-garde pop group Kukushai and is a half of hiphop/jazz/noise duo Millon Ear.
He is currently with one foot in Rotterdam(NL) and one foot in Ljubljana(SLO), being an active member in the music scene of both.
After only half a decade of being active on the European music scene, he has received critical acclaim for his work and has had high profile performances, while still maintaining a hands on “Do-it-yourself” approach to the entire body of his creative output. He graduated from jazz piano at Codarts academy, Rotterdam, where this trio came together. They were awarded with Erasmus Jazz prize and already performed at one of the biggest European jazz festivals North Sea Jazz.
Port Songs project was premiered at Jazz festival Ljubljana last year, afterwards trio went into the studio and an album is going to be released on November 29th on Modigo records.
Port Songs is a cycle of compositions, ports were common denominator in the period of it’s conceptions. There are those ports were composer lived – Rotterdam and Copenhagen, and the special port city where jazz music first came into being – New Orleans. Multicultural by nature, ports are providing a conceptual framework of influences, that include poems, Indian rhythms, choral singing… and all this serves as a starting point for daring improvisations.