“Žiga is a “Muse-ician,” one who make magic with the muses. With his mind’s eye, he has the ability, to move faster than the speed of light, to capture moments in time and through his photographs, share those moments with the world. The camera in his hands, transforms shadow and light from the common place into truly extraordinary human experiences. He is an improviser, a chronicler of life in real time, a poet, a philosopher, a free spirit, a song in anticipation of being sung. These are the very disciplines which are the essence of my musical world.”
Joe McPhee (excerpt from the text, featured in the book)
- 376 pages printed in a combination of duotone and full color on Garda Premium Natural paper
- Sewn-bound in hardcover
- Printed in Slovenia- Size in cm: 25x30 (spine cca. 3.2) in one of best European printing houses Gorenjski Tisk
- Weight in kg: cca 2.6
- The book is practically ready for production!(some minor deviations are possible)
Everything started in 1986 at a Miles Davis concert in Belgrade.
I decided, then and there, I would explore the world of music and photograph its details. I also took a picture which appears on the cover of the Slovenian edition of Miles Davis’s autobiography.
“Cloud Arrangers” is the destination of my 33 years on the road as a music photographer. This book is for music, which is so important to me. But it is a book for the new generation, a shout out to everybody involved in music. We need to proceed on our mission, we need to continue with our work. We need to help the scene stay alive. “Cloud Arrangers” is the work of my lifetime.
It is also my first sole publication after “Jazzy-ga!”, a catalogue which accompanied my first international exhibition at the 1996 Saalfelden Jazz Festival in Austria, one of the most important festivals in Europe.
Now that 22 years have passed since I last published a book of music photography – the most recent eight of them spent on planning “Cloud Arrangers” – it is finally time to release my work into the open. On 376 pages, the book depicts almost all musical genres, from the mainstream all the way to free improvised music. Different genres of photography are also on display, from reportage-style catching-the-moment, both onstage and behind the scenes, to portraits of individuals or groups.
And here you can see few designed pages from the book:
The legends Mats Gustafsson, Joëlle Léandre, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, and John Kelman have all contributed forewords.
It was hell to make a selection out of a huge archive. In the end I decided on those images I felt were the most vibrating, which recalled unforgettable memories, or those in which I had managed to transfer the deepest feelings of the event. I didn't want to include any picture in which the people depicted would not have liked themselves. The book presents the work closest to me, my best pictures, mostly shot in black-and-white with a few exceptions in color. Some of the earliest photos are right from the beginning of my path – like the 1986 Miles Davis concert in Belgrade. I started out working with analog cameras and have only recently switched to digital. But I still take the occasional portrait with an analog 6x7 medium-format camera.
Most of the funds raised will be spent on actual ink and paper and the like. I also need to pay all the talented specialists involved in book production, from graphic designers to printers and binders and for production of rewards. The remainder will partly cover postage for sending copies of the book to all my backers.
-beginning of october, after campaign or immediately, after we get over the pledged amount, we finish design and start print preparations
-beginning or middle of november
- printing-beginning of december 2018, january 2019 - distributing
Mats Gustafsson (excerpt from the text, featured in the book):
“Thanks to artists like Žiga we have a chance to remember those crucial moments that are valid to us. In our music. In our art. In our life. Because he captured them. He was there. And his sense of timing is so unbelievably musical. Pure music. That I can say. Music in black and white. Black and white music. I love the details. The compositions. The form. The density. The flow. The energy. It is all there. Inside of the images. And yes … I can also put it simple: Žiga is for sure the most amazing, sensitive and creative photographer alive when it comes to capturing the moment of MUSIC. In MUSIC. When it is done. Live. Alive. When it is being created. When the instant NOW appears. BANG! Wam bam BANG – CLICK! CLICK! “
Ken Vandermark (excerpt from the text, featured in the book):
"Ziga's black & white images are unique for a variety of reasons. For one thing, he has the rare ability to take highly effective portraits which capture the different personalities of the musicians involved (for example, compare the photographs of Anthony Braxton, Han Bennink, Paul Lovens, and Joe McPhee; or how Ziga's timing reveals the different spirits of three drummers in his picture of Michael Zerang, Hamid Drake, and Tim Daisy- all happy to be together, all themselves). Ziga also takes highly effective performance and candid shots (for example, contrast the images of Muhal Richard Abrams, Kaja Draksler, Elvin Jones, Toshinori Kondo, and Akira Sakata). "
“He simply knows the body gestures, the lights and feelings, the risk taking an adventure, I think that he is an improviser who improvise in real time !! His camera in his hands becomes "Music".
Musicians appearing in the book (pictures were taken at 45 different festival and venues, 14 countries and 4 continents) - some small changes might appear:
Paul Lovens, Konono No.1, Timbales, Miles Davis, Tom Waits, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Melt Yourself Down, B.B.King, Buddy Guy, Balkan Beat Box, Hungry March Band, Sonny Simmons, Boubacar Traore, Oumou Sangare, Luc Ex, Terri Lynne Carrington, Carla Kihlstedt, Vernon Reid, Sabina Sciubba / Brazilian Girls, Andy Palacio, Stanley Clarke, Hugh Masakela, Sonny Rollins, Kent Kessler, Khaled, Matija Krečič, Gašper Banovec, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Charles Lloyd, Black Umfolosi, Rio Sidik, Orchestra Baobab, Remmy Ongala, Vieux Farka Toure, Mats Gustafsson, Marcus Miller, Pharoah Sanders, Don Byron, Ron Miles, Afrocubism, Rob Mazurek, Phil Minton, David S. Ware, Hamid Drake, Habib Koite, Marc Ribot, Mette Henriette, Powerhouse Sound, Akosh S., The Necks, Lloyd Swanton, Chris Abrahams, Bugge Wesseltoft, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, The Thing, Mette Rasmussen, Peter Evans, Mahmoud Ahmed, Gilberto Gil, Johannes Bauer, Otomo Yoshihide, Anthony Braxton, Ken Vandermark, Martin Küchen, Charlie Haden, Stefano Bollani, Trygve Seim, Jure Pukl, Wilbert De Joode, Jon Hassell, Elliott Sharp, Kenny Baron, Cecil Taylor, Gregory Porter, Ornette Coleman, Tony Falanga, Al McDowell, Peter Brötzmann, Barry Guy, John Corbett, Joe McPhee, Michale Zerang, Tim Daisy, Peter Brötzmann's Chicago Tentet, Sonore, Aurora Trio, Agusti Fernández, Ramón López, OffOnOff, Massimo Pupilo, Paal Nilssen – Love,Terrie Ex, DKV Trio, Tamaya Honda, Akira Sakata, Koichi Makigami,Michiyo Yagi, Angles 10, Matthias Stahl, Magnus Broo, Goran Kajfes, Alexander Zethson, Kjell Nordeson, Erik Hegdal, Andreas Werliin, Mats Äleklint, Johan Berthling, John McLaughlin, Tim Dahl, Bill Frisell, DJ Spooky, Dave Holland, Roscoe Mitchell, Sabir Mateen, Baaba Maal, Sofia Jernberg, Henry Grimes, Roy Campbell Jr., Reggie Workman, Arve Henriksen, Steven Bernstein, Han Bennink, Lenny White, Toshinori Kondo, Per Åke Holmlander, James Blood Ulmer, Muhal Richard Abrams, Lester Bowie, Avishai Cohen, Danilo Gallo, Staff Benda Bilili, Zim Ngqwana, Toumani Diabate, Kidd Jordan, Alexander Balanescu, Gianluigi Trovesi, Enzo Favata,Samo Šalamon, Vasko Atanasovski, Femi Kuti, Matthew Shipp, Rob Brown, Elvin Jones, Zlatko Kaučič, Arto Lindsay, Moreno Veloso, The Ex, Marylin Crispell, King Ayisoba, Ceramic Dog, Shazad Ismaily, Eszter Balint, Chess Smith, Kimmo Pohjonen, Graham Haynes, Dave Burrell, Darius Jones, Dave Rempis, Charles Gayle, Henry Threadgill, Wayne Shorter, John Pattitucci, Chick Corea, Tony Overwater, Thursten Moore, Darryl Jones, Ali Takase, Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Fred Van Hove, Christian Lillinger, Archie Shepp, Tito Puente, Joachim Kuhn, Butch Morris, A Filetta, Salif Keita, Evan Parker, Kaja Draksler, Keiji Haino, Michel Godard, Sainkho Namchylak, Susana Baca, Ron Carter, Steve Lacy, Billy Martin, Cesaria Evora, Jeb Bishop, Seun Anikalupo Kuti, Diane Reeves, Egberto Gismonti, Ebo Taylor, Le Sahel – Idrissa Diop, Takeo Moriyama, Gerry Hemingway, Raciel Torres, Mike Reed'S People & Things, Tim Haldeman, Jason Roebke, Mike Ward, Eric Harland, John Edwards, Mulatu Astatke, Benny Golson, Tumbarinos Di Gavoi, Trilok Gurtu, Jazz Passangers, Bradley Jones, Ennio Morricone, Marcin Wasilewski, Paolo Fresu, Ahmad Jamal, Joe Zawinul, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Mazen Kerbaj, Joëlle Léandre, Carlo Actis Dato, Stian Westerhuis, Nils Petter Molvaer, McCoy Tyner, Wadada Leo Smith, Roy Hargrove, Toto La Momposina, Waclaw Zimpel, Susana Santos Silva, Anna Högberg, Ira Coleman, Anthony Joseph, Mariza, Mary Oliver, The Young Mothers, Jawaad Taylor, Jonathan F. Horne, Jason Jackson, Francisco Rosaly, Sons of Kemet / Theon Cross & Shabaka Hutchings, Tumbarinos Di Gavoi / Mario Costeri, Gavino Buttu, Massimo Pira, Antonello Lunesu, Luigino Rocca, Pier Gavino Sedda, Efisio Ghisu, Giovanni Costeri,
Jan Granlie / Salt-peanuts.eu:
"When I first met Ziga, in Stavanger, Norway, at the Jazz Norway in a Nutshell, some years ago, I soon realized that I had got a new photograpic hero. And after that first meeting, I have been following him and his fantastic photos on the internet and on jazz festivals all around Europe, and even in Penang, Malaysia. I have watched him when he has been the festival photographer at a festival in Santa Teresa Di Galura, Sardinia, and when he has been crawling in front of a lot of different stages, trying to get the best photos. And every time his pictures are so beautiful. We have been on the same concerts, taking photos, but afterwards, when we look at the pictures, it looks like he has been to another, and much better concert than me! Because his pictures are pure magic!"
Book is designed by Marek Wajda, born July 5, 1956 in Kraków.
Polish freelance graphic designer based in Warsaw, graduated with honours from Henryk Tomaszewski’s Faculty of Graphic Arts’ master studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 1984.
In his work he is striving to combine the outstanding achievements of the Polish School of Posters (which is his professor’s legacy) with the experiences from a long-term professional cooperation with various publishing houses, cultural institutions, advertising agencies and international companies, such as student weekly ITD (which was in the eighties very important illustrated Polish publication including a lot of works of famous Polish photographers), SAD/Apple IMC Poland (as a specialist of graphic design) and BBDO Advertising Agency (where he also held an Art Director managing position).
Along his career path he has been involved in both commercial and independent projects, mostly focused on designing logos, book and book cover layouts, but also the exhibitions using photographs as a medium. He shows a keen interest in photography applying it in his professional work and as a leisure activity. This has resulted in multiple exhibitions in art galleries across Poland.
Lately, due to his life-long passion for music he has been mostly focusing on designing posters for various musical events and festivals, and music CDs/LPs cover layouts. Cooperation with NotTwo Records, Polnisches Institut Wien / Polish Institute in Vienna / Austria, and Warsaw music venue Pardon, To Tu resulted in last 11 years in more than 80 CDs/LPs cover layouts and nearly 200 posters for jazz and improvised music events of musicians such as Ken Vandermark, Peter Brötzmann, Charles Gayle, Joe McPhee, Evan Parker, Alexander von Schlippenbach, William Parker, Hamid Drake, Mats Gustafsson, Dave Rempis, Peter Evans, Marc Ribot, Paal Nilssen-Love, Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten, Mikołaj Trzaska, Michael Gira, Thurston Moore, KONONO No 2, Ebo Taylor, and many, many others.
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges when publishing a photo book include the possibility of delay, however my collaborators are very experienced at dealing with the production and printing challenges involved in making exceptional photography books. If this campaign is successful, I will do everything possible to make sure the book is published and shipped by the end of January 2019. Everybody involved is informed about my plans, waiting for the green light, to go on with the work.
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