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Zenon ZadravecBy Zenon Zadravec
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Zenon ZadravecBy Zenon Zadravec
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CA$ 2,072
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About

Hi, my name Zen Zadravec.  I am a jazz pianist, composer and educator. I’m recording a brand-new CD in February 2019. 

This will be my third CD as a band leader. The first was a jazz fusion project, the second CD Coming of Age was straight ahead jazz, and this project is titled Human Revolution. 

Here, I will be a continuing of my acoustic jazz endeavors.  However, this CD will be different from from my previous projects. I am now exploring odd time signatures as a major component in my composing. There is an original composition called Live! that is in 7/4 time and another titled Do or Do Not, there is no Try which has a time signature of 15/8, 7/8 time, and back to 15/8. I am also incorporating voice as a melodic device. There are no words, this also known as vocalese. The inspiration for doing this came from listening to Chick Corea and Bobby McFerrin collaborate. 

My quintet's sound is influenced by Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Kenny Barron, and Branford Marsalis.  The ensemble's repertoire are mostly original compositions, but we also play jazz standards with fresh arrangements. 

My quintet is versatile, creative, energetic, and dynamic. We are constantly experimenting and refining our

sound.  The last CD Coming of Age that I released did extremely well nationally and internationally on the Jazz Week charts.  

I am now excited to record my new project Human Revolution at The Canterbury Music Company in Toronto, Canada.

I have composed and arranged 10 new compositions for this group and am excited to work with this amazing cast of musicians.

Zen Zadravec Quintet:

Zen Zadravec: Piano
 Todd Bashore: Alto/Soprano Saxes
 Derrick Gardner: Trumpet/Fluegel Horn
 Dylan Bell: Voice
 Kenny Davis: Bass
 Mark Whitfield Jr.: Drums

WHO:

Zen Zadravec, Jazz pianist, is a musical chameleon. Whether it is Jazz, R&B, Funk, Rock, or Pop, he plays each with a freshness and confidence rarely found in someone so young. Born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1974, Zadravec studied classical piano from the age of five. At eleven he began the saxophone and the flute. Hearing Miles Davis transformed his life and influenced his decision to become a Jazz musician. In 1992, Zadravec attended York University's Jazz Program (Toronto, Canada), and in 1997 he graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts. During his time at York, he was also the recipient of two Oscar Peterson Awards for excellence as a Jazz pianist. In 2000, he earned a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance at Rutgers University. Zadravec also has studied with some of the biggest names in Jazz such as: Kenny Barron, Don Thompson, John Gittens, Vic Juris, Ted Dunbar, and Ralph Bowen. 

Versatile, creative, energetic, and dynamic, Zen is constantly experimenting and refining his sound and musical conception through concerts, recordings and education. A natural innovator and leader, he runs two of his own bands: the Zen Zadravec Quartet (straight ahead Jazz), and Human Revolution (Jazz Fusion). Zadravec is also very much in demand as a side man in straight ahead Jazz, Fusion, and Funk and has performed or recorded with: Kenny Davis, Don Braden, Steve Turre, Onaje-Allan Gumbs, Ralph Bowen, Derrick Gardner, Sean Jones, Conrad Herwig, Eliot Zigmund, Phoenix Rivera, Freddie Hendrix, Don Thompson, Barry Elmes, Mike Murley, Lorne Lofsky, Charles Fambrough, Valery Ponomarev, Dave Watson, Darryl Dixon, Darlene Love, Sally Kellerman, Connie Francis, Bob Newhart, Gloria Gaynor, Joan Rivers among others. Zen has performed on the WHOOPI GOLDBERG radio show on WKTU in New York, THE TODAY SHOW with GLORIA GAYNOR on NBC with Kathie-Lee Gifford hosting, the Wendy Williams Show with dancer Maxim Smerkovskiy of DANCING WITH THE STARS on FOX 5 New York and has released a debut CD with his quartet entitled “COMING OF AGE”.

With this release, the Zen Zadravec Quartet has turned heads and excited audiences in the Jazz world.

He is now poised to record a new release: Human Revolution.

WHAT:

I want to record my 3rd CD, Human Revolution.
 I have 10 original compositions to record. 

WHEN:

We're looking to record Human Revolution in February 2019, with your help!

WHERE:

I plan to record for 1day, 10-hour block, at The Canterbury Music Company in Toronto, Canada. After recording, I will need to do post-production: (editing, mixing and mastering of all the tracks) before finally compiling a master CD to send for manufacturing, along with artwork for the CD packaging with Disc Makers.

WHY:

I am excited to record this CD because I believe it is my mission to touch people with my music. And I want my musical voice to be heard. We live today in a climate of division and hate. We need to focus again as a society that fosters: culture, education, happiness, unity, and peace. I believe, that can be achieved through Music. 

YOU:

In order to complete this project, I will be hiring musicians and a recording engineer and studio, to mix and master the tracks. I will also need to hire a photographer/videographer and graphic artist to put my CD package together, and to cover manufacturing costs in order to press 1,000 copies. Lastly, I will need a publicist to help promote to CD.

I am looking to you, my fans and future fans to help fund this amazing new CD project and support my determination to create a world class CD that will touch people’s hearts and help foster happiness. 

There is no limit for your gracious giving, and the more you give, the more you get in return depending on the package you choose from the list on the right of this page. In return for your gracious support I will be offering: wonderful experiences, opportunities to see the progression of the project, gifts, and even acknowledgment of support on the liner notes. 

I look forward to collaborating with you!

Thanks for your support!

Zen Zadravec

Kenny Barron, Jazz Pianist (NEW YORK, USA) writes: “Mr. Zadravec is not only a first-rate pianist, but also a first-rate composer, and arranger with a wide creative palette. His playing is muscular and filled with a sense of adventure. His writing is full of interesting harmonic surprises and textures. I believe this first recording by Zen Zadravec says that there will be many more recordings with even more surprises!!!”

Don Thompson, Jazz Pianist, Bassist, and Vibraphonist (TORONTO, CANADA) writes:

"This is some very interesting and exciting music played by a group of great musicians. Zen is clearly a serious talent!!!"

Edward Blanco, All About Jazz (MIAMI, USA) writes: “Once in a while you come across a young, new artist who presents an exciting new sound that few words one can say about the music seem inadequate. Such is the case with Canadian-born pianist Zen Zadravec, his quartet and his first effort. There's no question that Zen Zadravec comes of age on this impressive and compelling debut. The music you will encounter on

Coming of Age reveals the remarkable talents of an artist whose performance and compositions have forged a gem of an album!”

Website: www.zenzadravec.com

Risks and challenges

The risk that exists, is that if the financial goal that is set is not met, the CD will not be completed in a timely fashion.

I will then have to seek other means to complete the project and it will be completed.

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