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Vanja Lisak Quartet Live

Geenger Records Geenger Records

BJP02 / GNGR057


10,00 €

Soft Winds 06:10


Musical magic bursting with joie de vivre 

Vanja Lisak was a well-known director of the Zagreb Festival, a member of the Croatian Radiotelevision Popular Orchestra (HRT) as well as an editor and producer for the HRT, pianist, composer, arranger and producer. After participating in several Zagreb jazz ensembles, Lisak decided to establish a quartet at the beginning of the 1980s that would perform in clubs and at jazz festivals. It has remained the best-known ensemble of Lisak’s career. Along with Lisak, the Quartet also included clarinet player Vladimir Bolčević, bass player Zvonimir Makar, who replaced Mladen Kos from the original lineup, and drummer Vladimir Vuković. Whoa, this was a spectacular foursome! Whenever I went to their gigs I knew I would be treated to a terrific jazz show – a real “swing party”. They always performed with big smiles on their faces and special fervor, as if there was nothing more important in the world at that moment. 

These recordings are an excellent example of the positive atmosphere in the Vanja Lisak Quartet. Their performances were always full of life and humor, joie de vivre, zest. They were exuberant, they swung, they moved. If you relaxed and enjoyed yourself, they would captivate you and take you to a world of musical magic, and you...  more


released December 21, 2017 

BJP02 / GNGR057 

Vanja Lisak - piano 
Vladimir Bolčević - clarinet 
Zvonimir Makar - bass 
Vladimir Vuković - drums 

tracks 1 – 5 recorded at Zagreb Jazz Fair, club Lapidarij, 11. October 1982 
Recording engineer: ing. Mladen Škalec 

tracks 6 - 10 recorded at Bled Jazz Festival, 21 June 1985 
Recording engineer: Matevž Plevnik 
Published with the kindness of ZkP RTV Slovenia. 

Production crew 2017: 
Vatroslav Mlinar - mastering 
Damil Kalogjera - photographs 
Boris Greiner - design 
Danijel Sikora (Geenger Records) - executive producer 
Berislav Janković (BJ Promotions) - editor and executive producer
Type Album
Released 2017
Genre Jazz, Swing
Publisher Geenger Records
Language English
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Geenger Records is an independent record label based in Zagreb (Croatia), and is a part of Citizens’ Association for Culture (GOKUL) from Zabok. The label was established in 2009 by experienced music enthusiasts and scene participants, some of which were also the founding members of Moonlee Records, a notable indie label based both in Croatia and Slovenia.

From the very beginnings of our work, we think of music publishing as the basic and most direct way to stimulate musical creativity in young artists, so we decided to promote good music which is, unfortunately, still unevenly represented in (or generally ignored by) Croatian mediasphere. The label is, regardless of all genre and regional constraints, in a constant search for bands which, given the quality of their music and the ideas they promote, differ from the average selection on the scene. We constantly collaborate with bands and individuals who actively participate in shaping of social climate, either by supporting various NGOs, or other social organizations with whose objectives they identify.

The musicians we work with are often present in all relevant music festivals throughout Croatia and region - InMusic, Terraneo and EXIT usually being recognized as the most famous ones. Thanks to the experience, dedicated work and cooperation with many domestic and foreign publishing agencies, promoters and clubs, Geenger Records eventually became a sort of starting point for some of the best young Croatian bands.

In Croatia, besides Geenger Records, our sister label Moonlee Records and a handful of individuals, such initiatives are basically still nonexistent, so we can safely say that we are, at the moment, one of the very few record labels / marketing agencies that are narrowly specialized in working with lesser known artists. We see our role in creating better conditions for young bands, so they may reach concert promotion, media coverage and wider audience more easily. By doing so, we help them achieve their full creative potential, while maintaining complete control over their autorship and every other aspect of their work.

Besides bringing together the most prominent names in Croatian alternative music, Geenger Records also collaborates with experienced designers who closely look after the presentation of the label, releases and promotional materials, thus maintaining high quality and uniform visual standard, with the aim of making Geenger Records a recognizable and credible name.

Geenger Records is, and will always remain, a brainchild of true music lovers who are dedicating their good will and spare time to help promote all those hard-working artists which deserve wider recognition.

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Vanja Lisak Quartet Live

Vanja Lisak Quartet Live