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The live recording swings between conscious and subconscious thoughts.

Music Review: Zlatko Kaučič and the Cerkno Jubileum Orchestra – ‘Zvocni Sejalec’

Irregular rhythms and eccentric chord arrangements are recurring patterns throughout the live recording Zvocni Sejalec from Zlatko Kaučič‘s Cerkno Jubileum Orchestra. Notes have a dissonant-skew, grating against each other and producing friction along the scores as band members improvise their chord progressions. The tracks have an avant-garde leaning, traversing between the eerie and erratic in every stride.

Zlatko Kaučič and the Cerkno Jubileum Orchestra – ‘Zvocni Sejalec’Clusters of ghostly eruptions have a crazed tilt along “Bombarduon,” mirroring an automation going haywire. Melodic phrases are imperfect, scripted with an underlying nervousness in “Kekceva Pesem,” as main themes are intertwined with subliminal messages from Giorgio Pacorig’s Fender Rhodes in the undertow. Horns slice sharp toots and off-kilter tweets along “Srecko Lesica” as the curt clicking of the percussive beats provide the foundation for the liberally splayed improvisations.

Kaučič’s orchestra takes audiences on a wild adventure through chord patterns that aren’t often explored, treading on the subterranean side of the imagination. Tension and dissonance are constants in the tracks, as notes alternate between lobed arcs and retracted motion, flowing and ebbing sporadically. The randomness of the motifs displays the band’s ingenuity and proclivity for unchartered terrain and unconventional chord shifts.

Few melodic phrases are repeated exactly, as instruments etch movements that are meant to be performed once, ignited by an impetus sparked in the moment. When revisited, the pattern changes, as the former route is impossible to replicate. The live recording swings between conscious and subconscious thoughts. Musicians venture into the alter ego side of the scores, making for a sonic adventure that goes into the unknown and rarely explored.


Zlatko Kaučič – conductor, Vitja Balzalorsky – guitar, Marko Lasic – drums and percussion, Jost Drasler – double bass, Massimo de Mattia – flutes, Mimo Coliandro – bass clarinet, Luigi Vitale – vibraphone, Gabriele Cancelli – trumpet, Bostjan Simon – alto saxophone, Cene Resnik – tenor saxophone, Giovanni Maier – tenor saxophone, Vid Drasler – drums and percussion, Giorgio Pacorig – Fender Rhodes


“Paslus Bostjan,” “To Paul,” “Kozmicno Dozivetje,” “Bombarduon,” “Na Svoji Zemlji,” “Kekceva Pesem,” “Srecko Lesica”

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