Liburnia Jazz , which has been organizing multicultural project Jazz Ex Tempore for nine years, this year is making a big step ahead. The project, which is based on the concept of the World Jazz Fusion - a " collision " of different cultures and styles of music , with this year's edition returns to the source of such music. And if you wonder who is the father of world jazz fusion , the answer is only one - Joe Zawinul.

Joe Zawinul with the Weather Report and the Zawinul Syndicate was praised as founder of fusion, music that attracted young audiences and refused jazz purists. this year Jazz Ex Tempore has taken his Work as a guiding star.

Liburnia Jazz is particularly attached toJoe Zawinul, and Opatija's audience still recalls Liburnia Jazz Festival 2005th, when Syndicate played one of the best concerts ever. In addition, his son Erich Zawinul is an old friend of the Festival from it's very beginning.

The project involves musicians from the United States, India and France , all members of the Zawinul Legacy Band. They all are part of the finest selection of best musicians from Weather Report and Syndicate, who played with Zawinul at different times, therefore we have preserved the concept of "blind date", characteristic for the Jazz Ex Tempore project.

Jazz Ex Tempore has the honor of hosting Joe's personal protégée Scott Kinsey ( Tribal Tech , score composer for the "Ocean 11,12 and 13") , Mike Baker, (a longtime producer and drummer of Whitney Houston ) , Robert ( Bobby ) Thomas Jr. ( percussionist with Jaco Pastorius' band "Word of Mouth" ) , Hadrien Feraud ( bassist of Chick Corea , John McLaughlin, Birelli Lagrene ) , and Katisse Buckingham ( virtuoso flute / sax player) .

Especially for this occasion , Zawinul Legacy Band will also play Croatian traditional songs along with Elvis Stanic and Alba Nacinovich .

As every year visiting musicians will hold workshops, an open jazz talks on life and work of Joe Zawinul , as well as their own musical journeys and their personal experiences .

Workshops (3rd and 4th of November) will take place in Opatija, Villa Antonio from 20.00h, and the Final Concert -crown of this year's project - will take place on 5th November, in the "Golden Hall" of the Hotel Imperial , starting at 21.00 h .

Tickets for the final concert can be purchased at the Festival Opatija and Dallas Music Shop , and at the entrance, an hour before the concert , priced at 70.00KN, while participating in the workshops is open for all public and completely free.

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