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PSYCHAUDIO is a music collective based in New York City, determined to break the conventional barriers of how music is created. The band, led by Martin Seiler and Omercan Sakar, grew out of the legendary Nublu, NYC’s forefront music venue for innovative music. The weekly late night sessions over the last few year have been curated by Omer, Martin and the band. This extraordinary band consists of Caleb McMahon (trumpet/electronics) Eva Lawitts (bass) and Vladan (keys). Along with these great musicians, Martin Seiler (sax/electronics) and Omercan Sakar (drums/electronics) grew into what became to be Psychaudio. Playing original compositions, the band attempts every night to go a little further out from the conventional comfort zone, and explore what is possible as a band in musical tight rope artistry.
NEW ALBUM: PSYCHAUDIO CONNECT
NEW ALBUM: V3 Folk Legacy
V3 is an exciting and innovative new Serbian-American, Jazz-Folk Trio based in New York City. Led by Vladan Mijatovic on piano, together with Berklee College of Music graduates Milos Branisavljevic on drums and Akos Forgacs on bass, they are bringing a fresh, alternative sound to a diverse and demanding music scene.
In a clear, original format V3 traverses boundaries of traditional Eastern European music, specifically Balkan folk melodies, blending the varied, uneven rhythms and colorful lyricism of beloved folk tunes with the sharp, cutting edge sounds of contemporary jazz. The atypical approach of V3 brings a unique perspective to today’s music.
Being brought up at that part of the world, where music is ornamental, melodious and vastly colorful, man is often bestowed with the unique skills and unconventional abilities in music.
Vladan Mijatovic and Milos Branisavljevic have composed several tracks blending native Balkan flavors with current influences. Their debut album, Folk Legacy, features several covers such as “Biljana,” an old traditional Macedonian song, as well as “Night in Tunisia,” the famous jazz standard composed by the legendary Dizzy Gillespie. The featured artists on Folk Legacy include special guest, Ismail Lumanovski, virtuoso on clarinet, and are among today's most accomplished Eastern European musicians. Their inventive compositions are a testament to the creative impetus that is leading the way to new frontiers in “World Music”.
V3 brings a welcome new sound and an authentic, global sensibility to the contemporary musical landscape.
Sascha Thieltges - "Heart Of Steel"
This is the first solo record of German guitar player Sascha Thieltges.
It contains 11 songs of instrumental rock music – inspired by Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, Nuno Bettencourt, Paul Gilbert & Zakk Wylde.
The album features his brother - Daniel Thieltges - on drums and serbian pianist Vladan Mijatovic on piano & keys.
"The title track comes up with a true keyboard/guitar trade-off. In this case, Vladan Mijatovic, who is one of the most renowned young artists on his instrument and has already performed in the distinguished Carnegie Hall, proves his dexterity."
Click "more" to read the whole review in German.
SOLO PIANO ALBUM: ORNAMENTS
Vladan's Debut Album
Coming from Balkans, his music is influenced by the temperament of that area and shaped of many uneven beats and musical ornaments, embellishments that serve to decorate the melody. All of that is designed with modern music character, which makes his music dictionary very different and unique. VLADAN survived two wars back home, and there is lot’s of pain and sadness in his music but more than that, there is happiness, enlightenment, hopefulness and joy.
THE NEW TRIO: NEPTUNE
Featuring Grammy Award Winner Robby Ammen, Burga Balci and Vladan Mijatovic
Grammy winner, drummer Robby Ammen, well-known Turkish-American composer and author of the “Virtuoso Series” books, Bugra Balci, and Vladan Mijatovic have joined together as a trio under the name “Neptune”. Recent recording sessions in New York City, feature the song titled "Paranoid" which is pieced together from a few different musical elements. Apart from the fact that all three are esteemed musicians, Robby brings a Latin and Hip-Hop rhythmical facilities, Bugra contributes a harmonic approach with substantial knowledge of classical music, and Vladan paints with his contemporary approach and unique sound of the East Europe - the Balkans. This is a combination of the three different energies, three different cultures, and three different musical backgrounds merged into one entirely new sound called “Neptune.”
ROLI RISE: THE FUTURE OF THE KEYBOARDS
Vladan Mijatovic endorsed by the futuristic keyboard
Vladan Mijatovic recently got endorsed from the British Seaboard manufacture Roli. Seaboard RISE 25 is a multi-award-winning, next-generation MIDI controller that gives you unlimited control of sound. A soft, continuous, touch-responsive surface replaces the keys of a traditional keyboard. With expression at your fingertips, a new way of making music is on the RISE.
YAMAHA MONTAGE PRESENTATION
Vladan reviews Yamaha's flagship keyboard "MONTAGE"
The Montage is the latest Yamaha's flagship synthesizer and it is extremely powerful and packed with the beautiful new sounds. Vladan uses his abilities and versatility to demonstrate some of these sounds. Please take a look at the video "above" and learn more about the Yamaha Montage.
V3 AT THE NUBLU JAZZ FESTIVAL
The Nublu Jazz Club is a club in New York's East Village. Nublu is the creation not of a showbiz impresario but of a saxophonist and keyboard player, Ilhan Ersahin, and reflects his cosmopolitan background and approach to music. Its name is meant to evoke forward-looking music in a blues framework, but the programming philosophy obviously goes way beyond that. Click "more" to read the club review in the New York Times. in 2016, Vladan led the V3 at the yearly Nublu Jazz festival.
Special thanks to the Nublu Team and to this awesome
Jan Kus - Tenor Saxophone
Akos Forgacs - Bass
Omercan Sakar - Drums
PROJECT: FOLK MEETS JAZZ
Vladan Mijatovic, Giorgi Mahoshvili, Nevyan Lenkov and Anastasia Volokitina
VLADAN’s most favorite band formation over the years has been as a trio. Starting in 2009, presented by LOFT music, his trio began performing concerts with the concept of “FOLK MEETS JAZZ”. VLADAN’s musical background has always drawn him to combine music from Eastern Europe with modern Jazz and Classical music and to find a distinguishable fusion between them. With a combination of traditional music from the Balkans alongside a singular technique of playing – building ornaments and poly-rhythmic beats, dynamic and at the same time with a sensitive spirit.
Works for Motion Pictures, Television and Games
VLADAN has a huge interest and love for writing music for the motion pictures. He has been featured couple of times in various television specials and made appearances on National Public Radio (NPR). He has also composed an original soundtrack for the Serbian film, Ibar Voda, which has not been released yet. In a cooperation with the STUDIO “TON” wide specter of the first class (on call) instrumentalist and access to the enormous collection of virtual instruments, Vladan and his team are capable of composing, arranging and recording any kind of music for the motion picture, television shows, short documentaries, advertising videos, and video games.
Featuring Vladan's sister VANJA
VLADAN comes from a musical family; after his grandfather who played trumpet and his father who is a respectful musician, VLADAN’s sister, VANJA Mijatovic also became a successful singer. VANJA is presented by the biggest music production house in Eastern Europe, Grand Production. VANJA & VLADAN often work together, having performed from early childhood, composing and writing new music for each other as well as for other popular Serbian artists of this particular genre. They continue to support and embrace each other through music.
PIANO AND ACCORDION
Vladan Mijatovic & Aleksandar Sofronijevic
The music of the Balkans is truly unique – rhythmical, temperamental and played with many “unusual” ornaments. As accordion is very popular instrument in Serbia, VLADAN decided to compose and rearrange a number of traditional songs for Piano and Accordion.The project started as a duette teaming up with the Serbian Accordion player Aleksandar Sofronijevic and then later on expanded to a quartet, when Gio Makoschvili (Double Bass) and Nevyan Lenkov (Drums/Percussion) joined the band.
KEYS AND DRUMS
Spontaneous studio session introduces drumming virtuoso, Aleksandar Colovic, to the world. Aleksandar’s flawless technique, crystal clean drumming acrobatics and vibrant musical energy alongside VLADAN’s approach to the synthesizer as it’s own instrument (rather than an electric piano), inspired them to make a spontaneous and unplanned studio jam session at STUDIO “TON”. The most interesting track is “Impressions” – blisteringly fast with jaw-dropping solos by both artists, VLADAN’s furious fingerings are matched note-for-note by Aleksandar’s creativity.
VLADAN has worked as a Studio/Recording Artist for a several major studios around the world. For more than a decade, VLADAN has collaborated with other musicians and has recorded over one hundred songs for artists from USA, Germany, Japan, Serbia, Spain, France, Sweden, Austria, among others. VLADAN’s work has expanded the Jazz genre, having recorded with the National Serbian Orchestra, various Pop artists, Serbian Folk Stars and many others. Feel free to contact Vladan if you need the piano or keyboards on your next song.
Vladan has been a part of Westchester Home Music for over four years. Our goal is to nurture a deep connection to music, while developing artistry and providing a solid technical base. Click "more" to visit WHM homepage. In between spending time teaching for WHM and on the road performing, Vladan is also available for the private (one-on-one) advanced instruction. If you are interested in pursuing private instructions in-person or via Skype, he would be happy to discuss your musical growth and help you to achieve your individual goals. Please contact:
"In the end, making music, any kind of music, is all about the performer connecting with his or her audience. This, Vladan does without question; his playing opens his heart to ours".
(Budd Kompan, All About Jazz)
"Vladan also recognizes the splendor and happiness that beautiful music can provide and to that end, he leaves a bit of his soul on the keys as he performs the music of this album".
(Edward Blanco, All About Jazz)
"His music mixes classical sensibility with Balkan folk music coupled with improvisation, making him end up sounding like a modern Balkan Chopin merged with Oscar Peterson.".
(Budd Kopman, All About Jazz)