Album design for Rok Zalokar – Spaces VIII

Oblikovanje albuma Rok Zalokar – Spaces VIII  



Album design for Rok Zalokar – Spaces VIII

Rok Zalokar, pianist, keyboardist, improviser & composer, is one of the main representatives of the younger generation of the Slovenian jazz scene. His artistic journey & vision encompasses many shapes and forms of musical expressions, profound solo & group explorations and electronic & acoustic connections. His ability to seemlessly fuse various genres & influences is enabling him to endlessly evolve his own musical thoughts & ideas, guiding himself - and the listener - even deeper into the uncharted and unexplored territories of musical art form.

Not far away from Bistrica ob Sotli, five sacral shrines whose history extends back thousand and more years, are situated at the top of the Holy Mountains hill. The largest shrine, Church of Mary from 17th century, houses one of the oldest pipe organs in Slovenia. Their specific character lends itself to inventivness in sounds, varieties of approaches and deep harmonies that linger in church night-time serenity.

‘Spaces’ are series of live recordings, capturing synergy between a performer & place, following simple guideline of »One performer, one instrument, one space.« We strive to record and capture environments that are in one way or another isolated, hidden or forgotten from the outside world - and yet much part of it.

Recordings are done fully live, usually in one go, with no audience. One stereo microphone is capturing ambience from a standpoint of listener, while couple of microphones are listening to the performer upclose. We use field audio recorders instead of computer and do as little post-production as possible.

Rok Zalokar - Pipe Organ from the 17th century
All music by Rok Zalokar


Oblikovanje albuma Rok Zalokar – Spaces VIII

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Jaka Teršek