Stowell and Čepak have been collaborating for last 7 years. Through collaboration they discovered and developed original sound and musical style. Their first collaborative record titled "Ghost in the Corner" has been released in November 2019.
Swingatan is an acoustic swing quintet, consisting of the violin, two guitars, accordion and a double bass. They perform their own music, stylishly close to swing and bossa nova, rhythms characteristic of the 1930s and 1940s and the new gipsy jazz standards reminiscent of guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. Much of Swingatan composing is closer to music inspired by violinist Stuff Smith and with the extra accordion parts added their music sounds refreshingly new on the market. The repertoire consists from classic swinging dance tunes to ballads and classical etudes including virtuoso themes all fired up with the ruthless swinging rhythm'n'drive. Swingatan is permanent and regularly ongoing venture, the crowning glory of which was the release this year of their first album "Swingin' Heaven".
Peter Ugrin (violin) Marko Čepak Maki (guitar) Marko Mozetič Mozo (guitar) Zmago Štih (accordion) Nikola Matošič (double bass)
The story of Artbeaters began in January 2011, when Ugrin returned from his studies in New York and was invited to already established rhythm section who was searching for a front man. After the first months of intense rehearsals, the group reached a new level of their comprehensive and unique sound image. In January 2013 their first album “Garden of Adventure” was launched and positively reviewed by international jazz critics followed by many successful concerts. Čepak joined the group in September 2015, when they have merged into a new, expanded Quintet for the new album "Life Compass On!". The group now consists of five Slovenian jazz musicians. In 2017 Artbeaters performed "Life Compass On!" live on International Jazz Day. Concert was widely broadcasted on many European Jazz Radios which collaborated in International Jazz Day network. Artbeaters were one of the few chosen jazz bands to represent Slovenia at 2017 European Jazz Conference. For a special occasion "Life Compass On!" was arranged for Artbeaters and national RTV BigBand and performed LIVE in 2017.
NEW ALBUM COMING IN JUNE 2020!
Peter Ugrin (violin) leš Ogrin (piano) Marko Čepak Maki (guitar) Ilj Pušnik (bass) Janez Gabrič (drums)