Z-Country Paradise

Jelena Kuljic (SRB) voice

Frank Gratkowski (D) alto sax, bass clarinet

Kalle Kalima (FIN) guitar

Oliver Potratz (D) electric bass

Christian Marien (D) drums

moers:
…..But best-in-fest went easily to German saxophonist Frank Gratkowski’s entirely unexpected Z-Country Paradise. Gratkowski is rarely predictable but here shocked with a punk cabaret project borrowing lyrics from Arthur Rimbaud and other poets. The electric band included Finnish guitarist Kalle Kalima (his K-18 records on TUM are worth seeking out) and was fronted by the alluringly intense Serbian singer and actress Jelena Kuljić. While there were many enjoyable sets presented, Z-Country was the only group that didn’t make its bed in the first few minutes. They weren’t content to set up a single environment and stay there. And especially when playing for an audience that, in large part, is seeing five or more sets a day, such change is good.
THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD | JULY 2015
by kurt gottschalk

 

actual CD: Z-Country Paradise

music:

Two (Lyrics by Charles Simic) 

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My Little Lovelies (Lyrics by Arthur Rimbaud) 

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Success 

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Season in Hell (Lyrics by Arthur Rimbaud) 

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Recorded by Marco Birkner Mixed by Wolfgang Stach @ Maarwegstudio2 in Cologne

 

upcoming concerts:

when where
14.12.2016 20:00h http://gratkowski.com/wordpress/appearances/ Golem, Große Elbstraße 14
Z-Country Paradise in Hamburg, DE
16.12.2016 20:00h http://gratkowski.com/wordpress/appearances/ Musik Kultur St. Johann, Ledergasse 5
Z-Country Paradise in St. Johann in Tirol, AT

 

press pictures (B&W all by Oliver Potratz, color photo by Sven Thielmann):

 

video:

Live at Moers Festival 2015

 

 

Live at Golem Hamburg