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

…..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.
by kurt gottschalk


actual CD: Z-Country Paradise


Two (Lyrics by Charles Simic) 

My Little Lovelies (Lyrics by Arthur Rimbaud) 


Season in Hell (Lyrics by Arthur Rimbaud) 

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


upcoming concerts:

when where
9.12.2016 20:00h http://gratkowski.com/wordpress/appearances/ Kesselhaus Kulturbrauerei, Knaackstraße 97
Z-Country Paradise in Berlin, DE
10.12.2016 20:00h http://gratkowski.com/wordpress/appearances/ Domicil, Hansastr. 7-11
Z-Country Paradise in Dortmund, DE
11.12.2016 20:30h http://gratkowski.com/wordpress/appearances/ Loft, Wissmannstr. 30
Z-Country Paradise in Köln, DE
12.12.2016 21:00h http://gratkowski.com/wordpress/appearances/ Café Wilhelmina, Wilhelminaplein 6
Z-Country Paradise in Eindhoven, NL
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):



Live at Moers Festival 2015



Live at Golem Hamburg