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

 

current CD

 Z-Country Paradise

 

upcoming concerts

20.11.2021 Z-Country Paradise
20:00

Jelena Kuljic (SRB) voice
Frank Gratkowski (D) alto sax, bass clarinet
Kalle Kalima 
(FIN) guitar
Kenn Hartwig  (D) electric bass
Christian Marien (D) drums

YOKOCLUB Valentinskamp 47, 20354 Hamburg, DE

 

music

Two (Lyrics by Charles Simic) 

My Little Lovelies (Lyrics by Arthur Rimbaud) 

Success 

Season in Hell (Lyrics by Arthur Rimbaud) 

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

 

press pictures

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

 

videos

Live at Moers Festival 2015

 

 

Live at Golem Hamburg