Ratko Zjaca studied in Rotterdam and New York and since then constantly enriched his experience with appearances and recordings as a sideman and leader. Being known as a relentless individualist he continuously expands his guitar’s vocabulary within today’s world of music. Zjaca received the Award in authorship, artistic creation in jazz music by the Croation Composer’s Society in May 2019.
“Nocturnal Four” is the touring project of Zjaca’s and Bedetti’s new album “Life on Earth”, recorded with Antonio Sanchez on drums and bringing together a collection of the best original compositions of the two leaders. “Life on Earth” has been released in March 2018 on IN+OUT Records, Germany.
“I listened and really enjoyed this album. The collaboration of these four artists is brilliant and extremely well played. They are all musicians of the highest caliber.” – Lenny White about “Life on Earth”
It is the second collaboration of Ratko Zjaca and Stefano Bedetti. Their first common album “Don’t Try This Anywhere” (IN+OUT Records) won the Orpheus Award 2016 for the best Italian production of 2015 in the jazz field. Being dedicated to Randy Brecker’s brother Michael, this is an important statement:
“My brother Mike thrived on originality, everything about him was different. He would have loved this CD which oozes originality and interaction at the highest level. These great musicians know how to LISTEN… this is just a stupendous effort… I really enjoyed it too!” – Randy Brecker
"Life on Earth" album promo video:
Summer (only few left) and October 18 – November 4, 2018
Line-up NOCTURNAL FOUR
Ratko Zjaca (guitar, lead) • Stefano Bedetti (sax) • Renato Chicco (B3 organ) • Marco Frattini (drums)