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 for Zjaca’s and Bedetti’s new album “Light in the World”, recorded with John Riley on drums and bringing together a collection of new original compositions . “Light in the World” has been released in May 2020 on IN+OUT Records, Germany.
A first nice review can be found here.
It is the third 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 or John Riley (drums)