Krunoslav â€œKrunoâ€ Spisic has exploded onto the scene with his exciting blend of Gypsy Jazz and Balkan fusion that exÂ¬hilarates audiences. Recent highlights include a standing ovation at New Yorkâ€™s famous Birdland Djangofest, tour enÂ¬gagements with the world famous Dorado Schmitt, and his debut album â€œKruno Gypsy Jazz Guitarâ€ under Gypsy Jazz Distributing.
His first instrument was of Eastern European decent called the Tambura, a four tone mandolin from modern day CroaÂ¬tia. Growing up amongst ethnic Slavs and Roma, Kruno was exposed to many forms of art and music from the Balkans and its Gypsies.
It was not until studying guitar at University that Kruno was introduced to Django-style guitar and began a passionate study of the Gypsy Jazz genre. Kruno started playing the ToÂ¬ronto jazz circuit where he gained an extensive repertoire and a more mature understanding of the gypsy jazz idiom. In January of 2002, Kruno moved to the US and formed the Kruno Spisic Gypsy Jazz Ensemble. He has joined forces with rhythm guitar player and internationally recognized composer, Vjekoslav Dimter, bassist Scott Churchman, CimÂ¬balom virtuoso Alex Fedoriouk and charismatic accordionÂ¬ist, Vlado Mollov to spread this exciting music throughout the world.
Kruno and company create a new branch of gypÂ¬sy jazz by fusing folk traditions with Django swing. This new merging of sounds enthralls audiences with its sweet meloÂ¬dies and hot Gypsy jazz. Kruno has performed at folk festivals and jazz clubs all over the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan, bringing this unique blend of swing and folk themes to elated audiences.
Kruno â€“ Gypsy Jazz Ensemble is invited to perform at concert halls, folk festivals and jazz clubs all over the United States, and Japan, bringing this unique blend of swing and folk themes to elated audiences.
PoÅ¾ega Festival, Croatia
Djangofest, San Francisco
Japanese Folk Society, Osaka, Japan
The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
Djangofest Northwest, Seattle
Lâ€™ UniversitÃ© de MontrÃ©al, Canada
Philadelphia Folk Festival,
â€œThis is gypsy jazz beautifully performed with artfully individualized differences.â€ â€“ Harvey Barkan, L.A. JAZZ SCENE
Krunoâ€™s playing is stunning! Michael Dregni