Ombak Trio on the first vinyl in the Live at Jazz Cerkno series

At the Jazz Cerkno, we continue to publish albums with concert recordings from our festival, which last year, despite difficult conditions, more than successfully celebrated its 25th anniversary! The album Look For The Difference by the Slovenian-Italian Ombak Trio was released on February 26. This edition is very special, as it is our first vinyl; it is released in a boutique edition of 50 copies, and the album is also available in digital form on our bandcamp page. Ombak Trio is a newer band consisting of saxophonist Cene Resnik, cellist Giovanni Maier and drummer Stefano Giust. The band's music is inspired and spirited, similar to that of other Resnik bands, but with a much different sound, as Resnik plays the soprano saxophone in addition to the tenor, and Maier plays the cello instead of the double bass. The trio had a Slovenian premiere at our festival, and also a world one, as before that they only gathered for the recording of their debut Through Eons to Now, which was released in March 2020 by label Setola di Maiale, run by Giust.

Despite the fact that it was the first performance in front of the audience, the trio's concert was declared one of the best at the festival in the reviews. “The international Ombak Trio in the line-up Resnik, Maier, Giust at its Slovenian concert debut presented the highlight of the evening of music with the more open ends. They played subtle, clear music, which really could not be driven into uncertainty,” Žiga Pucelj wrote for Odzven. According to Brigita Gračner and Marko Doles, journalists of Radio Študent, the trio was “the least definable sound entity of the evening, but perhaps also the most interesting in their research,” while Darinko Kores Jacks wrote for Večer that the musicians “presented sophisticated combination of occasionally atonal, even cacophonous and yet harmonious, but by no means oversaturated sound lines close to calmer free jazz.” Look For The Difference is the second album of the Ombak Trio and at the same time the second solo release of our Jazz Cerkno label. The vinyl record has an additional local touch, as it was made in nearby Idrija by the company XV. obzorje (Fifteenth Horizon).

Music by Tobija Hudnik from the Young Researchers III. program now also on the album

One of the missions of the Jazz Cerkno festival is to encourage the creativity of not yet established Slovenian musicians. Among other things, we carry out this mission with the annual music residence Young Researchers, which takes place under the mentorship of Dré A. Hočevar. As part of the residency, younger musicians or students gather and - each time under the direction of another musician form the ensemble and prepare a concert program, which is then presented at our festival. This year, guitarist, composer and multimedia artist Tobija Hudnik performed with the band equilibrium as insta_bility. In addition to Hudnik, the ensemble also includes alto saxophonist Brina Kren, violinist Oskar Longyka, tenor saxophonist Lenart De Bock and percussionist Luka Poljanec.

Like previous concerts from the Young Researchers program (pianist Miha Gantar’s band, and code::source led by Gašper Livk), this year's concert was released on the album in the series Live at Jazz Cerkno co-published by Jazz Cerkno and PureZen Records label. The liner notes for the album is provided by Gregor Pompe, a musicologist and lecturer at the Ljubljana's Faculty of Arts. This is how he described the band's sound dynamics: “(…) the dialectic quintessence of the record resides in the interrelation between an overflowing musical burble of eternal restlessness and a static permanence, and the music springs forth from the pursuit of securing transitions between the two opposites, an equilibrium.” The equilibrium as insta_bility album is published on digital format and as physical CD on Friday, December 18, 2020 at

New concert videos from Jazz Cerkno festivals

The absence of live concerts triggered the need for more music videos! On our Youtube channel you can watch new series of clips from previous Jazz Cerkno festivals. Follow our channel and be sure not to miss any new videos! 


Just before the start of the 2020 the Jazz Cerkno Institute is sending a new album from the Live at Jazz Cerkno series towards your ears with quite a good measure of Slovenian jazz and off-jazz creativity. The thanks go to Koromač, a jazzcore band from Vrtojba (a small town near the Italian border), which celebrated its 10th anniversary at the 24th edition of Jazz Cerkno festival by playing and recording new songs live on stage with the extended line-up. You can now find these new songs on Kontrapunk (the album has been announced by single Get The Fuck Out), the Koromač’s second album (in 2015 they released Punk Enough?) which is at the same time the first standalone release by Jazz Cerkno Records. The album, which was released on December 27, 2019, in physical and download forms (you can buy both at, will be presented by the same Koromač’s expanded line-up in Ljubljana's Kino Šiška on Monday, February 17, 2020.

From the outset in 2009, the band has been combining radical genres of sharper guitar sound, such as hardcore, punk, metal or crust. In the recent years they added jazz and improvisation to their mix of noisy styles. The jazz elements were brought by sextet's members who took part in the Zlatko Kaučič's workshops. The initial line-up of the classic rock trio (vocal and guitar, bass, drums) has changed over the years and is now a sextet with two drummers and a saxophone. In preparing for performing at the 24th edition of the Jazz Cerkno Festival, the band decided to present new songs as well as the new sound, since saxophonist Boštjan Simon and two Italian musicians, trumpet player Francesco Ivone and Giorgio Pacorig on keyboards and synthesizers, joined the original sextet for the concert. In a festival review for the Glasna magazine, Tadej Stolič wrote about Koromač’s performance: "This time, the local and both foreign guests were leaning further into the field of improvised jazz and created a concert that quite shook up our personal understanding of the jazz idiom."

code::source in Live at Jazz Cerkno series

One of the missions of the Jazz Cerkno festival is to encourage the creativity of young musicians. To this end, for the second time, we conducted a workshop called Young Researchers, under the tutelage of Dré Hočevar. It is a program intended for already formed young musicians or students, who at the workshop form a band, prepare a concert program and perform it as part of our festival. Like last year's concert, led by Miha Gantar, a recording of this year's performance by code::source band, led by Gašper Livk, has been released both on CD and as download. Album System 01: Presence was released in the already well-established series Live at Jazz Cerkno, co-published by Jazz Cerkno and PureZen Records and with the support of the Ministry of Culture.

At the 2019 Jazz Cerkno Festival, under the program Young Researchers II, mentor Dré Hočevar selected the double bassist Gašper Livk as the curator of the ensemble, and he put together the code::source band, and wrote all the compositions. Born in 1993, Livk is concluding his master study of the double bass at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana and works as Dré Hočevar's assistant in various programs and workshops. He has appeared at festivals Darmstadt Ferienkurs Open Space, Klangspuren Schwaz, Borderless Dissonance, and Improcon. The code::source band, in addition to Livk, is comprised of alto saxophonist Brina Kren, flutist Neža Zupanc, drummer Filip Mozetič, alto saxophonist Lenart de Bock and guitarist Leonard Medica Gregorič, who, like Livk, also took care of electronic processing.

At the concert, the band presented concise and congruous music on the border between jazz and free improvisation, which proved that we have many young musicians who are not far behind the veterans in terms of music quality. After the premiere, the band performed at the Jazz Festival Ljubljana and at the Jazzinty in Novo mesto. The recording of the Cerkno concert has now been released on the System 01: Presence album, available in physical and download forms at, a platform for the festival's concert recordings. This is our third album since last autumn; after the last year's Subconscious.Rituals by the Miha Gantar quintet (also produced at the Young Researchers workshop), in May 2019 we also published, together with the renowned Portuguese record label Clean Feed, Age of Chaos by Cene Resnik Free Stellar Trio + Rob Mazurek.

Cene Resnik Free Stellar Trio + Rob Mazurek: Age of Chaos

Jazz Cerkno continues to release albums with recordings of concerts performed at our festival. This time it's not a new cd in the Live at Jazz Cerkno series, but rather a collaboration with the renowned Portuguese record label Clean Feed. Together, we have released Age of Chaos, the album by Cene Resnik Free Stellar Trio + Rob Mazurek. Last year, saxophonist Cene Resnik prepared an exclusive and premiere meeting of his new trio with famed American trumpeter Rob Mazurek, known for his Chicago Underground projects and Exploding Star Orchestra. Already when arranging the concert, the four musicians decided to release the recording as the debut of Resnik's Free Stellar Trio, which also features Italian pianist Giorgio Pacorig and drummer Marko Lasič. The album has already been promoted at a concert at the Kino Šiška in Ljubljana on May 20th this year.

Resnik's style is inspired by Buddhism, as he has been practising it for many years and incorporates its concepts into music, such as energy flow, mindfulness and spontaneity. In Resnik's distinctive sound and style, which also reveal the influences of spiritual jazz, Mazurek made himself at home with his piccolo trumpet, providing extraterrestrial, ethereal and suggestive sounds. At the last year's Cerkno concert, where the band played a single improvised composition, the audience was enthusiastic, and the same sentiment pervades the text on the label's website when describing the mutual understanding of Resnik and Mazurek: "It’s a delight to watch how they interact together, seeming to escape their physical restraints to travel in the air with the waves of sound." At Radio Študent, Brigita Gračner wrote in her album review "(...) the foursome relaxedly but carefully engaged in joint musicianship, which managed to capture the wave of spontaneous energy, which was then transfused through both gentler and more powerful swirling escapades, within which the band was constantly, and in a responsible way, opening up the space for soloist focussing."

The album is available through the website of the Portuguese record label Clean Feed and is also on sale at the Bar Gabrijel in Cerkno.

New album in Live at Jazz Cerkno series

Jazz Cerkno, in cooperation with PureZen Records, presents a new album in Live at Jazz Cerkno discography series. The first album from this series, The White Pebbles, was released in 2014 by the Milko Lazar quartet (or, rather, his alter-ego, Razal Oklim Quartet). Now the album Subconscious.Rituals has been released, a recording of the final concert of a musical workshop under the title Young Researchers I. held at this year's festival. This kind of creative program, which will now be a permanent part of the festival, is intended for already formed young musicians or students, and the festival concert is the first step in the longer-term activity of the band that was formed at our festival. This year, the program Young Researchers, designed and led by Dré Hočevar, was created by alto saxophonist Luka Zabric, baritone saxophonist Jasna Kolar, cellist Urban Megušar, trumpeter Jan Lovšin and the leader of the band, pianist Miha Gantar, who is also the author of the title composition on the single track album

Miha Gantar (1997) is a pianist and composer studying jazz piano at the Institute of Jazz at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. In addition to the Jazz Cerkno Festival, he has performed at the Jazz Festival Ljubljana, Sonica, Jazzinty and the Jazz Festival Copenhagen. Apart from the Subconscious.Rituals quintet, he also leads his trio and is a member of the Container Doxa audiovisual collective.

"The Young Researchers Program, through intergenerational integration, enables selected individuals to create an original musical work and present it as a part of the Jazz Cerkno festival program." This is how Dré Hočevar described the purpose of this program. After several days of preparation and exercises, the quintet played a concert at the Music School in Cerkno - the musicians played nearly one-hour long concert in one piece and carefully developed an inspired free exchange of ideas that are now published on the album.

"Despite its complex transitions, the composition is characterised by a certain shyness and refrains from drifting into summery excess. On the other hand, it is not concocted from a plethora of established expressions, approaches, and techniques typically at the core of improvisational music." (from the liner notes by Luka T. Zagoričnik)

In December 2018, the Subconscious.Rituals album was released as CD and in digital format at Bandcamp site; the latter will be a platform for the festival's concert recordings. At you can listen to the album and buy it in digital format, and through Bandcamp you will also be able to purchase physical CDs. In the future, the Jazz Cerkno Institution, in cooperation with the PureZen Records label, will continue to publish festival concerts, especially by young Slovenian musicians who will partake in the Young Researchers program. Occasionally, we will also surprise jazz fans with an album of well-known musicians, which will be released in cooperation with an established foreign record label.

PAGLEJ cycle of films about music - autumn series

The autumn series of the PAGLEJ cycle, brought to you in co-production of Zavod Jazz Cerkno and the Idrija City Library, will bring three films, which tackle very diverse phenomena both from Slovenian and international music scene. On the big screen we will follow the story of the cult band Laibach's first album, pop icon Grace Jones's musical biography, and to listen to the unconventional music-film event by Bratko Bibič, with a live accompaniment of film images.

We will start our autumn series of music films in September with Music is the Art of Time 3 – LP film LAIBACH, which documents the creation of first Laibach's album in 1985. Through the featured parts and interviews with band members, as well as with many connoisseurs of the band's activity, the film by director Igor Zupe and screenwriter Igor Bašin "unfolds the strategy and tactics of Laibach and Laibach Kunst in the first half of the 1980s". The screening will be followed by a discussion with the members of the movie team.

October will bring Sophie Fiennes's film Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami which follows Grace Jones both at her stage performances and in intimate moments, such as Jones' family visit to Jamaica. Fiennes had been accompanying Jones for five years at her concerts all over the world, in the backstage, and we also get to know the singer as a lover, daughter, mother, grandmother and business woman.

In November, we will present a delicacy within our cycle Paglej - a live musical accompaniment of the film From Blacksmith to Miner. Bratko Bibič, Eduardo Raon and Vid Drašler, all good acquaintances from our festivals, will play and improvise to the collage of selected segments of five contemporary dance movies, shot between 1995 and 2014 following the ideas of choreographer and dancer Iztok Kovač in the production of the EN-KNAP Institute.

Lively music at the summer Keltika Festival

At the Cerkno's Keltika festival, we have prepared four summer concert nights with five ensembles coming from different corners - both geographically and musically ... You will hear a great variety of music, from the Indian dance style bhangra through Slovene representatives of the new songwriting and chanson to the Hungarian folk music and Bosnian sevdah. We begin on Friday, July 13, when the Indian-American band Red Baraat will stop at Old Square and present the spectacular and danceable Indian bhangra. It is a dance style from Northern India, characterised by the Indian dhol drum and the supporting melodies played on brass instruments. Red Baraat combines bhangra with other styles, from funk to jazz and hiphop. They are considered a concert attraction, so their premiere Slovenian performance is not to be missed!! Exactly one week after that, on Friday, July 20, we are about to meet two rather unique Slovene bands, both of them writing a new chapter of poetry put to music of many genres. Brest feat. Vesna Zornik interpret lyrics by poet Kristina Kočan in a colorful genre mixture, from pop through blues to jazz and rock. The author of all the music and the leading instrumentalist of the band is guitarist Samo Šalamon. The lyrics of the band Orkestrada are written by singer Rada Kikelj Drašler, and experienced musicians from the band take care for luxuriously arranged music, knowingly borrowing from a variety of genres, from blues and chanson to jazz and psychedelia.

In August, we also have two concerts at Celtic. On Saturday, August 11, we will hear the Hungarian formation Viktória Havay and the Cápok, which plays juicy and energetic Hungarian folk music in a modern arrangements. The group is active for more than five years and has played at many concerts Hungary and all over Europe. The concert at the Cerkno Keltika festival will be something quite special, since the band is coming with two dancers who will liven up their performance. The last August and thus the last summer Keltika event will be the concert of the Bosnian attraction Divanhana, which plays luxurious orchestrated sevdalinkas and other Balkan music. The band, founded by students of the Sarajevo Academy of Music, will come to Cerkno with new songs from the fourth album Kardeş, marked by Turkish influences, as they recorded the album with a guest, Turkish singer and actress Suzan Kardeş. All concerts will be held at the Old Square (Star plac) starting at 9pm, and in case of rain, the venue will be covered. Get your tickets on time, in presale for € 5, as they will be cost two euros more on the day of the concert!


We announce release of the new album, recorded at 21. Jazz Cerkno festival.


Georg Grawe (piano)
Mark Sanders (drums)


Album is available in the online shop of Confront Recordings

Zlatko Kaučič & Cerkno Jubileum Orchestra: Zvočni sejalec

The label Klopotec has released an album Zvočni sejalec of Cerkno Jubileum Orchestra, which was formed especially for the last year's Jazz Cerkno 20th anniversary. The Cerkno concert recordings are available in the online shop of Klopotec label.

This large modern jazz big band was formed especially for the last year's Jazz Cerkno 20th anniversary. The orchestra plays a vivacious modern jazz, and their intricate compositions are marked with avantgarde arrangements and ferocious execution. Their music program under the title Zvočni sejalec (The Sower of Sound) is dedicated to Boštjan Cvek, the late co-founder and longtime director of the Jazz Cerkno festival.

Zlatko Kaučič has formed this ensemble from his Orchester Without Borders / Orchestra Senza Confini, which was restructured and renamed especially for concert at Jazz Cekno festival. In this large modern big band there are some of the most successful young Slovenian jazz musicians and renowned Italian musicians, mostly from Gorizia artistic association DobiaLab.

PAGLEJ - a series of movies about music

Jazz Cerkno Institute in co-production with Idrija Movie Theatre starts a series of movies about music named PAGLEJ, which will feature both documentary and feature movies that illuminate less well-known music practices or throw a new light on already known sound phenomena.

The introductory film Šum Balkana comes from Slovenia and follows our prominent double bass player, composer, organiser of numerous musical and multimedia events and improviser Tomaž Grom on his travels across the Balkans. Accompanied with a team of cameramen and technicians, Grom has travelled to different cities of the former Yugoslavia (and also Albania, searching for street musicians and then asks them to play his original music. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Tomaž Grom.

On our second music film evening, we will see Scent of Jazz, the only Slovene film that tells a story about the origin and development of Slovenian jazz. The story takes us back to the twenties and thirties of the 20th century, when economic development, urbanization and familiarity with trends in western society - through Hollywood films and gramophone records - led to the establishment of dance and entertainment orchestras. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Ana Kajzer, one of the screenwriters and also the film producer.

The third movie Misha and so on (Misha enzovoort) is about the Dutch composer, pianist and bandleader Misha Mengelberg, icon of European jazz, who has fallen under the shadow of dementia. A week together in London at the jazz club Vortex with ICP Orchestra (Instant Composers Pool) – the famous band that will play at this year Jazz Cerkno festival –, which will surely be his last performance abroad.

Lazro/McPhee: The Cerkno Concert

We announce release of the new album, recorded at 21. Jazz Cerkno festival.

The Cerkno Concert: Music for legendary heroes

Daunik Lazro (baritone and tenor saxophones)
Joe McPhee (saxophones, pocket trumpet)

Thanks to Iztok Zupan for live recording this album at Jazz Cerkno festival, for mastering and release at Klopotec label.
Thanks to Nicola Guazzaloca for beautiful album art.
Special thanks to legendary heroes Daunik Lazro and Joe McPhee, played at Jazz Cerkno festival 2016.

Album is available in the online shop of Klopotec label.

Godbe. Gibke. Grčaste. Grapaste. Gričaste. Gabrijelaste. (exhibition)

from May 15 to July 15
documentary exhibition

Twenty years of jazz - and much more - in Cerkno

The Cerkno Museum. Exhibition opening on May 15, at 7. p.m. Opening hours during the festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Through written, visual and other documents and objects (photos, leaflets, posters, T-shirts, audio and video recordings) the documentary exhibition celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the festival will illustrate the history of music events in Cerkno, with an emphasis on festivals Keltika and Jazz Cerkno. The guerilla-like exhibition team broke through endless kilometers of archives and came out with a unique dramaturgy. The exhibition expands through three rooms, including an intimate living room where you can listen to recordings from previous festival editions. The exhibition will paint the image of the awesome Cerkno specialty which earned our town a great reputation in the world of jazz. Next to the museum, other locations in Cerkno will host the exhibition, taking you by surprise in shop windows, display cases, the hotel etc.

The accompanying exhibition was designed by Marko A. Kovačič, Milojka Magajne and Miha Zadnikar. The exhibition was organised by the museum Mestni Muzej Idrija and Zavod Jazz Cerkno.

The Cerkno Museum opening hours:
from Tuesday to Friday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, holidays: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2 p.m.–6 p.m

BOŠTJAN CVEK (1964–2015)

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Boštjan Cvek, the Jazz Cerkno and Keltika festivals co-founder and spiritus movens. After a short severe illness he passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, wife Renata and daughters Monika and Manca.

Despite the disease, he was dedicated to music until the last moments. Last year, he successfully organized the 19th edition of the Jazz Cerkno festival as well as completed the program for this year's 20th anniversary festival.

We will miss his kind-heartedness in everyday communication and perseverance, with which he brought to small Cerkno the world's and Slovenian biggest names of jazz and other creative music. The festival team will continue with organizing the festival and other events in the spirit of Bostjan's enthusiasm and professionalism.

Jazz Cerkno team


Cerkno, 12th July 2013

A few impressions from the excellent concert of Trio Balkan Strings. Link
Photographer: Marko Serafimović. 


Cerkno, 26th June 2013

photo: Jože Svetičič

photo: Jože Svetičič

photo: Jože Svetičič


Cerkno, 12th July 2013

Rock band from Cerkno Tequila Band will celebrate their 20th anniversary on Saturday 13th July with a big concert that will be held in Cerkno Old Square. At this special event they'll also present  two new songs!
The concert starts at 9.30 pm. DJ Sakin will follow with a celebration music mix. 

Jazz Cerkno and Festival Keltika on National TV Slovenia

Cerkno, 27th June 2013

TV show Poletna scena presented a short report about the concert of group Uršula Ramoveš in Fantje z Jazbecove grape. Link

On Saturday (29th June) at 22:10 music TV show Aritmija (TVS2) will present a review of the 18th Jazz Cerkno.

Kindly invited to watch!


Cerkno, 29. maj 2013

photo: Jože Svetičič

photo: Jože Svetičič

photo: Jože Svetičič

photo: Jože Svetičič

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