Photography: Aleš Beno

Samo Šalamon, "one of the most talented and interesting young guitarists and composers to emerge on today's jazz scene", was depicted by the magazine Guitar Player as one of the 10 most hottest new guitarists in the world in 2010. He began his musical journey by studying the classical guitar in Maribor. In December 2000 he spent a month in New York, where he studied with jazz master John Scofield, with whom he has been a friend for years. Until today he has played and recorded with many great international players like Paul McCandless, Mark Turner, Michel Godard, Tim Berne, David Binney, Tony Malaby, Donny McCaslin, Dominique Pifarely, Drew Gress, and others. He has been making appearances with his ensembles all around Europe and USA.

This far he has recorded 13 albums for labels Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), Splasch Records (Italy), Sanje Publishing (Slovenia) and Goga Records (Slovenia). All of these projects included solely his own original compositions – he has already composed over 140 musical works. This is one of the reasons he is known as one of the most interesting composers and guitarists. The publishing house Penguin Books chose Sam Šalamun’s record Ornethology as one of the 1001 best records in the history of jazz music and thus positioned him alongside the giants of jazz, such as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and others.


Free Strings

Tuesday, 10 September 2013