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Vasil Hadzimanov Band

Vasil’s ideas of mixing Balkan traditional, folk rhythms and melodies with the western, modern musical styles (jazz, funk, world music…) in his own music, is completely authentic and a new approach to fusion and jazz music. It was these ideas that inspired him to form this band, back in 1995, when they made their first recordings and started performing live, for the first time. In the year of 2001, Vasil Hadzimanov Band released their first CD and tape under the title “11 reasons for…”, published by a major label PGP-RTS. Its first edition sold out in three months. Also for their first release, they won the award “Beovision” 2002 for the Best Debut Album of the Year 2002.

In the summer of 2002 they joined famous director Goran Paskaljevic and his film crew, in making of a documentary about Belgrade, for the ARTE television. Vasil composed the music and the band fronted by their percussionist Bojan Ivkovic, acted and performed music in the movie.

In the year of 2003 they released their second CD “Kafanki”, again published by PGP-RTS. For this one, they won the award “Suncane skale” 2003 for the Best Instrumental Album of The Year 2003. On 19th of November 2003 VH Band performed on the “Enter Music Festival“in Belgrade sharing the stage with the great Joe Zawinul and his Zawinul Syndicate. After hearing the Band performing live, Zawinul himself invited Vasil and his mates to perform in his new club in Vienna, called "Joe's Birdland", in the spring of 2005. In June 2004 VH Band were invited by the violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy to perform with him on his big Belgrade concert. This was quite an experience for both parties involved, as well as for the audience...

In the summer of 2005, the band represented the sounds of the Balkan music on Expo 2005 Aichi, Japan. The concert was a huge success and it was attended by over 3000 people, a record-breaking number of spectators in EXPO-DOME hall until that night.
In November 2005. VHBand performed in Paris (France), taking part in the traditional Jazz Festival of world Cultural Centers “Jazzycolors”.

In 2007 they released their third album entitled “3” (Sega Mu e Majkata) and in 2009 their forth one “Zivota mi”, both published by PGP-RTS.

In 2013 they promoted their fifth album “Can you dig it”- DD release, published by OverJazz Records, Hamburg (Germany) and CD release, published by label Zmex, Belgrade (Serbia).
Also, starting May 2013, all VHBand's albums will be published in digital form by aforementioned company, OverJazz Records, from Hamburg.

2016/17. They are currently promoting their sixth album „Alive“, first album that they recorded live in five different venues. Their special guest on the record is David Binney, world famous and acknowledged saxophone player and author. This record was released by American publisher MoonJune Records from New York, USA, and Serbian record label Metropolis Music.
The album “Alive” has been honored as one of top releases of 2016, by the acclaimed USA “DownBeat” Magazine.
Every album by VHBand, and every music piece of theirs, was declared in Serbia as artwork of cultural significance for this country.

For the last 20 years, Vasil and his musicians have continuously played their compositions on concerts and jazz, rock and world music festivals all over the world, with big success.

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