Paradise Jazz Festival

Kristijan Krajnčan


Director, composer, drummer, and cellist Kristijan Krajnčan (Kranj, Slovenia, 1986) was born in a family of musicians and began playing classical cello at five and jazz drums at the age of ten.
After he finished Music High School, on both instruments he moved to The Netherlands, where he graduated jazz drums at the Prince Claus Conservatory (Groningen, 2009) and obtained Masters in Composing for Film at the Amsterdam Conservatory (2013). His ability to play various music styles in groups that range from a trio to a big band gave him the opportunity to work with several internationally acclaimed artists.
As a film-music composer, he scored two features and nine short films.
As a drummer and cellist, he is featured on 25 records and has performed in more than 24 countries in Europe, the USA, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Kristijan Krajnčan

He has received several international awards in all fields of his work. Most notable include: Semi-finalist of Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition for Drums (Washington, 2012), Participant in “Dave Douglas Workshop: Creative Composition and Improvisation” at Carnegie Hall (New York, 2010), Finalist of the Dutch Jazz Competition (Netherlands, 2008), 1st Prize jury award “Jazzon” for best Slovenian jazz composition (Slovenia, 2006), Best Director Award – Festival of Slovenian Independent Film (Slovenia, 2006), 1st Prize of National Competition for classical musicians of Slovenia (as a cellist, 1997 and 2003).
His debut album as a leader “Kristijan Krajnčan Ensemble: Siberian Bear” was released in June 2012 on Edict Records, featuring Ambrose Akinmusire and Jimmy Greene.
Besides being a musician he is also active as a film director. He has directed several short films and music videos of classical, jazz, chanson and rock genres. His latest short film was shown in the competition program of Festival of Slovenian Film (September, 2015).
Currently he is working on an interdisciplinary project “Hidden Myth”, a collaboration of several international artists, where he will attempt to connect music, dance, poetry, visuals, film, and the world of mythology into united story.

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