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Toni Kitanovski
Toni Kitanovski and Asan Rashid

Toni Kitanovski is a well known Macedonian jazz guitarist from Skopje. He studied music in the United States from 1990 to 1997 and graduated from the Berklee (sic) College of Music. He attended composition seminars with Luciano Berio, György Ligeti and composed for well known American jazz orchestras like the Orchestra of Herb Pomeroy and the Greg Hopkins' Big-Band.

When Kitanovski returned to Skopje in 1997, he set up his band "Luna". As a soloist, bandleader, composer and arranger he performs at many festivals, concerts and clubs. One of the reasons to come back to Skopje is the richness and variety of the domestic music scene.

"Turkish Music is famous worldwide, there are the old songs, but also modern compositions are played. The Roma play everything, Arab, Turkish and Macedonian songs. The Albanians play only Albanian music and the Macedonians are again very open to different music, there are no strict lines, just like the Roma music…the orthodox Macedonians receive the music as it is and accept it."

He collaborated with many highly regarded musicians including Greg Hopkins and Charlie Mariano. 1998 Kitanovski released his first CD "One for Charlie", three years later, in 2001, the life album "Duet". He is also the founder of the Jazz and Contemporary Music School Skopje.

May 2008

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