Branco Stoysin

Guitarist/Composer/Tutor/Photographer and the rest...

Biography

...and whispers from Sun flow into music.....



South London resident guitarist, composer and tutor. Born in a university town Novi Sad, Serbia, Yugoslavia, and entirely self-taught, Branco began playing guitar at the age of 15 and very soon found a love of jazz and classical music, listening to Joe Pass, Charlie Parker, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vivaldi, Albinoni... Soon, Branco was being featured at a number of jazz venues and festivals in his home country and appeared at the largest festival "The Days of Jazz in Novi Sad".


At 18 he prolifically starts composing sensual music of great beauty with Sunny dispositions and gathers 100’s of tunes till the present. He is largely inspired by the Sun, and influenced by enthralling traditional folk music of former Yugoslavia, Jazz and classical music. The interest in these compositions led to recordings for radio and TV Novi Sad. Following this Branco formed his "Sad Nova Trio" whose success led to numerous concerts and broadcasts on TV.


As an avid reader and follower of the Sherlock Holmes series (actor Jeremy Brett as Sherlock and his amazing English!), he began to hanker after a different life and wider musical opportunities. In the early nineties he set off to England with little more than his guitar and has since become a fixture on the London and UK music scene, actively composing and performing solo, in various duos and with his new trio featuring Leslee Booth on 6 string contra bass and Buster Birch on percussion. Branco composes and plays sensual music of great beauty, coloured by many world influences.

After Branco's very first solo-gig at then Peter Ind's "Tenor Clef" jazz-club in London, back in 1993., Branco with his new trio has performed at many top venues such as Arts Centres, - The National Theatre foyer, The Royal Albert Hall-Ignite, Norwich, Colchester, Cardiff, Windsor, Eastbourne UGT; Festivals - London Jazz Festival, City Of London, Ealing Jazz Festival, Oxford Jazz Festival, International Guitar Festival of GB Wirral, Ards International Guitar Festival of Co Down N. Ireland, Rural Touring (NRTF-Devon) and an endless list of Clubs such as: Pizza Express Jazz Club in London, The Stables Theatre Milton Keynes, POSK, High-Places as: The Landmark Hotel-London, The Royal Commonwealth Society, Royal Automobile Club...


Branco has also appeared with his trio on Sky TV "Arts World", BBC Radio 3's "In Tune" programme and regularly featured and a favourite on Sarah Ward's show on Jazz FM/Smooth FM.


Branco is a qualified teacher and teaches at Goldsmiths and City Lit Colleges of London guitar and jazz guitar in his unique, passionate and enthusiastic way by passing that enthusiasm and love for the guitar to his students thus enabling them to really play the instrument.


He's also a keen photographer (admirer of the nature see Fie Art Photographs page), a guitar doctor, art-work designer, producer and recordist (of all the albums on Sun Recordings label), and a big aficionado of the greatest genius of electricity, Serbian born Nikola Tesla.


Seven critically acclaimed albums, live DVD and two music books have been released on Sun Recordings label, 8 releases in total summing up 50 original tunes. Also published the music book Lily of the Valley featuring enthralling trad folk music from Serbia and former Yugoslavia and originals in the genre as performed on the same title album and new music book ALONE featuring original music from acclaimed ultimate solo-guitar album, all dedicated to Nikola Tesla. Please see discography page for more info.


Endorsement: Branco plays his Super-Custom Acoustic Guitars, AER amps and Audio-Technica microphones. Please see the bottom of Home page for more information.