...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 Brazilian music, influenced by Joe Pass, Charlie Parker and Antonio Carlos Jobim. 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 Jazz, Yugoslav traditional folk, World, Brazilian 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 the elegant Leslee Booth on 6 string contra bass and imaginative 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 and consistent 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 Art Gallery 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 and live DVD have been released on Sun Recordings label, 8 releases in total summing up 50 original tunes. Please see discography page.
Endorsement: Branco endorses Takamine guitars, AER amps and Audio-Technica microphones. Please see the bottom of Home page for more information.
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Leslee Booth became a professional musician after studying at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles (USA). The south Indian (Chennai born) bassist’s subtle Indian nuances has lent support to some very big jazz and R&B artists, touring, recording and TV shows. Les is currently free lancing and involved in certain select projects. He currently plays a six string contra bass.
Buster Birch b.mus (hons) pg.dip LGSM has performed in over 30 countries since finishing his musical studies in London and New York. He has a wealth of experience in many styles of music and is in great demand as a freelance percussionist for both live and studio work. He is a professor at Trinity College of Music, where he lectures in jazz history and also a visiting lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. For further info click here.