Branco Stoysin

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

Biography

Born in a university town Novi Sad, Serbia, Yugoslavia, and entirely self-taught, Branco began playing guitar at the age of 15, showing a discerning ear by listening to Deep Purple and a domestic rock band Smak, 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 sensuous music of great beauty with Sunny dispositions and gathers 100’s of tunes till the present. He is largely inspired by the Sun and the natural world, 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.

After Branco's very first solo-gig at then Peter Ind's Tenor Clef jazz-club in London, back in 1993, Branco has performed at many top venues such as Arts Centres, - The National Theatre foyer, Royal Albert Hall-Ignite, Norwich, Colchester, Cardiff, Windsor, Eastbourne -UGT…; Festivals - London Jazz Festival, City Of London, Ealing Jazz Festival, Oxford Jazz Festival, Int. Guitar Festival of GB Wirral, Ards Int. Guitar Festival of Co Down N. Ireland, Dillington Classical Guitar Festival, Deal Arts Festival…; 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, Royal Commonwealth Club, Royal Automobile Club...

Branco has also appeared on Sky TV Arts World, BBC Radio 3's In Tune programme, Resonance FM and SOAS Radio in their World In London by DJ Ritu, and is regularly featured and a favourite on Sarah Ward's show on Jazz FM.

Currently Branco is performing solo-guitar recitals across the UK, often described as "one man ensemble".

Branco is a qualified teacher of Goldsmiths College, where he taught the guitar for 13 years, and has taught the jazz guitar at City Lit College in London, for 10 years, 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 natural world photographer and movie maker, a guitar tech 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.

Nine critically acclaimed albums, a live DVD and two music books have been released on Sun Recordings label, 103 tunes, of that 78 originals.

Endorsement: Branco endorses his super-custom Brancovarious acoustic guitars, AER amps and Audio-Technica microphones. Please see the bottom of Home page for more information.