- Posted May 9, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
SOFIJA KNEZEVIC : THE FUTURE OF JAZZ MUSIC
(photo by Jovan Miric)
Recognized as one of jazz's pre-eminent vocalists, young Sofija Knezevic (only 22) is one of the most significant singers in jazz today. While her singing is steeped in tradition, her improvisational virtuosity and creativity are breathtaking.
Knezevic just closed her European tour with a concert at the Jazzik Festival, Subotica, when UNESCO and SKONUS invited her to perform at two concerts in Surcin and in Belgrade on the 30th of April, for the first International Jazz Day celebration.
The newspapers and music magazines are still writing laudatory reviews about the concert and the clinic she held in Subotica, performing on the same stage with Al Foster, the second night of the festival.
As one of the jazz critics Vojislav Pantic said : `Hypnotizing eyes of a young Sophia Knezevic, extraordinary talent, in a split second penetrate your brain and heart. This jazz is in its clean, bare form, putting a spell on you, calling you, and finally overtaking you.`
Sofija Knezevic is also the youngest member/musician in the newly published Jazz encyclopedia `Serbian Jazz, Bre!` by Ivan Grlic.
Sofija was clearly born of jazz; her singing draws upon a world of influences-and as with Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan, Knezevic is tied to a powerful storytelling instinct. As a result of her unique R&B and jazz stylings, Knezevic has captured a huge following and tremendous critical acclaim throughout the world.