Born: January 9, 1978 Primary Instrument: Bass
An artist who is breaking prejudices! - Glasna Robert is in a forceful creative swing! - Odzven
Bassist, composer, arranger and producer Robert Jukič is one of Slovenia's most versatile and fruitful musicians. Starting out on electric bass as a teenager playing in different bands was the beginning of his musical life. Since then he has been playing with various Slovenian and international artists and has been exposed to different styles of music, which also reflects in his records. There are eight records under his name spanning from different styles of jazz to classical and world music, from alternative pop to chanson as well as traditional blues, folk and country music. As a bassist or composer/arranger he is featured on over 50 records with other artists proving his musical range. An eclectic, constantly self-reinventing artist.
Robert has been appearing for a number of years in venues both in Slovenia and beyond (Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Georgia, Croatia, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Morocco, Hungary, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Slovakia, Serbia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Great Britain, USA, etc.). A long list of performers and groups he has worked with as an instrumentalist and composer is virtually boundless – in terms of national or musical boundaries alike. His full sound enriched the recordings of many constellations and their conceptions Mario Gonzi, Adrien Mears, Owen Hart JR., Oliver Kent, Flip Phillip, Ed Partyka, Martin Reiter, Renato Chicco, Jonathan Blake, Nicole Henry, Owen Howard, Howard Curtis, Andy Middleton, Femi Temowo, Deborah Brown, Pietro Iodice, Miles Griffith, Danny Grisset, Sheila Cooper, Steve Klink, Jasper Bloom, Stephane Spira, Dusko Goykovich, Daniele d`Agaro, Tony Pancella, Rob Bargad, European Movement Jazz Orchestra, Generations international youth band, Big Band RTV Slovenia, etc...
Robert writes music for his and other bands as well as for short movies, multimedia performances and art installations. He also works with theater and teaches. He was awarded 2nd jury and public choice awards at the Slovenian jazz composition competition in 2008. The release of his 5th CD for which he wrote the words as well as the music was yet another showcase of his strengths.
Robert is an eclectic musician who has ventured many musical worlds. Following three jazz albums (How About That!?, Phases of One, Jazz for Masses), he proceeded to pursue an expression beyond genre, which resulted in the Radio album. In Dobrote iz Skrinje Zarote (Goodies from the Chest of Conspiracy) he tackled western movies, blues, and folk songs; with Operation Charlie he returned to the jazz tradition - an album that strikes one as inspired and infused with the antique spirit, yet simultaneously fresh, contemporary, and free. A live recording of his band Kramp which performs the music from Dobrote iz skrinje zarote was released in 2012. In 2013 he returned to the exploratory side and released Life, which is a musical journey through all stages of a human life. He developed the concept of a multi-genre record which he used on Radio and combined jazz, classical and world music to paint a soundscape of life.
He works as a bassist, double-bassist, composer, and arranger. His love for music dates back to his teens when, a self-taught electric bass player, he played in many groups whose music has left a lasting impression on his subsequent work. He completed his formal education at the jazz department of the renowned University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. He has released 8 albums featuring his original compositions, as well as appeared on CDs of other artists of many different genres. His compositions are performed by small jazz bands, big bands, smaller chamber ensembles, and both popular and alternative performers. He was awarded the Second Prize of the jury and the Audience Prize at the Jazzon 2008 composition contest.
Awards:composition award Jazzon - 2nd jury prize, public choice award, Novo mesto, Slovenia, 2008
Robert is in a forceful creative swing! - Odzven, 2011
One of the most interesting and intriguing albums of last year - Mario Batelic about Robert Jukic's How about that!?!, Muska, 2003
Radio is a perfectly conceived album which presents a cross-section of music without time or style limitations in a very thought through way… Jukic has managed to create a solid concept and also a specific identity. - Maja Matic about Robert Jukic's Radio, Radio Student, 2010
Durch die Unterschiedlichkeit der Kompositionen wird die Stillosigkeit zum Stil erhoben und verleiht der CD eine gewaltige Nachhaltigkeit, die sich auch beim oftmaligen Abhören nicht abnützt - Alfred Krondraf about Robert Jukic's Radio, Concerto, 2010
Auch auf diesen beiden CDs brilliert der Bassist und Komponist mit seiner unglaublichen stilistischen Reichweite - Alfred Krondraf about Robert Jukic's Jazz for masses, Concerto, 2010
Robert surprised us completely with different colors and the energy he delivered - Rasto Bozic about Robert Jukic's JR5+ concert, InfoGlasbeni, 2010
Definitely a unique project! A mixture of film-music backgrounds, spoken word and blues-like story telling approach was not something we expected from a jazz musician - Tine Kolenik about Robert Jukic's Dobrote iz skrinje zarote, Rockline, 2012
Robert's double album is a multitude of surpluses - Andrej Predin about Robert Jukic's Dobrote iz skrinje zarote, Novice, 2011
With his new album Dobrote iz skrinje zarote we get to know Robert as a great songwriter and conceptualist - Matej Krajnc, Odzven, 2011
Suggestive, dramatic and very original - Mario Batelic about Robert Jukic's Dobrote iz skrinje zarote, Radio Student, 2011
The band magnificently presented a landscape where we could see John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Johnny Cash and Nick Cave wondering around to the sounds of Morricone's music - Zdenko Matoz about Robert Jukic's Kramp concert, Delo, 2011
One of the most unusual musical projects I've ever heard… perfectly executed with great music and words… - Jure Potokar about Robert Jukic's Dobrote iz skrinje zarote, Polet, 2011
A very nice surprise of the evening! - Ico Vidmar about Robert Jukic's Operation Charlie concert, Dnevnik, 2011
One of the best concerts of this year's festival… Jukic managed to, similarly as did Mingus, get a big band like sound from the quintet - Mario Batelic about Robert Jukic's Operation Charlie concert, Odzven, 2011
Jukic is approaching music differently and with much more originality - Darinko Kores about Robert Jukic's Operation Charlie, Vecer, 2011
A treat from a great international line up… Jukic proves to be not only a great instrumentalist but also a smart composer with a great sense for the potential of his musical partners - Maja Matic about Robert Jukic's Operation Charlie, Odzven, 2011
Jukic's album is an organic mixture of different influences but there is a lot od fresh surplus which make us take Jukic and his band seriously and listen to him without any musically-ideological prejudices - Andrej Hocevar about Robert Jukic's Operation Charlie, Odzven, 2011
Jukic's Operation Charlie is after Radio or Jazz for masses again a conceptually thought through and musically creative record - Pogledi, 2011
Passando agevolmente da richiami a MIngus, polifonie hot, crime-jazz e una marcia funebre che guarda ai balcani Jukic dimostrauna vitalita del jazz sloveno dafare invidia a tanti postmodernismi senza anima che imperano - ahinoi - con troppa indulgenza su riviste e festival - Flavio Massarutto about Robert Jukic's Operation Charlie, Giornale della Musica, 2012
A mixture of New Orleans sound with soundtrack-like sensibilities and modern arreangements, which one would expect from a european jazz musician of the 21st century - Nikola Markovic about Robert Jukic's Operation Charlie, JazzIn, 2012
The CD is a stylistic triumph and comes up spades in its execution - Jerry D'souza about Robert Jukic's Operation Charlie, AllAboutJAzz, 2012
A textbook of extraordinary stage culmination of a musical genius and of a masterful interpretation of musical vision of this genius! - Aleš Podbreznik about Robert Jukic's Kramp, Rockline, 2012
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