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Luka Veselinovic

Born: March 20, 1977    Primary Instrument: Bass, electric

Luka Veselinovic

Luka Veselinovic was born 1977. in Croatia, city of Rijeka. He now resides in Zagreb, which is the Croatian Capital. Luka is surrounded with music from his early age. His father is a musician and a guitarist in a commercial pop band “Opatijski Suveniri”. His grandmother was a classical piano teacher, who shared much musical influence with Luka as a child. He learned piano for 3 years when he was 6 years old but then he stopped. Luka was not initially intending to choose the musician life, as he began his studies of art history and painting on Faculty of Humanities and Social sciences in Rijeka . As he approached twenty one years of age and while yet still at college, Luka was motivated to further explore his passion for music. A Punk-rock band from Opatija by name “Ventili” had no bass player, so he picked up a bass and start to play new instrument. Soon after that he realized music is in his blood and started to show more interest for improvisational music and jazz. He decided to dig deeper into that direction, so he took private lessons with Croatian jazz bass Henry Radanovic and centered his focus toward music alone. He would then embrace the bass with no reserve and later upright bass too....
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Awards:

Scholarship for Berklee College Of Music.
Bass Guitarist and composer Luka Veselinovic has carved his own unique space in the world of music. His transcendent sound reflects his eclectic background. Veselinovic’s influences reads like a who’s who of jazz greats, including such luminaries as Miles Davis, Dave Holland, Pat Methany, Richard Bona, Esbjorn Swenson, Wayne Shorter and Brad Mahldau, to name a few. A professional musician for more than 10 years, Veselinovic has played with dozens of croatian and international jazz musicians but proudly announces his first project and album as a lead musician and composer : Veselino Jazz Project , The “Magnetic Whale”.

There’s something about Veselinovic playing that is not only wonderful. He seems to look deeper into what stands in between rhythm and notes, and then drags them out into the forefront of his pieces.

There is no questioning Veselinovic’s performance, or his writing. “Magnetic Whale” is an outstanding look into the world of modern jazz. This album was in my opinion a tale of halves; the first half opened my eyes to the talent and composing power that Luka possesses, creating excellent songs in and of themselves. The final three songs showed me more about Luka’s attention to detail within songs; most commonly by closing and opening with similar hooks and creating absolutely beautiful patterns on the bass guitar when put in the spotlight. The musicianship and recording quality gives the true value to appreciative listeners.

Selected Discography Marko Ramljak & Band – „ Rebaltadura „ – Dallas Records 2008. Kristian Terzić – „Kristian Terzić“ – Apeiron Records 2011. Labyrinth – „ Labyrinth“ – Dallas Records 2008. Ripple Effect, Jazz revelation records, 2012. Adiou – “Recpect” - Tribute To Damir Dicic, Croatia Records,2008. Veselino Jazz Project ,”Magnetic Whale” , 2013.

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