|Born||2 February 1968|
He started playing and studying piano at the age of 5 in music school "Kosta Manojlović" in Zemun. As a teenager, he started playing in bands on Belgrade jazz scene, where he received an award as the Best Young Jazz Musician of Yugoslavia award in 1989. Since 1988 Bojan moved to Paris, France, where he developed a successful career as a pianist, composer and producer.
Later life and careerEdit
In 1986 studied with Clare Fischer at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. He was influenced by the traditional Balkan music playing in an army orchestra during his military service in former Yugoslavia, which would influence all his subsequent work. He moved to Paris in 1988, playing with Henri Texier, Michel Portal, Noël Akchoté, and Julien Lourau.
In 1993, he recorded the debut album with his Bojan Z Quartet, followed by Yopla!. In 1999, he was engaged in Koreni (Roots) with Karim Ziad from Algeria, Kudsi Erguner from Turkey, and Vlatko Stefanovski from Macedonia. On Transpacifik (2003) he started collaborating with Scott Colley and Nasheet Waits, and continued on Xenophonia (2006) with Ben Perowsky and Ari Hoenig, as well as Frenchman Remi Vignolo. He often uses the combination of acoustic piano with Fender Rhodes electric piano, often playing them simultaneously, and recently is claimed to be the inventor of "Xenophone", a hybrid instrument, based on the customized Fender Rhodes electric piano. It can be heard on Xenophonia.
In 2002, Zulfikarpašić was granted the title of Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, and he received the Prix Django Reinhardt for Musician of the Year from the Académie du Jazz. In 2005, he was granted the Hans Koller European Jazz Prize as the Best European Jazz Musician.
- Bojan Z Quartet (Label Bleu, 1993)
- Yopla! (Label Bleu, 1995)
- Koreni (Label Bleu, 1999)
- Solobsession (Label Bleu, 2001)
- Transpacifik (Label Bleu, 2003)
- Xenophonia (Label Bleu, 2006)
- Humus (EmArcy/Universal, 2009)
- Soul Shelter (Universal, 2012)
- Duo (2birds1stone, 2015)
- Housewarming (Nwog, 2015)
With Henri Texier
- An Indian's Week (Label Bleu, 1993)
- Mosaic Man (Label Bleu, 1998)
- Mad Nomad(s) (Label Bleu, 2002)
- Strings' Spirit (Label Bleu, 2002)
With Julien Lourau
- The Rise (Label Bleu, 2001)
- Fire (Label Bleu, 2005)
- Forget (Label Bleu, 2005)
- Claude Barthelemy, Sereine (Label Bleu, 2000)
- Jean-Jacques Birge, Sarajevo (Suite) (L'Empreinte Digitale, 1994)
- Matt Darriau, Matt Darriau Paradox Trio With Bojan Z. (Felmay, 2010)
- Angelo Debarre, Caprice (Hot Club, 1998)
- Madame Piano, Predeli (ITMM, 1997)
- Malouma, Nour (Marabi, 2007)
- Amira Medunjanin, Amulette (World Village, 2011)
- Amira Medunjanin, Silk & Stone (World Village, 2014)
- Nguyen Le, Purple (ACT, 2002)
- Oktobar 1864, Oktobar 1864 (Jugodisk, 1987)
- Michel Portal, Dockings (Label Bleu, 1998)
- Michel Portal, Bailador (Universal, 2010)
- Nils Wogram, Work Smoothly (Nwog, 2018)
- Patterson, Ian (2006-07-31). "Bojan Z: Stranger Sounds". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2011-01-06.
- Jean-Pierre Thiollet, 88 notes pour piano solo, Neva Editions, 2015, p.173–174. ISBN 978-2-3505-5192-0
- "Les prix Django Reinhardt depuis 1955". Académie du Jazz. Archived from the original on 2010-02-12. Retrieved 2011-01-06.