For his album Floating Sand, which will be presented at Festival Lent for the first time after it was released, multi-instrumentalist and composer Kristijan Krajnčan joined forces with the RTV Slovenia Big Band and his father, music arranger and conductor Lojze Krajnčan.

“After my solo album Abraxas, my father and I got the idea to upgrade the pieces and play them with the RTV Slovenia Big Band. Lojze began working on the arrangements and we spent a lot of time talking about the meaning and sound of individual pieces that drew inspiration from mythological tales. This led to an intersection of the worlds of two generations, whose shared value is the love of music and creativity.”

Kristijan Krajnčan, soloist and composer
Lojze Krajnčan, conductor and arranger
Big band RTV Slovenija

About Kristjan Krajnčan

Kristijan Krajnčan is making a name for himself as one of the most prominent European artists of his generation. A virtuoso both on the cello and on drums, composer, and movie maker, Kristijan is fusing diverse art forms and always refuses to be pinned down by single-art labels. His work is characterized by exploration and the ambition to combine classical storytelling with modern creative techniques.

Kristijan earned numerous awards across many fields of art; he was the first winner of the Jazzon award for best Slovenian jazz composition, the first award at the national competition of classical musicians of Slovenia, and earned rave reviews at the Seifert Competition for jazz strings in Poland, where he won a special award for artistic value and original playing style. He can also be rightfully proud of having made it to the semi-finals at the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition for Drums in Washington (USA).

His solo project saw him release four albums: DrummingCellist (2017), on which he arranged Bach’s Suite No. 2 and Arvo Pärt’s Fratres for cello and jazz drums; Abraxas (2019), for which he wrote original music inspired by world mythologies and C. G. Jung’s work; Floating Sand (2021), on which he collaborated with his father, conductor and music arranger Lojze Krajnčan, and the RTV Slovenia Big Band; and his latest album entitled Zabučale gore / The Mountains Roared (2022), on which he reinterpreted Slovenian folk music through contemporary classical and improvisational concepts.


*Events will be held rain or shine. We wish for all our visitors to have a pleasant experience at the show and a good view of the stage, which is why no open umbrellas will be allowed at the venue. We advise wearing weather-appropriate attire and footwear.



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