Biography

 

(short version)

Georgi Sareski is a Macedonian composer, arranger and guitarist. He has recorded seven albums of original music and has worked with the likes of Francesco Bearzatti, Luca Aquino, Ernst Reijseger,  Oscar Salas, and many others. Sareski is a graduate from Berklee college of music in Boston, USA, which he attended from 2001 to 2005.

Since 2014, Georgi Sareski lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

(full version)

Georgi Sareski (born February 17, 1983) is a Macedonian composer, arranger and guitarist, living in Berlin, Germany. Considered as one of the most productive musicians from Macedonia, a fertile composer and a guitarist with a unique style, Georgi has successfully promoted his music far beyond the borders of his country since 2005. Countless international collaborations, 7 albums of original music, headlining performances on notable European jazz festivals, international releases, and more, make Sareski one of the best known contemporary musicians from the region.

Georgi attended Berklee College of Music in Boston from 2001 to 2005 with a major in jazz composition and arranging. He studied under the tutelage of Ken Pullig, Greg Hopkins, Scott Free, Jon Damian, Bret Willmott, and slide guitarist David Tronzo, to name a few. During his studies he was awarded the Berklee Achievement Scholarship Award, as well as the 1st prize award on the IAJE Massachusetts State competition (International Association of Jazz Educators) for his composition “Mourning Suite Pt.2” (featured on his debut album). Additionally, he was on the Dean’s List for his last two years at the college.

“Since graduating from Berklee, Sareski has become a fulcrum of Balkan’s jazz scene, honing an impressive unit with Dzijan Emin (keyboards), Oliver Josifovski (upright bass) and Goce Stevkovski (drums), and recording five albums, the latest of which sees him collaborating with Italian trumpeter Luca Aquino and Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger. Aside from confident playing, there is a strong compositional personality at work here, where Balkan meters meet popular dance forms, driven forward by an irrepressible style and an occasional taste for the absurd.”
In 2010, his quartet was selected to perform in Stavanger, Norway on the prestigious 12 points festival as one of Europe’s most innovative new jazz groups.

In 2009, Georgi Sareski began playing with the Skopje Connection, an acoustic group featuring Dzijan Emin on French horn and Italian trumpet player Luca Aquino. Later in the year, “Enrico Blumer Productions” from Bergamo, Italy, released Skopje Connection’s first album which was selected as one of the best albums of 2009 by the Italian web site italia.allaboutjazz.com. The Skopje Connection went on to play on some of the finest European jazz festivals, and in 2010 in Hilversum, Holland, recorded their second album, featuring the renowned Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger. The album was released for the Norwegian label Losen Records and produced by Enrico Blumer and Odd Gjelsnes, and selected as one of the best albums of 2011 by the Italian web site italia.allaboutjazz.com.

Since 2014, Georgi lives in Berlin, Germany, and works closely with musicians Boris Bell, Christian Schantz, Nikolaus Neuser and others.

Furthermore, Georgi Sareski has composed, recorded and/or performed music for three theater plays, animations, advertisements, a documentary film and other. He has received excellent reviews in countless international jazz music magazines, web sites and forums.
Since 2005, Georgi Sareski has penned more than 70 compositions, almost all of which are recorded and can be heard on his albums.