Georgi Sareski is a Macedonian composer, arranger and guitarist living in Berlin, Germany. A truly international musician, Georgi has lived in the USA, Italy, China, Germany as well as in his native Macedonia and has played with musicians from all over the world. Since 2005, he has released internationally – 8 albums of original music and has performed on well-known jazz festivals all over Europe. A graduate from Berklee college of music with a major in jazz composition and arranging, Georgi is nurturing and ever developing a unique style, both as a guitarist and a composer. He has collaborated with Francesco Bearzatti, Luca Aquino, Ernst Reijseger, Oscar Salas, and some of the most renowned musicians from Macedonia and the region. Best known for leading the Georgi Sareski Quartet and the international group the Skopje Connection, Sareski has also composed and performed music for several theater plays, and has penned over 100 compositions, most of which can be heard on his albums.
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.” – Gerry Godley for the 12 points festival
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 best known 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.
Please check out the discography for more information about individual albums.