Steinway Two Pianos Festival

Kit Downes & Bojan Z

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Last Show: Wednesday 20 th March 2019

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Kit Downes, a composer, pianist and organist living in London will be joined on the night by Belgrade-born, Paris-based pianist/keyboardist.

“Utterly absorbing and quite beautiful […] essential listening for those who still have faith in solo piano to surprise and delight.”

All About Jazz


Kit Downes is a BBC Jazz Award winning, Mercury Music Award nominated, solo recording artist for ECM Records. He has toured the world with artists such as Squarepusher, Thomas Strønen, Aidan O'Rourke and Django Bates and written commissions for Cheltenham Music Festival, London Contemporary Orchestra, Stavanger Konserthus, Cologne Philharmonie, BBC Radio 3 and the Wellcome Trust



Based in Paris, originally from Serbia, Bojan Z’s personal sense of style defies easy classification. With a background in classical music, rock, Brazilian music, blues, jazz and Balkan Folklore, Z harmoniously blends and twists his colourful musical baggage, innovating, yet never losing his taste for melody and song form. Starting with classical piano at the age of 5, moving toward the Belgrade rock scene as a youngster, Z obtained a scholarship at the age of 18 to study jazz with Clare Fischer in the US. Just a few years later he was awarded ‘Best Young Jazz Musician of Yugoslavia’. At twenty, he settled in Paris, establishing himself as a innovative improviser on the French jazz scene. More than two decades later, Bojan Z has an impressive record to his name. A much sought-after sideman, he has collaborated with luminaries like Henri Texier, Michel Portal and Julien Lourau. In addition he has eight albums under his own name which highlight the scale and scope of his musical oeuvre, including his multi-ethnical project Koreni, which heralded him as one of the pioneers in bringing Balkan influences into modern jazz music making.