The Adrabesa Quartet consists of four exceptional musicians, brought together by its long-standing founder and leader: composer and saxophonist, Vasko Atanasovski. After assembling the group for an ongoing, inspirational Melem (translation: "Soul Remedy") project back in 2017, there was an organic chemistry which quickly emerged. Inspired, Vasko and company decided to produce an exquisite musical document, highlighting their own original works and incorporating an assortment of regional ethnic musical dialects. Compiling a collection of pieces as quirky and unconventional as the quartet's instrumentation (sax, accordion, tuba and percussion), "Phoenix" stands as a shimmering testimony to both their considerable individual talents and corporate inventiveness.
Inspired by some divergent musical roots -- combined with a sense of nostalgia and genuine passion for their craft -- the aptly titled album signifies the rebirth of a unit with a long-standing reputation for creative excellence across Eastern Europe
Joining the quartet's magical sonic adventures is special guest, Ariel Vei Atanasovski. Ariel is Vasko Atanasovski's 17-year-old son: a gifted young cellist, and ambitious understudy of renowned celloist, Professor Niko Sajko, at the Maribor Conservatory of Music and Ballet, and Slovenian vir- tuoso, Igor Mitrovic (also a Professor), at the Klagenfurt Music Conservatory. A musical prodigy, Ariel has remained active in various fields of music from a young age, and can already boast of numerous performances, international awards and original compositions. Boasting a musical maturity which belies his age, Ariel's contributions only add to "Phoenix"s allure.
In sparkling, effervescent fashion, the Adrabesa Quartet has defined itself as a high-energy, idiosyncratic ethnofusion group of a most regal nature – delivering fresh, brilliant, unpretentious music in a truly organic, masterful manner.