Radoslav Lorkovic è un musicista incredibile. Nato a Zagabria si è trasferito a sei anni negli Stati Uniti ed è diventato presto un pianista e fisarmonicista eclettico, in possesso di un ampissimo spettro musicale grazie alla sua moltitudine di influenze che vanno da eleganti stili, dalla classica e jazz al blues, dal country al soul.
Radoslav ha maturato uno stile unico e raffinato ed è diventato uno dei più importanti session man per i grandi cantautori americani.
La sua riconoscibilissima fisarmonica, in bilico tra sonorità balcaniche e messicane e le note malinconiche del suo pianoforte hanno fatto la fortuna di tanti artisti, sia dal vivo che su disco.
Odetta, Jimmy LaFave, Greg Brown, Richard Shindell, Ellis Paul, Dave Moore, Bo Ramsey, Andy White, Ronny Cox sono alcuni dei songwriter con cui ha collaborato nella sua carriera trentennale che lo ha portato in tour dalle taverne del fiume Mississippi ai castelli dell’Italia, dalle Isole Canarie ai villaggi Yup'ik dell'Alaska, dal Kennedy Center fino alla Carnegie Hall. Radoslav ha partecipato ai più importanti festival internazionali: Woody Guthrie Festival, WOMAD, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton e Ottawa Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Mountain Stage, eTown etc etc.
Oltre alla sua straordinaria attività di musicista e sideman, Radoslav Lorkovc ha realizzato diversi dischi da solista a cominciare dall’intimista Clear and Cold del 1990 fino all’ultimo disco live, A piano Odissey, datato 2013.
Proprio dal vivo Radoslav Lorkovic tira fuori il meglio del suo repertorio, spaziando tra i vari generi musicali che lo hanno influenzato, alternando ballate a scatenati rock’n’roll. Ad accompagnarlo in questo tour italiano ci sarà il dobroista Paolo Ercoli, con cui Radoslav ha già precedentemente collaborato.
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Clear and Cold - 1990
The Line - 1992
High and Dry – 1996
Blue Parade – 2005
Wastedlans and Casinos – 2010
Clear and Cold – Remasterd - 2013
A Piano Odissey (Live) – 2013
Drawing from a multitude of influences ranging from elegant classical and jazz styles to the rawest, most basic blues, country and soul, Radoslav Lorković has taken on an unusually broad musical spectrum and refined it into his distinctive piano style. His tenure on the R&B and folk circuits has culminated in five critically acclaimed solo recordings and numerous appearances on the recordings of and performances with artists including Odetta, Jimmy LaFave, Ribbon of Highway Woody Guthrie Tribute, Greg Brown, Richard Shindell, Ellis Paul, Ronny Cox, Dave Moore, Andy White, and Bo Ramsey. His thirty year touring career has led him from the taverns of the upper Mississippi River to the castles of Italy, The Canary Islands, The Yup’ik villages of Alaska, The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.
Born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1958, Lorković’s initial exposure to music can be attributed to two grandmothers. Antonija, his maternal Grandmother, sang him Croatian, Slovenian and Czech folk songs since birth. At age one he was reported to be singing back on pitch. By age three he was putting on floor shows for his grandfather and friends who would respond by showering him with coins yelling “pivaj Radoslav pivaj!” During this time classical music played in the home constantly due to the influence of his paternal grandmother Melita Lorković, a internationally renown classical pianist. After this blend of central European musical influences Radoslav moved to the United States at age six. He had a foothold on a classical music career when at age fourteen he was sidetracked by a blues scale that a friend had taught him.
After several years and countless hours of expounding on this spark, Lorković began touring at age 20 with Bo Ramsey and the Sliders. Lorković entered the band having mastered the styles of boogie-woogie greats such as Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Freddie Slack etc.. Ramsey’s influence drove Lorković deeper to the core of the blues. The music of Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Little Walter shifted Lorković’s focus to the basics as he began to draw from the styles of Otis Spann and Pinetop Perkins. Several years later Lorković and Ramsey joined forces with Greg Brown adding musical authenticity to his deep Iowa Roots. At this time Lorković was simultaneously brushing up on his classical heritage and looking south to the polyrhythmic sounds of Professor Longhair and James Booker. He had picked up Tex-Mex and Zydeco accordion as well. In 1990 he made his solo recording debut. Six CDs later, Lorković currently tours the world regularly appearing at prestigious events such as the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, WOMAD, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa folk festivals, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Mountain Stage, Prairie Home Companion, eTown as well as a litany of Italian castles and villas.