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A L E X A N D E R  S O P C H E K



 BIOGRAPHY

Sopchek was born on 14th May 1960 in Zemun . Plays guitar since he was 14. First influence was Carlos Santana. At 18 he started playing live with well known Yugoslavian Jazz musicians like Stjepko Gut, Misha Krstic, Jovan Maljokovic, Misha Blam, Milosh Petrovic… During 1982 he played drums in Jazz trio with Misha Krstic. At that time he enrolled Academy of Fine Artsin Belgrade. Academy had at that time one of leading clubs in Belgrade where he  was involved as an organizer and participant of Jazz sessions. He was also producing in his studio many at that time unknown and now established bands and musicians in all kind of music  styles. In 1988 he finished his first project called "Between New Delhi & New York". Entire album was composed, produced and played by Sopchek  In August 1988 he went to Canada where he made Art-Music project "Indian Summer". Also in Toronto in his own production he made several documentaries. One of them was shown on Ontario TV and another was shown at Belgrade's Festival of Documentary and Ethno Films, 2000. 


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I met Sopchek in Zemun (Belgrade's suburbia) and immediately got interested in a man who has obvious charisma. We spent a day in his studio listening to his previous work and talking about life and, of course, music. His previous work wasn't really in a style that I was looking for apart of his "New Delhi" track from 1988 that I licensed immediately. Next day he called me on a phone and said: I've got a track for you that I did last night and you gonna like it. He took a cab and in no time he was at my place with a tape. And he was right. I loved it. He said that he carried that in himself since early 80's and just needed the right moment to deliver it. And this was the moment, and that was the beginning of his "Masks". Masks are mix of traditional African music and Jazz, inspired by Kenyan and Tanzanian ritual music. Sopchek is also mentioning influences by John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Weather Report, Pat Matheney and George Benson. This is Sopchek's first album for Cosmic Sounds and is entirely dedicated to Africa, particularly Kenya and Tanzania. All the tracks are based on original local stories and are almost short documentaries. Sopcheck's approach to African music is the most original I've heard so far. Although everything sounds so fresh, full of Jazz, Funk and even Drum'n Bass, he succeeded to preserve the roots and original African atmosphere. None of the styles is prevailing. Everything is blended so nicely into original and from now on very recognizable Sopchek's style.  (Zeljko Kerleta  2000)
.DISCOGRAPHY:
COVER
ALBUM
TRACK(S)
LABEL / CAT. NO.
RELEASED
V.A.  BELGRADE'S BURNING
(Section Through Belgrade's 2000 Jazzy, Groovy, Funky, Trippy Club  Scene)
01. DESTINY DAWN (Space mix) Cosmic Sound
CS-11 CD/LP
(UK)
December 2000
ALEXANDER SOPCHEK
'MASKS'
1. DESTINY DAWN, 2. COCONUT, 3. AKAMBA, 4. ERASTO, 5. VUGO, 6. DODO, 7. INTO THE NIGHT Cosmic Sound
CS-11 CD/LP
(UK)
December 2000