New viennese ensemble „flauto di jazz“ loves the unusual:
Jazz sound out of a flute can rarely be heard in itself – even
more unusual seems what they play: Focussing on „off standard“
music, the ensemble finds itself making music on the crossroads of the
styles, where improvisation and notation, jazz and classical music,
the old and the new can meet and communicate.
Works by contemporary composers such as Claude Bolling, Mike Mower
or Viennese Thomas Turko seem perfect for the three musicians to unify
their diversified talents - musically rowing the same boat.
Born in Grieskirchen, Upper Austria, in 1970; early classical piano
lessons; law school studies in the first instance; 2000 completion of
jazz piano studies at the Vienna Conservatory in Prof. Harald Gansberger’s
class. Stage appearances performing with "Half an Octet",
"Acoustic Jazz Trio", "Berthold Foeger Trio" and
solo. Dramatist for the „Graumanntheater“ and „Kabarett
Simpl“, founder member of comedy ensemble "Heilbutt &
Rosen". Teaching assignments in jazz piano at Prayner Conservatory
and Vienna Conservatory.
Masae Suzaki | Bass
Born in Kanagawa/Japan she started with piano-lessons at the age of five. From the age of 14 on she
studied double-bass with Reiko Imamura followed by studies at the "Toho Music University" in Tokyo, where
she received her Diploma "with honours" as well as after her postgraduate studies with Ludwig Streicher
at the University of Music in Vienna.
In 1999 she finished additional studies at the University of Music in Vienna with Josť Vazquez(Viola da
gamba), Ingomar Rainer(Cembalo) and Elzbieta Wiedner-Zajac(Klavier) as a stipendiate of the Japanese
Ministery of Culture.
She performed as a soloist in numerous double-bass-recitals, most of them in Austria and Japan. NHK recorded
and broadcasted her recitals in Japan.
Masae Suzaki is member of the "First Austrian Ladies Chamber Orchestra", "Capella Academica Wien", "Orpheon
Consort", "Baroque-Orchestra L`Orfeo" and "Concerto Viennese".
Dusan Milenkovic | Drums
Dusan Milenkovic was born on March 26th 1979 in Belgrade, Serbia. He got first lessons when he
was 14 years old from Vukasin Veljkovic and he made his professional debut at the age of sixteen
in his hometown, working around Belgrade with local bands.
From 2002 on he studied in Paris and Cuba for some years.
In 2004 he continued his studies in Jazz Percussion in the class of Prof.Peter Gabis at the Vienna
He had participated in workshops of: Steve Smith, Dave Weckl, Jimmy Cobb, Gregg Bissonette, Zoro and
Milenkovic is a popular sideman in bands of many different styles.