Zlatko Kaučič

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Zlatko Kaučič, born on February 21, 1953, in Postojna, Slovenia, is a versatile musician known as a drummer, percussionist, and composer. His career began in 1978 at the Spanish club “Tres Tristes Tigres” in Valencia.

Since then, he has released over 60 albums, many of which have garnered recognition both domestically and internationally. Notable projects include “Round Trip” and “Pav,” recognized among the top 100 albums of 2007, as well as collaborations such as “Emotional Playgrounds” with Kenny Wheeler and Gianluigi Trovesi, and “Zlati čoln” with Steve Lacy and Paul McCandless.

Kaučič has performed at renowned festivals worldwide, including Town Hall in New York, North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, and Barcelona Jazz Festival, among others. He has collaborated with esteemed musicians like John Lewison, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Bley, and Evan Parker.

In addition to his musical endeavors, Kaučič is also involved in music education in Nova Gorica, Slovenia, where he teaches percussion, drums, and ensemble music. He founded the Brda Contemporary Music Festival in 2011 and co-directs the Orchestra Senza Confini/Orkester Brez Meja.

Throughout his career, Kaučič has received numerous awards and honors, including the Bronze Key of the City of Hong Kong in 1979 and the Prešeren Award in 2011.

In 2018, he celebrated his 40th anniversary as a creative musician and mentor. Nottwo Records released a 5-CD box set to commemorate this milestone. Kaučič’s musical prowess has earned him acclaim as “an extremely musical drummer” and “an artist of grand imagery.”