Composer and flutist Damjan Krajacic is an artist characterized by a unique sound in his work that reflects a blend of styles and a naturally rhythmic yet lyrical performance.
A musician of eclectic styles, Damjan’s background spans Jazz and Latin Jazz with a touch of his own central European heritage and Classical training. From an early age on, he was drawn to Latin music, partially due to his father—a classical guitarist with a love for Spanish guitar music—but he never lost touch with the great Classical tradition of flute playing, either. A native of Zagreb, Croatia, Damjan holds a Master of Music degree from the California State University Los Angeles in Afro-Latin Music, where he studied Charanga, Jazz, Brazilian and Classical flute with the world-renowned flutist Danilo Lozano in addition to studying Jazz flute with the award-winning flutist and composer James Newton. He has performed and/or recorded with such renowned artists as Barbara Morrison, Claudia Acuña, Poncho Sanchez, Coky Garcia, Joey De Leon, Serge Kasimoff, Rigoberto Lopez, Robert Thies, Matija Dedic, Paul De Castro, and Eldad Tarmu, among others.
With soon to be 8 CD releases under his name, Damjan is a seasoned artist with a visionary compositional and stylistic approach that seamlessly combines various musical styles and influences. Damjan’s music ranges from groove-packed Latin-jazz to meditative ambient music that creates space and allows for an emotional experience of the music. His compositions are infused with Jazz and Classical sensibilities as well as Eastern European rhythms and melodies. Damjan is continuosly evolving his music and sound and pushing the boundaries of what role flute can contribute within that context.
As described in a review by Cantus Magazine, “Damjan expresses himself with extreme ease, successfully builds his own style defined by the immediacy, intensity, quality and sophistication of sound, gentle, warm and rounded sonority, clean intonation, likeable and fluid phrasing, sophisticated alterations between softness and forcefulness, lyricism, and persistence within the melodic structure. He is strong and powerful in fast tempos, while in slower ones achieves an impressive and introverted lyricism. His improvisations are inspired, lively and refined.”