Vasil Hadzimanov Band is a collective formed in 1997 in Belgrade, Serbia. The mastermind behind it is Vasil Hadzimanov - a Berclee scholar and a piano & keyboard player who fuses various aspects of Balkan folk music(s) and jazz fusion, with heavy emphasis on percussion and keyboard tapestries.
The band's permanent line-up is comprised of variety of renowned Serbian musicans of younger generation: Vlada Samardzic on electric bass, Srdjan Johnny' Dunkic on drums, Bojan Ivkovic on various percussions as well as vocals and scat.
Aside from a quartet core of the collective, there's a number of guest musicans with whom VASIL HADZIMANOV BAND is collaborating frequently, such are Brankica Vasic, Teodosii Spasov, Antonio Kitanovski and Orhan Maslo.
Often cited as a Balkan-focused variant of Zawinul's music - such a tag is not untrue, but it's doing injustice the band's variety of styles and it's unique chemistry, which is developing it's own identification on the world's jazz fusion map: beside already mentioned Balkan music varieties and jazz fusion, the band is dabbing with electronics, swing, experimental musical forms, funk, soul, African music, rock, folk, country and improvisational & free jazz.
Their music is highly recommended, especially their live performances.