News

March 1, 2021

The new CD Sarabande Blue is released! Sarabande Blue is a jazz/classical crossover for acoustic guitar and string quintet, featuring all original compositions.

The band:

Zvonimir Tot - acoustic guitars

Carmen Kassinger - violin

Lisa Fako - violin

Cheryl Wilson - viola

Paula Kosower - cello

Rob Kassinger - double bass

Produced by Cheryl Wilson and Freddie Breitberg

Mixed and mastered by Freddie Breitberg

Liner notes by Howard Mandel

Design by Michael Coakes

Photography: George Burns

"Sarabande Blue is a rare, indeed perhaps unique instance of finely detailed writing for unamplified strings along with inspired improvisation arriving at a warm, well-balanced blend."

From the liner notes by Howard Mandel

"(Sarabande Blue) carries the elegant gleam of top level musicianship and meticulous tune-smithing on a set of (almost) all Tot originals."

Dan McClenaghan, allaboutjazz.com

"With this brilliant and enthralling album Tot has crafted a genre defying work that is both intimate and cinematic."

Hrayr Attarian, Chicago Jazz Magazine

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December 17, 2020

CD release: Monday, March 1, 2021

My CD "Sarabande Blue" for acoustic guitar and string quintet will be released on Monday, March 1, 2021. All original music, a jazz/concert music crossover.

The band: Carmen Kassinger (violin), Lisa Fako (violin), Cheryl Wilson (viola), Paula Kosower (cello), and Rob Kassinger (double bass).

From the liner notes by Howard Mandel:

"Sarabande Blue is a rare, indeed perhaps unique instance of finely detailed writing for unamplified strings along with inspired improvisation arriving at a warm, well-balanced blend."

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August 13, 2020

I also play the Mexican requinto. Here's a new home project: Historia de un amor, for 4 requintos, guitar, bass, and percussion:

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July 29, 2020

The DIGITAL edition of my book Jazz Guitar Harmony - The Melodic Approach is now available, PDF + audio examples. Price: $20.

Order the book HERE

"I know aspiring guitarists will love this book."
Jazz guitar master Larry Coryell (full-length quote on back cover)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 7, 2020

Sarabande Blue, the CD of all original music with my Stringtet is completed. Release is being planned for October 2020.

 

 

I am currently writing music for a world music CD, to be recorded in August of 2020. The CD will be a mixture of Balkan folk songs and elements of jazz and concert music, written for a 9-piece acoustic band with a folk singer, accordion, acoustic guitar, ethnic percussion, and string quintet.

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December 22, 2019

Welcome to my new website! This May/June I taught for five weeks at the jazz department of Goce Delčev University in Štip, Macedonia as a Fulbright Specialist. I also played several gigs with excellent local musicians in Skopje and Ohrid. It was a lovely experience. In July I taught at Jamey Aebersold's Summer Jazz Workshops in Louisville, Kentucky, working for one of my heroes. This August I recorded a CD of all original music with my string band, Zvonimir Tot's Jazz Stringtet. The release is expected in the fall of 2020. Here's a small sample from a recent concert: Video

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