Koshanin - a pianist, composer and a veteran on the music scene whose career stretches well over 20 years, acquired his formal music education at the early age and had his first public performances with youth choirs at the age of 10. With the onset of the new wave of pop music in the '80s, he jumped into the Yugoslavian music scene to play and tour with several groups until the Mid ‘90s, When he Relocated to the USA to continue with his musical journey.
He has performed extensively on festivals and stages throughout the USA and Canada with various groups playing Pop, Rock, Blues, Funk, Reggae & Afrobeat. After focusing on more private studies Koshanin developed an interest in reed instruments and gradually shifted to new directions. He continued recording and performing with new groups playing Latin, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Samba & Rumba Flamenca. New projects followed and by this time all the collaborations and side work amounted to over 30 releases. Meanwhile Koshanin found himself returning to his first love in music - piano, and this, coupled with a revived fascination with Balkan folk music from his childhood, laid the foundation for a new body of work.
Koshanin’s new self-titled solo piano project blends musical traditions of his native Serbia and Mediterranean sensibility with contemporary western music styles. Material for this project consists of original compositions complemented with Koshanin’s unique piano adaptations of select traditional folk tunes. Instead of looking at piano exclusively as a classical instrument, Koshanin treats it predominantly as a modern-day folk instrument. This approach allowed music to flow freely, develop gradually and it yielded unrestrained and unconventional forms and song structures resembling old times' folk music. Characterized by abundance of odd time signatures, classical and jazz techniques, and a minimalist compositional approach, these delicate musical tales stand at the meeting point of the East and the West, reflecting Koshanin’s own journey.
While Koshanin's music draws its influences mainly in various Balkan & Mediterranean music styles, it is nonetheless based on original ideas, underlied with a minimalist approach and a predominant modal sound.
It has been often described by listeners as: minimalist musical landscapes & forgotten tales of the ancient times...
Since February 2013 Koshanin has been a Resident Artist at Portland's International Airport's "PAUSE: Arts & Entertainment Program" where he performs regularly and represents portland's cultural and musical diversity along with select other Portland-based musicians.
"Over a course of our lifetime our ears are constantly bombarded with hundreds of thousands of hours worth of all kinds of sounds and audible vibrations. Go out on a busy street or find a quiet spot in the mountains, close your eyes and just let your ears uncover all the hidden layers of your surroundings. You might be surprised to find that those quiet and meditative mountains, even though they appear so silent and peaceful to our eyes, have a lot to say to our ears. Even the silence of nature has its sound - indeed a beautiful and pleasing one when compared to that of a big city. To a musician, every single sound, whether of a musical or non-musical kind, is an intriguing sensation, a new experience worthy of close observation and admiration, and above all it represents a pure inspiration carrying in itself the seeds which eventually sprout into new musical creations and a whole new world of sounds. To this point in my life I have digested several hundreds of thousands of hours of sounds, and whether of a musical or a non-musical kind, even the softest of the vibrations have left an imprint in my ears. From the most beautiful and pleasing sounds of wind in the trees or of a gentle springtime rain, to the brutal and attacking sounds usually produced by humans and their devices. Some faded away or disappeared into depths of the subconscious, while others left a lasting impression. An impression that can be recalled, brought back into life and relived vividly. Out of this myriad of random sounds perhaps some of the most unlikely suspects might have played a significant role in influencing this music, however when it comes to musical influences some of the more obvious ones lie in: Classical; Jazz; ancient music traditions of the East and the West; Mediterranean and Byzantine music and culture; traditional, folk and medieval church music of Serbia and the music of Balkan."
Koshanin, 2011. Portland, Oregon
SELECT PAST PERFORMANCES:
GLOBAL FOLK CLUB at McMenamin's WHITE EAGLE - Portland, Oregon (October 30, 2017)
GLOBAL FOLK CLUB Features Folk music from all over the world showcased in an intimate environment
“KEYS TO THE CITY” PROJECT to Raise the awareness and support the “VANCOUVER SCHOOL OF PIANO TECHNOLOGY FOR THE BLIND” @ Port of PDX – Portland, Oregon (August 10-11, 2015)
"Keys to the City" is a community program organized by Vancouver School of Piano Technology for the Blind (pianotuningschool.org). Every year “Keys to the City” pianos, each hand-painted by a local artist, are placed throughout the area in popular public gathering spots for a 10-day celebration of music and art. In Augsust of 2015 the School of Piano Technology for the Blind placed one of the pianos at Portland International Airport. This beautiful upright piano (a.k.a. “PDX Carpet Piano”) has been hand painted by local artist Natalie Andrzejeski to match the colors and pattern of the carpet at the PDX Airport. Koshanin, along with other Port of PDX Resident Pianists, participated in this event by performing his music and thus contributing to the awareness of the important mission of the School of Piano Technology for the Blind. The School that is specially designed and equipped for the teaching of piano tuning, servicing and rebuilding to the visually impaired and has been providing specialized quality education to the blind and visually impaired since 1949.
44th NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL @ Folklife Cafe Stage - McCaw Hall Lobby @ Seattle Center - Seattle, Washington (May 22, 2015)
"Northwest Folklife is one of the largest organizations in the country focusing on folk, ethnic and traditional arts, with no comparable organizations or programs in the Pacific Northwest. Each year, the Northwest Folklife Festival joins together cultures and communities in a vibrant celebration of music, dance, exhibits, symposia, food, crafts, children's activities, and more. As one of the largest free festivals in the nation and a regional signature event for many of its years, the Northwest Folklife Festival attracts an annual average attendance of 200,000 visitors over four days every Memorial Day weekend. Northwest Folklife was founded in 1971 to produce a festival of traditional and ethnic arts for the region." (an excerpt from "Northwest Folklife - Library of Congress - Local Legacies Project" - Seattle, Washington, December 1999)
Duo with Cellist Josie Phelan @ The EARTH DAY FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE 2012: "The Next Seven Generations" @ Portland Community College - Sylvania Campus - Portland, Oregon (April 21, 2012)
A regional conference hosted by the Earth & Spirit Council and Portland Community College Sylvania Campus
The conference brings together Native Elders, Naturalists, Activists, Artists, Healers and Environmental Leaders to engage in dialogue and action around the question: "What gives us hope and heart to keep working for the earth as we face growing challenges?"
"The last thing one expects to find is a grand piano in an airport terminal. This beauty features Koshanin, a pianist from the Balkans whose fingers dance over the ivory keys."
Portland Business Journal, March 2014 (from an article and photo essay by Cathy Cheney)
“Koshanin, your music live was a finer gift than I ever imagined – so many rich, complex & soulful pieces. Your music reflected on sorrows but moved on into challenges, transformations & joys. It really lifted my heart. Now I'm ready for the new year, painting and seeing colors in new ways.”
Kris Wood, artist & painter (Portland, Oregon, USA)
"...I just wanted to say that your playing is beautiful, and it made my day to listen to you.
I used to play piano competitively, but I stopped playing three years ago simply because I has a hard time balancing everything in college. So, it's been a while since I've really listened to any pianists. I am so glad I happened upon you playing at the airport. It brought back a lot of good, happy memories and makes me want to take up the art again.
Thank you so much for bringing wonderful music into the world."
From a note by an anonimous Traveler
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