“Tradition is not worshipping the ashes, but passing on the fire” (Gustav Mahler)
Christian Bakanic, an Austrian accordionist and composer, studied folk music at the Johann Joseph Fux conservatory in Graz, classical accordion at Graz University of Arts and has already made his mark as a jazz musician in Austria. His musical approaches and experiences blend subtly in his compositions and combine the complex spontaneity of jazz, the temperamental passion of Tango Nuevo, and the disciplined momentum of European classicism with multifaceted traditions of European folk music.
The essence of Christian Bakanic’s work is the steady motion, the continuous exchange, and not least the exciting search for new potentials. Curiosity and passion fuel his creative engine, whilst he convinces an audience with authenticity and virtuosity.
Christian Bakanic was born 1980 in southern Burgenland, first music lessons at the age of seven. He studies at Johann-Joseph-Fux conservatory (diploma as a teacher of folk music instruments), continues his studies with accordion at Graz University of Arts (under professors Janne Rättyä, James Crabb, and Geir Draugsvoll)
Christian is first prize winner of the state contest Prima la Musica for classical accordion (1997 and 1999). He is working with ensembles like Folksmilch www.folksmilch.at, Beefólk www.beefolk.com, Christian Bakanic’s Trio Infernal, Mala Junta, Scurdia, Bordunikum, Kahiba, Marina Zettl & Band, Temmel & Bakanic, and others.
His main focus currently involves jazz, folk, and contemporary classical music compositions.
Christian Bakanic on Quinton Records:
Foto (c) Hermann Burgstaller