Formed by the acclaimed pianist Simon Trpčeski, the Makedonissimo Quintet also includes Hidan Mamudov (clarinet, alto saxophone and kaval), Aleksandar Krapovski (violin), Alexander Somov (cello) and Vlatko Nushev (percussion).
Makedonissimo's first concert prompted glowing reviews: ‘Quite magical’ wrote Süddeutsche Zeitung; ‘This group should come again’ exclaimed The Independent after the UK premiere in Wigmore Hall, London, in 2018. Indeed, Makedonissimo produces a unique sound: it fuses incredible rhythms and haunting melodies of the Macedonian folk music tradition with highly virtuoso, jazz-influenced riffs and harmonies. The twenty-three dances and songs, especially selected by Trpčeski for this project, are interwoven in a truly unique fashion by the composer Pande Shahov.
After its successful premiere in Germany at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, the project travelled to Slovenia, UK, Poland, The Netherlands, France, Serbia, Montenegro and Romania; other performances include Canada, China, Russia, New Zealand and Australia. The quintet featured on BBC Radio 3 In Tune programme, live Broadcast on YouTube from South Korea, as well as on other renowned TV and Radio broadcasters.