Born in the Mediterranean-flavored city of Bitola, he is now a leading artist, jazz guitarist and composer in the Balkan jazz and world music scene. Popovski created and developed a new musical expression, bringing oriental sounds to a mystical language.
Popovski presents a refined concept of his trio project on his debut album for ART Melodies. The album revolves around constant variations of melody, emphasizing sound, textures, interaction, and space. To introduce color and contrasting musical ideas, Saso collaborates with guest musicians. The compositions are beautifully derived, featuring clear and appealing melodious lines.
STEPS is a seven-track masterpiece, embracing multicultural influences with pure lines and exotic motifs. The structures are well-crafted, showcasing the author’s imaginative prowess. Saso consciously allows room for development and pushes the boundaries of sound, exploring the unique characteristics of each instrument and the musicians unpredictable sensibilities.
The strong ensemble formations provide an intimate and spacious atmosphere, where every musician enjoys equal musical presence. The transparency of the sound highlights the deep aesthetic affinity between the performers, as each musician contributes something distinct and extraordinary to each composition, creating a captivating musical landscape.
“Balkan jazz has a modern soul.” – Mario Ferraioli Jazz In Family Italy
In 2021, the album Fallen Land finished first on the regional jazz scene of HRT Croatia’s Jazzolovka show and was the album of the week in Bulgaria, Serbia, Poland and Macedonia.
SASO POPOVSKI SOLO
SASO POPOVSKI TRIO
SASO POPOVSKI TRIO feat. OLIVIER SAMOUILLAN
“Steps” is the most interesting and engaging contemporary jazz album I’ve had the pleasure to preview to date.
George C. GlasserJazz Syndicate Magazine & Promotions
Prepare to be captivated by this beautiful piece of work, where melancholy and wistfulness intertwine.
Nenad GeorgievskiAll About Jazz
This music is at the crossroads of genres, relaxing and mesmerizing at the same time.
Marek Romański Jazz Forum
An absolutely likable and masterful album.
With “Steps” Saso confirms his ability to assimilate multicultural techniques and exotic melodies to give new polish and a strong personalization to jazz.
Mario Ferraioli Jazz In Family