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Arnsek, Branko

Arnsek, Branko, bass; b. Celje, Yugoslavia (now Slovenia), 29 April 1959. In

1960, emigrated to West Germany (Sindelfingen nearby Stuttgart). In 1968, he had his first piano lessons. In 1974, he founded his first jazz band. In 1976, he took classical contrabass lesson and performed with Mladost, the Yugoslavian folk ensemble in Stuttgart. In 1977, he did glass painter training, and played street music with accordion. In 1982, he founded the salsa orchestra Wawanxo. In 1985, he had performances with Zigeli Winter Quartett. In 1986, he founded the salsa orchestra Don Carlos y su Orchestra, took more classical contrabass lessons and had performances with Sindelfinger Laiensymphonieorchester.

 In 1987, he studied music under Joe Haider at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern (Switzerland). In 1988, he founded the jazz trio White Diamnds with Harry Hartmann, sax., and Jogi Nestel, dr. He also freelanced with various bands, i. e. "Mecky Balog Quartett" (gipsy swing), "Rade Soric Trio" (piano trio, mainstream jazz), "Francisco Gileno Trio" (Brasilian musica popular), "Cleo Watson Band" (funk/soul) and Dixieland bands. Since 1989, he has been a teacher for contrabass and electric bass in jazz and popular music at Musikschule Stuttgart.

 In 1992, he made his first concert tour to Russia with White Diamonds, supported by Vladimir Bolschakow, g. (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Petrosawodsk). In1993, he made his second concert tour to Murmansk/GUS. The Latin band Santa Cruz was founded with Martin Romero, perc., Sol Bruguera, voc., Daniel Messina, dr., Reinhold Braig, key. White Diamonds played a concert at Theaterhaus Stuttgart on the occasion of the Easter Jazz Festival.

In 1994 White Diamonds played two hours in the first program of Russian TV (TV audience: 150,000,000). The musicians network was founded in Stuttgart. He played weekly sessions with well-known local jazz musicians at L'Aleph, Stuttgart (organization and performances).

In 1995, he played Lokaltermin Jazz, weekly jazz sessions at Treffpunkt Rotebuhlzentrum, Stuttgart (organisation) and a concert tour to Poland with Paco Aguillera & Band (rumba flamenca). In 1996, he did a concert with Archie Shepp at Institut Franssais, Stuttgart (organisation with Harry Hartmann and Michael Helmstetter).

In 1998, editorial office for jazz founded at Freies Radio Stuttgart; radio series with interviews; music production of the one-man-theatre http://www.heimatlos.de (recorded with Plattenpapst Joak and White Diamonds); solo performance with contrabass for the short film Grune Rosen; Afro-Cuban formation Son o Pop founded with Sascha Kruse, key., Fernando Samuel, voc., perc., Juan-Antonio Cabrera, voc., perc.; and he continued to freelance with various bands.

In 1999, he gave musical support for the new film project of the Georgian director Dito Tzintzatze. He founded the Latin dance floor-formation Que pega with rap, DJ, percussion, bass and vocal. White Diamonds performed on Sudwestrundfunk TV. Also, the gipsy band Zigeli Winter Quintett was revived.

2000 saw performances at German TV ARD and ZDF with Vincent Klink. White Diamonds did concert at the occasion of Kornwestheimer Jazzaktion and Coesfelder Jazztage. He also still freelanced.

In 2001 record and music edition 59music founded; cooperation between musicians network and the Swiss musician initiative OHR, Zurich; performances in the 3rd program of Sudwestrundfunk and Sender Freies Berlin; concert with Dave Liebmann; concert with Lutz Wiechert; TOKAME ounded with Olvido Ruiz-Castellanos, voc.; concerts with the NU-JAZZ-Band Teaceremonie with Axel Hanfreich, Live-Electronics; Sven Gotz, g., Andy Zbik, dr.

2002 saw concerts with TOKAME with Jackeline Castellanos (La dama del son), Olvido Ruiz-Castellanos, voc., and various guest musicians like Lukmil Peres, dr., Roger Mancebo, dr., and others; composition order for the youth musical Zeitshow; concerts with Zigeli Winter Quintett on various festivals; and a recording with TOKAME and Jackeline Castellanos together with guest musicians from Cuba.

White Diamonds: White Diamonds; Acuarela Latina: Jazz-Fiesta; Udaj Mazumdar, DJ Plattenpapst Joak a.o.: Walk On; Zigeli Winter Quintett: Marigidli

Contact information:
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