Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Micic, Rale (Ratibor)
Rale's mother Miroslava Micic (b. 1948) and father Sava Micic (b. 1948), world-renowned urologist, gave him a violin at the age of 7. After studying violin for five years, he chose guitar as his main instrument. Early on he showed a talent for composition that eventually led him to his true calling as a bandleader performing his own music. Rale moved to United States in 1995, after receiving a scholarship from the Berklee College of Music, where he studied with George Garzone, Hal Crook, John Thomas and Bob Brookmeyer. It was also by that time that the guitar guru, Mick Goodrick, became Rale Micic's mentor. That collaboration resulted in two years of intense studies. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1999, with a degree in Jazz Composition. After Rale's transition to New York in 2000, his group Rale Micic Quintet started incorporating melodies from his native country with jazz.
He is married to jazz vocalist Alma Micic, and they have a daughter Mia (b. 2002).
Recordings, broadcasts and films:
Bridges (2003); Live radio performance on WGBH-FM (Boston, MA; 2001); Interviews in local New York newspapers; Live performance on New Jersey TV stations; Arranged Package, movie soundtrack, dir. Ivan Stefanovic (1995)