DogEar series at happylucky no.1

8pm, tickets $10


Jan 6, 8PM


Album Release Show

Bram De Looze, piano; Chris Pitsiokos, saxophone; Dre Hocevar, drums; Lester St.louis, cello; Philip White, electronics – signal processing

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Percussionist, composer and improvisor Dre Hocevar is realizing individual approach to life and creation through research, practice and performance. He is interested in taking risks, experiencing new challenges and designing solutions that provoke and inspire.

Collective Effervescence is a new experimental research and performance platform. Its primary interests are in the development of  improvised music models as well as the practice and documentation of theoretical and philosophical thought.


Jan 13, 8PM


Ned Rothenberg, woodwinds and shakuhachi; Peter Evans, trumpet, pocket trumpet

World premiere

DogEAR series presents two phenomenal musicians: Peter Evans and Ned Rothenberg for their first concert as a duo. The two have worked before with Evan Parker's Electroacoustic Ensemble and various other improvisation groups but the performance at happylucky no.1 shows them for the first time in an intimate duo setting. The accoustics at happylucky seem to be made for this performance and should work really well for blending their personal sonic worlds.


Jan 20, 8PM


Jure Pukl, saxophon, composition; Rez Abassi, guitar; Carlo DeRosa, bass; Kush Abadey, drums

Pukl was awarded with the Slovenian highest national award for Arts (Nagrada Presernovega sklada 2015) and is one of the most profilic and creative saxophonists of the younger Slovene jazz generation. Pukl obtained university education abroad, he studied classical saxophone at the Vienna Music Academy, and jazz saxophone in Vienna as well as at the Haag Conservatory of Music. Pukl then won a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, where he pursued his studies with masters such as Joe Lovano and George Garzone. He completed his masters degree in music at the Graz Academy of Music. Throughout his studies Pukl performed and recorded extensively, being engaged in his own projects, as well as working with a number of great musicians such as Maceo Parker, Branford Marsalis, Dave Liebman, Esperanza Spalding, Vijay Iyer, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Damion Reid, Rodney Green, Charles Altura, Joe Sanders, Aaron Goldberg, Marcus Gilmore, Jeremy Pelt, Johnathan Blake and many others. He has been touring extensively throughout USA, Asia and Europe performing in venues such as Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, The Jazz Gallery, Ronnie Scotts, The Vortex, Pizza Express, Porgy & Bess, Stadtgarten and festivals like Moers Jazz Festival, Vienna Jazz Festival, Muenster Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, Jazz a Vienne to name a few. His music has won him many awards.

What he creates is a unique type of modern jazz, avantgarde, free jazz and impressionistic contemporary music performed with a great deal of knowledge and love, giving prominence to the interplay between band members. He already published 7 CD’s under his own name. The last two were recorded in New York with some of the finest musicians and got rave reviews all over the globe.He is also featured on more than 40 CD projects as a sideman.

"...Pukl combines the skill, soul, and appetite for adventure that has fuelled jazz evolution from the beginning, and he’s a rising star of a creative new generation that is energetically driving the music on into its second century.” John Fordham | The Guardian | London April 2012
Jure Pukl is an uncommon young artist with an original vision for modern music. He is one of those rare beings whose music reflects a higher understanding at a young age. With EARchitecture, he has created a listening experience with something to teach us all. He knows.” Vijay Iyer, pianist, NYC 2010

Jan 27, 8PM


Igor Lumpert, compositions, tenor saxophone; Greg Ward, alto saxophone; Matt Brewer, double bass; Thomas Crane, drums


Igor Lumpert is a Slovenian saxophonist and composer, currently living and working in NYC. His name is one of the most well-known/frequently alluded to names in the countries of Tito’s Ex Yugoslavia, now home to a thriving jazz scene, unfortunately badly known in the rest of the world.

He is coming to happylucky no.1 with his adventurous group, “Innertextures”. The group features New York’s finest musicians and longtime collaborators , Matt Brewer on bass and Tommy Crane on drums. For this special evening alto saxophonist Greg Ward from Chicago will be joining the band. This should be a great night of new original music. Not to be missed.

"What makes Igor’s music and playing so unique is its complexity. There is a quality to his playing and compositions that has absorbed the rich traditions of jazz music in this country but has also added something new and unidentifiable. His compositions flow with ease and vitality off odd time signatures. There is also darkness and a mystery to his sound that is all his own. No one else sounds like him."
Jane Ira Bloom, Saxophonist/composer/Grammy winner
DogEar series is curated by Bogdan Benigar from Cankarjev dom, cultural centre in Ljubljana, Slovenia as part of his artistic residency in New York supported by the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia