Biography

Zdenko Ivanusic (Yamaha YTS-61)        I am a saxophone player and composer, a dynamic member of the Croatian music scene since 1990. My experience in classical music, jazz, fusion and funk allow me a unique approach in most musical settings, from a symphonic orchestra, chamber ensembles to a big band, a saxophone quartet or a small band.

As the leader of the Donna Lee Saxophone Quartet, Funk Elastic, Zdenko Ivanušić Quartet, I am focused on promoting my own compositions and original arrangements of jazz standards. In composing and playing, polyrhythmic and polytonality is frequently employed, as well as emotional intensity and improvisational clarity.

I was principal alto chair in the Croatian Army Symphonic Wind Orchestra for seventeen years (1992-2009). I’ve been playing as a part-time musician with the Zagreb Philharmonic, Croatian Radiotelevision Symphonic Orchestra, Croatian Radiotelevision Jazz Orchestra, Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and Zagreb City Theatre “Komedija”. I was soloist and lead alto in HGM Jazz Orchestra Zagreb, under the leadership of Austrian band leader Sigi Feigl since it was founded in 2002 to 2006. I also collaborate with well-known Croatian musicians and popular ensembles (General Woo, Brain Holidays, Soul Fingers, Songkillers, Soul Shadows, Freak Out Band, Neki Novi Klinci, Bučersi, Swingers Band…). I shared the stage with many distinguished musicians such as Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Don Menza, Bobby Shew, John Riley, Earl Gardner, Peter Herbolzheimer, Kevin Mahogany, Charles Tolliver, to name a few. I also got the opportunity to play with the great Duke Ellington Orchestra in Zagreb as substitute alto sax.

I released four albums at Zivaldo Records, “Four Odd” and “Mellow(Donna Lee Saxophone Quartet) and “Lost in HTML” and “Free Fall“.