MoonJune Records’s New Releases, February 2018 – promos available

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Dear Media

Starting this year, MoonJune Records is limiting the amount of physical CDs to be sent out, due to the increasing and prohibitive costs of shipping, specially outside of the USA. MoonJune used to send over 1500-2000 retail and promos until some years ago, reducing to an average of 600-750 in past 1-2 years. This year, MoonJune has to go even further in reducing the amount of physical promos to be sent to 150 in the USA and 200 abroad. Many of You already are receiving and accepting digital files. MoonJune is sending files generated via BandCamp’s download code system, and those file are available in high-resolution 24bit formats: FLAC, WAV, M4A-ALAC, and you have also options to download in MP3-320 format as well. I love sending physical promos, but times have changed. HD audiophile quality audio files are of the superior quality than any CD in circulation if – as MoonJune albums – properly recorded, properly mixed and properly mastered.

MoonJune Records’ February 2018 releases are available now:

VANTOMME – ‘Vegir’
SLIVOVITZ – ‘LiveR’
DUSAN JEVTOVIC – ‘Live At Home’

In order to receive free download, you have to go to this link:

And then request the code by sending the e-mail to: noanoamusic and the download codes for each albums will be sent to You as soon s possible.

Physical promos will be sent early next week, from January 15th to the hand-picked customized promo list. I am very flexible and generous, as many might know, and I gladly make exceptions from the rule, and I can satisfy some of You still hungry for the physical copy if You are not included in my selected list.
MoonJune Records is a brutally independent not-profitable Don-Quixotesque one-man operated boutique record label, consisting of only Yours truly and operated by Leonardo Pavkovic in his free time, and in middle and/or between his many world travels accompanying many artists from the MoonJune’s booking roster, performing around the world.

Thank You for Your cooperation, understanding and support.
Leonardo Pavkovic
MoonJune Records
MoonJune Music
New York

VANTOMME
Vegir
SLIVOVITZ
LiveR
DUSAN JEVTOVIC
Live At Home
All downloads come with Digital Booklet in PDF format.
PDF of Press Sheet available upon request.

Artist: VANTOMME
Title: Vegir (featuring Tony Levin)
MJR catalog number: MJR090

Vantomme is a project of Dominique Vantomme, keyboardist, composer, band leader and producer, equally as well known for his work with many European pop and rock acts as for being the jazz piano instructor at the Music Conservatory in Kortrijk, in his native Belgium. In the studio session in Antwerpen, Belgium, in October 2016, Dominique Vantomme was joined by two musicians from the MoonJune circuit: the legendary Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Sick Men) on bass guitar and Chapman stick, and Michel Delville (The Wrong Object; douBt; Machine Mass) on guitar, with Dominique’s ultra-talented Belgian colleague Maxime Lenssens, tasked with holding down the timekeeping duties. The spontaneity and freshness of this sizzling, high-altitude set reflects the equally unpretentious manner in which the session itself came together. Tackling some decidedly hip musical sketches of Dominique Vantomme, the band is given full artistic liberty – and with all participants in top form, the resulting music weaves and winds its way across paths previously untrodden … in stunning fashion, and with sure footing! In the truest MoonJune tradition, “Vegir” thumbs its nose at convention and showcases these seasoned veteran musicians at the top of their game: with the skill set, bravery and chutzpah to follow their instincts and, in the process, allow the music to seek out and ultimately capture its own form. It slinks; it growls; it stalks; it devours! It grooves; it stutters; it holds you in suspense, then explodes! (… think ‘juggling chainsaws’ in the sonic realm.)

DOMINIQUE VANTOMME Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, Piano, Mini Moog, Mellotron
MICHEL DELVILLE Electric Guitar
TONY LEVIN Bass Guitar, Chapman Stick
MAXIME LENSSENS Drums
Produced by DOMINIQUE VANTOMME
Recorded by Pascal Deweze at Studio Jezuz, Hoboken, Belgium, October 29th 2016.
To stream and purchase this album:

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Artist: SLIVOVITZ
Title: LiveR
MJR catalog number: MJR089

Recorded live in Milan, Italy, in May of 2016, “LiveR” showcases the eccentric young Italian maestros at their collective best – playful, daring and just having fun! Some of their most potent material to date (primarily from their heralded 2011 release, “Bani Ahead” and 2016’s delectable “All You Can Eat“) is revisited in truly refreshing style: uninhibited, lively, but still with their decidedly tight synchronicity and intuitive interplay as a unit. Brilliant individual moments abound, with many songs extending well beyond their previously-established studio confines: affording soloists the opportunity to really step out and shine, while harmonic and rhythmic potentials are explored with playful delight by an always-adventurous rhythm section, steadily smoldering in the background. While many live albums may come across as merely a rehash or an attempted recapturing of some previous musical magic, from the opening frame it’s apparent that Slivovitz is completely engaged in the material — showcasing both their collective and individual brilliance and ambition, while continuing to push the bounds of each song’s structural and harmonic blueprints. This album roars with intensity, while serving as a testimony to the intrepidity and unfettered spirit of adventure which make this band one of progressive music’s most unique, innovative collective entities. “LiveR” is a merry frolic; a wonderfully vibrant live recording (enhanced by excellent production) which continues to grows on you with repeated listenings … delightful, essential ear candy! For fans of Snarky Puppy, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Frank Zappa, PFM, John Zorn, caffé espresso, la vera pizza napoletana and of course, of slivovitz!

PIETRO SANTANGELO tenor saxophone
MARCELLO GIANNINI guitars
RICCARDO VILLARI electric violin
CIRO RICCARDI trumpet
DEREK DI PERRI harmonica
VINCENZO LAMAGNA bass
SALVATORE RAINONE drums
CIRO RICCARDI trumpet
Produced by Slivovitz.
Executive production by Bruno Savino and Leonardo Pavkovic.
Recorded live, May 27th 2016 (except track 7, January 25th 2014) at Casa di Alex (Milan, Italy).
To stream and purchase this album:

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Artist: DUSAN JEVTOVIC
Title: Live At Home
Catalog number: CD009/2017

LIMITED EDITION CD. For promotional usage only and limited sale. Made possible with the generous support of SKC (STUDENTSKI KULTURNI CENTAR) KRAGUJEVAC. Released by SKC, for limited distribution and marketing by MoonJune Records. The proceeds from the album are intended to fund Dusan’s next studio release.

There is something daringly creative about Dusan Jevtovic’s latest release. Live at Home is an album that has many special characteristics. As the name aptly suggests this is a live album and was recorded on the 23rd December 2016 at the Decije Pozorište in Dusan’s home city of Kragujevac in Serbia. The recording is clear and uncluttered and does not suffer from any intrusive audience noise, or unwelcome audience participation.

Live at Home contains a number of pieces that featured on Jevtovic’s outstanding No Answer album. For the live performance, Jevtovic’s is aided, as he was in No Answer, by the renowned Serbian keyboard player Vasil Hadzimanov. The rest of the band on this live occasion are made up of Pera Krstajic on bass and Pedja Milutonovic on drums. Live at Home leaves little doubt that progressive fusion can be a passionate affair. It is an album that is never sterile, but is teeming with feeling and creative ideas that give it an organic and human touch. It burns energetically and ignites a multitude of senses; it gently serenades the heart, and when dissonance takes place, it seductively caresses the mind

Live at Home is a superbly-crafted fusion master class. It oozes with heartfelt emotion; containing dashing solo lines and dazzling instrumental passages. The music goes way beyond any normally defined parameters associated with fusion. This creates an album that is often exhilarating and challenging in its complexity. Technically excellent playing is combined with musical structures that enable boldly creative developments and well thought out embellishments to take place. Live at Home is a release that is able to take the listener through a range of moods and emotions. It combines the right mixture of aggression and charming serenity and never ignores the importance of the use of light and shade to emphasise its more explosive parts.

If you enjoy edgy tunes flavoured with lavish amounts of unpredictability and filled with accomplished playing; Live at Home is sure to delight. It is an album that rewards intensive and repeated listens.

DUSAN JEVTOVIC guitar
VASIL HADZIMANOV keyboards
PERA KRSTAJIC bass guitar
PEDJA MILUTINOVIC drums
Produced by Dusan Jevtovic.
Executive production SKC Kragujevac, Dusan Jevtovic and Leonardo Pavkovic.
Recorded live at Decije Pozoriste, Kragujevac, Serbia, December 23, 2016.
To stream and purchase this album:

MOONJUNE RECORDS which came into being in 2001 as the brainchild of out-of-the-box entrepreneurial producer, tour manager and globetrotter Leonardo Pavkovic, is named after Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt’s famous 1970 epic “The Moon in June,” has already established a name for itself with “in the know” fans. Its focus is to release internationally-situated music by artists exploring the expanding boundaries of genuine, challenging, non-over-produced music that cannot be easily categorized into any specific format. MoonJune Records’ ongoing goal is to support music that transcends stylistic pigeon-holing, but operates within an evolutionary progressive musical continuum that places jazz at one end and rock at the other. The ever-expanding boundaries of these two musical categories have since come to include everything from progressive rock to ethno-jazz, from experimental avant-garde to jazz-rock, and anything in between and beyond.

MOONJUNE MUSIC (BOOKINGS & MANAGEMENT) has handled booking of over 2000 shows since its formation in 2001. These shows have encompassed full tours, festivals, individual dates, clinics and workshops in more than 50 countries across the globe, specializing in tours in Latin America, Japan and Asia (70 tours in Japan since 2002).

Booking roster: STICK MEN (worldwide), LEVIN BROTHERS (worldwide), PETE LEVIN (worldwide), MÖBIUS feat. PETE LEVIN, LENNY WHITE, ALEX FOSTER, JEFF CIAMPA, IRA COLEMAN or TONY LEVIN, CHRIS PASIN or RANDY BRECKER, NANNY ASSIS (worldwide), SOFT MACHINE (formerly SOFT MACHINE LEGACY, worldwide), THE SECURITY PROJECT feat. JERRY MAROTTA & TREY GUNN (worldwide), GONG (North & South America except Brazil, Asia), GONG feat. STEVE HILLAGE (North & South America except Brazil, Asia), STU HAMM (North, Central & South America), SKOLHAMM ASYLUM feat. ALEX SKOLNICK & STU HAMM (North, Central & South America), HAMM & BERLIN feat. STU HAMM & JEFF BERLIN (North, Central & South America, Asia), JIMMY HASLIP ARC feat. SCOTT KINSEY (worldwide), SCOTT HENDERSON (North & Central America), WINGFIELD REUTER SIRKIS (worldwide), BELEDO (worldwide), NICOLAS MEIER (worldwide except UK), ASAF SIRKIS (North, Central & South America, Asia), GILAD ATZMON (North, Central & South America, Asia), YARON STAVI (North, Central & South America, Asia) DEWA BUDJANA (worldwide except Indonesia), DWIKI DHARMAWAN (worldwide except Indonesia), BORIS SAVOLDELLI (worldwide except Italy & Russia), GARY HUSBAND (North, Central & South America, Asia), PFM (North America, Asia), LE ORME (North America, Asia), FRANCIS DUNNERY (Central & South America, Asia), JAN AKKERMAN (North, Central & South America, Asia), PHIL MANZANERA (North America, Asia).
Formerly booking & management for (R.I.P.) ALLAN HOLDSWORTH (2005-2016)
Coming up on the booking roster in 2018: NEKTAR (worldwide), THE MAHAVISHNU PROJECT (worldwide), THREE FRIENDS featuring ex members of GENTLE GIANT (North, Central & South America, Asia), OREGON (North America, Asia), RALPH TOWNER (North America, Asia), ALEX SKOLNICK (Central & South America, Asia).

Besides above mentioned artists, MoonJune Music has worked and works directly or via their booking or management representatives with: Alan Pasqua, Alex Machacek, Alex Maguire, Allan Holdsworth, Andy Summers, Anthony Crawford, Area, Arti & Mestieri, Asaf Sirkis, Banco, Beppe Crovella, Bill Bruford, Bill Simms Jr., Boris Savoldelli, Chad Wackerman, Corrado Rustici, Curved Air, D.F.A., Daevid Allen, David Cross, David Jackson, Davy Knowles, Dennis Chambers, Dennis Rea, Deus Ex Machina, Dewa Budjana, Discus, Disney On Ice, Doubt, Dušan Jevtović, Eddie Jobson, Elton Dean, Ernest Tibbs, Fabio Golfetti, Finisterre, Flash, Forgas Band Phenomena, Francis Dunnery, Garbage, Gary Boyle, Gary Husband, Gilad Atzmon, Guy Davis, Ernest Tibbs, Hatfield & The North, Hugh Hopper, Jeff Berlin, Jerry Marotta, Jimmy Haslip, Jimmy Johnson, Joe Lovano, Joey Alexander, John McLaughlin, John Tropea, Jon Hiseman’s Colosseum, Kamal Musallam, Ken Hensley, Latte E Miele, Le Orme, Lenny White, Markus Reuter, Mauro Pagani, Mel Collins, Michel Delville, Moraine, Nektar, New Trolls, Nicolas Meier, Osanna, PFM, Pat Mastelotto, Pete Levin, Phil Manzanera, Phil Miller In Cahoots, Renaissance, Richard Sinclair, Robby Krieger, Scott Henderson, simakDialog, Soft Moon, Status Quo, Susan Clynes, Terry Bozzio, Three Friends, Tohpati, Tony Levin, Trey Gunn, Vasil Hadžimanov, Virgil Donati, Xavi Reija, Yaron Stavi, Zhang Ling (Big John Blues),

During his association with 2 Plus Music & Entertainment (2010-2015, in partnership with the legendary Gentle Giant frontman and then successful mainstream music business impresario Derek Shulman), MoonJune’s Leonardo Pavkovic has worked also with Billy Sheehan, Billy Sherwood, Bobby Kimball, Circa, Gary Cherone, Jake E Lee, John Sykes, Loudness, Mike Portnoy, Ron Mancuso, Texas Hippie Coalition, Tony Kaye, Whitesnake.

MAJOR NEWS FROM ONE OF MOONJUNE’S
FAVORITE RECORD LABEL, CUNEIFORM RECORDS
RUN BY PERSONAL FRIEND OF LEONARDO PAVKOVIC,
STEVE FEIGENBAUM
Cuneiform Records announce that founder Steve Feigenbaum will take a year’s sabbatical to decide the future direction of label after falling sales
Cuneiform’s Steve Feigenbaum – one of Leonardo Pavkovic closest friends in the independent recording music business fandango in the USA for almost two decades.

Cuneiform Records, a Silver Springs, Maryland, label that’s released hundreds of jazz and experimental albums beginning back in 1984, is taking a hiatus from issuing new music. Steve Feigenbaum, the imprint’s founder, is using 2018 to assess Cuneiform’s future. The label’s albums still will be available for purchase. Wayside Distribution, an affiliated endeavor that distributes a wide variety of experimental music, is unaffected by the move.

“There is no business model that lets you compete with free,” Feigenbaum said about his imprint’s current state.

Since its first releases more than 30 years ago, Cuneiform has trucked in some adventurous original music, as with avant-gardists R. Stevie Moore and Richard Pinhas, while keeping an eye on its influences. A clear affinity for Soft Machine and its jazz-rock explorations are apparent through not only archival releases of the British troupe, but also solo releases from the band’s Hugh Hopper and Robert Wyatt.

“As sales of recorded music in all formats have steadily declined, it’s become increasingly difficult to finance the release of new high-quality musical content,” Joyce Nalewajk, the label’s director of publicity and promotion, wrote in a news release. “A glut of free music on the internet and nearly free music on streaming platforms has devalued music.”

The imprint’s pause seems almost antithetical to the pace – and quality – it’s maintained. In 2017, Wadada Leo Smith’s America’s National Parks, which the label released, was voted Jazz Album of the Year in DownBeat’s annual Critics Poll. The label’s most recent release was a sprawling 12-disc, two-DVD set focused on French experimentalists Art Zoyd.

“This is a really hard thing, but it’s been hard for a long time. Doing this is kind of a relief,” Feigenbaum said about a decision that’s been in the works for 10 months. “Sometimes, when you have a hard decision, getting to that decision is the hardest part. … I can live with that.”

Read the full statement from Cuneiform here:
http://bit.ly/2r5o3Vb

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DOMINIQUE VANTOMME feat. TONY LEVIN, MICHEL DELVILLE – new release on MoonJune Records

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MoonJune Records announces NEW RELEASE
and welcomes the new artist on the label’s roster,
Belgian pianist, keyboardist, composer and music educator
DOMINIQUE VANTOMME
and his project
VANTOMME “Vegir”
Direct link: dominiquevantomme.bandcamp.com
CD • $15 +shipping
HD 24bit • $10
All CD purchases come with instant download of HD files 24 bit / 88.2Khz
in any and all formats of Your choice: WAV, FLAC, M4A, MP3-320
Direct link: https://dominiquevantomme.bandcamp.com
Dominique Vantomme of VANTOMME, is a pianist, keyboardist, composer, band leader, music educator and producer, equally well known for his work with many European pop and rock acts as for being the jazz piano instructor at the Music Conservatory in Kortrijk, Belgium. This album was born from his nomadic adventures: traveling in 2016 to see Stick Men, in Holland, and meeting up with old pal, MoonJune’s Leonardo Pavkovic; and shortly thereafter befriending the legendary bassist/stickist Tony Levin of the King Crimson, Peter Gabriel and Stick Men hall of fame. In the studio session which shortly followed, Dom and Tony were joined by veteran MoonJune artist, also from Belgium, Michel Delville (The Wrong Object; douBt; Machine Mass), who was recruited on guitar, and another Belgian musician, Maxime Lenssens, tasked with holding down the timekeeping duties. The spontaneity and freshness of this sizzling, high-altitude set reflects the equally unpretentious manner in which the session itself came together. Tackling some decidedly hip musical sketches of Dominique Vantomme, the band is given full artistic liberty – and with all participants in top form, the resulting music weaves and winds its way across paths previously untrodden … in stunning fashion, and with sure footing! In the truest MoonJune tradition, “Vegir” thumbs its nose at convention and showcases these seasoned veteran musicians at the top of their game: with the skill set, bravery and chutzpah to follow their instincts and, in the process, allow the music to seek out and ultimately capture its own form. It slinks; it growls; it stalks; it devours! It grooves; it stutters; it holds you in suspense, then explodes! (… think ‘juggling chainsaws’ in the sonic realm.

Dominique Vantomme will appear on the new album of Mark Winggield featuring Yaron Stavi and Asaf Sirkis, as a special guests on three tunes, to be released in May 2018.

MICHEL DELVILLE on MoonJune
Check albums featuring Michel Delville on MoonJune
thewrongobject.bandcamp.com

Besides being an extraordinary musician, Michel Delville also teaches English literature and comparative literature at the University of Liège, where he directs the Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Poetics. He is the author of books pertaining to comparative poetics and interdisciplinary studies. His awards and distinctions include the 1998 SAMLA Book Award, the Choice Outstanding Book Award, the Léon Guérin Prize, the 2001 Alumni Award of the Belgian American Educational Foundation, the rank of Officer of the Order of Leopold (Belgium) (2009), and the 2009 Prix Wernaers pour la recherche et la diffusion des connaissances.

CDs
DOWNLOADS
All CD purchases come with instant download of HD files 24 bit / 88.2Khz
in any and all formats of Your choice: WAV, FLAC, M4A, MP3-320
Direct link: https://thewrongobject.bandcamp.com
ANOTHER NEW RELEASE ON MOONJUNE RECORDS
SLIVOVITZ – LIVER
CD $13 +shipping
LP $24.95 +shipping
HD Download $9
All CD purchases come with instant download of HD files 24 bit / 88.2Khz
in any and all formats of Your choice: WAV, FLAC, M4A, MP3-320
Direct link: https://slivovitz.bandcamp.com/album/liver-24bit-882khz
More MoonJune Records News coming soon!
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Please vote for MoonJune Records in 2017 JazzTimes Reader’s Poll

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IN THE CATEGORY
RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR 2017
IN THE ANNUAL
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READER’S POLL

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Moonjune Records’ version of jazz may sound nothing like your granddaddy’s jazz… or maybe even your daddy’s … but in its unfettered spirit of exploration – wittingly deconstructing cultural and stylistic boundaries and relentlessly discovering new methods and new means – a good portion of its catalog is unequivocally imbued with the spirit that has defined the music since its inception. Fearless music for the 21st century, it’s where to go if you don’t want to hear where jazz is; it’s where to go if you want to hear where jazz is going.
– John Kelman, All About Jazz​​​​​​​

PLEASE VOTE FOR MOONJUNE RECORDS
IN THE CATEGORY RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR 2017
IN THE ANNUAL JAZZTIMES MAGAZINE READER’S POLL
https://madavor.polldaddy.com/s/jazztimes-readerspoll-2017
Dear Friends in Music

this year was a great year for MoonJune Records, and one of the biggest achievement for my one-man-only record label was the “lunar” landing to the 4th place in the DownBeat’s 82nd Annual Poll. DownBeat is the most prestigious Jazz magazine in the world, and in the USA. I am truly blessed that MoonJune arrived so high and that 477 people voted for the most unorthodox rules-breaking truly and brutally independent record label which focuses on progressive music which explores and expand boundaries of Jazz, Rock, Avant, Ethno, The Unknown and Anything in Between and Beyond.

Therefore I am asking You again to support me again and vote for MoonJune Records in the Annual 2017 JazzTimes Reader’s Poll as well. You can vote as well for any of Your favorite artists. albums or labels (up toy three per category), and if You are keen to vote for any of “moonjunistas”, please consider that only album releases and events occurred between November 1st 2016 and December 1st 2017 qualify for the Reader’s Poll. JazzTimes is the second most important North-Americasn Jazz publication.

SUPPORTING MOONJUNE, You will also support all the artist on the label, and in this case, specially those whose albums (those on the jazzier sonic side) were released in 2017: Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Yaron Stavi, Asaf Sirkis, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, Tohpati, Talinka, Machine Mass (Michel Delville, Tony Bianco, Antoine Guenet).

Direct link for voting is:

Q6 is the category where I am asking You to vote for MoonJune. if You del to vote for any of MoonJune’s albums in the Best New Release, see the only albums that qualify, in the Q.7 category. Of course, You are free to vote for any of individual artists on MoonJune in any of other categories (Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Yaron Stavi, Asaf Sirkis, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, Michel Delville, Tony Bianco, Antoine Guenet, Tohpati, Indro Hadrjodikoro, DIki Suwarjiki, Demas Narawangsa, Endang Ramdan, Tali Atzmon, Gilad Atzmon, Frank Harrison, Jenny Bliss Bennett). And of course, You can vote for any other artist that You feel to vote for. Please keep it mind, it will be very obvious if You vote only for established artists, they already get so much deserved attention. Winton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Stanley Clarke, Ron Carter, Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, all legends and heroes of mine for decades, but they already got what they fully deserved, the music industry environment in the past 5 decades allowed them to be where they are, but consider that new artists, if they do not have support from big guys, big money, they would have tremendous difficulty to emerge. We live in the world in which being independent is a challenge, and I am challenging very heavily myself as a truly independent record label who only works with musicians-friends, independent musicians from all the 7 corners of the world. Yes, I got some “fame” due to the legendary status of Soft Machine, Allan Holdworth and Stick Men (Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto), but most of my friends-musicians comes from virtually nowhere, and for them is much harder. Do not ask me how I run my label being solely on my own, while doing other things to support my living. It’s a mystery to me, and a sort of miracle. I do not know why I am doing it. I do not want to complain about Spotify, YouTube, exponential intellectual laziness in today’s society. All I want is to find more space and attract more attention for my hard-working friends-musicians, and voting for MoonJune Records, You are not just voting for myself and my one-man label, but You are voting for my friends. I am here for them, they are here for me, we are all together in this uncertain trouble world.

Enough of talks, please vote!
​​​​​​​Voting ends at 12 p.m. EST (New York time) on January 3rd, 2018.

You don’t want to see all the same people winning polls, all the same labels, always the same, same as usual. Vote for progress, innovation, future.

Direct link for voting is:

And here are categories to got for, have fun!
Thanks for the support.

Q.1 Best New Artist
Q.2 Artist of the Year
Q.3 Best Acoustic Small Group/Artist

Q.4 Best Electric/Jazz-Rock/Contemporary Group/Artist
Q.5 Best Big Band/Large Ensemble

Q.6 Best Record Label

MoonJune

Q.7 Best New Release
Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkis, The Stone House (MoonJune)
Dusan Jevtovic, No Answer (MoonJune)
Machine Mass, Play Hendrix (MoonJune)
Tohpati Ethnomission, Mata Hati (MoonJune)
Talinka, Talinka (MoonJune)
Wingfield Reuter Sirkis, Lighthouse (MoonJune)

Q.8 Best Historical/Vault/Reissue Release
Q.9 Best Vocal Release
Q.10 Best Syndicated Radio Program
Q.11 Best Podcast
Q.12 Best Jazz Festival
Q.13 Best Jazz Documentary
Q.14 Best Book On Jazz
Q.15 Best Jazz Club
Q.16 Best Trumpeter/Cornetist/Flugelhornist
Q.17 Best Trombonist
Q.18 Best Clarinetist
Q.19 Best Tenor Saxophonist
Q.20 Best Alto Saxophonist
Q.21 Best Soprano Saxophonist
Q.22 Best Baritone Saxophonist
Q.23 Best Flutist
Q.24 Best Violinist
Q.25 Best Pianist
Q.26 Best Keyboardist (Electric Piano, Synth)

Q.27 Best Organist
Q.28 Best Guitarist
Q.29 Best Double Bassist
Q.30 Best Electric Bassist
Q.31 Best Vibraphonist
Q.32 Best Percussionist
Q.33 Best Drummer
Q.34 Best Vocalist (Male)
Q.35 Best Vocalist (Female)
Q.36 Best Composer
Q.37 Best Arranger
Q.38 Best Instrumentalist (Misc.)
Q.39 Best Vocal Group
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Brutally independent MoonJune Records, operated by no more and no less than one person only – multilingual globetrotter and renaissance man Leonardo Pavkovic (whose main activity consists in USA and international booking of mostly non-MoonJune-Records-roster artists in the genres of jazz, fusion, progressive and classic rock) – has landed recently at the 4th place in the DownBeat’s 82nd Annual Poll (2017). DownBeat is the most prestigious Jazz magazine in the world. In 2016 MoonJune reached the 7th place in the same poll. It’s an achievement for someone whose main activity is something else, while running label as a labor of love.

MoonJune Records – an unorthodox out-of-box rules-breaking record label accidentally established in 2001 by the urge to help an old friend, the legendary Elton Dean (R.I.P.), and named after Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt’s famous 1970 epic “The Moon in June” – has already established a name for itself with “in the know” fans. Its focus is to release internationally-situated music by artists exploring the expanding boundaries of genuine, challenging, non-over-produced music that cannot be easily categorized into any specific format. MoonJune Records’ ongoing goal is to support music that transcends stylistic pigeon-holing, but operates within an evolutionary progressive musical continuum that places jazz at one end and rock at the other. The ever-expanding boundaries of these two musical categories have since come to include everything from progressive rock to ethno-jazz, from experimental avant-garde to jazz-rock, and anything in between and beyond.

Quoting Anil Prasad of Innerviews: This is a great overview of the ever-intrepid, genre-bending MoonJune label’s output that points towards, and far beyond, the jazz universe. The price is right. Download this thing and start a journey exploring one of the world’s most interesting catalogs of music.

Quoting the most recorded MoonJune artist, Belgian guitarist and composer Michel Delville (10 albums on MJR): Leonardo Pavkovic is a discoverer of new sonic landscapes and a visionary manager capable of anticipating new developments in jazz and rock while maintaining his focus on the legacy of past revolutions. Because of his vision and erudition know no physical or mental boundaries, MoonJune might seem an oddity founded by a starry-eyed idealist, a rather utopian proposition in our increasingly prefab musical world. MoonJune is not just a record label pushing out alternative music. It feels more like a family of like-minded musicians keen to explore new grounds while collaborating with each other and engaging in a dialogue between the past and the present.

Well known drummer/pianist/keyboardist/composer Gary Husband (of the Allan Holdsworth, John McLaughlin, Jack Bruce, Billy Cobham fame), with whom Pavkovic collaborated for over a decade touring the world, says: In these days of immense difficulty brought on by the sudden, drastic devaluation of our art, it is, undoubtedly more than ever before, great to have gallant and determined ambassadors of music around – especially when they come in the form of fellows like sir Leonardo ‘Nardini’ Pavkovic, who’s label, MoonJune, was championing, pioneering and relentlessly forwarding artists and their work for the past decade and a half. Here is a man who gets behind everything and everyone he believes in – whatever the hardship and unfeasibility he faces – with gusto, wisdom, integrity and with real heart.

Guitarist Mark Wingfield, another exclusive MoonJune artist, says: MoonJune stands out because it doesn’t get caught up in pointless concepts like “is this too jazzy for us?, maybe this isn’t jazzy enough, is this too rock?, is this world music?” etc… Instead MoonJune works with criteria like, “how high is the quality of this music, what feeling does it have, is there something really new here”. That’s why the MoonJune label has become associated with quality and innovation. MoonJune ignores the conservative critics who reject or downplay anything outside their own restricted genre biases, and looks to the place where musical innovations have historically always happened, in the genre free mixing of influences. When it comes to committing the crime of presenting genre defying, innovative music in a world of compartmentalised, risk averse, musical mundanity, Leonardo Pavkovic is the Godfather.

Bassist Jimmy Johnson (James Taylor, Allan Holdswoeth, Steve Gadd) says: It’s the only explanation for Nardini’s continued and tireless dedication to the music and Artists he looks after. His years of work with Allan Holdsworth alone should put him on the shortlist for sainthood. He wholeheartedly and unselfishly represents music which would not be called “mainstream” but is of great and sometimes historical importance to musicians and fans of jazz, fusion, and prog. And Leonardo continues to do great work in our unique corner of the music business.

Indonesian guitar legend, Agam Hamzah: Leonardo’s perspective on music has served to encourage and inspire musicians throughout Indonesia to create the music on a higher level. MoonJune Records has been great in its impact, helping to orchestrate so many positive changes for the benefit of the Indonesian progressive music scene and its artists.

To celebrate this special occasion,
MoonJune Records is offering
FREE DOWNLOAD
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MoonJune Recors Jazz Sampler
It Must Be Jazz (2001-2017)
www.moonjunerecords.bandcamp.com/album/it-must-be-jazz
Please go to:
www.moonjunerecords.bandcamp.com/album/it-must-be-jazz
In order to download this sampler for FREE, just enter the $0 value at the checkout. 25 Jazz & Beyond Jazz tunes selected from 25 different albums released on MoonJune Records between 2011-2017.
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Featuring 86 international musicians from different parts of the world: Abel Pabon, Alan Pasqua, Alex Maguire, Allan Holdsworth, Amy Tata, Aris Daryono, Asaf Sirkis, Beledo, Bill Jones, Bob Mintzer, Bojan Ivkovic, Boris Savoldelli, Branko Trijic, Chad Wackerman, Charles Hayward, Ciro Riccardi, Damien Polard, Dave Carpenter, David Binney, Dave Liebman, Demas Narawangsa, Dennis Rea, Derek Di Peri, Desal Sembada, Dewa Budjana, Diki Suwarjiki, Domenico Angarano, Dusan Jevtovic, Dwiki Dharmawan, Elton Dean, Endang Ramdan, Frank Harrison, Fred Baker, Fred Delplancq, Gary Husband, Gilad Atzmon, Hugh Hopper, Hul Hul, Indro Hardjodikoro, Izaak Mills, Jason Smith, Jay Jaskot, Jean-Paul Estievenart, Jenny Bliss, Jimmy Haslip, Jimmy Johnson, John Etheridge, John Marshall, Jonathan Joseph, Larry Goldings, Laurent Delchambre, Lincoln Goines, Marcello Giannini, Marco Bardoscia, Mark Fletcher, Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Michel Delville, Miroslav Tovirac, Othello Molineaux, Pedja Milutinovic, Pete Lemer, Peter Erskine, Peter Sebastian, Phil Miller, Pietro Santangelo, Raffaele Casarano, Riccardo Villari, Riza Arshad, Robert Thomas, Jr., Roy Babbington, Rudy Zulkarnaen, Ryan Berg, Salvatore Rainone, Simon Fintch, Simon Picard, Steve Franklin, Tali Atzmon, Tesla Manaf, Thaddaeus Brophy, Theo Travis, Tohpati, Tony Bianco, Vasil Hadzimanov, Xavi Reija, Yaron Stavi.

SPECIAL OFFER: If You contribute $25 You will receive a complimentary bonus: 5 album downloads. Only album on the Sampler qualify for this offer. You must contact MoonJune via e-mail:
noanoamusic and send Your selection.

Direct download (in WAV, FLAC, M4A, MP3-320 formats):
moonjunerecords.bandcamp.com/album/it-must-be-jazz
All albums available in CD and Download formats, and multiple titles are also available on vinyl.

2017 JAZZ & BEYOND JAZZ RELEASES ON MOONJUNE RECORDS
You can stream the whole catalog on
WINGFIELD REUTER SIRKIS
Lighthouse
CD/2LP/HD Download
DUSAN JEVTOVIC
No Answer
​​​​​​​CD/HD Download
MACHINE MASS
Plays Hendrix
​​​​​​​CD/HD Download
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WINGFIELD REUTER STAVI SIRKIS
The Stone House
CD/HD Download
TOHPATI ETHNOMISSION
Mata Hati
CD/HD Download
TALINKA
Talinka
CD/HD Download
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