“Hashima, an unusual confluence of classicism, Balkan folk forms, avant garde racket and lyricism.”
– Thomas Conrad – New York City Jazz Record, Stereophile, Jazz Times,
The members of young Belgrade jazz quartet Hashima combine various musical experiences from the past into a new adventure that is difficult to define stylistically. Among musicians that inspire them, they prefer Wayne Shorter, Vasilije Mokranjac, Igor Stravinsky, improv, rock and folklore. Their poetics draws on European arthouse film and literature, which are subliminally intertwined with the core of their original music giving it a programmatic character. The themes of Igor Mišković’s compositions mainly consist of musical motives that are fully developed through arrangements and free improvisations, without restraining from noise or subtle lyrical miniatures. Four different instruments and sensibilities convene in form, stripped from traditional stylistic features, its content inspired by the distant abandoned island in Japan – Hashima. The group recently released its debut album “Tideland”, whose cover artwork was done by a renowned cartoonist Aleksandar Zograf.