** French coming up **
Guitarist Deyo Rafailovich hails from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, but the ethnic conflict in his country would make his family flee to Canada, never to return. His Balkan heritage and various influences he absorbed while constantly on the move are easily heard in his very unique and eclectic guitar and compositional style. His debut trio record Balkan Folk Tales, therefore, is heavily influenced by the traditional folk sounds of his native region, albeit in an acoustic jazz trio format.
Rafailovich has completed Jazz Performance studies at the University of Manitoba and has performed as a sideman in various settings at numerous outdoor festivals and bar shows, several times being recorded by CBC. His two year residence with Montreal based Eastern-European gypsy band Les Gitans de Sarajevo resulted in a Juno nomination for their album “En Voyage”. He currently resides in Ottawa and remains active on the local jazz scene.