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BIO

Faton Macula was born in Mitrovica, Kosovo. His first guitar was given to him by his father at the age of 8. His father  was the main person that brought him into jazz. His parents after noticing his interest in the guitar, arranged for him in to study in a classical music school in Mitrovica with the teacher Petar Rakic.​ And while studying he also played with various rock bands from all over Kosovo.

By the age of 15, his teacher showed him some records of George Benson and Joe Pass, who blew his mind away. From that moment his  musical direction was given. Two years later he enrolled at the "Hochschule für Musik & Darstellende Kunst"in Graz, Austria. ​

Since that time he has had the opportunity to study and to play with great musicians like Harry Pepl, Wayne Brasel, Ewald Oberleitner, Stjepko Gut, Dusko Goikivic, Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton and Bill Dobbins. Each one of these musicians helped him in his learning process of the necessary vocabulary of jazz guitar and music in its general aspects. ​

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At the age of 18, he got to know a recording of jazz guitarist Mark Whitfield, who became another important influence in his music career. And in 1997 he had the chance to meet him personally while performing in Jazzland in Vienna. It was like a dream come true for him, to be able to talk and share his musical point of view with such a great person and virtous guitarist. ​

In 1998, at age 19, he recorded his first Jazz album under the record label "Musik Garden"  called "I remember you" in Graz, Austria.​

In the year 2000 he returned to Pristina, Kosovo,  where he recorded and released his pop album "Telat" with the single by the same name who went on to become a #1 Hit. ​

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On 2002. he was invited by his friend and mentor Mark Whitfield to New York City to continue to further expand his career. Together with Whitfields help and Faton's hard work he had the opportunity to record and perform with Jazz and pop artists such as Fantasia, Marc Anthony, Shakira, Faith Hill, Missy Elliot. Carl Thomas, Gladys Knight, Mary J. Blige, James Genus, Gregory Hutchinson, Dave Kikoski, Donald Edwards, Mark Whitfield, Jim Pryor, Ravi Coltrane, Allan Harris and many more. ​


Faton continues to perform, record and teach guitar in New York City, and is about to release his third album titled "IMAN", a mix of jazz, R&B and Neo-Soul, which features new upcoming artists such as Father Dude, Kofi Black, Ja'Shayla, Shanelle Gabrielle, Sadiya Rock and Fritz Jerey, as well as a duet with the great Mark Whitfield.​