Igor Lunder (1969, Slovenia) finished his studies at the Jazz Department of the High School of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana. He continued his studies at the Jazz Departments of the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz and Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He obtained his Master degrees in Jazz-guitar and Jazz composition and arranging. He performed with different jazz bands in festivals in Beograd, Novi Sad, Zagreb, Pula, Bjelovar, Bratislava, Krakow, Thessaloniki, Ljubljana, Maribor, Koper, Kranj, Krško, Portorož, Podsreda, Bled, Bohinj, Celje. He released CD’s: Igor Lunder with Reeds – Jazz Menu (2003), Igor Lunder Sextet (2004) and Igor Lunder with Zagreb Saxophone Quartet & Guests – Reeeeeeeeds (2006). He is composing and arranging for various orchestras, Big Bands and smaller ensembles. He was an artistic director and conductor of Big Band Grosuplje (2003–2011). As guest conductor he worked also with Big Band RTV Slovenia, Big Band RTS (Serbia), Big Band HRT (Croatia), Big Band Krško, Jazzinty Big Band, Big Band Cerknica. He teaches at the Jazz Department of the Conservatory of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana.
Work Song & Spiritual is the first part of the Lunder’s cycle Pre-jazz trilogy in which he uses generally known forms of styles previous to jazz (such as Work Song, Spiritual, Charleston, Ragtime).