Sunday, 26 September 2021

Zagreb Hosting Jazz.hr/jesen Festival From 30 Sept to 2 Oct

ZAGREB, 26 Sept, 2021 - Zagreb will host the 31st Jazz.hr/jesen music festival from 30 September to 2 October, consisting of five concerts, including by the 18-member avant-garde conceptual world jazz ensemble Mimika Orchestra.

The festival will also feature the Croatian Radio-Television Jazz Orchestra together with several soloists and composers, the Zvonimir Šestak Groove Assembly and guests, vocalist Daniel Caccia, and the piano-vocal-percussion duo freekind.

The concerts will be held at Tvornica kulture.

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Saturday, 28 November 2020

Croatian Musician Thana Alexa Pavelic Nominated for Grammy

November 28, 2020 – With her second solo album, ONA, Croatian American musician Thana Alexa Pavelic explores her Croatian heritage. It's just been nominated for a Grammy! Here's an introduction to a singular talent and the sound of her Croatian roots

The songs of Croatian American jazz musician and singer Thana Alexa Pavelic have never sounded more like her life experience. On her second album, 'ONA', we finally hear her Croatian roots colliding with the cool, considered and contemporary world of the New York jazz scene. Legendary for its jazz for over 70 years, the city of New York is full of ambitious musicians chasing the vibe and reputation of its heritage. It can be tough to stand out, to sound original. With 'ONA', Thana Alexa Pavelic has done just that, and earned a Grammy nomination for her efforts.

The epic title track of the Grammy-nominated 'ONA', on which the exploration of Croatian music and feminine experience - as well as Croatian language - can be heard

Published in 2015, Thana Alexa Pavelic's debut album 'Ode To Heroes' was similarly well accomplished. But, it seemed to more reflect her American experience rather than embracing the whole. Born in New York to a father from Zagreb and a mother of Dubrovnik heritage, Thana Alexa Pavelic spent every summer in Croatia and so was hardly uprooted when the family moved back to Croatia when Thana was 13. She returned to America to complete her university studies – music and psychology.

In comparison to 'Ode To Heroes', new album 'ONA' sees Thana Alexa Pavelic replacing her femininity with feminism – the album is inspired by the experiences of Croatian women, most of all her mother and her grandmother. Not just evident in the language of the album title, for the first time in her solo output, on 'ONA' you can hear Croatian language, traditional Croatian music and the Croatian female experience in the songs of Thana Alexa Pavelic.

Thana Alexa Pavelic's jazz rendition of the Tears For Fears classic - the song has been a popular part of her live set for quite some time

It is doubtless these Croatian influences that separate Thana Alexa Pavelic from the rest of 2020's jazz hopefuls. They are partially responsible - alongside the superb execution and production of the songs - for the Grammy nomination. It is the first-ever Grammy nomination received by a Croatian musician.

And, rather than simply take from the Croatian experience, 'ONA' also gives back. Thana Alexa Pavelic has dedicated a donation from each sale of the album to Zagreb-based human rights organisation Solidarna and their #spasime campaign (which supports victims of violence). Whether Thana Alexa Pavelic wins the Grammy for Best Vocal Jazz album or not, with 'ONA', she has placed a Croatian voice on the world's music stage in more ways than one. If she is successful, then the award will surely make its way to Croatia at some point, held in the hands of a Transatlantic artist now exploring in music her Croatian heritage. Good luck at the Grammys Thana Alexa!

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Friday, 28 August 2020

Split Open Jazz Fair 2020 Begins!

August. 28, 2020 - On Thursday, August 27, 2020, with the opening of the exhibition "Jazz Greats in the Ethnographic Museum", the Split Open Jazz Fair 2020 began. It is a photographic exhibition of portraits of jazz musicians by Davor Hrvoj from Zagreb, the doyen of Croatian jazz journalism ("It's time for jazz").

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Hrvoj started working in journalism in the 1980s and published his works in numerous Croatian newspapers, such as Jutarnji list, Vijenac, and Gloria. He was a member of the international jury for the  European Jazz Prize and is currently a member of several cultural councils and a leader of jazz events in Croatia. Besides, he is a permanent member of the Croatian Journalists' Association as a freelance journalist and the Croatian Music Union, the Croatian Society of Composers, and the Croatian Association of Independent Artists.

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"Why portraits? Because in this way, with the help of a telephoto lens, it's possible to get closer to the gestures of artists and the spirit of jazz music and what musicians feel and the way they think. Unlike most other photographers, I like to wait for the end of a concert, when artists are already losing control of their behavior and their gestures. Then I catch them in those moments when they are truly natural when they are truly what they are", the author explains.

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After the opening, there will be two concert evenings at Đardin as part of the Urban Culture Review - EVO RUKE 7 with, as always, free admission. The exhibition is open to visitors until 18.09.

"Since jazz is my life, as is theirs, this is how I try to capture the essence of jazz", Hrvoj concludes.

The program for two evenings of the concert program can be found below.

On Friday, 28.08.2020. perform:

21:00 - Peter Smith & The Hosters, Split,
22:00 - Elena Stella & A.J.Jazz Trio, Zadar/Biograd

On Saturday, 29.08.2020. perform:

21:00 - Doringo, Zagreb,
22:00 - Just Jazzy, Split

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The Christian McBride's Big Band in Pula

Jazz comes to Istria.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Pula Jazz Season and Backstage Live

Pula is the place to be this year as the live music just doesn't stop.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Jazzy Beth Leaves Zagreb Rocking with a Bluesy Hart

Beth Hart played at Zagreb's Boogaloo Club on Friday, November 10, 2017. 

Monday, 14 August 2017

Makarska Jazz Festival 2017, This Weekend

From the 17th – 20th August 2017, the fourth edition of the Makarska Jazz Festival will be placed at the top of the jazz scene in Croatia and beyond. It has attracted some of the best local and international musicians, who trade their usual stage for one of the most gorgeous settings along the Adriatic Coast – the Makarska Riviera.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Troubadour Hard Jazz Cafe Dubrovnik

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

"Biljke i svirke" at Zagreb's Botanical Garden

Over two consecutive weekends, June 11 and 12 and June 18 and 19, the Botanical Gardens in Zagreb will be host to an event "Biljke i svirke", connecting music and nature in a more than original way.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Etno Hvar Festival July 8-9

Etno Hvar festival x KUL TURA po otoku will be happening July 8-9 in Humac!

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