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Amael Piano Trio

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Founded in October 2000, the Amael Piano Trio has solidified its international reputation with widely-heralded festival appearances (Forfest in Kroměříž, Spectrum Festival in Munich, Mask Fest in San Marino, Grieg Festival in Bergen, Nuovi Spazi Musicali in Rome, Foyer européen in Luxembourg, Kolarac Podium of Chamber Music in Belgrade, etc.) and concerts at prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York and London’s The Forge Music and Arts Venue. Dedicated to promoting their country’s composers internationally, the trio’s repertoire regularly includes contemporary Slovenian works.

MD7 Ensemble

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Formed in 2001 under the artistic leadership of Pavel Mihelčič, the MD7 Contemporary Music Ensemble primarily performs new music composed especially for them. Comprising a unique combination of instruments, the permanent line-up morphs to play in different instrumental formations. The septet interprets works that consistently take into account the specific make-up of the ensemble and are either commissioned or dedicated to them.

Wind Quintet Slowind

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The wind quintet Slowind was established 22 years ago, and has become the most active new music ensemble in Slovenia. As well as performing practically all of the works of the standard wind quintet repertoire, the members of Slowind have developed a reputation as uncompromising performers of contemporary music, from the classics of the avant-garde to works by the youngest composers, many of whom are not yet established but are very promising composers of our time. 

Tomaž Grom

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Tomaž Grom is a double bass player, electronic musician, composer, producer, educator and explorer. He has performed at festivals across Europe and North America, and has composed original music for numerous theatre productions, contemporary dance and puppet performances and movies. Grom is the founder and artistic director of Institute Sploh, an association dedicated to the production of music and performing arts, as well as education and publishing.

Rudi Bučar

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Singer-songwriter and folk-rock musician Rudi Bučar is dedicated to nurturing Istria’s rich musical heritage. He embarked on his music career as member of Spirits. Inspired by Luciano Kleva, Rudi developed an interest in Istrian musical tradition and started collecting old Istrian folk songs. This material is featured on his solo albums “Kapot” (2004) and “Kambiament” (2007). He was backing vocalist for Slovenian contestant Alenka Gotar at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki. The following year, he took part in the Sounds of Slovenia project (Sozvočja Slovenije). In 2009, Rudi formed his own rock band, Rudi & The Cool Vibes. That same year marked the first in a string of Rudi’s successes at Slovenian music festivals. In a duet with Alya, Rudi appeared at EMA – the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest – with the song “Zadnji dan.” His composition “Samo ti” performed by Anika Horvat was the winning song of the Slovenian Song Festival. Two years later he appeared at the Slovenian Song Festival with a self-penned song, “Naj traja,” which received the Grand Jury Prize for Best Overall Composition. In 2011, Rudi started a music project – Istrabend – with Janez Dovč and Goran Krmac. In 2012, the band took part in the revived Melodies of the Sea and Sun Festival with the song “Slon” and released an album, “Rudi in Istrabend”. That same year Rudi again played at the Slovenian Song Festival, performing his song “Še malo”. In 2013, Rudi wrote the music for “The Servant of Two Masters,” a theatre performance directed by Kokan Mladenović and co-produced by Koper Theatre. In 2014, he took part in all three major Slovenian music festivals and carried the day at two of them: he performed with Elevators (“Tja”) at EMA, took the prize at the Melodies of the Sea and Sun Festival with Frčafele (“Sen znala jes”) and his song “Ti” was selected as Best Overall Composition – and Rudi presented with Best Performance Award – at the Slovenian Song Festival. The album “Kantajmo” by vocal quartet 7 plus, to which Rudi contributed as songwriter and arranger, came out in May 2014.

Katalena

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Katalena trace their beginnings to a music workshop organised in summer 2001 in Črmošnjice, a village on the edge of Bela Krajina (White Carniola). Although devised as a one-off project, the workshop soon developed into a full-time band. Katalena draw inspiration from Slovenian folk music heritage but instead of seeing it merely as a resource seek to establish a dialogue with the past through music and lyrics and thus reflect on their own embeddedness in time, space and community, as well as its history and present-day reality. Katalena are one of those bands that resonate with all generations and have garnered great critical acclaim both at home and abroad.

Goran Bojčevski

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Macedonian-born clarinet virtuoso Goran Bojčevski is based in Celje. He can appear on stage as a soloist with a prominent orchestra, and the very next day attract audiences to a club performing improvisations to the accompaniment of his band. As a classically trained clarinettist Bojčevski is committed to classical music but also has a passion for ethno, primarily traditional Balkan music.

Bakalina

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Taking its name from an old term for a clay vessel, the Bakalina Duo consists of singer Jani Kutin and accordionist Renata Lapanja. Both musicians originate from the hills surrounding the town of Tolmin and address their audiences in the local dialect. This native language not only permeates their music, but is also embedded in its innermost core. Standard words do not come close to capturing the essence of their sound.

Drajnarjuva vampa

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Drajnarjuva vampa or The Drajnar Boys are brothers Tomaž (piano and vocals) and Jernej Hostnik (accordion) who have taken their rich musical knowledge to new heights with a chanson-esque, Tom Waits-like approach to their self-penned compositions. Sung in dialect, Tomaž’s lyrics ooze with gallows humour, sharp social commentary, obscure folk imagery, hoarse vocals and melodic ingenuity, and reveal masterful storytelling abilities, which earned them first prize at the 2016 International Singer-songwriting Festival.

Klarisa Jovanović & Della Segodba

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Vocalist Klarisa Jovanović has joined forces with a collective of musicians – multi-instrumentalists, leaders of their own music projects, composers of theatre music for young and old, and regular guests of Slovenian and international jazz festivals – to form the Della Segodba ensemble. Della Segodba’s repertoire includes Mediterranean folk songs and musical settings of Slovenian poems. Their sound is noted for the unparalleled voice of its lead vocalist and the amusing instrumental antics of the backing band.