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RTV Slovenia Big Band

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The Slovenian Radio and Television Big Band (RTV Slovenia Big Band) has existed continuously since 1945 and prides itself on being among the oldest orchestras of its kind worldwide. Its beginnings and first successes can largely be attributed to Bojan Adamič (1912 – 1995), a conductor and composer who led his own orchestra as early as during World War II. Today the band is rejuvenated – the average age of its members is just over 30. Most have studied at various jazz academies abroad and each of them masters their instrument with virtuoso skill.

RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra

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The RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra was established in 1955 and in its sixty years of creative activities has made an important mark on musical life in Slovenia. In terms of the scope and diversity of the musical works performed, the orchestra occupies the first place amongst all Slovenian music ensembles. Since its foundation, the orchestra’s primary activity has been making studio and concert recordings for the national music archive, which is available to radio and television programmes.

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.

Rush to Relax

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Rush to Relax is a solo project that developed after a bunch of failed bands. Damjan Manevski music, deeply rooted in a DIY mindset and under heavy influence of the global rock’n’roll heritage, brings the warmth and intimacy of home-recorded music. The project’s debut cassette was released in early September 2019 by Ljubljana’s very own Look Back And Laugh label and was followed by two regional mini-tours. His stripped-down and energetic performances that include only an electric guitar, vocals and some pre-recorded material, are a beautiful example of DIY creativity. There’s no point if you only rush to relax.

Sabina Cvilak

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Over the past several years, soprano Sabina Cvilak has achieved distinction as a highly accomplished opera singer, appearing in principal roles in opera houses and concert halls around the world. On the concert platform, Sabina Cvilak often accompanies tenor Andrea Bocelli, and has sung soprano roles in Mahler’s symphonies under the baton of maestro Gergiev.

SAETA

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The group SAETA was established in 1977 and it was at the time the only music group that combined organized improvisation with elements of experimental music taken from different scores and noted instructions for performance as well as elements of repetitive minimalist music and live performances or recorded performances of electroacoustic music of different genres. The group remains loyal to their calling to the present day. 

SAF Military Band

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The Military Band of the Slovenian Armed Forces (The SAF Military Band) was formed in 1996 with the aim of performing military protocol-related tasks. It forms an intrinsic part of all Slovenian Armed Forces ceremonies, from events marking military unit anniversaries and oaths of enlistment to Slovenian state commemorations and transnational meetings. The Military Band carries out its mission also by holding concerts and taking part in charity shows and local community events. It has enriched Slovenian musical life with its diversified repertoire, as well as superb musicianship and interpretive artistry.

Samantha Maya

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In the last year, Samantha Maya has performed on stages across Slovenia. She mainly performs pop/rock music with a mixture of r&b and funk.

Same babe

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The group of four musicians formed ad hoc in 2003 in order to play at a literary dinner dedicated to poet Janez Menart. The artists recreate their songs in unconventional and minimalistic arrangements, and are noted for their melodious a cappella singing, cabaret entertainment and incorporating satirical verses by Frane Milčinski – Ježek. In 2009, the band’s self-penned song “Dobri možje” won First Prize at the Festival of Slovenian Chanson. The group’s soundscape gradually evolved, progressing from the initial acoustic music to the extended line-up that includes electric guitar. Same babe’s current style fuses cafe-cabaret acoustic interludes with inspired a cappella singing and the edgy sound of a full-blooded band infused with elements of rock, funk and punk.

Samo Kutin

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Samo Kutin is known for his use of unconventional instruments, be it instruments that have already disappeared from everyday use or sound-making contraptions that feature strings, wood, pumpkins, stone, glass and waste material. One of the traditional instruments in his repertoire is the Hungarian medieval stringed instrument hurdy gurdy, which he plays at experimental and improvised music events. He conducts children's workshops, creates music for storytelling and theatre performances and is member of several ensembles, including Samo Gromofon, Salamandra salamandra, Najoua, Horda grdih and Širom.