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Chamber Choir Orfej

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Chamber Choir Orfej was formed in 1989. In the past years, Chamber choir Orfej has received a number of awards, which places them among the more prominent Slovenian choirs. Orfej has proven its high level of vocal performance in April 2010 at the prestigious Slovene national choir competition. The choir scored 93 points, received the gold award, and the second prize in the category ‘mixed choirs’. In May 2013 the choir participated in the International Choir Competition in Pecs, Hungary again. Orfej won the Prize of the city of Pecs (audience prize for best choir in the competition), second place in the absolute choir category, and a special award for the best performance of a piece. In 2016 Orfej has proven its high level of vocal performance at a prestigious Slovene national choir competition again. The choir scored 94,3 points, received the gold award, third prize, special award for a contemporary Slovenian musical piece composed after 1995. Conductor Andraž Hauptman has also received the special conductors' award for the best choice of competition programme. In the second competition in same Year, Orfej (“International Ohrid Choir Festival", Ohrid, FYR Macedonia) received the first prize and special award for the best performance of a renaissance piece. In 2018 a choir has been qualified in International competition European Grand Prix for choral singing, Tours, where he won third prize in the category of mixed choirs.

Rok Zalokar

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Composer and pianist working in various genres: jazz, fusion, avant-garde pop (Kukushai band), and world music. Rok started his own project in 2011. The trio that plays original compositions soon gained national recognition. Rok was presented with the Jazzon Award for Best Slovenian Jazz Composition and his trio won the Jazzon Live Competition. In March 2016, he received the prestigious Erasmus jazz prize.

džeZZva

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Music by džeZZva, a quartet from Murska Sobota, is a nod to both the tradition of American jazz culture with elements of European classical music and South European popular and folk culture. Through their highly sensitive communication and remarkable interplay the musicians do a brilliant job persuading even the most discerning listeners and the widest of audiences. džeZZva’s music is based on their original compositions, which sometimes include a hint of rearranged traditional songs. In their music, the quartet distinguishably merge Pannonian melodies with the sounds of other cultures. The collective has also achieved distinction abroad. In July 2019, they performed at the prestigious French jazz festival Jazz à Vienne. The band erupted onto the Slovenian music scene with their debut album “džeZZva”. The release ranked among RTV Slovenia music editors’ top 20 records. Released in 2016, their live recording features the Hidden Courtyard concert in Murska Sobota, “Live from the Hidden Courtyard”, and their previous record, “Sintur” (2015), entered the region’s top 30 jazz albums chart.

Academic Choir France Prešeren Kranj

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The Academic Choir France Prešeren Kranj was founded in 1969. Since its very beginning, the choir has been highly ambitious. The choir frequently participates in both domestic and international festivals and competitions, where usually achieves the highest awards and prizes. It has performed in the large majority of the European countries, as well as in Israel, Mexico, the United States of America, Argentina, Chile and Russia. Choir performs songs of all musical genres: classical, folk, popular, gospel, musicals, and more. Since the foundation the choir performed almost 1000 different musical pieces. In the last years, the choir has performed two great, wonderful vocal-instrumental projects, first presented to the Slovenian audience: Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest in 2016 and Misa Tango by Martin Palmieri in 2017. Throughout the choir’s fruitful period of existence, several world-famous names have cooperated with the choir, including Uros Lajovic, Fabio Luisi, Eric Ericson, John Rutter, Ariel Ramirez, Gary Graden, Riccardo Muti, Valerij Gergiev and Matthias Bamert. Since 2013 the choir has been lead and conducted by Fernando Pablo Mejias.

Krka Wind Orchestra

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Krka Wind Orchestra was established in 1957 in Straža, Slovenia. Krka Wind Orchestra is a group of amateur musicians who are dedicated to perform music at the highest possible level of excellence. Audiences benefit from hearing artists performing a classical and contemporary repertoire. Their concert performances are full of spirit, precision and enthusiasm. Besides bringing the new musical repertoire to our community, the Krka Wind Orchestra also contributes to the music education of young people. The orchestra has played with some of Slovenian's leading soloists as well as with international ones. Conductor of the orchestra is Matevž Novak. The achievements show that the orchestra is internationally recognized and is progressing constantly. In 2005 the orchestra won a gold medal with distinction at the World Music Contest in Netherlands. It is a multiple winner of the International Band Competition FLICORNO D’ORO in Italy (1995, 1997, 1999, 2015) and winner of Bamberg in Germany (2002) and in Pécs in Hungary (2010). The orchestra is five-time winner of the Slovenian National Championship, including twice in the top Excellence Category in 2006 and 2012.

Blue Train Quintet

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The Blue Train Quintet was formed in 2012 as an extended line-up of the Blue Train duo. The group primarily performs music by John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders, as well as their own original jazz tunes. The Blue Train Quintet has released three CDs.

Mart

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The band plays instrumental jazz-rock and similar music genres.

Container Doxa

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Container Doxa are an a/v entity, set on moulding the protocols of free improvisation with club and pop music. The keywords for the bands sonic and visual horizons are palm trees, futurism, contemporary jazz, club music, hope, despair and neon lights.

Magnifico

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Robert Pešut, better known as Magnifico, started out on his music career in 1989 as member of the U’redu band. He embarked on his solo career in 1993 and wrote a number of golden hits that have enjoyed enduring popularity among Slovenian audiences. Magnifico wrote Lahko ti podarim samo ljubezen, the winning song of EMA 2002, Slovenia’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, which was performed by a band of drag queens, Sestre. He achieved international breakthrough in 2004 with the song Hir aj kam hir aj go, which was licensed by Sony Records. The popularity of Magnifico’s Pukni zoro, written for the film Montevideo, God Bless You!, soared to epic proportions in Serbia.

Celje String Orchestra

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The Celje String Orchestra was established on 12 May 1945. In 1988, Prof. Nenad Firšt took up the post of the orchestra’s artistic director and conductor. On its 45th anniversary the orchestra released a second album comprising works by Tartini, Vivaldi and Ipavec. In the 1990/91 season, the ensemble inaugurated its own concert series featuring performances of five season concerts, which have become its established programming model. Aiming to present their art to wider audiences, the orchestra has since 1988 toured across Slovenia, appeared in Grevenbroich, Germany, and held several concerts in Zagreb. Over the recent years, the String Orchestra has taken part in prestigious international festivals in Italy, Croatia and Great Britain. The ensemble is regularly featured in the concert activities of Jeunesses Musicales Slovenia and the Society of Slovenian Composers, and records for the broadcasting companies RTV Slovenia and RAI.