Imer Brizani awarded a medal by President Pahor
At a special ceremony on 7 April the President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor awarded Imer Brizani for his creative contribution to the promotion and visibility of Roma culture in Slovenia.
Imer Brizani is one of the most creative Roma musicians in Slovenia. In 1996 he founded the group Amala, which tries to preserve the rich Roma musical heritage, while also occasionally combining the features of traditional Roma music with the elements of other music genres. Brizani is also active in music pedagogy, ensuring workshops for young Roma musicians. He collected and edited a number of Roma and world heritage songs as well as composed some of his own. In his book Le ostanite, Romi gredo! (Just Stay, the Roma are Coming!) he described the history of Roma people, their customs, skills, beliefs, fairy tales, poetics and language and presented a collection of sheet music of the most well-known Roma songs.
"A culture without tradition is devoid of meaning and impoverished through a lack of innovativeness and modernity. I belong to the Roma nation, which is marginalized everywhere. Therefore I try to set an example and change this; my guiding principle is intercultural dialogue, " said Imer Brizani in his speech when accepting the award. Brizani has dedicated his life to enriching the Roma culture and building a bridge between tradition and modernity.
At the ceremony in the Presidential Palace, the group Amala, currently composed of Imer Brizani, guitarists Izidor Erazem Grafenauer and Uroš Rakovec, vocalists Neža Drobnič and Miha Vanič, flutist Anja Burnik as well as Brizani's own son, a talented and successful young cello player Bernardo Brizani, performed two pieces of music, Mura and Tu, composed by the prizewinner himself under the artistic name of Traja.
Slovenian delegation and the band Koala Voice heading to Sharpe Bratislava!
On 26 and 27 April, the Slovakian showcase festival Sharpe will take place in Bratislava for the second time. The event at the Nová Cvernovka former factory will feature 36 acts from twelve countries over two days. Half of the acts are Slovakian, while the foreign ones include Slovenian quartet Koala Voice (INES#talent), who have performed at numerous European festivals and clubs in recent years and released their third album “Woo Horsie” in February.
MENT Ljubljana – Festival & Conference
The fifth edition of MENT, produced by Kino Šiška and coproduced by the Slovenian Music Information Centre - Sigic, will fill different venues in Ljubljana with performances of more than 70 musicians and shed light on their individual creativity as well as the inner workings of the music industry at the international conference.
1. International youth choral festival and Choral conducting competition »AEGIS CARMINIS\'« 2019
First International choral competition for youth, high school and student amateur choirs (Dead-line for application: January 11, 2019) and choral conductors born after February 1979 (Dead-line for application: January 14, 2019) will take place in Koper from March 14. – 17. 2019.
Pianist Zala Kravos and the LX Export Prize 2018
The 16-year-old Zala Kravos made her debut at 14 and is now becoming an artist of international renown. This December she received further acclaim in Luxembourg.
Vox Arsana perform at The Worldwide Holiday Special
The global 1-hour show was broadcast on YouTube and featured selected vocal groups from Canada, the United States, Brazil, England, France, Sweden, Denmark, the Philippines, and Slovenia.