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15
Jun

From Ljubljana via Laibach’s Trbovlje to Tito’s Kumrovec and Back. Want to Join?

Please note! This is merely hypothetical. Just some random thoughts. Just words on paper. Here I am, dreaming, doodling, thinking, looking at the map and all four corners of the sky. Where to go, what to do? I’m thinking about what’s worth seeing and I’m trying to think of interesting people with stories to tell...
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14
Jun

This World is Made of Blue, Green and All Shades in Between: An Ode to the Posočje region

The one thing I always notice braving the serpentine-like winding roads from Ljubljana towards North Primorska region is the dominance of green. And blue. All shades of green and blue. Lorca would appreciate it. There seems to be nothing but “verde te quiero verde” – green woods, green meadows, green pastures, green trees, green grass....
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13
Jun

New Istria or How “Folk” is Made?

No, this is not about the birds and the bees, but about how folk music is made in a specific location. Who creates it, who discovers it, who transforms it? How and why? Folk music is something old, something that is transmitted from generation to generation by word of mouth, something authentic, primordial, something that...
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12
Jun

Between the Earth and Sky: 10 artists from Slovenia exploring the spiritual nuances of music

mmOver thousands of years humankind developed many ways of expressing its inner self, its “soul”, its connection to the natural or supernatural worlds. Music has always played an integral part of the process, from indigenous and shamanic rituals to the religious ceremonies or new age celebrations. Spiritual elements in music – speaking as broadly and...
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08
Jun

Bosnian Psycho in Slovenia

One night several years ago, in Ljubljana’s then jazz-oriented Sax Pub, I faced a dilemma. Should I order another beer? Or should I make a beeline home, since my boisterous friends have left me to my own devices in order to achieve their higher purpose? If I’m not mistaken, the clock was nearing half past...
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28
May

Boye, Oh Ye(s)! A Rough Guide to (post-)Yugoslav All-Female Bands

Solo female vocal artists aside, let’s check out the (post-)Yugoslav all-female bands rocking the stage since the 1960s. Beat We are kicking off with Belgrade’s Sanjalice (1965–1969), the only band from a bunch of 1960s Yugoslav all-women beat groups that back then managed to record some songs. Actually, they released several best-selling EP singles and...
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23
May

All in One: the Witch and the First Lady

She is dressed in black, she is unmarried and childless, her poems and literature draw topics from Slovenian folk tales, and she is a behemothic lover of cats. For the mentioned reasons she is often referred to in general public as ‘the witch’. She is also outspoken, controversial, provocative, and rebellious. Certainly not something society...
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20
May

Socialist Discotheque: the Electronic Music History of Yugoslavia (Part Two)

We bring you some of the most extraordinary Yugoslav electronic gems that found their way to various (re)releases in Europe and the US. Read part one here.   Slovenian Electric Dreams Considering the early 1980s electronica in Slovenia, one has to acknowledge not only the underground heroes but also Miha Kralj’s pioneering role in bringing...
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19
May

Socialist Discotheque: the Electronic Music History of Yugoslavia (Part One)

We bring you some of the most extraordinary Yugoslav electronic gems that found their way to various (re)releases in Europe and the US. Read part two here. In the last years, various collections of electronic music from former Yugoslavia popped up, ranging from numerous streamable and downloadable CDR mixtapes and bold releases by small labels...
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22
Apr

In the Man’s World: Slovenian Female Composers

Only a few months ago the global media got flabbergasted by the fact that Vienna opera house for the first time in its entire 150-year history staged an opera created by a woman. Austrian composer’s name is Olga Neuwirth. Event itself was even more significant for its symbolic power as the opera was based on...
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