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Guca – The Best Serbian festival

Guca – The Best Serbian festival
Every year in August the sleepy town of Guca turns into a big party, the air is filled with the sound of trumpets and smell of grilled meat, streets with dancing and drinking people… More than 600,000 visitors make their way to the town of 2,000 people, both from Serbia and abroad. This is the best Serbian festival considering that Exit festival visit about 150.000 people and Guca Trumpet Festival in 2012 visit 600.000 people, and in 2013 about 450.000 people.



Elimination heats earlier in the year mean only a few dozen bands get to compete. Guca’s official festival is split into three parts. Friday’s opening concert, Saturday night celebrations and Sunday’s competition. Friday’s concerts are held at the entrance to the official Guca Festival building. This event features previous winners, each band getting to play three tunes while folk dancers, all kitted out in bright knitting patterns, dance kolos and oros in front of a hyped-up audience.

 An English party site, www.ThisIsTheLife.com, has named Guca the best festival in the world.

 Forget Glastonbury, Reading, Burning Man and Coachella: “The wildest music festival on earth is a cacophonic and crazy brass band festival that takes place every summer in the tiny Serbian town of Guča in the western region of Dragacevo”.


Dejan Petrovic Trumpet Master

Dejan Petrovic, the son and successor of the most famous Serbian trumpet player Mica Petrovic, was born in 1985 in the village of Duboko, near Uzice.

Dejan and his brother Darko belong to the fourth generation of trumpet players in their family of music manufacturers.The first one to start playing the trumpet was Dejan’s great grandfather Tanasije and since then the skill has been passed down from father to son. Tanasije’s successor was Danilo and then his son Mica, who deserves credit for the world fame of this instrument.

It is certain that he was a man ahead of his time – a visionary or an artist who knew how to use the God’s gift and who could touch the soul of any man just by a simple sound of the trumpet. He gave good guidance to his sons Dejan and Darko, who showed interest for music from an early age.

At the age of six, Dejan played for the first time in front of an audience and, instead of spending his childhood playing with his friends; he spent time with his father and his orchestra, learning the secrets and the beauty of music until he recognized them within his very soul.

By the age of twelve he had already had his own, junior orchestra. Unfortunately, four years later he lost his father and, a great burden which was not easy to carry, fell upon him. Nevertheless, he did not surrender. Strong-minded, he followed his father’s footsteps to the point when he had to go further and choose his own path. With a lot of hard work and efforts put in, with the help and support of his brother Darko and other members of the band, Dejan, a young trumpet player, won prestigious awards as well as hearts of the audience wherever he performed. Success followed success until finally he surpassed the achievements of his father at the competition in Guca in 2006, winning the “Master’s Letter”, the most prominent award at the competition. And so the twenty-year-old from the village of Duboko went down in history as the youngest Master of the Trumpet and as an artist with a potential to win the world in the same manner.

He always loved to “play” with music: to put together the disparate, to perform the unseen, to achieve the impossible; always following modern trends, but never losing touch with his origin, tradition and music that made him.

The name Dejan Petrovic became a synonym for traditional Serbian music everywhere in the world, often combined with modern elements and adjusted for everybody’s ear.

He is not called The Ambassador of the Serbian Trumpet for no reason!

For fifteen years now, one could hear the name Dejan Petrovic Orchestra in the finals of every trumpet orchestra competition in the country, but also abroad. This is the best proof of the quality and a driving force to go further, to wish, to work and to achieve even more.

Dejan Petrovic Orchestra exists since 1996 and its founder and mentor Mica Petrovic, was a master trumpet player and a legend of the Serbian trumpet playing. A group of beardless boys, led by Dejan Petrovic, since their very first competition participation, have been winning one award after another and hasn’t stopped yet on their way to the top. Always leaving their audience open-mouthed in amazement and exhilaration, they let everyone know that, behind this image of cute little boys, lies tremendous work and dedication to their call. The hearts of the audience were captured.

It took them five years to reach their maturity, to stop with the junior orchestra competitions and get to grips with much older and more experienced rivals. As it happens, quality prevailed. Unique and matchless, of a distinguished sound and image, Dejan Petrovic Orchestra stands firmly on the top of the Serbian trumpet scene. Having won everything there was to win, in 2010 Dejan and his orchestra decided to stop competing at the Guca festival, to give space to new, young orchestras and to move on.

It is no surprise that many influential people in the music and film industry have chosen this orchestra as their co-workers, Emir Kusturica being one of the most important one, who they have been working with for seven years now. They have made music for a number of his films and not a single Kustendorf festival took place without Dejan and his orchestra.

Guca – The Best Serbian festival

Guca – The Best Serbian festival
Every year in August the sleepy town of Guca turns into a big party, the air is filled with the sound of trumpets and smell of grilled meat, streets with dancing and drinking people… More than 600,000 visitors make their way to the town of 2,000 people, both from Serbia and abroad. This is the best Serbian festival considering that Exit festival visit about 150.000 people and Guca Trumpet Festival in 2012 visit 600.000 people., and in 2013 about 450.000 people.



Elimination heats earlier in the year mean only a few dozen bands get to compete. Guca’s official festival is split into three parts. Friday’s opening concert, Saturday night celebrations and Sunday’s competition. Friday’s concerts are held at the entrance to the official Guca Festival building. This event features previous winners, each band getting to play three tunes while folk dancers, all kitted out in bright knitting patterns, dance kolos and oros in front of a hyped-up audience.

 An English party site, www.ThisIsTheLife.com, has named Guca the best festival in the world.

 Forget Glastonbury, Reading, Burning Man and Coachella: “The wildest music festival on earth is a cacophonic and crazy brass band festival that takes place every summer in the tiny Serbian town of Guča in the western region of Dragacevo”.


Brass band “Barka”, Knjazevac

Orchestra Brass band “Barka”, Knjazevac

The Barka Brass Band comes from the small town of Knjazevac in eastern Serbia, near the Bulgarian border. With their black suits and hats, they look like they have escaped from the film The Blues Brothers. This dynamic brass ensemble’s finest achievement came last year with their victory at the Guča Trumpet Festival 2012, a kind of unofficial world championship for brass bands. Warning: this stuff is explosive!

Darko Dimitrijevic was born in Knjazevac in 1980. year. He began playing trumpet at the age of fifteenth year. He finished secondary music school in the class of Professor Mile Paunovic in Negotin. At the Academy of Music in Cetinje, completed undergraduate studies in the class of Professor Mladen Djordjevic, where along with a horn section and theoretically studied. He was engaged as first trumpet of the Montenegro Symphony Orchestra. He is currently employed in the “Symphony Orchestra of city Nis” as first solo trumpet. In addition to classical music, a great connoisseur of ethno sound from Balkan region, especially in Eastern Serbia, which is the theme of his new CD, which is in preparation.

Ivan Kostic was born in 1983 in Nis. He finish secondary school for machine technician in Knjazevac. Actively start to playing piano from 1997. Forming Orchestra Brass band “Barka” from Knjazevca, in 1998. years, he began playing the trumpet. Along with tenor horn, he playing acoustic drums and percussion. Awards and Recognition: With Orchestra Brass band “Barka” performed, except in Serbia, in many cities and countries around the world, where he won many awards. The biggest prizes won in competitions in Guca: In the category Youth Orchestras: second place twice time, and once first place. In the senior category, “The Golden Apple” the best band award for best performed folk dance. At the international Guca Trumpet Festival competition: the best band. Collaboration: The music band and Orchestra Brass band “Barka” has cooperation and joint appearances with orchestras ”Balkanika” Sanja Ilic and “Black and White World” by Dejan Pejovic.

Milos Velickovic was born in 1984 in Knjazevac. Milos finish secondary school for machine technician in Knjazevac. With music he deals since 1996, then began to play the accordion with keyboard. He forming Orchestra Brass band “Barka” from Knjazevca, in the 1998. year, when he started to play the trumpet. Awards and Recognition: With Orchestra Brass band “Barka” he has performed at many events, festivals in Serbia, in many cities and countries around the world and won many awards. The biggest prize was in competition in Guca like the youngest band: 2004. and 2005.,  second place, and in 2006. he won first place. In the senior category: 2011 he won “The Golden Apple” award for the best band in 2012 and the award for Best performed round. At the international competition: 2013. his band get award for the best Guca Brass band. Collaboration: He has cooperation with many famous musicians and composers, and had the honor to be with orchestra “Balkanika” of composer Sanja Ilic.

Dejan Petkovic was born in 1985. in Knjazevac. Elementary and secondary school ended in Knjazevac and at the moment he study the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade. Music deals than in 1998. year, on their own initiative and with the support of friends. Also he is one of the founders of Orchestra Brass band “Barka” in which he began playing bass. Awards and honors: Awards at Guca Competition in 2006. year, the award for the best original Guca music in 2011., the best Guca Brass band in 2012, as well as awards for world best international band at the Guca Trumpet competition in 2013. year. With the Orchestra Brass band “Barka” successfully wins many competitions in Eastern Serbia, since 2009. year. From individual award, he won the best bass musician in front of the trumpet players in Eastern Serbia. Collaboration: Under the direction of Professor Darko Dimitrijevic successfully working on the new CD for the music band of Sanja ilic.

Ivan Milenkovic was born in 1983. in Knjazevac. Elementary music school ended in Knjazevac. Secondary music school in Negotin. In elementary school, his first musical direction was harmonica, and later musical direction trumpet. After he ended secondary school, Ivan has began playing with Orchestra Brass band “Barka”. Awards and Recognition: With the Orchestra Brass band “Barka” successfully wins many competitions, except in Serbia, in many cities and countries around the world and he won many awards. The greatest awards are on the Trumpet Festival in Guca. In the category Youth Orchestras: second place twice time, and one time first place. In the senior category, he won “The Golden Apple” award for the best band and award for best performed folk dance. At the international competition he won award for best Brass band.

Milan Stanisic was born in 1986. in Knjazevac. He finished secondary school, technician for  construction, in Knjazevac. Music deals since 1995., when he began playing drums. With a Orchestra Brass band “Barka” starts cooperation since 2009. year. Awards and Recognition: With Orchestra Brass band “Barka” performed at many music events in Serbia, Europe and worldwide. With the orchestra has won many awards in Guca Trumpet Festival: Award for etno playing in 2011., award for the best brass band in 2012, award for best international brass band in the world in 2013. From individual award he won award for the best drummer in the pre-competition in Trumpet Festival in Eastern Serbia in 2012.

Mladen Velickovic was born in 1987. in Knjazevac. He finished secondary school, technician for  construction in Knjazevac. Music deals start in 1998., when he began playing in the Orchestra Brass band “Barka” from Knjazevca. With the orchestra has performed in many musical events and festivals in Serbia. Awards and Recognition: With Orchestra Brass band “Barka” won many awards in Guca: In the category Youth Orchestras: 2004. and 2005., the second place, in 2006. he won the first place. In the senior category: 2011. get the award “The Golden Apple” for the best brass band of 2012, and the award for Best performed round. At the international competition he get award in 2013. for the best brass band in the world. From individual prizes awarded for the best tenor in Eastern Serbia in 2001.

Dejan Dimitrijevic was born in Knjazevac in 1984. year. After he finished secondary school in Knjazevac, Dejan continued their education in Nis, on Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Transportation, where in 2007 he received the degree of traffic engineers. Music starts practicing in his fifteenth year. He finished elementary music school, in the class of Professor Dobrivoja Krstic. Dejan later switched to tenor and started playing in the Orchestra Brass band “Barka”. Participate on all competitions in Guca since 1998.  Dejan won many prestigious music awards. He has performed in concerts all over Serbia, Europe, and in festivals in Asia and Africa.

Dejan Petrovic pobednik Guce i majstor trube

Dejan Lazarević: Uskoro će svetlost dana ugledati novi CD sa specifičnim balkanskim zvukom koji je Lazarević radio u saradnji sa popularnim čačanskim bendom.
Dejan Petrović već spremio repertoar
– Nastupićemo verovatno u nešto modernijoj varijanti na ovogodišnjem Saboru trubača. Naravno, srpska tradicija je deo svakog našeg nastupa, ali ove godine ćemo koncert obogatiti novim numerama, veoma zanimljivim. Planirano goste, u svakom slučaju obećavamo odličnu zabavu i kvalitetan program – kaže Lazarević. On dodaje da bi ga radovalo da u Guču dođu zvučna imena poput filmske dive Džulije Roberts, pa ako se to obistini, Lazarević će kao i njegov kolega biti spreman.
Dejan Petrovic u Vrscu Najmlađi i višestruki pobednik Sabora trubača u Guči i prva truba sveta Dejan Petrović održaće sa svojim Big bendom veliki koncert u hali “Milenijum” u Vršcu 10. marta. – Kao i sve dosadašnje, i ovaj koncert posvećujem svojoj ćerki Jovani, najvećoj radosti i najvećem pokretaču u životu. Mnoge sam želje ispunio, ostala je još jedna, a to je svetska karijera. Želim da autentičan zvuk srpske trube pronesem svetom – kaže Dejan Petrović.
S. M. – Imamo repertoar i za popularnu glumicu. Samo neka dođe, biće oduševljena – poručuje Lazarević. Treći Dejan – Jevđić, upotpuniće muzički nastup velikana trube. Najmlađi u svetu nagrada za izvođenje na limenim instrumentima Dejan Jevđić je sa orkestrom “Zao Taro lajt” prošle godine podigao Zlatnu trubu Sabora. – Radimo predano. Svakodnevno vežbamo za Guču, a mene posebno raduje činjenica da ću nastupati sa imenjacima Lazarevićem i Petrovićem.
Moramo za taj koncert da odaberemo najbolji repertoar i budemo posebno dobri. Nema sumnje, ljubiteljima trube ostaće u pamćenju planirana svirka jer nagrade najbolje govore o kvalitetu trubača – kaže Jevđić. Koncert trojice Dejana, trubačkih superstarova, novina je ove godine. Dosad su najbolji svirali na ponoćnom koncertu, a “Tri D” upriličen je kao poseban poklon organizatora ljubiteljima trube.

Composer Goran Bregovic is mega-star in Guca

Composer Goran Bregovic is mega-star in all Guca Trumpet Festivals
Goran Bregović describes himself simply as contemporary composer. Why then does his “contemporary” sound different from music of other contemporary composers? Because Goran is from the Balkans. And in the Balkans “contemporary” is different.

What does his orchestra for Weddings and Funerals composed of a gypsy brass band, traditional Bulgarian polyphonies, an electric guitar, traditional percussion, strings and Orthodox Church male singers, read on Bregovic’s score sheets? Echoes from Jewish and Gypsy weddings, chants from Orthodox and Catholic Church, Muslim invocations. His music comes from that terrible frontier where for centuries Catholics, Orthodox Christians and Muslims made war and lived together. Music that our soul recognises instinctively and the body greets with an irresistible urge to dance.

Born in Sarajevo of a Serbian mother and a Croatian father. After a few years of (very unenthusiastic) music studies at the conservatory (violin), Goran forms his first group “The White Button” at the age of sixteen. Composer and guitar player (“I chose the guitar because guitar players always have most success with girls”), he admits his immoderate love for rock n’roll. “In those times, Rock had a capital role in our lives. It was the only way we could make our voice heard, and publicly express our discontent without risking jail (or just about)…”

Studies of philosophy and sociology would most certainly have landed him teacher of Marxist thought, had the gigantic success of his first record not decided otherwise. Follow fifteen years with his group “The White Button“, marked by marathon-tours and endless sessions of autographing in which Goran plays youth idol in Eastern countries until he’s sick and tired of it.

At the end of the eighties BREGOVIC takes time away from this permanent hustle-bustle to compose music for Kusturica’s “Times of the Gypsies”, and to make his childhood dream come true: to live in a small house on an island in the Adriatic. The War in Yugoslavia shatters this, and many other dreams, and Goran has to abandon everything to find exile in Paris… starting point for roaming the world with his music that made him a honorary citizen of Buenos Aires, Tirana and Athens and honorary Doctor of Music from Sheffield University, UK.

MUSIC FOR MOVIES

Coming from the same background, the same generation, survivors of the same experiences, Goran BREGOVIC and Emir KUSTURICA formed a tandem which didn’t need words to communicate. After “Times of the Gypsies” Goran had a free hand to compose the original soundtrack for “Arizona Dream“. The music lives up to the film – poetical, original and incredibly enhancing. “One of the great things about Emir’s movies is that they show life exactly as it is – full of holes, hesitations and unexpected events. It’s this imperfect, unorganised side that I wanted to preserve above all. Even the songs recorded with Iggy are very under-produced. There’s just his voice and behind it a gypsy-orchestra blowing into old pre-war trumpets and cow’s horns. It’s really very simple.”

“Silence of the Balkans” was a very ambitious multimedia project performed in 1997 in Thessaloniki, under the direction of Slovenian Tomaz PANDUR with video images by Boris MILJKOVIC. Then a collaboration with Teatro Stabile from Trieste for whom he wrote the stage music for a very unusual “Hamlet”, and Goran Bregovic starts enjoying writing for the theatre. Follows a collaboration with one of the most “fashionnable” Italian directors, Marco BAILANI for whom, commissioned by the Festival NOVECENTO in Palermo, he writes the music for “The Children’s Crusade” (created November 1999). Recently Bregovic wrote music for a stage setting of Dante’s “Divine Comedy” (conceived as a triptych, of which the first part Inferno was premiered at the THALIA THEATRE in Hamburg in January 2001, followed in February 2002 by Purgatory and Paradise). The director is Goran’s long time work complice, Tomaz PANDUR from Slovenia.

For over ten years, since he abandoned pure rock in 1985, the music of BREGOVIC had never been performed live. This all changes in 1995 when, with a band of ten traditional musicians, a choir of fifty singers and a symphony orchestra, he undertakes a series of mega-concerts in Greece and Sweden followed by the concert given October 26th at the Forest National of Brussels for an audience of 7500. Very few concert performances in 1996 as the idea of a hundred and twenty performers on stage scared even the most enthusiastic promoters.

Like a happy grown up child, Goran is honoured by collaborations with tallented performers from diverse cultures – people he would have asked for an autograph not so long ago: Iggy Pop, whom he totally reinvents (Arizona Dream 1993), Ofra Haza (La Reine Margot,1994), Cesaria Evora (Underground 1995), Scot WALKER in UK, Setzen Aksu in Turkey, George Dalaras in Greece, Kayah in Poland.

Le Temps de Gitans” (Polygram/Universal)
Arizona Dream” (Polygram/Universal)
Toxic Affair” (Polygram/Universal)
La Reine Margot” (Polygram/Universal)
Underground” (Polygram/Universal)
“Ederlezi” compilation” (Polygram/Universal)
Bregovic and Kayah” (BMG Poland)
Songbook” (Polygram/Universal)
Music for Films” (Polygram/Universal)
Tales from Weddings and Funerals” (Polygram/Universal)
Goran Bregovic‘s Karmen…” (Mercury/Universal)
Alkohol” (Mercury/Decca)

Giovanni FERETTI of the legendary Italian group CSI, art director of Bologna 2000″, asked Goran BREGOVIC to be the ambassador of music from the orthodox countries for a night-long fiesta on June 27. Goran called it “Hot Balkan Roots” and invited three brass bands (one from Bulgaria, one from Romania and another one from Serbia) and a group of Russian female voices. A joint concert of BREGOVIC and CSI topped it all and the party was repeated on June 29 at the prestigious NUOVO AUDITORIUM DI ROMA.

2006 was marked by a project entitled “Forgive me, is this the way to the Future?” – concerto for violin and two orchestras – Three letters, commissioned by ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) for a tour of ten concerts in major European concert halls* in April 2007, interpreted by Goran’s Wedding and Funeral Band plus Kristjan JÒVI’s ABSOLUTE ENSEMBLE from New York – all under the direction of Kristjan JÒVI.

After tours across Europe and South America during the whole of 2002 and four triumphant concerts in Paris in November (two in the underground “Bataclan” and two in the temple of classical music “Th꡴re des Champs Elys”), in 2003 Bregovic toured Scandinavia, France, Rumania, Spain. In June 2003 a rendering of “Tolerant Heart” at the Festival of Sacred Music in Fez, Morocco and at the Guggenheim Foundation in Bilbao, and then two incredible sold out concerts in the legendary LUNA PARK Stadium in Buenos Aires. Then Summer Festivals across Europe.Very little touring in Autumn/Winter 2003-2004 (only a short series of concerts in Switzerland in March 2004), as time was dedicated to “Goran Bregovic‘s Karmen with a Happy End”. Since then, over a hundred and fifty performances: a “Karmen” from St. Petersburg to Jerusalem, from Buenos Aires to Seoul. A tour in Italy in April, concerts in France, Germany, Bergen Festival in Norway in May 2004… then yet more concerts in Italy, Germany and France in the Summer season… In the Fall three concerts in Belgium, then the Baltic countries, Vienna and the Chech Republic (plus one concert in Bratislava in Slovakia). In November Argentina again with three concerts in Buenos Aires and one in Cordoba, and then in December 2004 five concerts of “Karmen” at the Piccolo Teatro Festival Season in Milan, some more in Cagliari (Sardegna) and (yet another) short tour of Italy….

“Margot, Diary of a Queen“, format of the Goran Bregovic Weddings and Funerals Orchestra (brass, Bulgarian voices, voice/percussion plus a male vocal sextet and a string quartet) plus an actress specifically chosen to say the text in the language of each country where “Margot… ” is presented will be premiered at the Festival de Saint Denis, France on June 7 and 8 2010.

Patrice Chereau entrusts him with the music for “La Reine Margot“, Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994. Goran delivers a majestic piece with rock accents.

The music for Emir Kusturica‘s “Underground“, Palme d’Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, was also signed by Goran. But not the following film. A three year collaboration on “Underground” has worn everyone out and Emir has to find a whole new team for his next film.

Recently Goran composed spicy music with a “kletzmer” aroma for the “Train de Vie” of Radu MIHAELANU acclaimed by the critics in Venice, Sao Paulo, Berlin and by the public everywhere it was shown.

He has since devoted himself to the interpretation of his own music and lent himself to a second stage-career. Without completely abandoning the movies, however: Nana Djordjaze “1001 Recipes of a Cook in Love”, “27 Missing Kisses” in 2001, Unni STRAUME Music for Weddings and Funerals” (original music and the main male role) in 2002, Venice Film Festival official selection. In 2004 Bregovic repeats the same adventure: he composes music and plays the main role in an Italian film entitled “Giorni dell’Abandono” (“The days of Abandon”) premiered in Autumn 2005, Venice Film Festival official selection.

MUSIC FOR THEATRE
In 2007 the Serbian National Theater commissioned music and staged a ballet based on Duma’s novel “Queen Margot”.
MUSIC FOR CONCERTS:
In June 1997, the group is reduced to fifty musicians for a two hour concert with the music he composed for films. And it’s one success after another. Bregovic undertakes a triumphal tour throughout Europe with his Wedding and Funeral Band presenting live his most beautiful pieces from the famous “Ederlezi” (Time of the Gypsies) to the “In the Death Car” (Arizona Dream) and the energetic “Kalasnikov” (Underground) taking off as delirious audience echoes the with the powerful “Juris” (Charge!!). The number of entries – between 3,500 and 10,000 per concert – and the concert given May 1st at the Piazza St. Giovanni in Rome in front of 500.000 people confirm beyond any doubt that his music now has a real impact on an international level.
 
Goran BREGOVIC continues his career, and the young local rock mega-star of the 70s and the 80s asserts his authority as a mature, successful, international composer.
 
MUSICAL COLLABORATIONS
 
SELECTED RECORDINGS:
Some critics have called Tales and Songs from Weddings and Funerals his neo-classical album. In it he presents a range of musicians portraying the many influences – from tango and reggae to Gypsy brass band music.
 
SPECIAL PROJECTS
To start off his Italian tour in Summer 2000, Goran concocted a “Big Wedding in Palermo” for the Santa Rosalia Celebration on July 14, for which he shared artistic direction with the famous musicologist and composer from Naples, Roberto de SIMONE. For just one very special night, Goran a assembled artists from countries that he calls his musical feeding-ground” – between Budapest and Istanbul. To Goran’s music and to images of video director from Belgrade, Boris MILJKOVIC, Slovenian and Greek dancers danced under direction of a gifted Romanian choreographer , Edward CLUG. And once again he called on the brass bands (a wedding with no brass band is no wedding) to lead 80 brides and bridegrooms each from opposite parts of the beautiful town of Palermo to the central square where, around three in the morning, they met with Clug’s professional dancers and Goran’s Weddings and Funerals Band for a long final wedding dance.
 
In June 2002, Goran BREGOVIC united in the St. Denis Basilica (near Paris) three star singers from three religions with the Moscow orthodox choir, a string section from Tetouan in Morocco, and his Weddings and Funerals Orchestra, for a special project called “My Heart has become Tolerant” on the theme of reconciliation, commissioned by Festival of Sacred Music of St. Denis (that year entitled “From Bach to Bregovic”). Luciano Berio invited the same project to his Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome in July, another concert on the Esplanade of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Festival of Sacred Arts in Fez… and it can be said that another side of “contemporary music” composer has been added to Goran’s career.
 

In 2004 Goran BREGOVIC composed his first opera entitled “Bregovic’s Karmen with a Happy End”, the first Carmen with a K and a Balkan accent. A combination of naive theatre and opera, “Karmen” was premiered in Italy on April 17 2004 and has since been performed over one hundred times. Written, composed and directed by Goran Bregovic (only a few quotes from Bizet’s “Carmen”), this gypsy opera is interpreted by the musicians of his Wedding and Funeral Band. Since recent publication of the album, a web-site has been created with music, scores for free use and information: http://karmen.artistes.universalmusic.fr/index_valid.php

*Megaron – Athens, Accademia di Santa Cecilia – Rome, Konserthuset – Stockholm, Salle Grande Duchesse Jos诨ine-Charlotte – Luxembourg, Theatre Des Champs Elys – Paris, Philharmonie – Cologne, Concertgebouw – Amsterdam, Bozar – Brussels, Symphony Hall – Birmingham, Konzerthaus – Vienna.
 
TOURS:
2005 brought more tours in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Israel. Also an opening of the Asian continent – a tour including Taipei, Singapore and Seoul in June 2005, then Summer Festivals in Italy, Spain, France. After Bremen in Germany, St. Petersburg and Moscow and a French tour in November, “Goran Bregovic‘s Karmen with a Happy End” played all December in Paris in “Le Cabaret Sauvage”.
 
In June 2005, Bregovic’s old legendary group “White Button” (Bjelo Dugme) came back together for a sold-out reunion tour of the capitals of three former Yugoslav republics. An audience of 70.000 in Sarajevo and Zagreb, and 200.000 in Belgrade proved him right in the hope that people separated by wars could at least share and enjoy a common musical heritage.
 
2006 After a tour of France, some concerts in Spain and Italy, July 2006 offered a first opening of North American territories for Bregovic’s music: an extraordinary concert in a square in Montreal, closing the Montreal Jazz Festival for an audience of 150-200.000, one concert in Chicago’s magnificent Millennium Park (4.000 seated and 7.000 standing) and one concert in the Avery Fisher Hall within the Lincoln Center Festival in New York. Montreal and Chicago were free concerts offered respectively by the Festival and the City of Chicago, and the 2.800 seats of the Avery Fisher Hall were entirely sold out two weeks before the concert.
 
After a Summer tour of festivals in France, Hungary, Italy and Greece, a return to Korea: Seong Nam – a concert of “Tales and Songs for Weddings and Funerals” with local musicians and Bregovic’s Wedding and Funeral Band on August 31st, and “Goran Bregovic‘s Karmen with a Happy End” in Seoul on September 2. Little touring in Europe then work on the new projects and the CD of “Karmen…”
2007 More tours in Italy, France and Spain in January-February. A first visit to Australia and more sun on Canary Islands and Ile de la R贮ion in March. Then colder places – Oslo, Island in May… Then the usual Summer tours with a come-back to Poland after a long absence. Mexico in September, Russia in November… Gypsy life full to the brim continues for this eclectic composer figure.

2008 A first visit to Chile (in January), a second visit to Mexico (in April), two sold out concerts in the New York Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center Festival in July) and Australia (October). A concert in the Kremlin in Moscow and a tour in Siberia (November) plus Scandinavia and the Baltic countries and the habitual visits to France and Italy marked by two concerts of “Three Letters” with Kristjan JÒVI’s ABSOLUTE ENSEMBLE within MI-TO Festival in Milano and Torino.

2009 Guca is a small town in Serbia of maybe 20.000 inhabitants that holds an annual contest of brass bands in August and swells to 150.000 people who, shaded by tents in scorching heat, drink, eat grilled meat and sour-kraut the Serbian way and drink and listen to the music and drink again for three days…. which explains the title of the new CD “Alkohol” recorded live there in the Summer of 2007. The first part ‘Sljivovica‘ came out in France in January (with three sold out concerts in Le Grand Rex in Paris) – other countries followed in April. An American tour in June, a new piece for “Bang on a Can” Marching Band with a premiere in the Lincoln Center in August, more tours in Europe and ‘Champaign’, the second part of “Alkohol” to come out at the end of the year.

2010 Two new projects on the way – both with a working title at this stage:
“ORFEO di Bregovic” – an opera involving Goran Bregovic Weddings and Funerals small Band (brass, Bulgarian singers, voice/percussion) and an opera singers, choir and orchestra will be premiered in Spring or Autumn (dates still in negotiation) of 2010.

The first championship of trumpeters in Guca 2016

The first championship of trumpeters in Guca will be held on 11 August until 13 August 2016. Participants Miloš Perišić (Goračići), Jovica Ajdarevic (Pavlovac near Vranje), Nenad Mladenovic (Vranje), Ekrem Mamutović (Vranje), Elvis Ajdinović (Surdulica), Radojko Vitezović (Tubić) and Dejan Lazarevic (Požega). All participants have three victories in Parliament. Later in the program on 13 and 14 August will be held the competition of other orchestras. For Parliament this year we will have a lot more brass bands than in previous years.

Prvi šampionat trubača u Guči biće održan 11. avgusta i trajaće do 13. avgusta 2016. Tokom tri takmičarska dana najstori trube nastpaće po programu od 19:00 Koncert “Pobedili su – zaslužili su” – pozornica u centru i u 23:00 Ponoćni koncert – pozornica na stadionu. Ostali orkestri koji do sada nemaju tri pobede nastupaju od 21:00 Koncert – na stadionu, do subote kada će biti organizovano finalno takmičenje seniorskih orkestara i Koncert pobednika sabora. Spisak majstora trube koji učestvuje u sva tri dana su Miloš Perišić (Goračić), Jovica Ajdarević (Pavlovac kod Vranja), Nenad Mladenović (Vranje), Ekrem Mamutović (Vranje), Elvis Ajdinović (Surdulica), Radojko Vitezović (Tubić) i Dejan Lazarević (Požega). Svi učesnici imaju tri pobede na Saboru.

Serbia’s Small Trumpet Princess Wins Hearts

Serbia’s Small Trumpet Princess Wins Hearts

Being a lady and playing a trumpet is uncommon, says Danijela Veselinovic, the first and only female leader of a Serbian brass band.

Veselinovic first took up the trumpet at the age of eight. | Photo: Courtesy of Danijela Veselinovic

Danijela Veselinovic was only eight years old when she first took a trumpet in her hands. She formed her first band a year later. She’s kept a tight grip on the instrument ever since. Now 22, Veselinovic is an accomplished professional musician who is finishing her musical studies at the Novi Sad Arts Academy. “I started playing trumpet out of curiosity,” Veselinovic remembers. “My father, Mile, bought a trumpet so he could play it. My brothers and I appropriated it as a toy.” Only a year later, in February 2003, the young girl, her brothers, and a few relatives formed a band in their home town of Arilje in western Serbia. The band consisted of six musicians: five boys and a girl, aged six to 10. The band was called Danijela. “I was the only girl, so the orchestra was named after me,” Veselinovic says. Over the years, the unorthodox band has attracted more than a little media attention. Most recently, Serbia’s Vice made a film about the orchestra. “Disanje” (Breathing) brought them to the attention of a much wider audience.

 

Pioneering a place for women

It was rare to see a girl playing trumpet when Veselinovic and her brothers formed Danijela. It’s still rare today. Veselinovic is the only woman in Serbia’s musical history to lead a brass orchestra. “At first, people are surprised to see me on the stage,” Veselinovic says, “because in Serbia it is not common that girls play this instrument. But then they accept it with huge support.” The band has participated at brass festivals not only in Serbia, but in Poland, Switzerland, Spain and Greece. In addition to the traditional Roma music played by other Serbian bands, Danijela plays brass versions of Serbian and foreign popular music. “Foreigners adore music from the Balkans,” Veselinovic says.

 

Royalty in the trumpet kingdom

Serbian brass bands perform at weddings, funerals and holiday celebrations throughout the country, but the centre of the trumpet universe is the Guca Trumpet Festival, held each August in a small western Serbia town, around 160 km from Belgrade. The Guca festival gathers music lovers from all over the world. The main attraction is the brass band competition, in which the best ensembles battle it out for the coveted Golden Trumpet award. During the seven-day festival, all you can hear in Guca is the sound of trumpet bands. That’s not just hyperbole. Last year, festival organisers pledged to fine any shop or restaurant caught playing other kinds of music 300,000 dinars (around €2,500). Guca has always been something special for the young band. It’s where they first came to prominence and attracted the attention of Serbia’s musical community. “Guca is where we emerged,” Veselinovic says.

Danijela competed at Guca from 2003 until 2014. The band won a prize at its very first appearance. Veselinovic remembers receiving the trophy from Boban Markovic, a Roma trumpet player who is deemed the greatest trumpeter ever to emerge from the Balkans. “You are a small trumpet princess,” he told her. Since that year, the band has won five additional awards at Guca competitions. Organizers say that since 1961, when the first brass fest took place in Guca, there has never been another female band leader. Veselinovic is especially proud of her place in the musical history of Serbia.

Danijela and her band. | Photo: Courtesy of Danijela Veselinovic

No trumpets, no fun

Playing the trumpet has not always been Veselinovic’s only passion. She is also an accomplished archer. She trained with bow and arrows for a long time and was quite successful, she says, but things changed when she started her musical studies in Novi Sad. “I had to devote more time to trumpet, so archery is now only a hobby,” she says. Some students leave Serbia to pursue musical careers after graduating, but Veselinovic says she may stay. Her first priority is to finish her studies at the Arts Academy. “And then we will see,” she says. Besides, she adds, there are many concerts yet to be played, both as part of her studies in Novi Sad and with her band. But it is not just at concerts and festivals that Veselinovic and her six colleagues perform. She says they have often “adorned various celebrations,” providing musical accompaniment to weddings, funerals, birthdays, anniversaries and other events. “Everyone in Serbia knows there is no fun without trumpets,” she says. “We keep busy playing at private events.” Keep that in mind. Your next party could become a more festive and traditional event with the addition of a trumpet band – maybe even Danijela. If you haven’t heard a Serbian trumpet band, head to Guca – or a kafana in the bohemian quarter in Belgrade’s Skadarlija – and check it out!

 

This article was published in BIRN’s bi-weekly newspaper Belgrade Insight. Here is where to find a copy. 

Najava koncerata Guča 2016: Ceca, Bora Čorba, Severina, Miroslav Ilić

Na ovogodišnjem 56. najvećem trubačkom takmičenju na svetu nastupiće čak četiri mega zvezde sa prostora bivše Jugoslavije – Svetlana Ceca Ražnatović, Bora Čorba, Severina i Miroslav Ilić.

Ceca

Foto: PromoCeca

Manifestacija će trajati 11, 12. i 13. avgusta, otvoriće je Svetlana Ceca Ražnatović i Bora Čorba, a zatvoriće je Severina Kojić i Miroslav Ilić.

Seve

Foto: Z. Ilić / RAS SrbijaSeve

– Zvanični saborski dani su četvrtak, petak i subota, dok smo sredu i nedelju posvetili komercijali. Guču ponovo dižemo na najviši nivo, ali ne želim da pričam čijom zaslugom je počela da pada – rekao je predsednik Saborskog odbora Slobodan Jolović.

Miroslav Ilić

Foto: RAS SrbijaMiroslav Ilić

Kako kaže, “Liga šampiona” je novo takmičenje, najboljih među najboljima, pobednik ne samo što će osvojiti “milion” već će iz Guče poneti i još nešto izuzetno važno – do sledećeg Sabora biće zvanični predstavnik Srbije u svetu kada je truba u pitanju.

– Zamislite situaciju kada na pozornici megdan podele Dejan Petrović, Boban Marković, Dejan Lazarević, Dejan Jevđić, Elvis Ajdinović, pa Guča će da gori – naveo je Jolović, koji je Saborskom odboru predložio novi pravilnik usvojen pre nekoliko dana. Imamo sjajne trubače koji su slavu stekli na dragačevskoj pozornici, dodao je on ističući da je to naša liga šampiona.

“Radi se i o sjajnim ljudima koji neće dozvoliti nekima da razvlače i igraju se sa Gučom. Stari pravilnik ih je isključio i oterao sa naše pozornice, što je greška. Pa, najbolji su sklonjeni odredbom da kada pobede tri puta nemaju pravo više da se takmiče. Zamislite ligu šampiona bez Reala, Barselone, Bajerna ili Mančestera? Sada smo to promenili i to će preporoditi Guču, daće joj novi sjaj i novu snagu”, kaže Jolović.

Prema njegovim rečima, razmišljalo se o komercijalnom sadržaju, pa su ugostiteljima i sponzorima namenjena dva dana i nema sumnje da će poseta biti upetostručena sa Cecom, Severinom, Miroslavom i Borom.

Izvor: www.blic.rs

Program 56 Sabora Trubaca u Guci

Sreda, 10. Avgust 2016.
20:00 Koncert Cece Ražnatović

Ostali koncerti popularne muzike – pozornica na stadionu
Četvrtak, 11. Avgust 2016.
12:00 Otvaranje sabora

19:00 Koncert – pozornica u centru

22:00 Koncert – pozornica na stadionu
Petak, 12. Avgust 2016.
20:00 Koncert – pozornica na stadionu

23:00 Ponoćni koncert – pozornica na stadionu
Subota, 13. Avgust 2016.
21:00 Finalno takmičenje seniorskih orkestara – pozornica na stadionu

23:00 Koncert – pozornica na stadionu
Nedelja, 14. Avgust 2016.

20:00 Koncert Mirosla Ilić – pozornica na stadionu

Guca Festival Program 2016

GUCA FESTIVAL PROGRAM 2015
55th GUCA BRASS BANDS FESTIVAL 
(03 – 09 August 2015)
 

PROGRAM GUCA 2015

 Monday, 3rd August 2015
11.00 Opening of the Festival – centre of Guča
11.30 Opening of the art exhibitions – Trumpet Museum
13.00 Press conference – Center for Culture
18.00 Opening of the Festival’s book fair – Museum of trumpet
Guest: Vanja Bulić
19.00 Presentation of books and publications
20.00 Cultural and artistic program of the qualifying centers Zlatibor and Boljevac
– stage of the Center for Culture

Tuesday, 4th August 2015
17.00 Cultural and artistic program – stage of the Center for Culture
20.00 Cultural and artistic program of the qualifying centers Surdulica and Kovačica – stage of the Center for Culture
21.30 Performance „They won – they deserved it“ – stage of the Center for Culture

Wednesday, 5th August 2015
16.00 Opening of the exhibition of economy – sports centre

Thursday, 6th August 2015
12.00 Press conference – Center for Culture
17.00 Cultural and artistic program – stage of the Center for Culture
18.00 Competition of young brass bands – stage of the Center for Culture
21.00 Concert: Trumpet Master Ekrem Mamutović– at the stadium
22.00 Concert: Dejan Petrović Big Band– at the stadium
23.30 Concert: Goran Bregović– at the stadium

Friday, 7th August 2015
07.00 Wakening call of the trumpeters – streets of Guča
12.00 Press conference – Center for Culture
13.00 The all-around people’s tournament in traditional sport disciplines – stadium
14.00 Cultural and artistic program – stage of the Center for Culture
17.00 Festival parade – streets of Guča
18.30 The competition of Zdravičari (those who propose toasts),
the national costumes contest – stage of the Center for Culture
19.30 Cultural and artistic program of Festival guests – stage of the Center for Culture
21.00 Concert: Trumpet Master Dejan Jevdjić– at the stadium
22.00 Concert: Boban & Marko Marković– at the stadium
23.30 Midnight concert of brass bands (16 brass bands finalists) – at the stadium

Saturday, 8th August 2015
07.00 Wakening call of the trumpeters – streets of Guča
11.00 Festival parade – streets of Guča
12.00 Improvisation of traditional Dragačevo wedding
– stage of the Center for Culture
13.00 Press conference – Center for Culture
15.00 Cultural and artistic program – stage of the Center for Culture
18.00 Cultural and artistic program „Dragačevo in songs and dances“
– stage of the Center for Culture
21.00 Final competition of brass bands (seniors) – at the stadium
23.00 Concert: Trumpet Master Dejan Lazarević – at the stadium

Sunday, 9th August 2015
12.00 Press conference – Center for Culture
20.00 Concert: Trumpet Master Elvis Ajdinović– at the stadium
21.00 Concert: Sanja Ilić &Balkanika – at the stadium
22.30 Concert of the winners of the 55th Guča Trumpet Festival-at the stadium
23.30 Closing of the Festival
Center for Culture and Sport Lučani in Guca

Ivan Milenkovic trumpet player

Ivan Milenkovic was born in 1983. in Knjazevac. Elementary music school ended in Knjazevac. Secondary music school in Negotin. In elementary school, his first musical direction was harmonica, and later musical direction trumpet. After he ended secondary school, Ivan has began playing with Orchestra Brass band “Barka”.

Awards and Recognition: With the Orchestra Brass band “Barka” successfully wins many competitions, except in Serbia, in many cities and countries around the world and he won many awards. The greatest awards are on the Trumpet Festival in Guca. In the category Youth Orchestras: second place twice time, and one time first place. In the senior category, he won “The Golden Apple” award for the best band and award for best performed folk dance. At the international competition he won award for best Brass band.

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