Patetico album cover

Patetico: from Slovenia and cooler than the Sava during the spring thaw

I found this band and album by jumping from link to link, suggestion to suggestion. starting with Laibach, through to Melodrom and the next step was Patetico. It looks like the album “Vse je v redu z mojo dušo” (Everything in my soul is good) is their first, but I can’t find out much on this Read more about Patetico: from Slovenia and cooler than the Sava during the spring thaw[…]

Slovenia & Balkan Weekly News Briefing – Week Ending 1 May 2016

The Eurovision Song Contest is but 2 weeks away and the non-musical pseudo political rumbles have begun. Sympathy, please for the people of Romania who will neither be represented on the Eurovision stage, even though they had a qualifier Moment of Silence by Ovidiu Anton [YouTube] or see the show on TV, but why? Find Read more about Slovenia & Balkan Weekly News Briefing – Week Ending 1 May 2016[…]

Radio Si

Should a government tell a radio station what records to play and when?

I don’t usually write about music radio even though it was the foundation of my broadcasting career. And while I haven’t worked in music radio for quite a few years, I am still professionally and personally interested in it. So when Slovenia’s English language radio station Radio Si contacted me to ask what I thought Read more about Should a government tell a radio station what records to play and when?[…]

Reviews from Okarina Festival

  Over on the Lake Bled News Blog pages, I have written a bunch of reviews of Okarina performances this year. There are a couple of interviews two. This is the list Ester Rada and her band at Okarina Catalonia’s CALIMA at Okarina Festival Reunion’s Simangavole play Slovenia’s Okarina Festival Carmen Paris interview – at Read more about Reviews from Okarina Festival[…]

On the eve of the Bled Strategic Forum

The black limousines with the darkened windows are heading up the hill to the Vila Bled again today. The BMW shuttle service brings some of the most politically influential individuals in the south western Europe and Balkans region to hotels around Lake Bled. Their four and five star passengers delivered to suitably matching accommodation in Read more about On the eve of the Bled Strategic Forum[…]

Profile – Leo Ličof Founder And Artistic Director Of The Okarina Festival

“I considered myself, even today, but back then when I was younger, to be a rare bird.” Leo Ličof is founder and artistic director of the Okarina Festival which celebrates its 25th anniversary this summer. We met in his restaurant Okarina to look back at the festival’s history and forward because even after 25 years, Read more about Profile – Leo Ličof Founder And Artistic Director Of The Okarina Festival[…]

Festival Bled – SLOJazz

Read more at www.lakeblednews.com Who was the kid on vibes? During Festival Bled,  I have listened to and enjoyed more chamber music than I guess I have ever heard performed in concert before. It has been a really memorable experience, filled with learning and surprise and challenge and joy. I mentioned this in passing to Read more about Festival Bled – SLOJazz[…]

Cello Attacca – Closing concert for Festival Bled 2015

Read more at www.lakeblednews.com A severe case of cello twirling broke out last night in Bled Castle during the final concert of Festival Bled. The outbreak began towards the end of the concert when cellist (well, they were all cellists, weren’t they?) Vita  Peterlin gave her instrument a quick twirl. Other members of Cello Attacca were seen – during one of Read more about Cello Attacca – Closing concert for Festival Bled 2015[…]

The Past – The Present – The Future; Violinists under Profs. Robert Szreder and Piotr Jasiurkovski

Read more at LakeBledNews.com The two great producers of dance music Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards penned and produced the classic Sister Sledge song Lost In Music. (That will give you a hint as to where my music comfort zone resides.) “Classical” music, as we generically refer to what is a much wider range of Read more about The Past – The Present – The Future; Violinists under Profs. Robert Szreder and Piotr Jasiurkovski[…]

DO-RE-ME At Bled Castle – Festival Bled

There is a different excitement in the air when young people are the performers and when children make up a significant portion of the audience. And it is real excitement – anticipation of the expected and unexpected, as they gossip and switch seats and move the chairs on the ground to make a loud reverberating Read more about DO-RE-ME At Bled Castle – Festival Bled[…]

East Meets West – Young Korean Violinists ed by Prof. Saewon Suh Festival Bled

It is the jaw dropping brilliance of these young musicians that makes nights like last night so memorable.  Festival Bled continued Wednesday night as a lightning storm raged over Lake Bled. The Grand Hotel Toplice was once again the venue for performances by young musicians attending masterclasses at the Festival. This time it was the Read more about East Meets West – Young Korean Violinists ed by Prof. Saewon Suh Festival Bled[…]

The Best of Fritz Kreisler – looking to the past and the future at Festival Bled

Originally in Festival Bled Diary Read more at www.LakeBledNews.com Read more at LakeBledNews.com It was pretty close to standing room only in the Grand Hotel Toplice, Bled last night, as the room filled with people waiting in anticipation for what was going to be an extraordinary concert. Prof. Michael Frischenschlager introduces the concert Toplice is a big hotel. Read more about The Best of Fritz Kreisler – looking to the past and the future at Festival Bled[…]

Opening concert – Saksofonski Orkester SOS – Slovenian Saxophone Orchestra

Podcast: Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS A saxophone makes most music better. But can you imagine what 14 saxophones can do? This was a stunning performance to open the 20th Festival Bled. Rather a traditional classical concert SOS played “Golden Classics” in St Martin’s church. Better still, not all the pieces were Read more about Opening concert – Saksofonski Orkester SOS – Slovenian Saxophone Orchestra[…]

Bled Film Festival – Arnold Rikli film premier

Originally published on Bled Film Festival Diary Some of the cast and production team of the Arnold Rikli film premier at the Bled Film Festival Arnold Rikli is held in high esteem in Bled. He is said to be the founder of tourism in the area having come to visit the lake some 160 years Read more about Bled Film Festival – Arnold Rikli film premier[…]