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Female choir Carmen manet

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Carmen manet is a female chamber choir founded in 2011 and is made up of the best singers of past generations of the Gimnazija Kranj Girls Choir. The name, which means “the song remains” in Latin, signifies the singers staying together even after their high school years. The members of Carmen manet like to speak of their profound friendship and their special musical projects, such as The Song of the Northern Winds (Pesem severnega vetra), Voice Dance (Ples glasov), On the Steps of Carmen manet (Da koder Carmen manet hodi) and I See You (Vidim te), which have been focusing on different heritage of music ranging from Scandinavian tales to Pop music, classical pieces and folk songs, and accompanied by stage choreography and costumography. Carmen manet has been conducted by Primož Kerštanj since the beginning. Despite its young age, the choir has already achieved excellent results at several international competitions in Italy, Croatia, China, Switzerland and Latvia. Their international reputation has been shaped especially due to their Grand prix win on the 50th Montreaux International Choral Competition in April 2014 and their achievement of becoming Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017 on the first competition for the European Choir of the Year in Riga 2017.

Samo Kutin

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Samo Kutin is known for his use of unconventional instruments, be it instruments that have already disappeared from everyday use or sound-making contraptions that feature strings, wood, pumpkins, stone, glass and waste material. One of the traditional instruments in his repertoire is the Hungarian medieval stringed instrument hurdy gurdy, which he plays at experimental and improvised music events. He conducts children's workshops, creates music for storytelling and theatre performances and is member of several ensembles, including Samo Gromofon, Salamandra salamandra, Najoua, Horda grdih and Širom.

Jaka Berger

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Over the past decade Jaka Berger has asserted himself as one of Slovenia’s most prolific, creative and versatile drummers, percussionists, composers and improvisers. As a percussionist, Berger is noted for his avant-garde and experimental approach to music and extending the boundaries of percussion and sound.

Luka Prinčič

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Luka Prinčič is a musician, performer and intermedia artist. Working in the fields of computer and electronic music, sound art, intermedia installations and performance art, Prinčič has explored various approaches to creative processes and their manifestation in artistic practices, events and creations.

Irena Tomažin

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Irena Tomažin is a vocalist, dancer, performance artist and postgraduate student in philosophy. She regularly teaches voice workshops in Ljubljana and abroad.

Vocal group 4Given

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4Given is a Slovenian vocal group, which represents a fresh wave of gospel music there. The singers are dedicated Christians who express their joy of living with their voices. By example of their parents they cherish the love for music, especially vocal music. They are all musically educated and have gained their musical experiences through being part of various groups and projects. But they find a special passion singing in a typical male quartet. They have been influenced by worldly acknowledged vocal groups and were taught the typical negro spiritual expression by the best gospel artist with which they are so convincing that even experts compare them to the most excellent representatives of this music genre. The interpretation of well-known gospel standards sounds genuine when being performed by the group 4Given, which only few are capable of. The group arranges the music from the very beginning and includes “vocal play” elements to it. They imitate instruments, special sounds and effects using only their voices, so they do not need any electronic devices to build a rich and full sound. Each of four members contributes to a diverse song selection with his taste and musical ability. Besides writing arrangements the group also creates original compositions. The group has spread the joy through music performing in many cities across Slovenia as well as the foreign countries since they are often invited abroad. They toured most of Europe and even Australia. The quartet organizes solo concerts and participates at various occasions, often charity. Members of 4Given are Kristjan Virtic, Kristijan Korat, Simon Virtic and Matej Virtic.

Academic Choir Maribor

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The Academic Choir Maribor has been creating music within the cultural society KUD Študent, which also includes the Student Folklore Group Študent, since 1964. It is one of the main bearers of student, youth and amateur culture in Maribor; at the same time, APZ Maribor is the ambassador of our country on many international gatherings, competitions and festivals. The singers, mostly students of various faculties, have been creating high-quality music for many years. The first conductor of the choir was Stane Jurgec, who successfully led the choir from the very beginning until 1991. The choir, which was first named the Academic Choir Boris Kraigher, was founded under the patronage of the University of Maribor. In accordance with the new period that was yet to come, the choir changed its name to the Academic Choir Maribor in 1991 and has retained its name until today. The choir also performed under the baton of Ivan Vrbančič, Alenka Korpar, Simon Robinson, Jože Fürst, Jasmina Dobaj and Zsuzsa Budavari Novak. The excellent composer and choir director Tadeja Vulc has been their conductor and artistic leader since 2012. The 50-member choir is very successful at international competitions and festivals at home and abroad, at organizing individual concerts and participating in various projects every season.

Academic Choir Tone Tomšič of the University of Ljubljana

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The Academic choir Tone Tomšič of the university of Ljubljana includes student of all Faculties of the university who wish to perform in a high level choral ensemble. The choir continues the tradition of the Academic choir founded by the famous slovenian conductor France Marolt. Since 2015 the choir is led by Jerica Bukovec. From it's formation the choir is on the vanguard of contemporary slovene choral music, both with regards to the quality of performances and the selection of music. The choir performs concerts and other forms of choral performances in Slovenia and abroad, and is a regular of the most important concert stages in Europe. The choir has also recieved many itnernational awards and national recognitions. The most important are undoubtedly two victories at the European Grand Prix competitoion in 2002 and 2008. At the last national choral competition 'Naša pesem' in Maribor the choir recieved the gold plaque and special recognition for the best performance of contemporary slovene and international pieces.

Bratko Bibič

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Composer and performer Bratko Bibič is a musician with a highly distinctive voice. Active since 1973, Bibič has been member of different national and international ensembles. In addition to appearing as a solo and duet artist, he has taken part in various experimental and multimedia collectives, including Accordion Tribe, Begnagrad, Nimal, etc.

Borut Kržišnik

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One of Slovenia’s most audacious and innovative new music composers and artists, Borut Kržišnik's style has been influenced by his experiences in the experimental jazz band Data Direct and collaborations with the groups Laibach and Borghesia. Adopting a unique way of composing based on an array of sound processing software, Kržišnik has made a number of solo albums, and wrote music for film, theatre and dance performances, art videos and other projects.