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Lane Gutovic – Anchors are the Murderers of the Serbian Language (VIDEO)

Verbalisti Interview: Milan Lane Gutovic, Actor
by Aleksandra Velickovic, PRODIREKT
Belgrade, Serbia
November 11, 2011

Milan “Lane” Gutovic (born in Umka, Serbia on August 11, 1946) is one of the most prominent Serbian actors, a cabaret performer and television personality. Lane spoke in our “Speak Your Mind!” media segment about the state and professionalism of the Serbian media.

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PRODIREKT Takes Ivan Radenov, the First Macedonian Pop Idol, to London for Language Education at Kings Colleges (VIDEO)

Skopje, Macedonia – October 28, 2011 – PRODIREKT, a company that owns one of the fastest growing educational social network Verbalisti, awarded a two-week language course at KINGS COLLEGES for the first Macedonian Pop Idol. Even at the very start of the of the Macedonian Pop Idol finals, the language education became a true hit among the young in Macedonia, while the Facebook page Verbalisti recorded more than 1000 new members in just one week. Ivan will improve his English at KINGS COLLEGES, one of the oldest and most prestigious language institutions in the UK, with the tradition spanning over 54 years and centres in London, Oxford and Bournemouth, the English Riviera gem.

PRODIREKT awarded a two-week language course at Kings Colleges for Ivan Radenov, the first Macedonian Pop Idol

PRODIREKT awarded a two-week language course at Kings Colleges for Ivan Radenov, the first Macedonian Pop Idol

Macedonian Idol Season 1 (Macedonian: Македонски идол – Makedonski Idol) was the first season of the Macedonian version of the worldwide known talent franchise series Pop Idol. The show started airing on November 13, 2010 on A1 TV and finished airing on May 30, 2011 with the big final held in Metropolis Arena, Skopje. The winner was Ivan Radenov from Gevgelija. As first runner-up finished Miki Sekulovski and second runner-up Dejan Jovanov.

The auditions started in the summer 2010. Ten Macedonian cities were included: Ohrid, Kavadarci, Strumica, Veles, Stip, Kumanovo,Skopje, Bitola, Tetovo and Prilep. Three famous Macedonian personalities were chosen to be the judges: Kaliopi Bukle (singer), Igor Dzambazov (TV host, singer and actor) and Toni Mihajlovski (TV host and actor). Ivanna Hadzievska and Nenad Gjeorgjievski famous for being hosts of the show-magazine A1 Exclusive were the hosts of the show.

Twenty candidates were chosen for the final cut of the show. However, in the final concerts got only 13 candidates (finalists). The other seven were promised to record a song, which will be given as an award from the jury.

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Verbalisti Interview: Ivan Radenov
by Jasmina Saric, PRODIREKT
October 2011, Skopje, Macedonia
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Maya Nova, Soulful Voice and Passion from Bulgaria (VIDEO)

Verbalisti Interview: Maya Nova
Nis, Serbia
October 26, 2011

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About Maya Nova
Maya Nova has performed internationally at concerts, festivals, jazz clubs and even in Denmark, Norway, Cypress, Singapore, Malaysia, India, China, South Korea.

Since 2002 she lives in Singapore, teaching voice at Jazz and Popular Music Department of LaSalle College of The Arts and combining it with a busy performance schedule.

In 2009, Nova was a semi-finalist of the prestigious Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition performing at the 43rd Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. 2010 saw her debut release entitled OPEN, dedicated to her late father. Jazz critic and writer Ian Patterson wrote about the album:
“Open, her debut recording, sees Nova wrapping her vocal chords around a selection of mostly standards, extracting the most out of familiar tunes with her surprising vocal range and uninhibited improvisations.”

Her recent collaborations include performances with Jeremy Monteiro trio and Rick Smith trio at INK Jazz Bar, Singapore and a project with renowned US saxophone player and composer Rick Margitza for International Jazz Festival Bansko (Bulgaria) and Nisville Jazz Festival (Serbia).

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Vlatko Stefanovski – Story is Important, not the Music (VIDEO)

Verbalisti Interview: Vlatko Stefanovski
by Aleksandra Velickovic
Skopje, Macedonia
September 9, 2011

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About Vlatko Stefanovski
Vlatko Stefanovski was born in 1957 in Prilep / Macedonia in a theatrical family. He started playing guitar at the age of 13. In his late teens he formed the group LEB I SOL which became one of the most important names in the music scene of former Yugoslavia. The band played a particular style of fusion music, a blend of Macedonian traditional irregular rhythms and contemporary rock. LEB I SOL released 14 albums and toured around the world.

Recently Stefanovski has developed a very successful solo career. Already his first solo release ‘Cowboys and Indians’ (1994) showcased his various interests, from deep ethno roots to ambiental moods and classic blues. After the benefit project ‘Sarajevo’ (1996) for the UNICEF Fund for Children in Need he formed his electric trio and released the first Vlatko Stefanovski Trio CD in 1998. Among other releases Stefanovski recorded ‘Krushevo’ (1998) with well known guitarist Miroslav Tadic and made the music for the Turkish film ‘Journey to the sun’ directed by Yesim Ustaoglu which won two awards at the Berlin film festival in 1999.

In the last several years he has played and recorded all around the world with many top artists like Gibonni, Jan Akkerman, Stefan Milenkovic, Kudsi Erguner, Theodosii Spassov, Bojan Z., Manu Katche, Toni Levin and many others. His recent work also includes music for films, theatre and ballet. His latest release ‘Thunder from the Blue Sky’ is a magnifi-cent blues record with guitar legend contributing his part and perfectly complementing the almost dizzying playing of the 6-string virtuoso from Macedonia. The extensive joint tour of the two exceptional gui-tarists through Southeast Europe in summer and autumn 2008 was an absolute triumph.

Vlatko has performed as sollist with numerous simphony orchestras as: Tonkunstler orchestra from Vienna, Simphonieta orchestra from Sophia, Slovenian philharmony orchestra – Ljubljana, Student symphony orchestra from Skopje – Macedonia.

Stefanovski is well known for his incredible guitar technique. He creates rich soundscapes with imagination, fluency and ease.

Stanley Jordan, Famous Guitar Player, and his Magic Touch for Verbalisti Language Fans (VIDEO)

Nis, Serbia – 14 August, 2011 – Three years ago, PRODIREKT and its language network Verbalisti partnered with the largest jazz festival in Southeast Europe – Nisville. This year, the cooperation has been extended to musical education. The Nisville Jazz Festival features workshops every year, aiming at educating young people through music.

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Stanley Jordan and his magic touch for Verbalisti language fans

Stanley Jordan is best known for his development of the tapping technique for the guitar

The Festival conducted a free workshop in August 2011 for vocals and most of the jazz instruments – the piano, guitar, base, brass and wood wind instruments. Verbalisti used this unique opportunity to meet and talk to one of the most prominent Festival performers and the guitar wizard Stanley Jordan:

Verbalisti interview: Stanley Jordan
by Aleksandra Velickovic
August 2011, Nisville Jazz Festival

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About Stanley Jordan
Stanley Jordan (July 31, 1959) is an American jazz/jazz fusion guitarist and pianist, best known for his development of the tapping technique for the guitar.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and he received a BA in digital music composition from Princeton University in 1981, studying under computer-music composers Paul Lansky and Milton Babbitt.

Stanley Jordan began his music career at age six, studying piano, then shifted his focus to guitar at age eleven. He later began playing in rock and soul bands. In 1976, Jordan won an award at the Reno, Nevada, Jazz Festival.[1][2] While earning a degree from Princeton in 1981 he played with Benny Carter and Dizzy Gillespie.

Jordan has performed at many jazz festivals, including: Kool Jazz Festival (1984), Concord Jazz Festival (1985), and the Montreux International Jazz Festival (1985). During the 1980s Jordan played with Quincy Jones, Michal Urbaniak, and Richie Cole.

Since working at Birdland (jazz club) in New York in 1989–1990, Jordan has maintained a lower profile. Stanley Jordan has four Grammy Nominations.

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