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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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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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Yoni Vidal – The Balkan Music is Fascinating (VIDEO)

Verbalisti Interview: Yoni Vidal
Guitarist, Vocalist, Arranger and Music Composer
by Aleksandra Velickovic, PRODIREKT
Nisville Jazz Festival
August 14, 2011

Yoni Vidal Vaz was born on May 28, 1968 from Spanish parents. Already at age 13 he started playing a guitar, while at 23, after completing his traditional and musical studies at the academy, he has begun his career as a professional musician.

Yoni traveled all over the world and worked on many projects as a singer and guitarist. But Yoni Vidal is more than a good entertainer on stage. He is a composer and arranger. His latest work is the CD album “Spice Road”, a mix of spanish guitar with sounds of Asia.

We talked to him at Nisville, famous regional jazz festival, about his career, travelling adventures, languages, music he plays…

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Verbalisti Interview: Elina Duni – The Leading Albanian Jazz Singer and Language Lover (VIDEO)

Elina Spiro Duni is a Swiss-Albanian jazz singer, born in Tirana, Albania, in May 1981.

Elina made her first steps on stage at the age of five. Born to an artistic family (her mother and grandfather were writers, her other grandfather was a singer, whereas her father was an actor and theatre director), she was exposed early to different types of art. When living in communist Albania, the only opportunity for her was to sing in the “palace of pioneer” (Albanian: Pallati i Pioniereve). In 1992 she settled in Geneva, Switzerland along with her mother.

Elina Duni, Albanian jazz singer

Elina Duni (right) and Aleksandra Velickovic, Verbalisti

Between 2004 and 2008 she studied singing and composition at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern, in the jazz department. During this time she develops the Elina Duni Quartet with Colin Vallon on piano, Patrice Moret on double bass and Norbert Pfammatter on drums, which represents a return to her musical sources, a combination of Balkans folk songs and jazz.

In 2008, the CD Baresha, the first album of the Elina Duni Quartet, was released on Meta Records. This first musical departure with her quartet received marvelous acclaims from the German and Swiss press and is followed by European tours and festivals.

In February 2010 the second album of the Quartet Lume, Lume (World, World) was released on Meta Records.

In 2011, Elina Duni was a guest in the album “Melanchology” (Universal) by french pianist and composer André Manoukian.

We’re talking to Elina about her music, but also about languages since she sings in many different languages. How many actually?

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