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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…



Nikola Djuricko: French Sounds Great

Verbalisti Interview: Nikola Djuricko, Actor
Belgrade, Serbia
May 17, 2011



About Nikola Djuricko (Nikola Đuričko)
Nikola Djuricko (Serbian: Никола Ђуричко; born July 9, 1974 in Belgrade, Serbia) is a famous Serbian actor. Equally active on film, television, and in theater, Ðuričko graduated from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Dramatic Arts. His first notable film was in 1989, in a movie Poslednji krug u Monci. The latest movies: Montevideo, Bog Te Video: Prica Prva and  In The Land Of Blood And Honey.

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?



Verbalisti Interview: Sergej Trifunovic – Language is Made of Math and Music (VIDEO)

Verbalisti Interview: Sergej Trifunovic
Belgrade, Serbia
January 14, 2011



About Sergej Trifunovic
Sergej was born in the family of actor Tomislav Trifunović and lawyer Slobodanka. His younger brother is actor Branislav Trifunović. Sergej’s father in his career has often moved, so Sergej lived in Mostar, Užice, Kruševac and Belgrade. In 1990, Trifunović enrolled in Belgrade Faculty of Drama Arts in class of professor Vladimir Jevtović. His fellow students were Nataša Ninković, Vojin Ćetković and Nebojša Glogovac.

Sergej Trifunovic is not so much like Leonardo DiCaprio; more like James Dean with the difference that his rebellion is never without a cause. He has a very controversial and unconventional demeanor and is often thought of as some kind of troublemaker. He is very outspoken and not at least timid about expressing his opinion even though it often clashes with the general attitude. He wears an earring playing Petruccio in Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” When during one performance of a play a cellular phone in audience kept ringing, he yelled from the backstage:”Just answer it, you idiot!” His interview photos are often utterly unusual (sitting on a privy, or with a magnifying glass in front of his mouth wide open). Some people like his being honest and unique, others hate him.