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

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

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).

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

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

Nis, Serbia – 14 August, 2011 – Three years ago, the Verbalists Language Network 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.

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. Verbalists used this unique opportunity to meet and talk to one of the most prominent Festival performers and the guitar wizard Stanley Jordan:

Verbalists interview: Stanley Jordan
August 2011, Nisville Jazz Festival


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.