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Verbalisti Supporting Musical Education at the Famous Regional Nisville Jazz Festival

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Belgrade, August 14th, 2011 – PRODIREKT and the language network Verbalisti have partnered with the organizers of the largest jazz festival in Southeast Europe – Nisville, with the cooperation recently extending to the possibility of musical education.

Nisville Jazz Festival poster

Nisville jazz festival

This year again, the organizers set up several performing stages within the walls of the enchanted Nis fortress, which became a great playground for the vibrant summer Festival spectacle. In the course of four days, from 11th to 14th August, the jubilant spectators had the opportunity to see the famous jazzists and celebrities, such as, the saxophone player Hans and Candy Dulfer, swing band “Jive Aces”, trumpet player Tom Harell, the guitar wizard Stanley Jordan as well as Vasil Hadzimanov and Lena Kovacevic.

As every year, the Festival has organized a free workshop for vocals and most of the jazz instruments – the piano, guitar, base, brass and wood wind instruments.

Verablisti used this unique opportunity to meet and talk to the most prominent Festival performers; their interviews can be seen at your and our Facebook site and the YouTube channel. Let’s start with the certainly most energetic, and in our opinion, visually most attractive band on the Nis stages; meet the leading British band Jive Aces:

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TV Show Exclusive Featuring Verbalisti as the Main Supporter of the Macedonian Pop Idol Talent Show (VIDEO)

Skopje, Macedonia – April 17, 2011 – Ivanna Hadzievska, the host of the popular TV show Exclusive, speaks to Jasmina Saric, director of educational programs, PRODIREKT, at the onset of the Pop Idol finals about her company’s media and educational support for this talent show.

TV show Exclusive featuring Verbalisti as the main supporter of the talent show Macedonian Pop Idol

Ivanna Hadzievska, A1 TV (left) and Jasmina Saric, PRODIREKT

PRODIREKT, a company that owns one of the fastest growing educational social network Verbalisti, will award 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, language education has become a true hit among the young in Macedonia, while the Facebook page Verbalisti hit the record on April 3 by getting more than 1,000 new members.

About Pop Idol in Macedonia
Macedonian Idol Season 1 (Macedonian: Македонски идол – Makedonski Idol) is 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 the Macedonian national television A1, while the auditions commenced in the summer 2010. Ivanna Hadzievska and Nenad Gjeorgjievski, famous for being hosts of the show-magazine A1 Exclusive, are the hosts of the show. Three Macedonian celebrities have been chosen to be the judges: Kaliopi Bukle (singer), Igor Dzambazov (TV host, singer and actor) and Toni Mihajlovski (TV host and actor). Ten Macedonian cities are included: Ohrid, Kavadarci, Strumica, Veles, Štip, Kumanovo,Skopje, Bitola, Tetovo and Prilep. Twenty candidates have been chosen for the final cut of the show.

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Interview in the Macedonian language:
Ivanna Hadzievska, A1 TV and Jasmina Saric, PRODIREKT
Show Program Exclusive, April 19, 2011

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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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