RADIO BAZA: LIVE MUSIC
December 15, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Nova BAZA, Nova cesta 66
performers: Dimitrije Dimitrijević, Mate i Matilda, Tús Nua
editor: Klara Berdais
This year's edition of Radio BAZA reinforces the last year’s message: there still exists nonmainstream music performed by artists greatly enraptured by the music they create and perform. In that sense, Radio BAZA artists do not play for applause, ticket or drinks money, but for a fee. By producing artistic and radiophonic experiments, we fight against the commodification and formatting of radio broadcasting. We also wish to draw attention to the importance of decentralization of cultural events in Zagreb, since we believe that culture and cultural events are crucial for communities in every neighborhood. This is exactly why the concept of Radio BAZA: Live music differs from that of a standard concert – the small, intimate space of Nova BAZA defies standard music venues – the stage and pit are replaced by a room with a big window, which also helps erase the boundaries between artists and the audience, and creates an intimate atmosphere in which artists and the audience can interact. In the neighborhood where as many as 18 streets are named after musicians, and which saw music performed in the streets, in apartments, and in the Dom Sportova venue, Nova cesta 66 has become another home to music.
Dimitrije Dimitrijević is the artist name of the singer-songwriter Dimitrije Simović (the bassist and the singer of the band Igralom). The project started in Zagreb in 2017, where he recorded two EPs with the help of Ivan Grobenski, ''Južno'' and ''Ponestaće''. Dimitrijević played more than 80 concerts in order to find his sound collaborating with different musicians. Within this project, more than 20 different musicians accompanied Dimitrijević, taking turns on stages across the region, which ultimately led to a rich and varied sound that Dimitrijević created in collaboration with them. He recently released a debut album, Čar-pitanje, by the Menart label. Dimitrijević's lyric is accompanied by elements of trip hop, blues, alternative, funk, synth pop, RnB, electronica, and ambient music, and in this concert he will perform solo.
Mate Ponjević, an author and a songwriter from Zagreb, recorded three epic poems under the pseudonym Matilda in the spring/fall of 2019. These are home recordings, characterized by quite an intimate atmosphere and music that fills the spaces of the living room, the bathroom, and the kitchen. These variegated poems mark three stages of life in a period of crisis: the first stage, “Era krizantema”, represents the birth; the second stage, ‘’Brijem da je to to”, represents life and hedonism; and the third stage, “Mušulice”, represents dying and parting with the period of crisis. Periods of crisis create a positive phenomenon of closeness and togetherness among people, which Mate tried to bring closer to his listeners.
Since release of their debut album “Horizons” — a blend of shoegaze, post-rock, noise, and dreampop — Zagreb-based Tús Nua (Jordi Ilić and Jelena Božić) has become one of the most talked-about bands on the Croatian and regional alternative scene. After a fully packed album promotion in Zagreb, their track “Fight” was selected as the Song of the Day by the most prominent US alternative radio station KEXP, making them one of the few Croatian bands that managed to achieve that. Less than a year after the first release, Tús Nua played at the INmusic Festival, earning the title of one of the best musicians that year. Their music impressed even the post-rock giants God Is An Astronaut, who chose them as their supporting act in Ljubljana’s Kino Šiška. Besides Slovenia and Serbia, the band also played in Austria, Hungary, The Netherlands, Poland, and Germany, their fan base expanding after every concert, especially following those in MENT and ESNS. In 2019, Tús Nua returned to the studio in order to work on their new album ‘’Nothing Personal’’, which was released on October 29, 2021, followed by concert promotions across the region.
organizers: Klara Berdais and [BLOK]
design: Zoran Đukić, Hrvoje Živčić i Neva Zidić
sound: Goran Egić
"RADIO BAZA – ŽIVA MUZIKA" IS A PART OF THE PROJECT "TREŠNJEVKA NEIGHBORHOOD MUSEUM - LIVING HERITAGE". IT IS HELD WITH THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF THE CITY OF ZAGREB AND THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND MEDIA OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA. THE ANNUAL PROGRAM OF BAZA IS SUPPORTED BY THE “KULTURA NOVA” FOUNDATION.