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21st Vodice Jazz & Blues Festival

17. 07. 2023. - 19. 07. 2023.
Obala Vladimira Nazora, 21:00 h

The 21st Vodice Jazz & Blues Festival gathers the eminent Croatian and world musicians and it will be held again this July in Vodice. The first festival was held in 2003 and since then it has been known among the audience as a festival of top-level interpretations of renowned musicians in the unique amphitheater ambient at the Vodice waterfront. Stylewise, this festival extends from classic rhythms of swing and dixieland to more contemporary genres like fusion and free jazz. In the course of three nights, the festival attracts about 1,500 jazz music lovers, and the entrance is free. The organizer of the festival is the Vodice Tourist Board.

  • 17.07.2023. Radojka Šverko

Radojka Šverko is one of the greatest Croatian musical divas with a career that runs continuously for more than fifty years. Her distinctive velvety alto is responsible for performances on major world stages and festivals, as well as for numerous awards abroad and in her homeland. She is the only performer who won the Porin Lifetime Achievement Award and an award in the regular competition in the same year. Radojka Šverko nurtures a diverse repertoire, which consists of works by Croatian authors written specifically for her, as well as arrangements of popular world hits, as well as jazz and musicals and a special program of classical sacred music.

  • 18.07.2023. Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik Quartet + Nina Šegović

In this special project, the Michaela Rabitsch& Robert Pawlik Quartet from Austria teams up with Croatian video artist Nina Šegović.  

Michaela Rabitsch, singer and Austria’s only female top jazz trumpet player, and her ingenious partner, guitarist Robert Pawlik composed the band’s entire repertoire. Their tunes root on one hand in the melodic styles of the Jazz tradition, like Hardbop, Swing, Modern Jazz, New Orleans Second Line, and Blues, and, on the other hand, form fusions with elements of Indian, African, Latin American, or Balcan music. Their songs are inspired by their numerous tours through Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa, with more than 1500 concerts in 50 countries, playing in intimate Jazz clubs as well as on big stages and at international festivals – from Tokyo to Teheran, Kuala Lumpur to Yerevan, Cape Town to Delhi, Shanghai to Almaty, Hong Kong to Cracow, Havana to Moscow, Chicago to Ottawa, Penang Island to Ankara…

Nina Šegović expresses music in real-time with her videos and adds effects or visual reactions to musical tones and rhythms. Motives in her video artworks are connected to the four elements of nature – water, wind, fire, and earth, which she expresses in the form of light - and - shadow - play. The visual representation of music through manipulation of imagery, that contains movements in its essence, manifests the missing fifth element. 

Vienna’s „first Jazz couple“ presents an extraordinary diversified and sophisticated musical experience with their recognizable jazz sound, spiced up with a world’s touch!

Michaela Rabitsch - vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn
Robert Pawlik – guitar  
Joe Abentung - bass
Dusan Novakov – drums
Nina Šegović – video artwork

  • 19.07.2023. Cubismo

Cubismo is a Croatian band that stands out for its unique blend of different musical styles such as salsa, reggae, funk and Latin rhythms. Formed in the mid-nineties, Cubismo quickly gained popularity with their energetic performances and catchy songs. The group became known for their unique sound that combines traditional Cuban music with modern rhythms and a fresh approach, and over the years they have achieved numerous successes and won many awards. Their musical style captivates the audience with its infectious melodies and dance rhythms, and their performances are always energetic and full of positive atmosphere.

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