Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Rijeka Moments

Align CenterNenad Bach, Miro Gavran, Jasna and Robert Bucnik just before the performance by Mladena Gavran in Bakar, Croatia.

My first drummer and high school buddy, Vladimir Korenic - Dadi. Dadi also wrote lyrics for the song from my first album "Dal da ostanem nepoznat i sam"

My "sivko" travelled across the ocean. This is the moment it came out of the container.

View from my balcony at night. Rijeka, Croatia.

The same view during the day.

School buddy Janez, dog and Nenad. Very nice memory. Some people are always happy and wise.

My dear friend Neno Crnkovic. We washed windows while studying. I learned a lot from him. We both finished Universities. Neno became Mechanical Engineer and I became a clown (actually I am a graduated civil engineer). Always a pleasure to see him. Photo above is a view from his new amazing villa.

My best high school friend Darko Tolja, a naval engineer and a keyboard player in my first band.

Bernardin Modric, a film director, and my first film score.

Rijeka's Mayor Vojko Obersnel and Nenad Bach at the Fender Awards on June 15th 2009.

Nenad and Darko (Tolja) on his boat.

Tolja family ready for sailing

"Vrijeme i Zemlja" drinking coffee on June 16th, the day we received a Mayor's recognition for 30 years of active artistic life. L-R. Edi Kraljic, Marinko Radetic (Mel Gibson), Davor Tolja, Josko Serdarevic, Nenad N. Bach and Jadranka Cubric, organizer for the whole event.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Visiting Agabekov family

Branca Agabekov, Nenad Bach, Mirna Brkanovic, Youri Agabekov and Denis Redic in Barci, Croatia.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Zagreb Moments like Charlie Chaplin and Arsen Dedic

Ivo and Nenad Bach with Charles Billich. Cvjetni Trg (Flower Square)

Dr. Ivan Bagaric and Nenad Bach in Sabor. Markov Trg.

Nice photo Ivo.

Andjelko Maletic (Radio Journalist from Radio Novi Sad, who helped me with my band Vrijeme i Zemlja) in Zagreb, before going home.

Dr. Bill Everett, Ivo Bach, Roberto, Nenad Bach

A nice touch. Donkey, a traditional animal from Croatia, outside presidential palace.

Amir Muharemi, chief of staff for the President of Croatia. Dear friend from New York and now from Zagreb as well.

Nenad Bach, Arsen Dedic, Gabi Novak and Ivo Bach at their (Arsen and Gabi) home. Arsen is a famous Croatian singer songwriter. He helped me secure my first and a second professional contract, when I just started. Gabi is a famous Croatian singer. I feel very grateful for their help early in life.

Always a special treat to spend time with Gavran family. Miro Gavran, the most prolific and frequently performed Croatian writer with his wife and famous actress Mladena Gavran and their son Jakov. My son Ivo is here as well. Never a dull moment. Check this about Miro.

Nenad Bach, Pero Gotovac and Mojimir Cacija. Three composers.

Radojka Sverko and Nenad Bach. Radojka is a Croatian Diva. One of the best vocals Croatia ever had. See her webpage

National Library

Structure and order in harmony.

On the roof of the building, with an angel, protecting Zagreb.

Tomislav Square from the same roof top.

Sipping first coffee on Saturday morning. prof.dr Slaven Letica, dr. Gordana Cerjan-Letica, prof. dr. Slobodan Lang, Ivo Bach and Nenad Bach. Tkalciceva Street.

Ksenija Prohaska. Met her on the street while she was looking to buy some dates (fruit). A dear friend from Los Angeles and a famous actress in her own right. Acted opposite Warren Beatty. See her new webpage

one more time

now with the flash. St. Peter's church in the background.

Mladen Magdalenic a legendary Croatian Radio journalist. Mladen helped me at the beginning of my musical career.

Nenad Bach being interviewed by Mladen Magdalenic for Croatian National Radio

I was just sitting and minding my own business, drinking cup of coffee and talking on the phone in Zagreb, Croatia, when suddenly Charlie showed up behind me. The same way he came, the same way he went away. Nice touch Zagreb.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Darko Glavan 1951 - 2009

Darko Glavan and Nenad Bach on June 9th 2009, at 4 PM in front of the Mimara Museum

It was a sad long lasting moment in the summer of 2009. Darko Glavan a known Croatian writer, journalist and art historian who established music and visual standards of our era together with Drazen Vrdoljak, tragicaly died on July 12 in Varazdin. Month before we met at the Mimara Museum, where he worked, and discussed his appearance at the celebration of the first Rijeka's LP "Vrijeme i Zemlja I" Since I was the founder of the group and Darko was born in Rijeka it was an obvious choice for us to invite him to give us his perspective of this unique event, plus evaluation of the music 30 years later.

This afternoon on June 9th we spent few hours together. Much more than probably both of us anticipated. At the door, I asked a passerby to take photo of us and although I met Darko many times in my life (in Zagreb, Rijeka and New York), I never asked for a photo. This time I did. Darko came on time on June 19th 2009 on Arca Fiumana, a ship located in Rijeka's harbour, gave his speech and a very good critique of the album. I was very happy since I didn't know what will he say. On July 12th I drove from Salzburg, Austria ( a Mozart town) to Varazdin where I enjoyed Santana's concert that Darko went to see as well . Darko tragically died in a car accident that night.

My memory of Darko Glavan is fresh and vivid. I enjoyed his company, didn't share his taste in music mostly, but loved his passion for art, cover art for music and life in general. We lost a gentleman and knowledgeable journalist who was not hungry for art. He spoke openly in what he believed and therefore established an authority in his field.

I stayed in Zagreb, for his funeral, and went to Rijeka for In Memoriam service.

I will miss you Darko.

Denis Redic of LivingStone Magazine and Nenad Bach, at the funeral.

Davor Tolja, Jadranka Cubric, Nenad Bach, Gloria Fabijanic Jelovic and Darko Glavan with a last moment coordination at the Vrijeme i Zemlja celebration in Rijeka, June 19th 2009

Darko Glavan and Nenad Bach on June 9th 2009, at 4 PM in front of the Mimara Museum