The concert of Nenad Bach and the Nenad Bach Band on 30 November 2012 at the world reknowned Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, Croatia received rave reviews by various media.
In the previous posting we shared the article of Prof Darko Zubrinic which was published in the Croatian World Network website [http://www.croatia.org]. For this post, we are sharing with you a blog by Stephanie Silber of her interview of Victor Zimet who attended and filmed the concert as part of an ongoing project to record on film the life of Nenad Bach. This was published on the Home Team Productions website [http://www.hometeamproductions.tv]
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“CAN WE GO HIGHER” (A GREAT LAST SONG PRIOR TO ENCORE)
The hall was maybe a little less than half-full, but it was still a
good crowd. It was hard to judge, since I was shooting from above and
it sure looked like a lot of people streaming in. Probably a thousand.
What was the performance like? How was it received by the audience?
Photo by Zoran Orlic
The performance was as elegant as the setting. The band was really
tight, they sounded great. I think the audience was spellbound. They
were feeling it. Nenad was interacting with the crowd, and
unfortunately I couldn’t understand much, but I got the sense from the
warm response that it was more meaningful than most rock banter. The
song VUKOVAR, which is about a city devastated during the war — it was
harder hit than any city since WWII — brought people to tears. With
this song Nenad was joined by a Klapa group, which traditionally sings a
capella. The audience had never heard the ancient folk music as it was
sung infused with Nenad’s rock sound. They were mesmerized.
At another point Nenad took the stage with bass player Richard
Lindsey, who was then playing ukulele. They did a song that made
everybody smile; Nenad told the audience that Richard says you can’t be
sad when you hear the ukulele.
Photo by Zoran Orlic
One of the guest stars in the show was a woman named Radojka. She’s
been a star in Croatia for quite a while. Now, I’ve known Nenad for
many years and I’ve heard him sing CAN WE GO HIGHER many times. But
this rendition, comprised of Nenad, the band, Klapa Sinj, and Radojka
knocked the song into the stratosphere. A great last song prior to
The concert was taped for Croatian television?
I am not exaggerating when I tell you that it was a superior
production. During the concert I became aware of the feed, and the
production value was outstanding, world class.
Nenad was performing some of the songs from his new album, EVERYTHING IS FOREVER. Can you tell us about the album?
Some of the album was recorded with an orchestra in Croatia, so I
think it’s safe to say that the result is amazing — it definitely blew
the band away.
How would you describe Nenad’s music? Any comparisons among his peers?
Photo by Zoran Orlic
Nenad stands alone. It’s his heart, his political sensibilities, his
sense of melody, his turn of phrase with a lyric. There is no one like
him. People came to this concert from Italy, from London, from China,
from all over the world, and it was well worth the journey. You could
tell by the comments overheard.
You were having some doubts and anxiety as the time approached to fly to Zagreb. Can you talk about that?
Photo by Zoran Orlic
I anticipated going there feeling that this thirteen year journey
Nenad and I have taken together would result in a climactic conclusion
to the film. But I felt terrible about the fact that I wasn’t going
there shooting in hi-def. I started the project in the late 90′s,
shooting mini-DV guerrilla style with a little Sony camera that suited
me fine, I understood not only how to use it, but how to use it well.
I’m no cinematographer, but I shot stuff for our Bravo Profiles on Cyndi
Lauper and Robert Duvall, and I thought it came out very respectably;
it was used in the shows, so it worked out OK. So now I’m shooting with
this Canon camera that I really don’t know that well. Plus, you can’t
get away with mini-DV anymore, everything’s HD, and I am sure not going
to switch formats in the last quarter of this film. And considering
that my distribution possibilities have been limited in the past, the
last thing I need is an additional handicap.
And the sound? What are you going to use for track on the doc?
In the past I used a radio mic; I don’t have that anymore. For this
trip I used a camera-mounted mic that never seemed to behave itself for
me. This might be the first music documentary ever that’s totally
silent — there’s a new innovation! Seriously, I’m gonna have to be
really creative about problem-solving this or fail miserably.
How did you feel upon your arrival back in the US, re-entry to everyday life?
Sick. I have a really bad cold, I’ve had a headache for the last
four days. The Rakia is still in my system and shows no signs of
leaving. I looked at some of the footage, and yeah, I definitely do
have some sound problems. But luckily, my greatest strength is editing,
and it is going to take every bit of my skill to even remotely save my
ass with this film. But I’m gonna do it for Nenad.
[Special thanks to Stephanie Silber of Home Team Productions]
The much-awaited concert of Nenad Bach and the Nenad Bach Band at the historic Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, Croatia was a superb showcase of their beautiful music with great clamour for world peace and harmony. In fact, it surpassed expectations as the melody and lyrics of each song had the crowd spell bound.
Below is the reproduction of the article by Prof Darko Zubrinic, and some of the accompanying photographs, as published in the Croatian World Network website: http://www.croatia.org
The Nenad Bach Band
appeared for the first time in Croatia, in Nenad Bach's native city of
Zagreb, in the Vatroslav Lisinski concert hall. Nenad Bach Band is
composed of high class professional musicians, with a very specific,
recognizable sound, interwoven with elements of Croatian folk music,
enriched with Nenad's beautiful verses. This was a humanitarian concert
which will raise funds that serve orphans in their care.
greatest stars of Croatian music participated as Nenad's special
guests: Arsen Dedić, Radojka Šverko, Miroslav Škoro, Marko Tolja and
Klapa Sinj. For the first time Nenad Bach's song entitled VUKOVAR has been performed, in which the names that will never be forgotten are mentioned: Jean Michel Nicollier, Siniša Glavašević, Vesna Bosanac, and Blago Zadro.
Nenad Bach singing in Croatia's capital Zagreb, his native city
Nenad Bach Band: Nenad Bach, Al Orlo, Michael O'Keefe, Richard Lindsey, and Joe DeSanctis