Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Nenad Bach International Newsletter No. 42 Feeling the Bern back to Croatia

Photo by Janet Morra.

February 25, 2016

I have hit the ground running and there is a lot going on.

1) Branding Hrvatske 2 is the second seminar aimed at outstanding candidates in Croatia. This year it will be held in Zagreb. I have been invited to speak along with Mate Rimac, Ivan Mažuranić, Ante Mandić, and my dear friend Daniel Kolak, There are still spots for candidates available. Read on for more information about the seminar and how to register.

Croatia as a Brand?
Zagreb March 11-12, 2016
Branding Croatia 2 is a professional seminar in public diplomacy adapted for entrepreneurs, artists and successful managers of state companies and agencies. It will be held in the multimedia hall of Hrvatska Matica Iseljenika (Croatian Heritage Foundation) located on Trg Stjepana Radića in Zagreb, along with exclusive access for the top 30 candidates from all over the Croatia.
Guest speakers: Nenad Bach, New York (USA), Mate Rimac, Zagreb (Croatia), Ivan Mažuranić, Geneva (Swtzerland), Ante Mandić, Zagreb (Croatia) and Daniel Kolak, New Jersey (USA).
Organizers: Petar Ćurić Agency and Croatian World Network (CROWN) in partnership with Hrvatska Matica Iseljenika (Croatian Heritage Foundation) and sponsored by the City of Zagreb.

U Zagrebu 11. i 12. ožujka 2016.
BRANDING HRVATSKE 2 je stručni seminar iz javne diplomacije prilagođen poduzetnicima, obrtnicima i uspješnim rukovoditeljima državnih tvrtki i agencija. Događaj će se održati u MULTIMEDIJALNOJ DVORANI Hrvatske matice iseljenika, Zagreb, Trg Stjepana Radića, uz EKSKLUZIVAN PRISTUP 30 najboljih kandidata iz čitave Hrvatske.
Gosti-predavači: Nenad Bach, New York (USA), Mate Rimac, Zagreb (HR), Ivan Mažuranić, Geneve (CH), Ante Mandić, Zagreb (HR) i Daniel Kolak, New Jersey (USA).
Organizatori:Petar Ćurić Agencija i Hrvatska svjetska mreža (CROWN Croatian World Network) u partnerstvu sa Hrvatskom maticom iseljenika i pod pokroviteljstvom Grada Zagreba.

2) We have launched a petition drive to demand direct flight to Croatia from the United States!

Dubrovnik, Zagreb, New York and Split are world's most vibrant and entrepreneurial cities but DO NOT have an overseas direct non stop flights which could connect our cities in just over 8 hours. Through our petition we can show the Airlines there's strong demand for a direct New York - Dubrovnik - Zagreb flight, providing essential market research on how profitable the route could be.

Visit to sign and make your voices heard and pass it along to your friends! You can also support the initiative by joining us on Facebook here:

3) I will be in Washington D.C. on April 22th, to participate in a panel discussion and perform at the 1st conference being held by the Association of Croatian-American Professionals. You can get more information about the conference here:

4) For those of you following presidential politics check out this video my dear friend Victor Zimet made for the Bernie Sanders campaign featuring my song "I Will Follow You". Look for it on TV or watch it here on YouTube!

5) Time Money did a video about Adriatica Village in McKinney, Texas. Check it out!

You can see more of Adriatica in my video for "Daughter's Eyes":

I cannot wait to see what the rest of the year brings!

Thank you all for your support, and let's keep going higher!

All videos were directed by Zoran Orlic - Video I Will Follow You Hi-rez - Video Everything Is Forever Hi-rez - Video Digital Revolution Hi-rez - Video Daughter's Eyes Hi-Rez - Video I will Follow You performed last year with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra

The Nenad Bach Band is:
Nenad Bach: lead vocal, piano, acoustic guitar
Joe DeSanctis: keyboards, backing vocal, melodica
Richard Lindsey: bass, backing vocal
Michael O’Keefe: drums, backing vocal
Al Orlo: guitar
Here is a blast from the past found while cleaning the office: A never-before published photo of Nenad speaking with Princess Diana and Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran taken on September 12, 1995 in Modena, Italy backstage of Pavarotti and Friends. You can see the brim of his hat in the upper right hand corner. Photo taken by Danny Schechter.
Finally, there is a rumor is that Nenad will be performing this year in Sibenik, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Jerusalem,  , and Buenos Aires. Updates to follow in upcoming newsletters.

Nenad Bach International Newsletter No. 41 Winter Peace

December 31, 2015

2015 was an exciting year to say the least. Let the Winter Peace roll in, and I would like to wish everyone a belated merry Christmas and happy Hanukkah let's all work for world peace in one hour in 2016!

1. Mia Slavenska. Scoring a documentary film about Croatian most prominent ballerina. See the atmosphere at the recording session at Ante Gelo's studio in Zagreb. Film Mia, A Dancer's Journey will be distributed in 2016. Featured Klapa Nostalgija.
Starring: Blythe Danner as the voice of Mia Featuring interviews with Mitzi Gaynor, Edward Villella, Frederic Franklin, dance historian Lynn Garafola, dance critics and former Ballet Russe dancers. Genre: Feature Documentary. Directed By: Maria Ramas & Kate Johnson. Produced by Brenda Brkusic
2. While in Zagreb, I was privileged to be part of the future art exhibition by Robert Gojevic.

ambrotype / ambrotipija

tyntype / ferotipija

Beside being a very talented photographer Robert Gojević is the founder and editor in chief of the Blur Magazine. Support him. Promote the magazine!
BLUR Magazine: Creative photography magazine:
Photography magazine devoted to creative photography published as a PDF e-zine and read in over 200 countries worldwide.
3. Clown Magazine reviewed my EP.
"Golden Slumbers is a total reworking of The Beatles song, which shows the high caliber that Nenad Bach has as an artist, with his band who are just as talented."
We are featured on the front page: (go down to the Music eXtra section)

4. 15 years ago I met Jamie Cohen backstage at Saturday Night Live and we stayed friends since. In the meantime Jamie became one of the most prominent and progressive teachers. I was a part of the virtual classes from Kuala Lumpur and Toronto...includes my meetings with U2... etc. Here is what I wrote on Amazon about the book:
Let me start with the statement: Jamie Cohen is a brilliant man. This is not just a book, because it has links to many videos, films etc. This is not just a manual for teachers although every single teacher and a student should read it. This is not just an Autobiography of a man who is in search of his own creativity. This is all above. A new form of literature that combines a practical advice in education that reads like a novel with the touch of glamour, struggle and so much needed solution. Jamie found his home, his domain, his passion and his nobility that only the greatest can find it. It is an easy read with a lot of descriptions that defines that inner space between words and emotions. It is intriguing almost like a thriller deeply rooted in Human Rights issues as well. This is the way all student should be taught in 21st century to unleash their own creativity. If Jamie could be the teacher to all the students in the world, The World would be much better place, with no wars and more justice and happiness for all.
"Can Music Change the World?" - A Grade 9 English Classroom SOLE (Self Organized Learning Environment) by Jamie Cohen and Nenad Bach, TanenbaumCHAT Independent high school, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
In the acknowledgements:
"To Nenad Bach, whose friendship, creative collaborations across three continents, and support has been invaluable to my growth both personally and creatively. Our Self-Organized Learning Environment music classroom projects were amongst the most rewarding classes I have ever taught."
Description of the book:
What's the one trait students universally say they want in a teacher?
A sense of humor. This practical and entertaining book shows teachers how they can specifically bring more humor into students' lives because when they're laughing, they're learning.
In Jamie Mason Cohen's super, easy-to-read and entertaining style he applies the stories from his time at Saturday Night Live to his decade-long award-winning teaching career. He is aTED-Huff Post International Teaching Award recipient and TEDx speaker. It is a book that inspires yet is grounded in actionable strategies.
The author has drawn on his fascinating contacts in the world of comedy, magic, human rights and psychology to make applicable connections that can transform not just any classroom, but also the mindset of any teacher.
Humor in a class equals increased student engagement, less stress on the teacher and student, and better overall results. Jamie Mason Cohen shows that any teacher can add more light, fun and creativity in their classroom through strategies tested for years and backed by real data.
One out of 15 mentions in the book.

5. Future is now. I drove autopilot Tesla Model S. See it here:
6. Starting to prepare for the new album. Made few demos at Morris Studio in Zagreb, Croatia. With Miro and Filip Vidovic.

Photo: Katarina Perocevic

7. Work continues on the documentary film Circle of Honor about Admiral Lunney, Peter Tomich and Srecko Herceg.
8. I had the privilege to be photographed by Francesco Moretti. He came from Italy for one day and here are just a few photos.

To see more of Francesco's photos visit him at:

9. For those interested, my dear friends, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing at Carnegie Hall on February 6th 2016 with Syrian American composer Malik Jandali.

10. For those wanting to catch up on previous newsletters, visit our online archive here: - Video I Will Follow You Hi-rez - Video Everything Is Forever Hi-rez - Video Digital Revolution Hi-rez - Video Daughter's Eyes Hi-Rez

The Nenad Bach Band is:
Nenad Bach: lead vocal, piano, acoustic guitar
Joe DeSanctis: keyboards, backing vocal, melodica
Richard Lindsey: bass, backing vocal
Michael O’Keefe: drums, backing vocal
Al Orlo: guitar
Photo: Petar Curic


Cynthia Nelms-Byrne Dubuque, Iowa

Always illuminating and exciting to read about your adventures, Nenad. I remember fondly your time in Dubuque during 2015, creating so many precious memories for me and so many others. I am so thankful to have you as a friend. And just to have you in this world, which you improve immeasurably just by being your sweet self.