saturday, SEPTEMBER 24, 2022, 11 am.

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M U S I C  O N  T H E  M O V E



Participants from six European countries will speak at the Music on the move conference: Serbia, North Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Italy. The speakers are: Stefan Sablić, Dunja Knebl, Paula Haslinger, Lea Milinovikj, Dragan Ristić, Vesna Bajić Stojiljković, Dea Delina Plevnesh, Dejan Vujinović, Marzouk Mejri. Marija Vitas is the moderator.

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stefan sablić

Stefan Sablić (photo: Tanja Drobnjak)

STEFAN SABLIĆ is a musician, founder of the group Shira utfila, vocalist, oud and qanun player, successful theater director and cantor of the Belgrade synagogue. Stefan Sablić’s multiple interests, as well as numerous trainings and performances with various musicians around the world, helped and enabled him to have a profound and systematic approach to traditional Sephardic music, as well as a general knowledge of the traditions of other peoples who shared the historical, geographical and cultural space of the Balkans, the Mediterranean and of the Middle East in the past centuries. Since 2020, Stefan Sablić was appointed as artistic director of the Jewish Cultural Center, in the former space of the iconic REX Cultural Center. He participated in its restoration, opening and revival of cultural events. Stefan Sablić is also the founder of the minority music festival Ethno Fusion Fest, which is held every year in the courtyard of the synagogue in Belgrade.




Dunja Knebl (photo: Bojan Slevec)

DUNJA KNEBL is a Croatian singer of traditional songs. Although she started public performances only in 1993, when she was 47 years old, she has released 21 albums so far, interpreting mostly forgotten traditional songs from Croatia and other countries. She performs alone – accompanying herself on guitar, Indian harmonium, sansula, small percussions – or with other musicians. She founded the group Kololira in 2013 and has released three albums with them so far. With great success, she also works in a duo-formation with the musician Roko Margeta, having numerous concerts and two albums released to date. Since childhood, Dunja had the opportunity to live in various countries on three continents and everywhere she absorbed the musical tradition with passion, flipping through songbooks and collections, listening to old records, singing songs and accompanying herself on the guitar.



paula haslinger

Paula Haslinger (promo photo)

PAULA HASLINGER (1978) was born in Linz, Austria. Studied German and Scandinavian language and literature at the university of Vienna and in Aarhus, Denmark. From early years on very interested in music from all over the world. Cultural studies at Institut für Kulturkonzepte in Vienna and Hamburg. Working as artistic production manager for the music festivals Imago Dei and the worldmusic festival Glatt&Verkehrt since 2008. Since 2020 curator for the music department for the Artists In Residence programme in Krems, Lower Austria. Sings and plays in two bands when there is time.



lea milinović

Lea Milinovikj (promo photo)

LEA MILINOVIKJ (1984) graduated in Political science Department at the European universitу in 2012. After graduating she started learning different types of instruments, mostly from the Balkans and the Middle East. Some of the instruments are bendir, didgeridoo, tambura oud… She was self-taught in all of them. As she was travelling around discovering different cultures, Lea especialу fell in love with the sufi music and maqam theory. At 2015 Lea and her friend Katerina Dimitrovska founded the band Perija. The band is a world/dark folk music experiment, focusing on equality in an ethnically divided Balkans, and putting an accent to what they believe are important and somewhat neglected social issues. Some of the festivals where they performed were: E.S.N.S., Exit, OFFest, MEtno Festival, etc. Perija is a part of the MOST – Balkan Music Export Program 2022. Lea has been co-managing the band, ever since the beginning. She was also a part of Erihon’s first album (oud), Nevečeren Den.




Dragan Ristić (promotivna fotografija)

DRAGAN RISTIĆ (1972) comes from a musical family. His father and grandfather played the violin, and his first love was the accordion, which he started playing at the age of seven. He turned to the guitar at the age of fifteen when he realized that slightly different rhythms suited him better than traditional ones. While studying at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, the guitar remains his greatest love, so he founded the band Kal, recognizable for its original combination of the Balkans, Roma heritage and modern rock and punk sound. Kal achieved great success on the European world music scene and beyond. Dragan is the author of all songs and arrangements, and is also the main vocalist and guitarist of the group. In addition to music, he is involved in acting, theater production and performance. He collaborated in the production of several films as a translator for the Romani language. For the film Black cat, white cat by Emir Kusturica, Dragan wrote the lyrics for the song Bubamara, which became a hit. Since 2014, he has been organizing and leading the FRKA Festival in Belgrade, founded with the idea of ​​involving the Roma as much as possible in social life. He is the director of the Roma Cultural Center Belgrade. He is the author of studies Roma media in Yugoslavia: development and possibilities, History of Roma theater and Roma music as part of mainstream culture. He has been awarded several times for his work.



vesna bajić stojiljković

Vesna Bajić Stojiljković (promo photo)

VESNA BAJIĆ STOJILJKOVIĆ (1979) PhD, she graduated and received her doctorate from the Department of Ethnomusicology at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. Professor of ethnochoreology and choreographic composition, Belgrade Dance Institute, Serbia. Professor of choreology, Academy of Dance AMEU, Slovenia. Founder and artistic director of the Academic Cultural-Artistic Society (AKUD) Kolo in Koper, Slovenia (2007). She is the vice-president of the Association of Serbs of Slovenia and a member of the international associations for traditional music ICTM and Laban’s kinetography ICKL. Co-author of two monographs entitled Desanka Desa Đorđević (2014) and Branko Marković (2017). PhD thesis entitled Processes of (re)defining structural, dramaturgical and aesthetic aspects of stage presentation of traditional dance and dance-music in Serbia (2017, Faculty of Music, University of Arts, Belgrade). Focus on stage folk dance and music, choreography, analysis, choreographic principles, Kinetography Laban, Serbian and Balkan dance and music, Music and Dance in Serbian diaspora.



dea delina plevnesh

Dea Delina Plevnesh (promo photo)

DEA DELINA PLEVNESH (1994) was born in a musical family. Growing up next to musician parents, a great love for music was born. At the age of 6, she began studying music theory, solfeggio and piano, until she discovered the beautiful world of percussion that enchanted her with its beauty. She continues her education at the high school of music DMBUC Ilija Nikolovski – Luj at the department of percussion instruments and in the period from 2009 to 2013 she participates in numerous concerts, performances, national and international competitions. She expresses her development as a person, her personal spiritual development and the search for the unknown through experiments with numerous genres, from classical, jazz, rock, alternative, electronic, ambient to contemporary, modern and experimental music. In 2013 she started studying jazz drums at the Conservatory in Maastricht, The Netherlands. The Netherlands as a country known for its numerous artists in the field of electronic music arouses a new love and passion for electronics. It resulted in several years of detailed research and study of that issue at the SAE Amsterdam Institute, a Middlesex University, London office where she completed her studies in Audio Engineering and Music Production. During her studies, Dea took part in events and concerts of various kind where she works as a technical support, assistant engineer and sound engineer. Since 2017 she has been performing as a DJ and producer of chill out, ambient, oriental and psychedelic electronic music. Since 2020, she has been a percussionist and drummer in several groups, including Perija, Avellina and Erihon. Her greatest inspiration is nature, and she expresses the authentic sensibility by combining acoustic instruments and electronics, creating a multidimensional experience. Because music is a universal language and has no borders, through her musical expression she tries to unite more cultures, ethnic groups, conveying the message that we are all one.




Dejan Vujinović (foto: Natalija Jakovljević / Magločistač)

DEJAN VUJINOVIĆ is a Master of Economic Sciences by profession, in the narrower professional field of marketing management, with a special emphasis on integrated marketing communications for cultural events. He is the founder, organizer and artistic director of the world music festival Etnofest in Palić (19 editions, 2004 – ), the festival of contemporary experimental and improvisational music Jazziré in Subotica (13 editions, 2009 – ), as well as the artistic director of the Kanjiža Jazz Festival in the period from 2013 to 2018. He was the music and art program editor of the cafe gallery Yu Fest and Baš kuća in Subotica, where he organized dozens of concerts and exhibitions. He has been PR and an associate of the Desiré theater festival in terms of external communications since the festival’s foundation, as well as the manager of the main stage of the Windmill Festival (Malomfesztivál) in Orom. In the field of cultural management, in some years he was the project manager of Subotica – city of festivals (FOKUS foundation), as well as the PR manager of the Museum Night in Subotica. He is active in the implementation of transnational projects in the field of culture under the auspices of the Creative Europe program (Feria de Fronteras, Re:discovering Europe, 2020 Troubadours, Tremolo, Tremolo_forte, MOST music, etc.). He is one of the founders of the Contemporary Culture and Arts Center in Subotica. He is a member of the Balkan World Music Chart panel. He is the winner of the Dr. Ferenc Bodrogvari award, for his contribution to the cultural development of the city of Subotica. Since 2010, he has been employed in the office of the Interreg IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Program Hungary – Serbia, where he is the program and communication manager.




Marzuk Mejri (foto: Gianfilippo Masserano)

MARZOUK MEJRI is a Tunisian percussionist and a songwriter. He is among the best percussionists living in Italy today. Marzouk was born in a family of musicians in Tebourba, 30 km from Tunis. His dad was a famous snare and darbuka player. Marzouk has lived in Naples, Italy, for 18 years where he has worked with Daniele Sepe, James Senese, Eduardo De Crescenzo, 99Posse, Peppe Barra and many more. He has been the leader of the Marzouk Ensemble for 10 years and multiple other projects. He recorded his first album Genina in 2006. Marzouk is also leader of a presidio Slow Food in Tebourba, Tunisia, where he keeps alive the tradition of a hand made couscous.

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