Kvarner newsletter / no 35

Christmas atmosphere on the island of Rab
Enjoy some Old Croatian Christmas songs

Although the festive atmosphere and Christmas concerts can be enjoyed throughout December all over Croatia, some events truly stand out because of their uniqueness. One such event is the concert that will take place before Christmas holidays in the town of Rab.

At 7.30 p.m. on the 18th of December, the Winter Cinema in the town of Rab on the island of the same name will host a concert by the legends of Croatian ethnic and jazz music – Lidija Bajuk and Matija Dedić. The concert will be dedicated to traditional Croatian Christmas songs interpreted in the characteristic style of these renowned artists.
Croatian musical heritage includes a wide range of traditional Christmas tunes and songs, which will be presented to the audience in the individual style of one of Croatia's most famous ethnic musicians – Lidija Bajuk, and the multiple award-winning jazz pianist Matija Dedić. What better guarantee can there be for a wonderful concert?
Lidija Bajuk was born in Međimurje, and for the most part, her musical repertoire is dedicated to the local ethnic style of this region. Over time, the quality of interpretation made Lidija Bajuk one of the leading figures of Croatian ethnic music and ethnic culture in general.
Her musical career started in the late 1980s as opening act on concerts of renowned American musicians such as John Mayall or Joan Baez. However, in the last fifteen years, the focus of her musical interest has been Croatian musical tradition. She published four solo albums of ethnic music and participated in a row of similar musical projects by various authors. Her music is distinguished for ethnic melodies and Old Croatian tunes accompanied by acoustic guitar, which she has been playing since her youth.
The distinctive style of the pianist Matija Dedić is quite different from the style of many other Croatian musicians. At the end of the last century, a young pianist Matija Dedić discovered jazz and has remained faithful to it ever since. During his career, he played with many eminent musicians from Croatia and abroad, many of them being highly acclaimed stars of different musical genres. Matija Dedić won many awards for the best Croatian jazz album and as the best Croatian pianist. He was also listed among 11 best pianists in the world.
There is no doubt – the Christmas concert in Rab will be a real musical treat!