There are probably million different point of views, different perceptions of America. All of them are simultaneously right and wrong and that might be the “secret” of “the land of hope” and that’s why nobody is indifferent about America. On the other hand, I believe we don’t actually know enough about America as we actually do not know enough about each other generally speaking. Just for example, probably most of the people may thought that the official language of America is English while the truth is that America have none official language at federal level and English is only de facto national language. Everyone identify America by something, most of us by some products such as Coca-Cola, Marlboro or McDonald’s, others might think about country music or blues… In one way or the other, all these are icons. And speaking ’bout blues, Bob Dylan is one of the most respected and loved icons. And Dylan is not only a singer-songwriter and musician, but also poet and painter as well.
As a huge Laibach fan I read about this project of the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana on their web site and I didn’t hesitate to write an e-mail to obtain my free copy of the CD: [email protected]. One week later – this morning 🙂 – I received the CD and a beautiful 78 pages booklet.
U.S. President Barack Obama recognized Dylanâ€™s mark on American society when he invited Dylan to perform at the White House in 2010. President Obama praised Dylan as part of a group of U.S. musicians who had used their music as a force for positive change in the world. And though Dylan has often bristled at the label â€œprotest singer,â€ the idea that music can transcend itself, and that music can be a powerful catalyst for positive change cannot be ignored.
First of all, I believe arts and culture can bring us closer and makes easier to get know each other.
Dylan is a bridge over generations and nations.
Christopher Wurst on his way to work at the Embassy, through downtown Ljubljana was listen Bob Dylan – particularly the song â€œBlind Willie McTellâ€ – on his iPod when he got the idea of Slovenian artists to cover Dylan songs to celebrates Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday (May 24, 1941). Through Dylan we can see at least one face of America and through this CD we can discover some of the most exciting Slovenian bands, it’s both an opportunity to get closer to the American culture and got an amazing overview of some very talented Slovenian artists, on the other hand it serves both to showcase Dylanâ€™s legacy, and to promote volunteerism among Sloveniaâ€™s youth.
While the main theme of the project is volunteerism, it also aims to raise awareness about a large number of issues, including human trafficking, violence against women, child abuse, childrenâ€™s health issues, mental and physical handicaps, youth drug prevention, active citizenship, asylum issues, the environment, fighting against corruption, development and global issues, and regional cooperation.
The documentary film captures both the artists learning how to adapt the different Dylan songs, and also highlights the above issues, and showcases work being done at the grassroots level by Slovenian volunteers. Award-winning filmmakers Maja Weiss and Peter Braatz are directing the film, entitled â€œForever Young,â€ which will make its premiere on RTV Slovenia in September. The film will also be distributed by the U.S. Embassy to Slovenian schools.
Later in September, a Bob Dylan film festival will be featured at Kinoteka, followed by a large concert on September 21st, at KriÅ¾anke. The concert, which be mounted by the U.S. Embassy and Slovenska Filantropija, will include many of the artists featured on the CD, and will be used exclusively to promote volunteerism in Slovenia.
Project Bob Dylan – Postani Prostovoljec! – Volunteer, Slovenia! it’s a non-profit project.
It fallows eight months of intense work fuelled by coffee and green tea, over the course of hundreds of meetings at Opera Bar, while Christopher Wurst and his Dylan Project teammates Tanja Å uÅ¡tarÅ¡iÄ and Mateja JuriÄ became copyright experts, film producers, and music industry insiders, while the project ultimately include this CD, a documentary film on RTV, a film festival and a major concert at KriÅ¾anke.
Christopher Wurst confessed about the CD: “Listening to this CD, I marvel at how Dylanâ€™s music lends itself to countless interpretations. But more than that, I am struck by the diversity of styles and sheer talent of the Slovenian artists represented here. Rather than simply recreating Dylanâ€™s songs, the artists here have inhabited these songs; they have taken these songs and made them theirs, with passion, energy, wit and unceasing creativity. Each of these artists chose which Dylan song they would cover, and perhaps it is this sense of â€œownershipâ€ that colors the intensity of these songs. These covers were meant to be. Clearly itâ€™s not just Americans who claim Mr. Dylan as their own! Interestingly, the artists chose songs from each one of Dylanâ€™s five decades as a performer. This is a testament to the amazing longevity of Dylanâ€™s careerâ€”and it should open the eyes (and ears) of people who mistakenly see Dylan as a â€œsixties artist”.â€
And well, these 14 tracks are an exciting and colorful musical cocktail, Dylan revelers itself in million different shades and once again these songs are proved to be timeless and borderless. I knew – obviously – all of the Dylan’s songs, I knew few of these Slovenian bands, but most of them not. From the classy approach of “Donâ€™t Think Twice (Itâ€™s Alright)” by Vlado Kreslin to the typically contorted reinterpretation of “Ballad of a Thin Man” by Laibach, from the beautiful, jazz perfumed version of “Simple Twist of Fate” by Mia Å½nidariÄ and Steve Klink Trio, each and every song has its own charm like colorful petals of a blooming flower. I love them all. One of my favorites yet is Katalena and their “Masters Of War”. It’s quite gloomy, but vibrating and beautiful.
Just one more thing: don’t judge anything or anybody without actually knowing a thing about it. On the other hand, passivity won’t work in any situation for nobody. We’re living pretty strange times and we only can change things to better if we get involved. Standing aside and always blaming somebody else – the exterior – will never lead us to any solution. The answer “blowing in the wind”, maybe we’ve got to “serve somebody”, but we’ve got to stand up for our self and as well for each other. And once again I get to the same conclusion: there’s no black and white, right and wrong, East and West, we are different just as we are one and it comes a time when we don’t have to take sides, we have to be as one together. And this compilation somehow it’s a pretty good proof of that and kind of mirror as just like in a mirror all these classic Dylan songs sounds in the reinterpretation of these Slovenian bands.
01. Vlado Kreslin – Donâ€™t Think Twice (Itâ€™s Alright)
The song was written by Bob Dylan in 1962, and released on the 1963 album “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan”. Dylan once introduced “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” as “a statement that maybe you can say to make yourself feel better… as if you were talking to yourself.”
Oftentimes called â€œthe Bob Dylan of Slovenia,â€ Vlado Kreslin is a Slovenian music legend, equally beloved by all, from the cutting edge hipsters to retirees. Originally from the Prekmurje region, near Hungary, Kreslin started his career in 1970 in the band Apollo. In 1980, he won the best Slovenian pop song, with â€œDan neskonÄnih sanjâ€ (Day of Endless Dreams). Kreslinâ€™s band Martin Krpan was very influential in the 1980â€™s. Kreslinâ€™s subsequent solo career is often credited with reviving folk music in Slovenia. He is a well-known performer abroad, and has opened for such acts as R.E.M. and Bob Dylan himself. He continues to record influential music, and during his annual sold-out summer and winter concerts in Ljubljana, he always showcases both legendary and up-and-coming Slovenian artists. His songs have been the inspiration for novels, feature films and graduation theses. He has performed in films and theater, and, as a member of the Slovenian Writersâ€™ Association, he has published four books of poetry. His most recent album, â€œDrevored,â€ was released in October, 2010. â€œDonâ€™t Think Twice (Itâ€™s Alright)â€ is Kreslinâ€™s first purely solo recorded performance, featuring only his voice, guitar, harmonica and tapping foot.
Vlado Kreslin – Official Site
02. 6 Pack ÄŒukur – Subterranean Homesick Blues
“Subterranean Homesick Blues” was originally released in 1965 as a single on Columbia Records and it was released on the album “Bringing It All Back Home” in 1965. It was Dylan’s first Top 40 hit, peaking at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100 and its also listed by Rolling Stone magazine as the 332nd “Greatest Song of All Time”. The song’s first line is a reference to codeine distillation and politics of the time: “Johnny’s in the basement mixing up the medicine / I’m on the pavement thinkin’ about the Government”. The widespread use of recreational drugs, and turmoil surrounding the Vietnam War were both starting to take hold of the nation, and Dylan’s hyperkinetic lyrics were dense with up-to-the-minute allusions to important emerging elements in the 1960s youth culture. According to rock journalist Andy Gill, “an entire generation recognized the zeitgeist in the verbal whirlwind of ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’.”
6 Pack ÄŒukur is one of Sloveniaâ€™s leading hip hop artists. His songs are musically diverse and often clever commentaries on society, frequently with hilarious lyrics (â€œfunny but real,â€ he says). Throughout his ten-year career, he has produced three studio albums and worked on a number of collaborations, with influential Slovenian musicians such as Oto Pestner, Jan Plestenjak and Hosepipe Rockâ€”and each landed at #1 on the Slovenian charts. He performs onstage with his band the Pimp Panthers. His most recent album, â€œGangsta, Dilla, Playa, Gorilla,â€ was released in 2009. â€œSubterranean Homesick Bluesâ€ was his ambitious choice for his first recorded song in English.
6 Pack ÄŒukur – Official Site
03. Niet – Just Like a Woman
Written by Bob Dylan and first released on his 1966 album, “Blonde on Blonde”, “Just Like a Woman”has been criticized for supposed misogyny in its lyrics, but actually there is nothing in the text to suggest that Dylan has a disrespect for, much less an irrational hatred of, women in general. Released as a single in the U.S. during August 1966, it peaked at #33 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In a February 2000 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, presidential candidate Al Gore answered two questions by singing parts of “Just Like a Woman”. 🙂
Niet is a punk rock band from Ljubljana, Slovenia. They remain one of the most iconic and influential music groups of the Slovenian punk movement, including punk in Yugoslavia in general. The band was active throughout the 1980â€™s and was successfully revived in 2008. They had a series of early hits (including â€œDepression,â€ â€œA Good Day to Die,â€ â€œViolets,â€ and â€œFebruaryâ€), and their energetic live shows brought them a legion of loyal fans. In 1991, original vocalist Primoz HabiÄ died of a heroin overdose. A 1993 reunion was short-lived, but resulted in another hit, â€œRussian Spy.â€ The band reunited again in 2008, but with decidedly better results. Their sold-out reunion show was released as a popular DVD and 2010â€™s album â€œThirteen,â€ became one of the bestsellers in Slovenia. â€œJust Like a Womanâ€ is the bandâ€™s first song in English, and is an homage to classic British punk rock in the late 1970â€™s.
Niet @ last.fm
04. Severa Gjurin – Not Dark Yet
“Not Dark Yet” was released on the 1997’s album “Time Out of Mind” and also as the first single. It was also covered by Robyn Hitchcock for his 2002 album of Dylan covers Robyn Sings and by Eric Clapton during his 2009 Ireland/UK tour.
Severa Gjurin is a highly respected Slovenian singer, who has worked with many of Sloveniaâ€™s best musicians. She began her career in the band Olivija, who released several albums, and had a hit with â€œKadar Sva Samaâ€ (â€œWhen Weâ€™re Aloneâ€). Severa regularly performs with her brother, Gal Gjurin, a founding member of Olivija. She has also worked with Vlado Kreslin, performing the duet â€œAbel and Cain,â€ on his â€œCestaâ€ album, and performing â€œBeli Prah,â€ on Nietâ€™s most recent album. She lent her voice to the main heroine in the television blockbuster hit â€œMetod Pevec.â€ She has also played with American musician Chris Eckman, Miha Debevec, D-Day, Mitja Vrhovnik-Smrekar and Fake Orchestra. A student of the arts, Severa has also undertaken several photography and design projects, and has held several exhibitions of her paintings. Currently she is recording an album with Borut ÄŒinÄ, of the band Bulldozer. â€œNot Dark Yetâ€ is Severaâ€™s first recorded English song.
05. Peter LovÅ¡in & Å panski Borci – Boots of Spanish Leather
“Boots of Spanish Leather” was released in 1964 on the album “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” It was covered by many-many artists, including Joan Baez, Dubliners, Patti Smith, Sebastian Cabot, Seldom Scene, etc.
Sloveniaâ€™s original punk rocker, Peter LovÅ¡in, was a founding member of Pankrti, â€œthe first punk band behind the Iron Curtain,â€ and one of the most influential groups in former Yugoslavia. Since Pankrtiâ€™s 1980â€™s heyday, LovÅ¡in has recorded with the rock band Sokoli, as well as producing eight solo albums. Though a rocker at heart, LovÅ¡in has also dabbled in reggae. In 1996, he opened for the Sex Pistolsâ€™ reunion tour, and is currently playing with Ivan Krall, who played in Patti Smithâ€™s original band. Along with fellow legends Vlado Kreslin and Zoran Predin, LovÅ¡in composed the anthem for the Slovenian national football team for the 2000 European Championship. Recently LovÅ¡in released the English-language album â€œHappy Hour,â€ under the name Peter and the Sellers. â€œBoots of Spanish Leatherâ€ is performed with his new band, Å panski Borci.
Severa Gjurin – Official Site
06. Chris Eckman & the Frictions – SeÃ±or (Tales of Yankee Power)
“SeÃ±or (Tales of Yankee Power)” is the 6th track of the 18th studio album “Street-Legal” released by Dylan in June 1978, following the twin successes of “Blood on the Tracks” and “Desire”, and it was another gold record for Dylan, but it peaked at only #11 on the US Billboard charts.
Chris Eckman is an American musician, producer and soundtrack composer who has lived in Ljubljana since 2002. His musical projects include The Walkabouts, L/O/N/G, Dirtmusic, The Last Side of the Mountain Band and work as a solo artist. As a producer he has worked with many Slovenian artists including Vlado Kreslin, Brina, Severa Gjurin, Hic et Nunc and Pinela. Recently he has produced four albums in Bamako, Mali, including the acclaimed debut album by the young Tuareg band Tamikrest. As a soundtrack composer he has scored several films for award winning Slovenian directors Maja Weiss and Martin Turk. The Frictions were born in 2006. They have played concerts in both Slovenia and abroad and in the Autumn of 2011 they will release their debut album. The Frictions are: Bernard KogovÅ¡ek (Hic et Nunc, Last Side of the Mountain Band), Tomi Popit (Hic et Nunc) and Luka Å alehar (Kamerad Krivatoff, Silence) and Chris Eckman.
Chris Eckman @ MySpace
07. Brina – Blind Willie McTell
“Blind Willie McTell” was titled after the blues singer Blind Willie McTell. It was recorded in 1983 but left off Dylan’s album “Infidels” and officially released in 1991 on “The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991”. For the song, Dylan, seated at the piano and accompanied by Mark Knopfler on the twelve-string acoustic guitar, sings a series of plaintive verses depicting allegorical scenes which reflect on the history of American music and slavery. Each verse ends with the same refrain: “Nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.”
Singer Brina Vogelnik lends her name to this six-piece Slovenian folk band. The six members combine different traditional musical motifs to create a new world for the listener. Their music, which evokes the past from multiple Slovenian regions, also has an ear for the future. Brinaâ€™s previous albums, â€œNew Yearâ€ (2004) and â€œDog Legendâ€ (2006) brought the band acclaim. The latter spent three months in the top 10 of the European World Music charts, and was nominated for song of the year by the BBC World Service. Said critic Kim Burton (Songlines): â€œBrina has found its expression, which is alternatively gentle, fiercely passionate and joyful.â€ Brina is currently recording a new album slated for 2011 release. â€œBlind Willie McTellâ€ is the bandâ€™s first English recording.
Brian – Official Site
08. Murat & Jose – Gotta Serve Somebody
The 1979 album, “Slow Train Coming” was my first contact – through my mother – with Dylan and probably that’s why it remains my favorite Dylan album. “Gotta Serve Somebody” peaked at #24 on the Billboard Magazine Hot 100 singles chart. The song was covered by Devo, Mavis Staples, Nicholas Barron, Natalie Cole, Vitor Ramil and Willie Nelson.
Murat & Jose are dynamic hip hop artists from Ljubljana. Their debut album, â€œThe Power of Words,â€ made them one of the most successful hip hop bands in the country. They write all of their own material, and have also contributed songs to domestic and international compilation albums. They have also written songs for music education textbooks, including a text book on human rights, in 2004. Their debut album was reviewed widely, and the bands recent tours have stretched throughout Europe. In 2006, Murat & Jose worked with English hip hop group BC400, and issued a multilingual album, â€œYOYOCUTS.â€ With the help of additional talentsâ€”Murat is a talented beat-boxer, Jose is a successful actorâ€”and many friends who help them make their live performances intense and fun, the future looks bright for this duo. â€œGotta Serve Somebodyâ€ is the pairâ€™s first song done in English.
Murat & Jose – Official Site
09. Mia Å½nidariÄ and Steve Klink Trio – Simple Twist of Fate
“Simple Twist of Fate” – as track no. 2 – was released on Dylan’s 15th studio album “Blood on the Tracks” in 1975, one of the most popular albums by Dylan which reached #1 on the Billboard U.S. pop charts and #4 in the UK. The single “Tangled Up in Blue” peaked at #31 on the pop singles chart.
Known as the â€œFirst lady of Slovene jazz,â€ Mia Å½nidariÄ has released 12 albums, ranging from the intimate trio she fronts with her husband, American Steve Klink, to swing and big band. Growing up in a small village in the alps, Miaâ€™s first experience with jazz was listening to Billie Holiday. She rapidly became an avid jazz student, and after several years of playing around Maribor, she hooked up with Radio Sloveniaâ€™s Big Band, moved to Ljubljana and hasnâ€™t looked back. In the 1990â€™s, her version of â€œIs You Is or Is You Ainâ€™t My Babyâ€ became a #1 hit throughout Yugoslavia, played back-to-back with artists like Madonna and Michael Jackson. By the time she met Steve Klink, Mia was a superstar in Slovenia. In the last decade they have celebrated many different styles of jazz. â€œDan je drugacenâ€ was another #1 hit, and received the award for Slovenian jazz recording of the year. In 2010, again working with the Radio Slovenia Big Band, Mia released â€œLove You Madly,â€ a collection of English and Slovene jazz standards. Slovenian national television channel has also created a documentary about her life and work. â€œSimple Twist of Fate,â€ is Miaâ€™s first Bob Dylan cover, though sheâ€™s hinted in some interviews that it might not be her last.
Mia Å½nidariÄ – Official Site
10. Zoran Predin & the Gypsy Swing Band – Mr. Tambourine Man
“Mr. Tambourine Man” was written and performed by Bob Dylan, which was released on his 1965 album “Bringing It All Back Home”. The Byrds also recorded a version of the song that was released as their first single on Columbia Records, reaching number 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the UK Singles Chart, as well as being the title track of their first album, “Mr. Tambourine Man.” This song has been covered by many artists, including Judy Collins, Odetta, Melanie, and William Shatner. The song’s popularity led to Dylan recording it live many times, and it has been included in multiple Dylan and Byrds compilation albums. It has been translated into other languages, and has been used or referenced in television shows, films and books.
Zoran Predin is a legendary Slovenian singer, songwriter, composer and lyricist. Predin came to fame in the 1980â€™s as lead singer of the hugely popular folk-rock band LaÄni Franz. From that time, as a new wave and rock rebel, Predin has become a regular pop music hit maker in Slovenia, performing with a variety of different bands and as a solo performer of chansons. Along with fellow legends Vlado Kreslin and Peter LovÅ¡in, Predin composed the anthem for the Slovenian national football team for the 2000 European Championship. He also recently composed the anthem for the Slovenian national basketball team. He has recorded numerous albums, won multiple prestigious awards, and toured around the world. He has also scored films and written music for the theater. The Gypsy Swing Band pays homage to Predinâ€™s love of Django Reinhart; they have recorded albums in English and Slovene. â€œMr. Tambourine Manâ€ is the bands first recorded Dylan cover.
Zoran Predin – Official Site
11. Hic et Nunc – One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)
“One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)” is the 4th track from “Desire”, the 17th studio album by Dylan, released in 1976. It tells the tale of a girl whose family are gypsies and drifters, and of the man who must leave her to enter the “valley below”. The song deals with themes of abandonment; the apparent end of a relationship and the concept of a coming journey.
Hic et Nunc was founded in Vrhnika, in 1990, at a time when the 1960â€™s garage rock revival in Slovenia had begun. The band performed officially in the 1992 Novi Rock festival. Its first album, 1995â€™s â€œHic et Nuncâ€ was named album of the year by Radio Å tudent. The band had a successful 26 gig concert tour in the U.S., in 1998, including a slot at the Mississippi River Music Festival, where out of 528 visiting bands, a St. Louis newspaper ranked Hic et Nunc third-best. In December, 2002, the band released their fourth album, â€œManitu.â€ Several videos for this album received major national media attention. In 2005, the band released â€œBurn Fat, Old Sun,â€ produced by American musician Chris Eckman. From 1990 until now, the band has remained true to its artistic vision. â€œOne More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)â€ is Hic et Nuncâ€™s first recorded Bob Dylan cover.
Hic et Nunc @ MySpace
12. Katalena – Masters Of War
Written over the winter of 1962-63, it was released on the album “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” in the spring of 1963. About this song Dylan said: “I’ve never written anything like that before. I don’t sing songs which hope people will die, but I couldn’t help it with this one. The song is a sort of striking out… a feeling of what can you do?” It was covered by many artists including Judy Collins, The Staple Singers, Cher, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Bill Frisell, Mountain with Ozzy Osbourne, etc.
The story of this urban legend began in 2001 in an idyllic village in southeast Slovenia, where six folklore enthusiasts unearthed archival folklore material and rejuvenated its rustic image in line with their art rock, funk, jazz and blues pedigree and with their own integral youthful visionâ€”as much philosophical as it was musical. In a decade, Katalena released five albums, from 2002â€™s â€œ(Z) bandâ€ to the recently-released â€œHalloween.â€ Each release has been met with great attention from music critics and great enthusiasm from the publicâ€”even if both groups struggled with how to categorize the music. One thing was for sure: Katalena has turned many existing folk theories upside down, and turned a lot of doubters into folk music fans. Combining the best of the Slovene traditional music, carefully selected from the archives, songbooks and old vinyl records with solid rock rhythms, funky grooves and enviable arranging skills, creates a unique post-folk rock style that presents the music legacy of Sloveniaâ€™s regions in an utterly new light. Fused with dynamic and invigorating electrical instruments, which caress the enchanting singing, it is transformed onstage into a dance and sound performance that mesmerises even the most musically pampered ears. Katalena is the most inspirational voice of the 21st century Slovene folk music soundtrack. Group member BoÅ¡tjan Narat has performed Â»Masters of WarÂ« locally, but this is the band’s first Dylan cover.
Katalena – Official Site
13. Laibach – Ballad of a Thin Man
It was released on the album Highway 61 Revisited in 1965. “Ballad of a Thin Man” comments on a conventional “Mr. Jones”, who walks into a room of intentionally bizarre circus freaks and doesn’t “know what’s happening”. The “identity” of Mr. Jones has long been in dispute. When asked about it in an interview in 1965, Dylan responded: “He’s a pinboy. He also wears suspenders. He’s a real person. You know him, but not by that name… I saw him come into the room one night and he looked like a camel. He proceeded to put his eyes in his pocket. I asked this guy who he was and he said, “That’s Mr. Jones.” Then I asked this cat, “Doesn’t he do anything but put his eyes in his pocket?” And he told me, “He puts his nose on the ground.” It’s all there, it’s a true story.” Another theory is that the Jones in question was Jeffrey Owen Jones.
Laibach is Sloveniaâ€™s best-known musical export. The music and multimedia group was founded in Trbovlje in 1980. Membership is anonymous (hidden by pseudonyms), with collective authorship. Their musical expression has covered numerous genres, from early experimental industrial sounds to symphony (â€œmilitant classicismâ€) and electronic music. They are the founders of the art movement Neue Kunst Slowenische (1984-1992) and the utopia state of NSK (1992). They were prohibited by law in Yugoslavia, between 1983-1987. Following their first concert, in 1982 at Novi Rock, they began the first of many European (and later, world) tours. Their first album, â€œLaibach,â€ was released in 1985, and almost immediately they became known for their unusual convergence of popular and classical music. They had a worldwide hit with â€œLife is Life,â€ in 1986, and popular albums â€œGeburt einer Nation,â€ â€œLaibachkunstderfuge,â€ and â€œVOLKSWAGNERâ€¦â€ They covered the entire Beatlesâ€™ â€œLet It Beâ€ album in 1989. By 2011, the group has had over 800 concerts and published 20 albums. Their album â€œOpus Deiâ€ is a selection in the 2005 book 1,001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. They are the recipients of the Ljubljana Award in 1997. â€œBallad of a Thin Manâ€ is their first Bob Dylan cover.
Laibach – Official Site
14. Sabina Cvilak (with Rok Golob) – Buckets of Rain
It was released in 1975 on his critically acclaimed album “Blood on the Tracks”. Lyrically, “Buckets of Rain” is relatively simple, with five short verses addressing a lover: “Like your smile and your fingertips / Like the way that you move your hips. / I like the cool way you look at me. / Everything about you is bringing me misery.”
Sabina Cvilak is one of the best known soprano vocalists performing today. Born in Maribor, Slovenia, she made her opera debut at the Hamburg State Opera as Liu, in Pucciniâ€™s Turandot. By the time she performed at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, in 2004, she was being hailed by the international press as a lyrical discovery and the most positive surprise of the festival, due to her sensual performance and the beauty of her soprano. At the invitation of Placido Domingo, she opened the 2007/2008 season as Mimi in the Washington Operaâ€™s La Boheme. She was immediately asked back, and in 2008/2009 starred in Bizetâ€™s Carmenâ€”a role she revived later in the year in Los Angeles. In 2009/2010, she performed in Palm Beach, Valencia, Pamplona, Helsinki and elsewhere. This season she has performed as Fiordiligi in Mozartâ€™s Cosi Fan Tutti, and performed several times with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. â€œBuckets of Rainâ€ is, in Sabinaâ€™s words â€œquite different from what I normally do. It was great to try something else.â€ Rok Golob, who arranged â€œBuckets of Rainâ€ for Sabina Cvilak, is a composer, arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He has participated in more than 50 musical projects, including writing music for films, television and radio. His diverse work includes the creation of symphonic orchestras, choirs, big bands, rock-pop-jazz soloists and even brass bands. He has received numerous awards in Slovenia and internationally. He has worked with many world-famous musicians, including Elmer Bernstein, Bjork, and Bobby McFerrin, and among his Slovenian collaborators, he counts the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Big Band, Ljubljana SNG Opera Choir, Katrinas, Magnifico, Neisha, Siddharta and many others.
Sabina Cvilak @ LA Opera.com
Rok Golob – Official Site
Thanks for the US Embassy Slovenia, special thanks to Christopher Wurst and Mateja JuriÄ for all the support.