VANGELIC- AN EPIC TRIBUTE
When a musician or a composer hears that another great has departed, we may reach for their record to listen to the songs and reminisce. Or we may pull up to our instrument and play the pieces they left behind. But when an icon, whose brilliance influenced so many, leaves us, the blues does not stem easily. Because “like tears in rain” we come and go but the legends… well, they remain. But instead of lament, we sometimes find desire and inspiration to honour the genius.
This sentiment struck a chord with four veterans of electronic scene, who despite living and working in different corners of the world, decided to create a joint tribute to express how the legendary composer impacted their own music journeys. Sparked by magic that lives on, they simply called their musical landscape – VANGELIC. Composed and recorded this spring in Zagreb, Belgrade, Prague and London, this truly epic tribute features over an hour of breath-taking music which effortlessly traverses electronic genres.
Andrej Kljaković is a composer, pianist and visual artist, best known for his work with Voices Of Nature and Kljakovic Eklektik Company. Born in Zagreb, he studied classical piano and later at The Jazz Conservatory in Paris. Kljakovic played in several progressive bands in former Yugoslavia, and in the 90s worked as a producer and songwriter in London (V2, Universal and Sony/BMG, Bucks Music Publishing). He composed Tesla Rock Opera, multimedia opera Transfiguration and the audio-visual project Return to Forever, where apart from music he created all visuals.
Nikolaj Bežek is a composer & music programer. Born in Sweden, he studied in Switzerland in the 70s while playing drums with bands Flies and Barock. In the early 80s, Nikolaj moved to Belgrade (former Yugoslavia) and started one of the first electronic studios where he got involved with MSB and Šizike projects, as well as in Max & Intro recordings. His music is featured on Consequential’s MicroComposed 1980-86 album and Beokraft’s The Time Machine.
Zoran Ćalić, aka Intro, is a clarinet and keyboard player, who graduated at The Faculty of Music in Belgrade. He was one of the founders of Yugoslavia’s 80s elektro pop scene being a half of the iconic duo Max & Intro. Zoran dedicated most of his professional career to ethnic Balkan music and concert performances, having played for audiences in Tokyo, NY, Paris, Mexico City, Wienna and many other cities. He is currently the first clarinet in the Serbian National Ensemble.
Zoran Jevtić is a UK-based artist, writer and composer. Originally from Belgrade, he was one of the founding fathers of early 80s Yugoslav electronic and hip-hop music (Master Scratch Band, Data and Šizike). He is the author of an acclaimed SciFi novel The Bequeathal: Godsent and the driving force behind numerous music projects, such as Digitron, Consequential, Eclektron, Beokraft and Acerbic. Aka Jevta and Jezor, his body of work also includes video, animation, digital and traditional painting.
Four veterans of Yugoslavian electronic scene: Zoran Jevtic (Data,Sizike, Master Scratch Band), Andrej Kljakovic (Digitron), Nikolaj Bezek (Consequential, Beokraft) and Zoran Calic (Max&Intro) despite living and working in different corners of the world decided to create a joint tribute to the impact the legendary composer had on their own music journeys. Sparked by magic that lives on, they simply called their musical landscape – VANGELIC. Composed and recorded this spring in Zagreb, Belgrade, Prague and London, this truly epic tribute features over an hour of breath-taking music which effortlessly traverses electronic genres.