As co-organizer of the seminar and project called Talent 2011, Tutti Serbia Association, in cooperation with Concerts Norway and Førde folk festival in Norway, had the opportunity to be a host of nine young and talented musicians from Norway, Turkey and Serbia, from April 10-16th in Belgrade.
The reunion was joyful and the musicians could not resist taking their instruments the very first evening upon arriving and playing songs and melodies that they had played together during last year’s performances in Norway. Music rehearsals were combined with tours, concerts and television appearances. Between a visit to Novi Sad, wine and honey tasting in Sremski Karlovci, learning the old art of making violins and learning about the naiv art in the Town of Kovacica, these talented musicians managed to bring smiles to hundred children’s faces living in SOS Children’s Village in Sremska Kamenica, where their unique performance took place. Participants held mini concerts in the Norwegian Ambassador’s residence, at the national television morning program and at the Music Academy, where they had the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with their peers from the ethnomusicology department.
The result of the seminar was a great World Music Concert, which took place on April 14 in a crowded Stamenkovic hall in the Cultural Center of Palilula, and was officially opened by His Excellency, Ambassador of Norway, Mr. Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg. Ambassadors and the representatives of the embassies of Danmark, Japan, Finnland and Mexico, as well as H.R.H. Princess Elisabeth Karadjordjevic were, among other guests, members of the audience. They had the opportunity to enjoy an excellent musical program, which comprised the traditional melodies of Turkey, songs from eastern and southern Serbia, as well as recognizable melodies of mountains and fjords of Norway. Guests of the concert were Vasil Hadzimanov (keyboards), Marko Markovic (trumpet) and Natasa Tasic Knezevic (opera singer) who, with their energetic performance additionally heated up the atmosphere. A cocktail party and jam session were organized after the concert.
Like many times before, the combination of youth and innovation of different musical cultures has proven that the music is a universal way of expression that transcends national, religious and cultural differences.