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LIVE REVIEWS

Vlatko Stefanovski's performance at the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra's Concert Hall 2018

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Vlatko Stefanovski Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra's Hall Skopje, Macedonia 17 March 2018 As a musician, guitarist Vlatko Stefanovski has always excelled in any format (and genre) known to people--from duos, trios, quartets to big bands and major world-class philharmonic orchestras, and his performance at the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra's Hall showed his prowess on the guitar as a solo performer when he showcased his ability to communicate a full range of emotions from joy to sadness ...

BEST OF / YEAR END

Nenad Georgievski's Best Releases of 2017

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When you think of all of the music that comes your way in a single year's time, all attempts to compile an all-encompassing or comprehensive list seems to be difficult attempt. 2017 was a year full of work, travels, books, writing, achievements and plenty of music and new people. The list here presents some of the releases that I had crossed path with and had an emotional effect on me. As a result I listened to these the most.

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Vlatko Stefanovski: Mother Tongue

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Even though in his long and storied music career, guitarist Vlatko Stefanovski's has had plenty of solo guitar performances amidst the myriad of bands and projects he has led or performed with, still, Mother Tongue is his first solo guitar album that he has been promising for ages to make. Stefanovski's prior years as a leader saw him engaged in a greater variety of settings than any musician in the Balkans' region as he has constantly sought fresh ways of ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Vlatko Stefanovski: The Big Band Orchestra of the Slovenian Armed Forces feat. Vlatko Stefanovski

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During the course of guitarist Vlatko Stefanovski's illustrious career, he has constantly sought fresh ways to express himself or to reconfigure his music. Not a year would go by and he would either be seen fronting his own electric guitar trio, joining forces with other performers either the famous duo with Miroslav Tadic or the Kings of Strings trio (with guitarists Tommy Emmanuel and Stochelo Rosenberg) various film music projects. That frequently gets him in hot water with audiences that ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Vlatko Stefanovski and Miroslav Tadic at the Novi Sad Summer Music Festival

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Vlatko Stefanovski and Miroslav Tadic Student Dormitory Novosadsko Muzičko Leto Novi Sad July 29, 2016 In a bravura performance, the duo consisting of guitarists Vlatko Stefanovski and Miroslav Tadic gave a breathtakingly uninhibited performance that occurred in the backyard of a Student dormitory in Novi Sad, Serbia. Ever since they have first joined forces twenty years ago, Stefanovski and Tadic have created a library of timeless music based on Macedonian folk music and have ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Vlatko Stefanovski & Miroslav Tadic: Live in Zagreb

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Vlatko Stefanovski & Miroslav TadicLive in ZagrebHarma2009 (CD & DVD) Creativity is something that cannot be forced and the most distinctive and rewarding artistic fellowships are those that follow a natural path to fruition. What brought together guitarists Vlatko Stefanovski and Miroslav Tadic 15 years ago was an act of faith. They were introduced to each other by another musician who was aware of their mutual love for guitars and Macedonian ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Vlatko Stefanovski: Thunder From the Blue Sky

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ArtistThunder From The Blue SkyEsoteria Records2008 Blues music has never only been about endless guitar solos and licks, but the emotions and feelings that pull those guitar strings. Be it happy or sad or angry, it has never been limited geographically, except in some minds, and has become a universal language that many people identify with. Vlatko Stefanovski, one of Europe's premier guitarists, has always had that blue ...

INTERVIEWS

Vlatko Stefanovski: Until I Satisfy My Artistic Appetite

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It is not easy to describe what Vlatko Stefanovski does with his guitar; it seems that he has been on a quest for his whole career to discover the real possibilities of the instrument. People tend to believe he was born with a guitar in his hands, and this is hard to argue. For the last thirty years his work, both with his band Leb i Sol and his solo output, has reflected his diverse tastes and delicate guitar playing. ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Vlatko Stefanovski, Miroslav Tadic and Teodosii Spasov at the Novi Sad Synagogue

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Vlatko Stefanovski, Miroslav Tadic and Teodosii SpasovNovi Sad SynagogueApril 26, 2005 Something beautiful happens when one observes a master craftsmen doing his work. It is even more fulfilling when you see that the result of what he does is astounding and brilliant. This is just what happened during the performance of Vlatko Stefanovski, Miroslav Tadic and Teodosii Spasov when they presented their latest work “Treta Majka at the Jewish Synagogue in Novi Sad. Ever since this ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Treta Majka

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Treta Majka Avalon Produkcija 2004 In Macedonian, “Treta Majka" ("Third Mother") is actually a quirky slang expression that means a third attempt or third take. Also, it marks the third album that is an outcome of a fruitful partnership between the Macedonian guitar virtuoso Vlatko Stefanovski and the American-Serbian guitar master Miroslav Tadic that started seven years ago with the now-classical masterpiece Krushevo. Krushevo was a collection of traditional Macedonian ...