Darko Rundek: guitar, vocals; Roko Crnić: bass, vocals; Ana Kovačić: saxophone, guitar, ukulele, keyboards; Igor Pavlica: trumpet; Silvio Bočić: guitar, drums; Miro Manojlović: vibraphone, percussion
Darko Rundek is unarguably one of most creative and recognisable artists from the former Yugoslavia, having risen in the 1980s to become a hugely popular icon of the Croatian music scene in with the band Haustor. After moving to France, he found a renewed source of inspiration, and gradually established himself as a fixture on European concert and festival stages. Although we’ve occasionally seen him in Ljubljana over the years (at Cankarjev Dom in 2008 and at Kino Šiška in 2011 and 2017), his new album, Brisani prostor, which came out on Menart in December 2020, arrived like a bolt from the blue.
It’s been a long time since we’ve heard so much superb and varied work on a single record – one that perfectly captures the spirit of the times, with all the upheavals that continue to shake our everyday lives. This time round, however, he would not have been able to put such a striking stamp on that familiar artistic feeling, which has always attracted fans from all generations, without the cooperation of Rok Crnić, young lyricist and musician, alongside whom Darko’s heart beats twice as strongly. Brisani prostor rocks. Rundek & Ekipa, we can’t wait to see you again!
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