Date created: 18.07.2023.
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#synergy Festival Tour


Mira Milosavljević:  Conversations Within

Andrijana Durmišević violin

Milena Petković violin

Magdalena Burhan viola

Cristina Basili cello

This composition explores the freedom we find within ourselves when we are faced with the constraints of the outer world, with dissonant harmonies that convey a sense of struggle and resistance. The interwoven voices of the instruments represent the interplay between our inner and outer selves, as we strive to break free from external limitations and carve out our own paths towards self-realization.

Predrag Radisavljević: Kulshedra

Marija Ticl voice

Martina Jembrišak accordion

Kulshedra for female voice, accordion and live electronics is inspired by Albanian mythology. Extended instrument techniques are represented in the composition. The sound is live processed and the acoustic sound of the accordion and the voice are not heard in the audience.

Note: The live performance is loud, please do not stand close to the speakers.

Kris Sopiqoti:  Noise

Andrijana Durmišević violin

Dušan Obrenović violin

Magdalena Burhan viola

Arian Zherka cello

Noise is the topic that I choose for my new Composition! During the summer of 2022 I was in residence in Belgrade (Serbia). This composition its in 2 movements and I was inspired by the sound of river Danube-Sava and the diversity’s of the city’s  sounds that I found in Belgrade.The first movement is about the sound of the river but not the sound of the surface or river flowing – you are immersed in the river entirely. My quartet starts with note D(Re) as reference to the first letter of the Danube.The second movement is about the sound of the city with more extended techniques and different soundscapes to describe the diversity of the city.

Tomislav Oliver: Korbe

Teodora Uskoković cello

Korbe su u jeziku starih Bokelja i Mediteranaca označavale drvena brodska rebra, dio čamca koji je spojen s kobilicom i služio je kao kostur broda. Njegov sami temelj koji mu omogućava primarnu funkciju - da se održava na vodi. Njihov sklad je u antici bio metafora Harmonije (Ἁρμονία), boginje sloge po kojoj je pojam sklada u umjetnostima, arhitekturi ali i sklada među ljudima dobio ime. Ova brodska rebra, životno bitna svakom moreplovcu postala su mi tako metafora životnog sklada Mediteranaca ali i glavna inspiracija za kompoziciju nastalu na rezidenciji u Kotoru. Tema kojom sam se trebao baviti tijekom rezidencije bila je multikonfesionalnost ovog starog grada, grada koji mi je svakim danom i svakim susretom s njegovim ljudima otkrivao svoje slojeve, bogatu kulturu protkanu različitim utjecajima ali i ideal duhovne slobode koja je bila moguća samo kroz sklad među ovim različitostima te povezanost njegovih ljudi i vjernika. Dokle god čuva svoju duhovnu slobodu i sklad, Kotor će i dalje “ploviti”.


Jetmir Zaganjori:  Anosmia

Tereza Horáková violin

Leufat Buçuku violin

Marija Božić viola

Teodora Uskoković cello

The composition has been created according to the points requested by the partner Ljubljana festival on COVID-19. One common symptom of COVID-19 and that can persist as long COVID is Anosmia. Anosmia, also known as smell blindness, is the loss of the ability to detect one or more smells. Anosmia may be temporary or permanent. The work is built in the form of three parts with a contrasting middle. The first part of the  work is thought as a body or a healthy subject (a person in good health) and then in the middle of the work is a body which is infected by the COVID-19 virus. After being infected, the organism undergoes changes that lead to difficulty in breathing and extreme fatigue. This is reflected in the way of writing and creating works which are now all transformed. This creates the contrast with the first part of the work. In the third part, there is a return to the healthy state of man, which is reflected in the work with a return to the first theme, but still there might be small issues or changes occurring (long COVID). The whole work is created on the autochthonous Albanian modes, where their cooperation at the same time gives a multimodal sound.


Helena Skljarov: Ljubljana

Alenka Bogataj flute

Cristina Basili cello

Martina Jembrišak accordion

The composition Ljubljana combines music and visual art, and is based on a documented walk through Ljubljana during my summer residency in 2022. Electronics is made in MaxMSP softwere and the algorithms are sensitive to visual cues (colour and movement) and react to the video itself – resulting in a specific soundscape. Three instruments accompany the painting (as well as electronics) of the video and in this way represents how the views of Ljubljana and it’s colours could sound.


If classical music is going to thrive, and not only survive, it needs new works. However, in the Western Balkans actual instances of commissioning classical music and overall opportunities for composers to work are very rare and insufficiently developed. In order to counterbalance this situation, empower composers, #synergy project engaged in a selection of composers, commissioning new pieces inspired by the project partners' unique local culture and heritage and providing opportunities for emerging musicians to gain new knowledge and experiences as well as to present themselves to regional and European audience. The grand finale of the project, is a festival tour presenting composers, new compositions and young musicians across the Western Balkans.

The project #synergy: Sharpening the capacities of the classical music industry in the Western Balkans, supported by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission, brings together six important festivals from the region: KotorArt Don Branko’s Music Days (Montenegro), Dubrovnik Summer Festival (Croatia), Belgrade Music Festival (Serbia), Ljubljana Festival (Slovenia), Vox Baroque Festival (Albania), and the Chopin Piano Fest Prishtina (Kosovo).