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Putokazi China tour 2017
Chuama Music Festival, October 2-3, 2017.
Zezhou Park on open stages, Jincheng, Shanxi.

Tianchang Art Festival, October 7, 2017.
The grand theatre of culture, Palace of Nationalities, Beijing, China

Invited by the Ministry of Culture PRC China, Chinese Music Association – Jazz Association we will be guests on a tour from September 30 to October 8, 2017.



The audience of one of the most ancient world civilizations will get to experience the traditional ethno music and a breath of Croatian culture. China will be our host in early October and we will be presenting the Croatian music heritage and singles from our jazz ethno and world music albums ''Zemlja'' (Earth) and ''Nova Zemlja'' (The New Earth). As a part of a project of the Chinese government and under the wing of the Ministry of Culture of PRC China, we have been chosen to perform in a project 'China Central and Eastern European Countries- Cultural Season' as representatives of the Croatian culture and art with the goal of cultural exchange between PRC China and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Within the tour we will be performing on a three-day Chuama Music Festival in the city of Jincheng, Shanxi Province, with two concerts (October 2 and 3), as well as a third one in the capital of China, Beijing, at the prestige concert hall in the Palace of Nationalities on October 7.

Our performance will be accompanied by photoghraphs of Croatia (Renco Kosinožić) and video projections (Martin Šesnić). We are preparing a surprise for the Chinese audience – some of the more atmospheric songs from the album ''Mjesec'' (Moon) will be performed in Chinese (translated by Rita Zhao Simonić). The vocalists performing in China will be: Jasmina Sokoli, Mia Doričić, Antonia Svetina, Dolores Marinić, Helena Živković, Magda Martedić, Branka Matić Dereta and Vedrana Lisica, with the artistic leadership of Miranda Đaković. Financial support for this visit was provided by the City of Rijeka, while support in performing Croatian music in China was also given by the Croatian Composers' Society.

To this day Putokazi have represented Croatian culture as ambassadors of traditional ethno music at the International Tourism Bourse in Berlin (2003), as well as in the project ''Bridge Eternal'' at the World's Fair Expo in Japan (2005). The goal of ''Bridge Eternal'' was overcoming geographical, cultural and political boundaries which Putokazi have been doing for years. In 1997, their album ''Zemlja'' (Earth) which covers Croatian traditional songs, has been listed among 7 top 150 albums of Central Europe at the ''Radio France International'' competition. They have also participated in the International Folklore Festival in Bulgaria, Burgas (2009) singing folk songs in the Istrian scale and have represented their homeland music tradition in Slovakia (2008). Putokazi have existed since 1984 and are one of the longest lasting phenomena on the Croatian music scene. Since then, ten vocal generations have changed with more then 400 singers – they have all left an imprint in Putokazi's artistic creation. The 33 year-old career has produced 13 albums and two DVDs until now - through exploring the evergreens, films and musical themes, Croatian ethno themes, world music, trip-pop, electro-pop and distinguishable polyphonic vocal performances. Putokazi have represented Croatia on Eurosong twice, have received the ''Porin'' award three times, the award ''Status'' for an exceptional contribution to Croatian music, as well as two awards of the City of Rijeka (1988, 1994). While creating, each of their projects is a new exploration and transcedence of boundaries in terms of style, genre, vocal performance and energy.



Putokazi China tour 2017
PUTOKAZI programme

Putnik / Voyager
Tararajčica               
Trajna Nina    
Ganga      

Preljin sin  / Spinster's son
Na Rečini / On the river ''Rečina''
Pramaliće/Šparoge  / Spring/Asparagus
Tanac / A dance
Sam / On my own
Naranča  / Orange
Se jest on / That is him
Wadana

Bhajana
Moa
Snoputnik / Dream traveller
Vilino kolo / Dance of the fairies
Divojčica / The little girl

Ay li la

Šumska / The forest song


 croatian traditional songs
original world music composition

Single DAR

Dar was the first title of the piece came from the orbit of the new Moon, which we had entered quietly, on toes, while sleepers were sleeping, listening to the sounds of a dream from the previous album Moon. First listeners could not resist its melody and rhythm. Why this is so, you can find out.



(DAR, music - lyrics: Anonim / production: Iztok Turk)

SPAVAČI SPAVAJU (Girandon & iTurk Rmx)

Listen our new remix, remix theme «Sleepers sleep».

Music video of VODENA (Grabber & Tomec Rmx)
July 26th 2010

After their using of 21. centuries technology and after making the first Croatian interactive music video "Sumska", PUTOKAZI continue to surprise. Now by going four decades back in past over their new music video. Music video "Vodena (Grabber   Tomec Rmx)" sought the artistic images of underwater game of shape, light and female body. Those ones are found as to be part of the art-treasure of Seventies; they are found in archives of Petar Trinajstic, renowned Rijeka's master of film, a movie scenario writer and a Director. Restless spirit of the Seventies is filled with symbolism, and Eroticism of the body is apparent over the playful overlap of light and shade. Dream, daydreaming or reality? Discover for yourself! A video remix is made done by Kreativni odjel studio from Rijeka.

VODENA (Grabber & Tomec Rmx)
July 1st 2010

We made the first of Remixes for some theme from the album "Mjesec" (The Moon)! The one we write here about is a Remix of the track "Vodena" (Water), Remix signed by music producers Marko Grabber and Kresimir Tomec. Marko is a member of Slovenian band KISHA and Kresimir is well known for his works with Croatian band CUBISMO. The duo these days releases their album "Dalmatian dub". And of course, here we have a WATER - directing.. us summers to the feeling of Freedom and Heavenly Walkers to weightlessness.

"Šumska" - the first Croatian interactive music video
February 22nd 2010

For their birthday, Putokazi are moving the boundaries of musical experience again, this time using the newest technology. We were only listeners once, then we enjoyed television video clips, and now, in 21st century, we become the communicators - those who participate in the action, those who actively contribute to the new multimedia experience - whenever we want!

'Šumska' is the first Croatian interactive music video, and its premiere will be on the Putokazi web page www.putokazi.hr. Our desire is to enable a richer and more personalized experience for people, to immerge them into the magical world of Putokazi where the past, present and future stories blend. Each viewer decides how he will take part in this unique story, dream or meditative experience. Most of them will solve the riddle necessary for the story's continuation - or simply get to know themselves better through emerging the peaceful virtual world, getting to know the limits of their inner, emotional universe, the universe the album 'Mjesec' is exactly about.

Try it!

'Šumska' won't be seen on television because its content overgrows the one-way media that television provides. 'Šumska' must be a personal experience. By means of this, Putokazi are entering an artistic era on the next level - all available interactive audio-visual stories, artistic expressions in virtual worlds, probably precursors of futuristic holodecks found in SF films. Although the action of this video depends on the viewer, it exists and is set in the distant future. The admirers of the Putokazi videography will recognize the continuation of a story about a girl named Ivana seen in the previous videos 'Snena pleše' and 'Play, Rew, F Fwd'.

The originality of 'Šumska' is the use of Hyperviz, a technology of the local authors - Rijeka's multimedia production department 'Kreativni odjel'. Hyperviz was added into the 'Knjiga najboljih' as one of the best innovations in Croatia last year. E-novation is an acknowledgment for innovations in high technology organized by the publishers Vidi and also Ruđer Bošković Institute. To fully enjoy 'Šumska', it is necessary to use one of the recommended web browsers for Windows and Mac computers with free Unity 3D plug-in. For the best experience, computers with video cards with at least 265MB video memory, as well as high-quality headphones or speakers are recommended.

26 years of Putokazi! Two new music videos for our birthday.
February 22nd 2010

A few dared to think the story would enter its 26th year, when we started working on February 22nd 1984. We are looking forward to our 26th birthday and accepting congratulations on Monday, February 22nd 2010. We are adding two new videos to the existing videos from our album 'Mjesec', the video for the song 'Tuga', directed by Tomislav Ćurković and an interactive music video (the first work of that kind in Croatia) by which the song 'Šumska' is being visualized.

Why these songs? It's all in their emotional states. The first one takes us into the melancholic, minor key mood, while the other, sung a cappella, fills us with overwhelming joy and playfulness of major key tones. Aren't these two atmospheres also the limits of our inner, emotional universe, the universe the album 'Mjesec' is all about?

Both musical videos will be officially promoted on March 21st, on the first day of Spring, also on the International Day of Forests and Planetarium Day. This will happen on the same location where the album 'Mjesec' first appeared before the eyes and ears of the audience - in the planetarium of the Astronomical Center in Rijeka. The ones that are less patient can visit the official Putokazi website on February 22nd, where the unique multimedia experience will be awaiting them, the interactive video for the song 'Šumska'.

Is this a birthday present for ourselves or for the audience? The wise know that in such situations the conjuction 'and' is more appropriate than the conjuction 'or'.

Reach for the Moon!
January 15th 2010

An exclusive musical-scenic meeting with the last Putokazi album,
The Croatian House of Culture (HKD) on Sušak, February the 7th at 8 pm




In a concert happening through which our last album will be introduced, we question the grounds on which present ethno music is based. This culturally intriguing mission is printed with an emotional, female handwriting and comes into contact with archetypal emotions: sorrow, solitude, joy, elation, anguish... We question ourselves: Is it possible to express archetypal emotions in a language that is distant from our inner principals due to tehnological development?

The Moon is here. Be courageous: silently, on your tiptoes, reach for it!

Putokazi and Kurt Maloo in mutual jazz-waltz
December 1st 2009

A beautiful voice is spread far, and beautiful voices - even further.

Swiss singer-songwriter, composer and record producer Kurt Maloo, also known to pop-music fans as the author of ‘The Captain of Her Heart’, 80s mega-hit, in his new album ‘Summer of Better Times’ has introduced a music theme which was the product of our mutual effort. We joined him in jazz-waltz ‘(Move on) Maria’!


For those curious enough, here is the link where you can hear the theme ‘(Move on) Maria’:

Christmas is coming and THE LIGHT; THE HORN OF PLENTY is with you again!
December 1st 2009

The Light, Christmas Horn of Plenty is the name of a capella happening in which good fairies of Putokazi are banishing evil spirits and bestowing the audience. Is it so? Yes, it is our artistic approach to December days during which we leave one year behind us entering the new one full of good expectations.

We are bestowing equally good wishes. Are there any more beautiful than these which children want, accompanied with music, while drawing the face of kindness, and also candy, fruits… It is our Horn of Plenty!

The program

I Traditional tunes sang throughout the world during Christmas time:
Mary´s boy child / Jesus born on this day / Jesus, oh what a wonderful child / When a child is born / Adeste fideles / O, happy day / Silent night

II. Croatian traditional tunes sang during Christmas time:
Radujte se narodi / Narodi nam se / U se vrijeme godišta / Svim na zemlji / Veselje ti navješćujem / Spavaj, mali Božiću / Rodio se bog / Oj pastiri / Veseli se, Majko Božja / Djetešce nam se rodilo / Kirie eleison / Tri kralja jahahu / Bijeli Božić/ Oj, djetešce moje drago / i druge

III. Gospel music:
Oh my lord / Swing low / Go tell it / Amazing grace / When the Saints / i mnoge druge

18 December, Bribir, ‘st Peter and Paul’s Church’ at 7pm
19 December, Kostrena, ‘st Lucy’s Church’ at 7 pm

New radio and video single "Dvojnica" ("Duality")
October 20th 2009

Pacing the light and the dark side of the Moon, we had already bestowed upon you two radio singles, "Tu sam" and "Grad, s druge strane stakla". You were also presented with two videos, accompanying the songs "Output" and "Tu sam".

New radio single "Dvojnica" , together with a video, comes to join them. With these, the stroll upon the mystical and magical landscapes of the Moon continues. The video has been filmed with a digital camera in slow motion; the authors of the video came up with a special mechanism and technique which rotate the box, the central location of the video. Thus capturing the motion, and giving the inanimate an animate feature inside of the video. The camera is rotated simultaneously with the box, and the image stays static.

Tomislav Ćurković and Aljoša Brajdić, working for Rijeka's multimedia studio Megaphone, are the authors of the video. Brajdić has a PhD in design and is also a member of the Croatian Design Society, with a number of successful exhibitions behind him. Ćurković is an academic painter, a versatile artist not only dealing with paintings, but also with stage scenography, music and video art. So far he has filmed a number of rewarded documentaries: Punan, Varanasi and Bule. His film Bule, dealing with a white man heading towards Papua New Guinea, searching for the paradise bird, one of the most beautiful, but also the rarest birds in the world, won a special jury selected reward on the annual film festival "17. Dani Hrvatskog filma".

One should surrender him/herself to the Moon, for She is an amalgam of perfect pieces of pop music and exciting exploits of our undiscovered inner world. One should surrender to "Dvojnica" also, fearless with duality.

PUTOKAZI as representatives of Croatian ethno music at the International folklore festival in Bulgaria
August 30th 2009

"In the era of universal knowledge and global connectivity it is to expect that we will get to know each other through the discovery of local values. The ethnic richness of Croatia is so diverse and abundant that it was really a pleasure to present it to the Bulgarian audience."

PUTOKAZI have represented Croatia at the International Folklore Festival which lasted from the 24th to the 28th of August, held in Bulgaria in the town of Burgas.

The International Folklore Festival was held in Burgas for the first time in 1965. The festival, which originally represented the Balkan folklore and customs, turned into a major international festival.

This year's International Folklore Festival in Burgas, 37th in a row, hosted the representatives from 11 countries, among which were PUTOKAZI from Rijeka, also representatives of Israel, India, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Russia, Serbia, Macedonia and Bulgaria. The festival was held under the motto "Preserve the legacy of our ancestors and pass it onto our children."

Numerous concerts were held on a dozen open stages. The second day of the festival was entirely dedicated to Rijeka and the concert of PUTOKAZI who were invited to the festival by the mayor of Burgas, Dimitar Nikolov.

PUTOKAZI introduced the Croatian ethno songs through the projects "Zemlja" and "Nova Zemlja". There was also singing on "tanko" and "debelo" chosen from the indigenous Krk folklore. The response of the 3000 people in the summer theater was excellent, it was felt through their applause at the open stage and during the songs The audience rewarded the original performance, energy and appearance of PUTOKAZI. The last day, a Gala concert was held for all participants of the festival and was recorded by their National TV. The mission of presenting Croatian ethno was on a dazzling level, and as for the Festival in Burgas, indeed, we give respect for their endurance and impeccable dedication to the national traditions and customs!

The new radio single "Grad, s druge strane stakla"

We present the new radio single from the album "Moon". The theme "Grad, s druge strane stakla" follows the previous hit-theme "Tu sam".With this single "Moon" shows an unknown, misterious side of its face.

"Grad, s druge strane stakla" wins your heart with its surprising, funky rythm. Above the electronic pulsation of the musical theme, there flows a melody of frilly elegance. Since the funk lies without a secret (one should simply give into it!), the secret lies in the melody. This composition, believe it or not, was performed by the Putokazi generation of 1988. Therefore, this theme was tatooed on the Putokazi's skin a long time ago. It's first working title was "Fiume". This title describes the Croatian-Italian language in which the composition was written, underlining the athmosphere that has been the characteristic of the city's local colour, for the past 25 years - the period in which Putokazi have been performing. "Grad, s druge strane stakla" is our gift to the city for the past 25 years in which Putokazi have been performing.

In this single, Rijeka is its usual self, and yet so different.

With this new radio single, the progressive course of the album "Moon" continues to shine on our national sky of the pop music. One should trust the Moon when it's guiding you towards the City, beyond the other side of the glass.

Putokazi at the Ethno festival in Burgas, Bulgaria
August 23rd-29th 2009

...Moon in stores...
2009

PUTOKAZI, HAPPENING
February 22nd 2009

the video premiere of the song TU SAM
the public listening of our new musical material

Dear friends,

The latest edition of Putokazi, the radio single Output, will be having a new function these days – it will become an Input for the music, drama and video creations that we have prepared for you this year. On the 25th birthday of Putokazi, on the 22nd of February, in the Croatian home of culture, we await you at the public listening and media presentation of the new album. To give an air of mystery to the story, we'll revel the name of the album when the CD arrives in your hands, when the time is right. That same evening you can expect an exclusive video premiere of Putokazi, until now an unreleased track "Tu sam". The event starts at 20 o'clock, just as the moon casts its eye over the city.

Be the first listeners of our new musical material, and the first viewers of our new video!

Svjetlo!
December 30th 2008

TREĆA ZEMLJA on the way
June 18th 2008

Our ethno projects »Zemlja« (1997) and »Nova Zemlja« (2000) have generated great interest over the years. This has resulted in the record label ORFEJ having decided to release a new CD which will be a mixture of the selected and most memorable songs from the two projects. It will be called TREĆA ZEMLJA. As a gift to our audience, the new CD will include bonus tracks with an emphasis on the two exceptional remixes of one of the most popular themes from the Putokazi collection – the song »Naranča«.

The albums »Zemlja« and »Nova Zemlja« have been made in collaboration with Elvis Stanić, a multiply awarded jazz musician (awarded this year as well). Being the author of the complete music material on one album, he also signs the ethno themes interpretations on the other.

The project TREĆA ZEMLJA will be kept exclusive and will appear in limited edition. It will be in stores on the 7th of July!

And don't you forget! TREĆA ZEMLJA is a sweet foreplay for the album that has been recently announced by our new single »Output« and continued respectively with the hit »Voyager/Putnik« from the album of Saša Markovski – Diskonekted. We are currently working on the final mix...

The first Croatian music video on iPhone!
April 26th 2008

A music video of Putokazi (Signposts) "Output", which had its MTV Adria premiere on Thursday, the 13th of March, is now available in the form of the Apple's hit-cell phone –iPhone!

In this way the intriguing video of Putokazi (alongside an avant-garde, music and visual expression) has received an avant-garde channel to get to its viewers. It would be exciting to see other Croatian productions keeping up with this tehnological trend.

The iPhone version of the music video can be downloaded here. Others can check it out on YouTube.

The video is made by a Croatian multimedia studio Kreativni odjel and by Japanese animators Hitoshi Akayama (from the Tokio University of Tamagawa) and Katsuyuki Kamei. The original video is a famous, award-winning 3D animation. The cooperation of Japanese and Croatian authors gives the whole project a global character and compliments the new music of Putokazi.



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