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ROCK SCHOOL BAND PROXIMITY MINE GOES TO VIENNA

21/09/2017

Originally posted on a musicians without borders website.

Mitrovica Rock School band Proximity Mine will headline the closing event of the Grant Makers East Forum in Vienna, Austria.


Proximity Mine is an up and coming band from Mitrovica, Kosovo, led by front woman Ilda Krama and lead guitarist Alem Redzepagic. Their songs combine Ilda’s background in indie, pop and alternative with Alem’s love for metal. The band met at the Mitrovica Rock School in 2016 and will record their first album this year.

With members from three different ethnic groups and both sides of the ethnically divided city of Mitrovica, Proximity Mine crosses all musical and social borders and gives a voice to the young people of southeast Europe.

Proximity Mine has won over audiences at Mitrovica Rock School concerts in Macedonia and Kosovo, and recently gave an exclusive acoustic concert at the beautiful Hotel Gracanica, but this will be their first time to perform in the EU.

Prior to the concert, the band will have two days in Vienna to record a music video with film maker Stuart Jolley-Socea of Hatched-MV, and meet with key actors in former Yugoslavia from Austria and beyond.

Proximity Mine is crowdfunding for its first album, and you can still help them reach their goal, any amount helps.


 

NEW SONGS BY OUR ROCK SCHOOL BANDS

21/09/2017

Originally posted on a musicians without borders website.


 

Original songs of ethnically mixed Mitrovica Rock School bands Proximity Mine, Neverland, Rootless, High Frequency, I.F.O., Feed D Fury and Morana, recorded during the 2017 Skopje Summer School.

Audio recording: Goran Ristevski
Audio production: Emir Hasani
Audio mix: Bertrand Guillot
Album cover: Goran Jolovic
Photo: Kiklop Kikloparium

Release date:
26 August 2017

MITROVICA ROCK SCHOOL CELEBRATES TENTH ANNUAL SUMMER SCHOOL

21/09/2017

Originally posted on a musicians without borders website.


Our Mitrovica Rock School celebrated its tenth annual summer school with a wonderful concert at Havana Summer Club in Skopje City Park. All seven participating bands performed their own songs, and our first long-term ethnically mixed band the Artchitects (2011-2016) closed the concert with a surprise reunion performance.

On Thursday August 24, we were visited by German reporter Rayna Breuer, who interviewed mixed band Proximity Mine for German public radio Deutschlandfunk. Read and listen to the report here (in German).

All bands wrote and recorded their owns songs with the help of four Mitrovica Rock School band coaches and expert trainers Eric Coenen (Fontys Rockacademie) and Ruud Borgers (RockCity Institute). This year we were also joined by two volunteers, Kirsten Gerritsen, a vocalist and graduate of the Popacademie in Utrecht, and French sound engineer Bertrand Guillot. Bertrand wrote this of his experience in Skopje:

Skopje Summer School, what a week it was! Good vibes, good music, awesome peoples. It was so interesting hearing from all of you, about your ideas, your convictions, and sometimes your history. I didn’t know much about your country or your people, but now I feel like I have some idea about what your lives are.
Serbs, Albanians, me I couldn’t really tell the difference. Probably it was because all of you were so welcoming towards everyone. But also maybe it was because I didn’t care that much about your “nationality”. I’m not saying this to offend anyone, but just as your music the most interesting things occur when people are mixing with each other.
Music is best when genres are colliding, this is when new things arise, when new ideas arrive, when you can really say that you’re creating something. This is the same with people. Maybe you don’t speak the same language, but you all speak the music. I’m not sure I’m in the right place to give advice, and what I’m about to say, most of you are doing it already. Humans of Mitrovica, never forget to mix yourself with others. This is when the magic happens. This is when you live, this is when you love, and what is more important? The world needs more people like you, more open-mindedness. You humbled me, you inspired me, I’ll never thank you enough for that.

Rehearsing continues at Spring School in Skopje

27/04/2017

Originally posted as a blog by Jelena Zafirovic. Jelena is a longtime member of the Mitrovica Rock School, and a singer/songwriter in mixed band Sublime 6. She is also the Rock School’s official blogger and has frequently represented the school towards the press.
 

While our bands are working hard on their music, everyone is eagerly awaiting the day of the concert to hear what they are preparing. In the meantime, the staff is making sure that everything goes as planned, and the coaches are doing their best to inspire the bands and help them to inspire each other during the process.


On 26th, everyone took a walk to the restaurant “Marger”, where they had dinner and took some time to relax before going back to work.


Beginning with the Spring School in Skopje

25/04/2017

Originally posted as a blog by Jelena Zafirovic. Jelena is a longtime member of the Mitrovica Rock School, and a singer/songwriter in mixed band Sublime 6. She is also the Rock School’s official blogger and has frequently represented the school towards the press.
 

On 24th of April, our staff and our students hit the road to Skopje again for another week of music and friendship. As always, we were welcomed by the Ambasador Hotel.

Besides Proximity Mine (that first started off last summer), the group includes three new bands: Morana, Minor Chord and Neverland. The staff has organized rehearsal spaces for them, as well as the transport from the hotel to the rehearsals and vice-versa. Our students, even the ones that are new to this project, already feel at home and have started creating new ideas on the first day.

On each rehearsal, there is a band coach to supervise it, including the long-time friend of our Rock School - Ruud Borgers.

As Proximity Mine expands their amazing set-list with new songs, our new bands are giving their best to create something of their own that they will present for the first time at Bravo Café on 29th of April.

 

LOOP THAT FOLK - One Man Band Live Composition On Stage (Workshop)

15/04/2017

Originally posted as a blog by Jelena Zafirovic. Jelena is a longtime member of the Mitrovica Rock School, and a singer/songwriter in mixed band Sublime 6. She is also the Rock School’s official blogger and has frequently represented the school towards the press.
 

Menic  (Boston USA/Bern Switzerland) is a multi-talented musician who is currently touring the Balkans, and we had an opportunity to meet him at his workshop at the south branch that the students from both branches attended on Friday, 14th of April. Menic plays the violin, guitar, sings, kicks his small kick-drum and performs old irish-american folk songs, sixties rock-blues, rag-time guitar-picking, delta-blues-sliding and writes songs, and he has showed us how to do most of these all at the same time by looping.


The workshop has consisted of two parts: first, the technical part, and then the musical one. Here’s a list of what he showed us during his class:

- His Live-Setup,how he routs the violin, guitar, vocal mic, kick-drum and effects (distortion, tremolo, delay) to the BOSS-Loop Pedal, to get maximum flexibilty while performing.
- How he arranges songs to perform live with looping, while giving the audience a fluent experience of the music; e.g. record the guitar while singing, play the loop back, swap instrument and play a violin solo, then turn back to singing the next verse, all in one song.
- how to practice looping at home

For the most of our students, this was the first time they got to see this technique being performed, and some of them had an opportunity to experience it firsthand at this workshop. The most important thing they’ve learned about looping is the right timing and that it’s not easy achieving it on the first try; it requires patience and practice.

Big thanks to Menic for visiting us and offering our students this new experience that they can surely use in the future!

Proximity mine is preparing for recording their first album!

25/04/2017

Help Proximity Mine record their first album. They're talented, they're committed, and they give a voice to young people in Mitrovica.
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