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CROWN Croatian World Network Newsletter, May 26th, 2008
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  05/26/2008 | Editorials | Unrated
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CROWN Croatian World Network


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Dear All,
 
It's been more than two months. Not that we didn't do much, but on the contrary. The CROWN forum is open and it seems to me that CROWN Forum is becoming what CROWN used to be. It has a greater degree of interactivity between CROWN, its members and people interested in Croatia and its culture. To access the forum, point your browser to www.croatia.org/forum and register or go through the main page and click Forum (in the blue line on the top). Click here below and see for yourself. Participate with interesting articles. It takes less than a minute to post an article. We put new articles on a daily bases.
 

 
Many interesting and good news. If you are in Boston, come to see Boston International Film Festival. One short film that I scored "The Barber of Kigali", directed by Jamie Cohen will be featured on June 6th, 2008. In the same article read about live webcast that we did in November 2007 between New York, Zagreb and Kuala Lumpur a lecture over Skype and phone with Jamie, Darko Zubrinic and myself. . An interview with me for Supreme Master TV will be on June 1st broadcast to over 180 countries and in 15 languages to start with. Mostly about Croatian culture and music that I produced and / or composed. See more at http://nenadbach.blogspot.com/ 
 
If you have desire to help Stephen Dorcich, it is now that he needs help. Read about Ivan Kljaković Gašpić and his success. The 15th annual Assembly of Delegates of the National Federation of Croatian Americans (NFCA) will be held in the Gaithersburg Hilton Hotel from, June 6, through June 8.
 
The largest exhibition of ceramics in the world happened in Rovinj, Croatia. My dear friend Dražen Vrdoljak passed away. Not too many people in the world had such knowledge of popular music. Svjetlana Kabalin and Sylvan Winds are consistent in their appearances, with good reviews.
 
The most prolific Croatian writer Miro Gavran had two premieres in two important European cultural centers. Bratislava, Slovakia and Krakov, Poland.The 5th annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival was held on May 9-10 in New York City. 
 
Ivana Zahirović, Croatian flutist living in Germany, will be performing at the National Flute Association Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, on August 7-10, 2008. Sports is a great catalyst for world peace, because it is transparent as much as it can be, plus people connect through the game regardless where they came from and what they do or make for a living. At the game we are all together on the same spiritual level. It is very close to music. Read my interview for Australian Handball Association.
 
Croatian Cinema Today series going on strong. Now you can purchase Freedom from Despair on DVD & VHS. At the same time Brenda Brkusic has been named to OC Metro Business magazine's list of "Top 40 Business Executives and Entrepreneurs Under 40 years old."
 
The University of Oklahoma will conduct a year-long study on modernizing Croatia's weather service. Letters to Amnesty International and the Financial Times by Hilda Marija Foley have been published. Hilda is a shining example of the best of us Croatians.
 
Nikola Bašic' is the author of probably the most beautiful monument dedicated to the Sun that exists on the Earth. The monument is placed in the city of Zadar. See in Forum the exhibition on Zadar's Sea Organ in France - still opened.
 
Croatian-American Day in Chicago always a good thing. Katarina Tepesh, promoted her new book, Escape from Despair: A Croatian Family's Survival, at the Histria American Women's Association. From Pazin to Paris - Luigi Dallapiccola's Opera Ill Prigioniero featured in The New York Times.
 
Stjepan Hauser performed for Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on April 23 with the great success. Robert Belinic' - Guitar performed in New York City on April 29th, 2008. I was there and the whole concert was very impressive. Young and talented.
 
Dr. Drago Štambuk, Croatian Ambassador to Japan, was warmly welcomed at the Kwansei Gakuin University during his official visit to Kobe. One of the best Japanese choirs sang in his honour U Boj, u boj in Croatian language. Niko Dzapo will be racing for Team USA in China May 29 - June 1, 2008. Pay attention to this young man and help him race for Croatia.
 
A good man Leo Anthony Majich, age 82, was born July 17, 1925 in Los Angeles and died April 10, 2008 in Pasadena after a brief illness. Study the Croatian language in Croatia this summer. Sponsored by the Croatian Heritage Foundation, these summer courses allow people born outside of Croatia to learn Croatian language and culture in two intensive courses.
 
Melita Spahic Dance is a meeting point for dance, theatre and video artists, composers and musicians to share their passion. Croatia-based WHW named curator for 11th International Istanbul Biennial.
 
Charles Billich, outstanding Croatian painter living in Australia, created the Bing Mah Yong cycle of paintings for the needs of the 2008 Beijing Olympiad. So well received has this work been that his paintings are represented on a collection of 16 postage stamps currently in circulation in China.
 
Sanja Jovanović broke her own world record on 50m backstroke swimming at the World Swimming Championships Manchester 2008, UK.
 
Duje Draganja, the fastest swimming man on the planet Earth. Conquered world record on 50 meters free style in Manchester, England on April 11th 2008. The Croatian swimmer finished in 20.81 seconds. Two world swimming records are an achievement not even larger and stronger countries, than our “little” Croatia, can afford. But at this moment Croatians are celebrating and bragging with such achievements, thanks to Duje Draganja and Sanja Jovanovic, young swimmers who brought the world’s swimming to its knees.
 
Velimir Trnski, Croatian painter, transformed the most famous Croatian love letter - Moje drago zercze, My Dear Soul, into a series of remarkable frames.
 
Home Team Productions is proud to announce five upcoming screenings of "Random Lunacy: videos from the road less traveled." Rolling Stone's Peter Travers says of this documentary, "Prepare to be wowed!"  The film follows the radically itinerant Poppa Neutrino and his family of street performers over the course of twenty adventurous years of living homeless by choice.
 
Pandora.com The Music Genome Project plays Nenad Bach music from March 28th. We set out to capture the essence of music at the most fundamental level. We ended up assembling literally hundreds of musical attributes or "genes" into a very large Music Genome. Everything from melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course the rich world of singing and vocal harmony. It's not about "looks" or "genre". Revolution in music. If you live in the USA check www.Pandora.com and www.pandora.com/people/nenadbach
 
Damir Spanic - Artist of the Week - Photographer for Life. It was the turning point of trying to capture the essence of the person, after arrival of an idea that all people are beautiful. Croatia Has a NATO Invitation - A Historical Day for Croatia April 2nd 2008. Croatia Film Festival in South Africa happened from 18 to 28 April 2008.
 
Boris Dvornik - in memoriam to outstanding Croatian actor (1939-2008). Josip Ganza: Croatian klapa singing break-out to Europe. Composer Margareta Jeric performed at the University of Montreal on April 5, 2008
 
Croatians in America - After a very well received part 1. Photo collection by Vladimir Novak, part 2.
 
Mateo Juric, Croatian Real Estate Specialist in Las Vegas became a newest CROWN sponsor. We thank him and wish him good luck with real estate in Las Vegas. http://mateo.las.mlxchange.com/
 
Joe Magarac is a well known name in the USA. His name, aparently nonamerican, has without any doubt Croatian roots.
 
Professor Vladimir Devidé, Croatian mathematician, is better known as outstanding Japanologist and tireless promoter of haiku poetry. Croatia is one of the most successful nations in haiku in the world, counting the number of prizes won at various international competitions. The World Parachute Cup Series returns to Croatia in 2008.
 
Croatia's Blanka Vlašić has continued her streak of victories and has become the world champion in indoor high jump in Valencia. She has added the indoor gold medal to her outdoor gold medal.. Arithmetika Horvatszka, that is the Croatian Arithmetic, was published in Zagreb in 1758. We celebrate 250 years since the publication of this oldest known Croatian book on arithmetic. It was important also for the development of Croatian scientific terminology.
 
Mother Teresa and Croatians.  Reinhard Grabher, a journalist from Salzburg, Austria will direct a documentary about Goli Otok. The documentary will include interviews with former inmates, including an interview with Josip Zoretić, author of Goli Otok "Hell in the Adriatic." Subtitles will be in Croatian, English, and German.
 
Simon Dale built a low impact woodland home in Wales. The house was built with a maximum regard for the environment, with few tools, help and cash. He has translated the entire procedure into Croatian and is available in .pdf format for those wanting to build their own low impact homes in Croatia or elsewhere.
  
The Croatian Constellation is happening. So far these are four websites that have found a common interest and sensibility: www.croatia.org , www.croatianhistory.net , www.studiacroatica.org and www.croatianworldcalendar.com run by the team of people. Darko Zubrinic (Croatia), Joza Vrljicak (Argentina), Marko Puljic (USA, St Louis), Katarina Cuvalo (USA California), Emil Jakovcevic (USA California), Ratimir Mocnaj (Montreal, Canada) and myself Nenad Bach (USA New York), plus many correspondents around the world including our very active and consistent Violi Calvert from Sydney Australia. We are approaching 200.000 hits per day. Yes you read it right.
 
We expect more websites to be part of this Croatian Constellation, but we talk the talk and walk the walk, slowly... and the synergy is great.
 
On a personal musical level, I am preparing for a few major projects in music and for those who are interested you will be able to read more through my new Blog: http://nenadbach.blogspot.com/ or :  http://www.myspace.com/nenadbach and www.nenadbach.com.
 
 
Svako dobro,
 
Nenad N. Bach
New York, May 26, 2008
 
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Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

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Featured Articles
 
The Barber of Kigali at the Boston International Film Festival June 6, 2008
The short dramatic film "The Barber of Kigali" written and directed by Jamie Cohen with the music composed by Nenad Bach, will play at the prestigious Boston International Film Festival on Friday June 6th, 2008 at the AMC/Loews Theater at 6:30 pm.  The theater is located at 175 Tremont St in Boston, MA. USA

Nenad Bach on Global Broadcast for Supreme Master TV, June 1, 2008

Nenad Bach’s interview is scheduled to air on Sunday, June 1, 2008 on  "A Journey through Aesthetic Realms" on Supreme Master TV.  Broadcasting on 14 satellite platforms across the globe plus World Wide Webcast. translated in 15 languages. See inside for the exact time of the broadcast and webcast.


Appeal for Stephen Dorcich
Hi.  My name is Stephen Dorcich.  I live in San Jose, California and I am a pretty normal kid except that I have Primary Immune Deficiency called Hyper IGM, CD40 Ligand. My immune system doesn’t communicate the right way, so I cannot fight off bacteria, viruses and other bad things that make us sick.

Ivan Kljaković Gašpić second at Finn European Championship
Ivan Kljaković Gašpić, Croatian sailor from the city of Split, won
silver medal at Finn European Championship held in La Marina
di Scarlino, Maremma, Tuscany, Italy, 2-10 May 2008. This is a
great success of Croatian sport.

NFCA to hold assembly of delegates in Gaithersburg, Maryland June 6-8, 2008
The 15th annual Assembly of Delegates of the National Federation of Croatian Americans (NFCA) will be held in the Gaithersburg Hilton Hotel from Friday evening, June 6, through Sunday, June 8.

Tiny ceramics on show in Croatia reported by Chinese TV
More than 300 artists from 71 countries contributed to the Lilliput Exhibition of Ceramics in the town of Rovinj in Croatia. Judging by the number of countries it is the largest exhibition of ceramics in the world. In order to be entered, a sculpture must be less than 17 centimetres high and weigh less than a kilogram. Reported by Liu Fang, Chinese Central TV.

Dražen Vrdoljak 1951 - 2008
 

Nakon duge i teške bolesti u 57. godini života napustio nas je Dražen Vrdoljak. Bio je prava glazbena enciklopedija. Pouzdan i pošten prema meni, rado je podijelio i radost i tugu i pikantnost i humor kako osobnog tako i poslovnog okružja. I miss you already.


Svjetlana Kabalin and Sylvan Winds performing at Carnegie Hall on May 14, 2008
 

Svjetlana Kabalin and Sylvan Winds in action again. They will present a program of works for "Winds & Piano" with a distinguished pianist Claude Frank at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 154 West 57th Street, New York City on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 8 PM. This will be season finale. Come and support art.


Miro Gavran's premieres in Bratislava May 16th and Krakow May 17th

Croatian writer Miro Gavran will have two premieres in two important European culture centers, in Bratislava, Slovakia, May 16th, and in Krakov, Poland, May 17th. Miro Gavran has had more than 160 premieres of his theatre texts all over the world, and his plays have been seen by more than two million theatre-goers.


Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas - May 9-10, 2008
The 5th annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival will be held May 9-10 in New York City. The Living and the Dead (Zivi i Mrtvi) opens the festival on Friday at the Tribeca Cinemas The opening reception starts at 6:00 p.m., and the screenings will start at 7:00 p.m.

Ivana Zahirović invited to play flute in Kansas City on August 7-10, 2008
Ivana Zahirović, Croatian flutist living in Germany, is invited to have a performance at the National Flute Association Convention in Kansas City, Missoury, USA, in August 7-10, 2008. She will appear with another Croatian musician living in Germany, Diana Grubić on piano.

Handball Connects People

Sports is a great catalyst for world peace, because it is transparent as much as it can be, plus people connect through the game regardless where they came from and what they do or make for a living. At the game we are all together on the same spiritual level. It is very close to music.


Croatian Cinema Today at the Aero Theatre in Los Angeles May 16-18, 2008
Zivi i Mrtvi (The Living and the Dead), left, will be making its U.S. debut at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. It is playing as part of the Croatia Cinema Today series. Kristijan Milic, the film's director, and Filip Sovagovic one of the main actors in the film will be present for the debut. There will be a question and answer session, and a Croatian wine tasting sponsored by The Blue Danube wine company.

5 Ways to purchase Freedom from Despair on DVD & VHS
  From Chapman University, to the Halls of Congress, to the European Union, and back to KOCE-TV, 26-year-old Brenda Brkusic's student film makes headlines around the world. The 90-minute film uncovers the long history of suppression and abuse of the Croatian people and their struggle for independence.

University of Oklahoma to conduct modernization study for Croatia
  The University of Oklahoma will conduct a year-long study on modernizing Croatia's weather service. A team from the school's Office of Weather Programs and Projects was chosen to undertake the $500,000 (€321,000) study to determine how to update the country's weather service infrastructure, which is left over from the Soviet era.

Letters to Amnesty International and the Financial Times
  Croatia seems to always be looked through a microscope while others are treated with kid gloves in the media and in the political world. Hilda Foley (left) has written two letters addressing these concerns, to both the Financial Times and Amnesty International.   

Spectacular Monument to The Sun in the city of Zadar by Nikola Bašić
Nikola Bašić is the author of probably the most beautiful monument dedicated to the Sun that exists on the Earth. The monument is placed in the city of Zadar, on the Croatian coast, along with equally famous Zadar Sea Organ. This is one of greatest achievements of contemporary Croatian Art and Architecture.

Brenda Brkusic Named "Top Business Executive Under 40 Years Old"
From Chapman University, to the Halls of Congress, European Union, and a high-profile position as channel manager of KOCE-TV's OC Channel - activist, humanitarian, and businesswoman, Brenda Brkusic (left), has been named to OC Metro Business magazine's list of "Top 40 Business Executives and Entrepreneurs Under 40 years old."
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