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Tatiana Banđen wins ZadarTeen festival
By Marko Puljić | Published  06/9/2008 | Culture And Arts | Unrated
Tatiana conquers Zadar

Tatiana Banđen was born June 8th 1992 and has been performing and singing since the age of 5, as the youngest member of the Vancouver children’s choir Heart of Mary.

Since then, Tatiana has sung as a member of many choirs and is currently a member of 4, singing both soprano and alto. Tatiana has recorded 2 CDs with her Chamber Choir and is preparing to record another CD with her Jazz Choir in May 2008.

Tatiana’s first attempt at performing and singing solo was in 2004 at 12 years old in which she won 2nd place at her school talent show.

Tatiana is a regular performer at many venues in Vancouver and Canada, as well has performed in the USA, France and of course Croatia.

In 2007 Tatiana teamed up with Mario Simunovic and with collaborations from Marko Tomasovic, Ivan Brdar, Aleksandar Valencic, and Olja Desic she recorded her first 2 Croatian singles, one of which she performed at ZADARteen Festival 23-26 April, 2008. She won Grand Prix.

Tatiana aspires to have a career as a singer/performer in Croatia. Although she is currently living in Canada, Tatiana has very strong connection with her Croatian heritage, and is a member of the Hrvatski Vitozovi Kolo Grupa, plays the tamburica as well has recently started the role of MC (voditejica) at Croatian functions in Canada.

Presently Tatiana attends Saint Thomas More Collegiate upon completing her high school education in 2010 she is planning to attend Simon Fraser University to get her Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Music and Film.
 
In addition to singing, Tatiana plays the guitar and is fluent in French and English.

Music and Performance Awards
2004
2nd Place - Talent Show
2006
Gold Award (Vocal) – Chancellor Music Festival
Najbolja Debutanta – Stankovci Festival
2nd Place – Royal City Idol (Youth)
2007
People’s Choice – Vancouver Talent Showdown
Finalist – Red Robinson Showdown
Winner – Royal City Idol (Youth)
2008
Grand Prix - ZADARteen Festival
Gold Award (Guitar) – Chancellor Music Festival 

 
Tatiana Banđen rodena je 08. lipnja 1992. godine. Bavi se glazbom i pjevanjem od svoje 5. godine kao najmladi clan djecjeg zbora Srce Marijino u Vancouver-u. Od tada Tatiana pjeva kao clanica mnogih zborova.

Trenutno je clanica cak cetiri zbora, pjevajuci i sopran i alt. Snimila je dva CD-a sa svojim komornim zborom i priprema se za snimanje još jednog CD-a sa svojim jazz zborom u svibnju 2008.

Tatiana se prvi puta okušala u solo izvodenju i solo pjevanju 2004. godine u dobi od 12 godina kada je osvojila 2. mjesto u svojoj školi na natjecanju talenta.
Tatianina je želja ostvariti karijeru pjevaca/izvodaca u Hrvatskoj iako trenutno živi u Kanadi, svojim je podrijetiom jako vezana uz Hrvatsku te je i clan kolo grupe Hrvatski vitezovi, svira tamburicu, a nedavno je pocela raditi i kao voditeljica Croatian functions u Kanadi.

Tatiana trenutno pohada Saint Thomas More Collegiate (gimnazija), a po završetku srednje škole u 2010. godine, planira nastaviti školovanje na sveucilištu Simon Fraser radi stjecanja diplome iz umjetnosti, s glavnim predmetima glazba i film. Pored pjevanja, Tatiana svira gitaru, zna tri jezika jer uz materinji tecno govori engleski i francuski jezik
 
U 2007. godini Tatiana pocinje suradivati s Mariom Šimunovicem te u suradnji s Markom Tomasovic, Ivanom Brdar, Aleksandrom Valencic i Oljom Desic snima svoja prva dva hrvatska singla, od kojih je jedan izvela na Zadar teen festivalu od 23. do 26. travnja 2008. godine i to skladbu "Bit cu sa tobom" s kojom je osvojila Grand prix festivala.

Tatiana je regularni ucesnik mnogih manifestacija u Vancouveru te u cijeloj Kanadi, SAD-u, Francuskoj  i Hrvatskoj.

Nagrade za glazbu i izvedbe
2004
2. mjesto - Natjecanje Talenta (Talent Show)
2006
Zlatna Nagrada(Vokal) - Festival Chancellor Music
Najbolja Debitantica - Festival Stankovci
2. mjesto - Idol Royal City-a (mladi)
2007
Izbor Publike - Vancouver Završno Natjecanje Talenata (Vancouver Showdown)
Finalistica - Završno Natjecanje Red Robinson
Pobjednica - Idol Royal City-a (mladi)
2008
Grand Prix - Zadar teen festival
Zlatna Nagrada(Gitara) - Festival Chancellor Music

THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL 'ZADAR TEEN FESTIVAL'

Mediamix is a record label company in Zadar that also has a marketing agency department that does various marketing and PR services as well as events.

We have recognized the need of organizing the first teen festival for young people from 12 to 19 since there was no such happening in this region.  There are only a few smaller festivals for children of up to 12 years of age and once those children turn 12 they have no where to continue performing and developing in music sense.

The festival had two semifinal evenings, and the finals were held on 26th of April in Croatian national theatre in Zadar.

Our first idea was to have only one festival evening with 24 contestants. But when we started auditioning in January there were over 60 applicants and there were so many of them that were above average that we decided to admit 40 contestants and make two semifinals with 20 contestants each evening, and out of those 40 select 20 that will enter the finals.

We wanted to make a real festival for young people, something where they can have a chance to really learn and gain experience and confidence.  Therefore we decided to also make a competition for authors as well, to write new and original songs that will suit the ages of our contestants.  So, our young singers had to go through an entire process just like the grown up singers do. They had to listen to the raw song info (usually sang by an author only with a bare melody of a guitar or a piano), make a decision on which song to pick for themselves and then start learning the song and coming to studio and watch gradually an entire process of creating a song that they would later present live in front of the large audience and TV cameras.  It was a long process and a lot of work but in the end it was worth it because the children’s happy faces and pride were our biggest reward.

Initially, we thought to make a regional festival but very soon the word got around and we started to get applications from all over Croatia, and finally an application from one contestant from Hamburg, Germany, and one from Vancouver, Canada.  Unfortunately, the contestant from Hamburg could not make it to the festival due to the festival dates and the school obligations but announced her participation in the next years Zadar teen festival.  The contestant from Canada, Tatiana Banden, came to Croatia and entered the festival and this way, the festival became an International event.  Tatiana's trip all the way to Croatia proved to be worth it since she became our very first ZADAR TEEN FEST 2008 GRAND PRIX WINNER.

Zadar is known after its long and rich music and famous singer tradition.  The famous Zadar performers known around the world are Tomislav Ivcic, Emilija Kokic i grupa Riva, Mladen Grdovic, Bepo Matesic, klapa Intrade and many others.  With organizing this festival we want to continue this tradition and help create the new generation of music talents.  We also wish to make this festival a widely known event that will each year gather people from all over the world in a 3000 year old historical town of Zadar and in this way also be a promotion of our city and Croatia as a whole.

The final evening was hosted by a national singer and the only Croatian Euro song Winner in 1989.  Emilija Kokic and her small helper Valentina Plesa (8) who also participated in one children’s festival a year earlier.  After all contestants sang their songs there was a 10 min. break after which the Zadar dance ensemble performed a Broadway sketch from musical ' Cats'.

After that Emilija Kokic did a block of her songs as well as the winner song from 1989 Euro song contests 'Rock me'.  At the end of this entertainment block the little co-host Valentina Plesa sang a song 'Bube su u glavi' (originally sang by Tatiana Matejas – 1990) that Valentina sang on the Zemunik festival in summer of 2007.

After that the jury handed over the votes and the results were presented.

The qualified jury consisted of:

   1. Tatjana Zoric (music professor) – jury president
   2. Marko Barancic (music professor) – art director of the festival
   3. Zoran Jelenkovic (famous Zadar singer and song writer)
   4. Dario Terzin (Front man of the Rockatansky band and a radio host for the Novi radio)
   5. Sanja Petrovski (music professor and a choreographer)

THE FINAL RESULTS

1.

ZADAR TEEN FEST 2008 GRAND PRIX

TATIANA BANDEN (15)

Bit ću sa tobom / I'll be with you

CANADA

2.

1st PLACE – THE AUDIENCE VOTES (NAGRADA PUBLIKE)

STIPE ŠALINA (13)

Zemlja srca mog / The country of my heart

POSEDARJE, CRO

3.

1st PLACE – JURY VOTES (NAGRADA ŽIRIJA)

EMA ŽIVKOVIĆ (13)

Vrijeme je za ples / It's time for dancing

ZADAR, CRO

4.

2nd PLACE – THE AUDIENCE VOTES (NAGRADA PUBLIKE)

KARLA SAVIĆ (12)

Pustite nam snove / Give us our dreams

ZADAR

5.

3rd PLACE – THE AUDIENCE VOTES (NAGRADA PUBLIKE)

LUCIJA BUŠKULIĆ (12)

Pretvaraj se ti / Pretend

VIR

6.

2nd PLACE – JURY VOTES (NAGRADA ŽIRIJA)

SARA RUDIĆ (16)

Ja pišem pjesme za tebe / I'm writing songs for you

BIBINJE

7.

3rd PLACE – JURY VOTES (NAGRADA ŽIRIJA)

DONAT MANDIĆ (14)

Bili smo / We were

ZADAR

8.

AWARD FOR THE BEST SONG ARRANGEMENT

SLAVEN LONGIN

Suzana (by Mateo Grginović from Sukošan)

ZADAR

9.

AWARD for the best music

TOMISLAV PEHAR

Mali brod i njegov kapetan / Small ship and the captain (by Rahela Buturić - Sali)

ZADAR

10.

AWARD for the best lyrics

JASMINKA BAŠIĆ

Tvojom stranom ulice / On your side of the street (performed by Nikolina Mustać – Ražanac)

ZADAR

11.

The best interpretation from 15 to 19 years of age

PATRICIJA GAŠPARINI (17)

Kad kreneš dalje / When you go away

RIJEKA

12.

The best interpretation up to 15 years of age

REA MATIĆ (13)

Letila bi / I would fly

BIBINJE

13.

The best stage performance

EMA ŽIVKOVIĆ (13)

Vrijeme je za ples / It's time for dancing

ZADAR

14.

The youngest festival contestant

LUCIJA BUŠKULIĆ (12)

Pretvaraj se ti / pretend

VIR


We would like to thank everyone who supported our festival.  These are:

  •     The City of Zadar
  •     The Zadar County
  •     The Croatian Tourist Board of the City of Zadar
  •     Croatian music union (HGU)
  •     Croatian national theatre Zadar
  •     ARSENAL – the Zadar's favourit gathering place
 
SPONZORS:
  • LEDO, BENETTON, AMADEUS JEANS, TANKERKOMERC, TVORNICA KRUHA ZADAR, ARS VITRUM, BAKMAZ, TISKARA MEDIA ZADAR, KONOBA-APARTMANI 'KOD SPAVALICE' VIR, HOTEL KOLOVARE
MEDIA
  •     NOVI RADIO, VOX TV, NARODNI LIST, ZADARSKI LIST,
  •     web portals: TEEN385, TEEN.HR, IZHRVATSKE.COM

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