28 November 2008

Rock Academy training in the news

This Article appeared on Fontysnieuws on Thursday, December 4: "Fontys Rock Academy Helps Rock School In Kosovo."





This article appeared in Brabants Dagblad Saturday December 6: "Teachers From Kosovo Guests At Rock Academy." To view the article online, click here.






Here's an article posted today on MusicFrom: "Rock Academy To Train Kosovo Musicians: From Guns To Guitars."







Last Saturday, OneWorld.nl posted an article (in Dutch) on the training week at the Rock Academy. The title is "Rock Academy In Tilburg To Train Rock Music Teachers From Kosovo." Click here to view the full article.

27 November 2008

Panel discussion "From Guns To Guitars"

On Tuesday evening, December 2, the Rock Academy will be hosting a panel discussion on rock music as a means on reconciliation, called "From Guns To Guitars."

The panel members are:
Laura Hassler (Director of MwB International)
Baya Corlija (Director of MwB Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Milos Drazevic (Project Coordinator, Community Building Mitrovica)
Daria Nashat (Senior Program Officer Southeast Europe, IKV Pax Christi)
Caecilia van Peski (International Manager Educational Projects, Fontys University)
Bertus Borgers (musician and Board Member of Fontys Rock Academy).

For more information (in Dutch), please visit the Rock Academy's website, or (in English) click on the press release below.

Filmmaker Tami Ravid to visit RA training

Filmmaker Tami Ravid is to join us at the Rock Academy next week to meet the musicians and research a documentary on the training at the Rock Academy. More information on Tami and her previous work is available here (in Dutch).

Mitrovica Rock School nominated for award

The Mitrovica Rock School project has been nominated for the Matra/KPA Award 2008, through one of our major donors, NCDO Matra/KPA.

The winner of the Matra/KPA Award 2008 will be announced during the Matra/KPA Inspiration Day, on Wednesday December 3, 2008. For all those in the Netherlands/The Hague area, you can still register and be part of the day (provided that you're not previously engaged at the Rock Academy).

Of course we're very excited about the nomination and are looking forward to representing the Rock School during Inspiration Day.

Article in De Tilburgse Koerier

This article appeared today in local newspaper De Tilburgse Koerier: "Rock Academy In Tilburg To Train Rock Music Teachers From Kosovo." Click here to view the article in its original context.

19 November 2008

Mitrovica Rock School team to visit the Rock Academy in the Netherlands

From December 1 to 5, 2008, the band coaches and coordinators from Mitrovica will be offered a week of workshops and master classes at the Fontys Rock Academy in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The Rock Academy has prepared a program that includes both group elements and individual training based on the needs and wishes expressed by the coaches and coordinators during the Rock Academy's visit to Mitrovica in October.

Meet the team!

In his role as the Mitrovica Rock School project coordinator at our partner organization CBM, Milos is responsible for the local implementation of the project. In addition, he is responsible for the daily management of the Rock School branch in North Mitrovica. He also plays the bass in the bands Psycho-Sonic Boris and Hosenfefer.




Edon picked up the keyboard 12 years ago. He has played with many singers and bands in various genres, including pop, rock, folk and jazz. The bands Edon has played in include Marigona, Ethnically Plugged and Morena & Hysni Klinaku.

Edon has also been active as an arranger and composer, and has worked as the assistant conductor of the Kosova Philharmonic Choir.

He has a bachelor’s degree in General Music Pedagogy from the Faculty of Arts in Pristina, where he is currently studying Conducting.

Edon has taught solfeggio and music theory at the primary music school in Mitrovica. Since it opened its doors in November 2008, Edon has been working as the coordinator, band coach and keyboard instructor at the South branch of the Mitrovica Rock School.



Originally from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mladen now lives in Mitrovica, Kosovo. Mladen is self-taught and has played the drums in many different bands over the past 18 years. He is currently the drummer of Psycho-Sonic Boris and Hosenfefer.

Since it opened its doors in October 2008, Mladen has been working as band coach and drum instructor at the North branch of the Mitrovica Rock School.




Since she was 17, Zana has participated as a solo singer in many concerts in various genres, ranging from classical to rock. She has also been an active choir singer, and she has recorded two rock/alternative songs.

With the help and support of Musicians Without Borders and Community Building Mitrovica, Zana was admitted to the Faculty of Arts in Pristina in 2003. She graduated in Solo Singing, and has been working as a music teacher since 2004.

In 2006, she won the second prize in the International Competition of Classical Music in Pristina.

Zana is currently working on her MA degree in Solo Singing at the University of Skopje, Macedonia.

Since it opened its doors in November 2008, Zana has been working as band coach and vocal instructor at the South branch of the Mitrovica Rock School.



Goran taught himself to play the guitar in 1990 and has now been playing for 18 years. He has played many club concerts, jam sessions, festivals and bigger concerts. Goran has jammed with big names like double bass player Branko Peiakovic (Max Gregor Orchestra, Duke Ellington, Jenny Evans) and drummer Marko Djordjevic (Ziggy Marley, Rick Margitza, Amit Heri). He also opened for several Serbian bands, including Viktorija, Time, Yu Grupa, Neverne Bebe and Elektricni Orgazam, and once played a club gig with Faith No More bass player Billy Gould.

Goran knows different guitar techniques, like slide guitar, chicken pecking and tapping, and plays genres ranging from blues, rock, heavy metal and fusion to jazz. Besides the guitar, Goran also plays the bass and basic drums.

Since it opened its doors in October 2008, Goran has been working as band coach and guitar and bass instructor at the North branch of the Mitrovica Rock School.




Born and raised in Mitrovica, Erhan is currently enrolled at the Faculty of Arts in Pristina as a student of classical guitar. In addition, he has been working as a music teacher at the primary music school in Mitrovica since 2003.

Besides classical music, Erhan also plays rock music and blues. He has been a member of a number of local groups in Mitrovica. He is currently part of Tema. Tema recently competed at the Rock for Rock festival, where it was awarded second place. Tema also performed at the Kembana rock festival.

Since it opened its doors in November 2008, Erhan has been working as band coach and guitar and bass instructor at the South branch of the Mitrovica Rock School.



Originally from Prizren in western Kosovo, Gjemil started playing the drums in 1994 as part of a rock band. He studied different kinds of percussion (conga, bongo, timbales) in 2000. In 2002, he enjoyed lessons from Professor Okay Temiz in Istanbul, and participated in the Instanbul Jazz Festival.

Gjemil has played with many famous singers from Kosovo, in genres ranging from pop, rock and latin to jazz. In addition, he has played in several bands and formations, including Marigona and Ethnically Plugged. Since 2003, he has been a member of the Big Band on public TV broadcaster Kosova RTK.

Since it opened its doors in November 2008, Gjemil has been working as band coach and drum instructor at the South branch of the Mitrovica Rock School.




Born and raised in Mitrovica, Misko has been around in the Mitrovica music scene for a long time. In addition to playing in many bands, he has been extremely active in organizing music festivals, including the Rock Fest and Jazz Fest. Misko studied drums at the Barcelona Music Academy. He also plays guitar and percussion and sings, and has been working as a private drum teacher.

11 November 2008

Band coaching in North Mitrovica -- live footage

During the first week of October, the North branch of the Rock School started band coaching and music lessons. We now have over 30 students in the North, and a waiting list.

During the last week of October, Ruud, Gerdien (Rock Academy) and I took a peak, at the special invitation of Milos Kabasic (on drums). The band playing is The Cold Shots. The coach in this video is Goran Vucetic, who joined the team after the Summer School. Goran will be joining us in Tilburg, NL, during the first week of December, where the Rock Academy will be organizing training and master classes for all the coaches and coordinators.