22 February 2010

Rock School team to visit the Fontys Rock Academy

The first week of March 2010, the Fontys Rock Academy in Tilburg, the Netherlands, will host seven of the Mitrovica Rock School's teachers. The Rock Academy has organized a training week aimed at the professionalization of the Rock School.

After the training week, the Rock School teachers will stay on in the Netherlands to give benefit concerts for the Mitrovica Rock School, together with (former) Rock Academy students.




Concert dates:
March 6 @ 013, Tilburg, 13:00 – 16:00 hrs, Show Case, Fontys Rock Academy Open Day
March 10 @ Lokaal 8, Veldhoven, 21:00 hrs
March 11 @ Studio, Tilburg, 22:00 hrs
March 12 @ PopEi, Tilburg, 19:00 hrs

Regrettably, three of our teachers - drum coach and theory teacher Misko, vocal coach Zana and our new vocal coach in the North - won't be able to join us in the Netherlands.

But here's the team travelling to Tilburg!

Milos Drazevic
In his role as the project manager of the Mitrovica Rock School for local organization CBM, Milos is responsible for the daily management of the school.

He is the first point of contact on the ground for partners, parents and press. He also manages the Rock School branch in North Mitrovica. In addition, Milos is working on the strategic development of the Rock School, aiming to establish an independent pop and rock music institute of regional renown.

Milos is also a musician: he plays the bass guitar in the bands Psycho-Sonic Boris and Hosenfefer. He is also a member of Return Of The Sahbaz, a three-headed band with drum coach Mladen and Dutch singer/guitar player Ruud Borgers, with which he has toured in Kosovo and Serbia.

Edon Ramadani
Edon picked up the keyboard 13 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. But Edon is a man of many talents: besides the keys, he plays the guitar, bass guitar and drums, and has been known coach our vocalists as well.

Edon has 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 working on his M.A. in Conducting.

Edon has taught solfeggio and music theory at the primary music school in Mitrovica. Since November 2008, Edon has been working as a coordinator, band coach and keyboard instructor at the Mitrovica Rock School. He is responsible for the daily management of the Rock School branch in South Mitrovica. In the context of the Rock School’s professionalization, Edon will be responsible for the development of the school’s didactic structure, working closely with Goran.

Goran Vucetic
Goran is self-taught and has been playing the guitar for 19 years. He has played hundreds of gigs, jam sessions, festivals and major concerts. He did his first studio recording at the age of 14, with his band Kvrna Grupa. He has played with big names like bass player Branko Peiakovic (Max Gregor Orchestra, Duke Ellington, Jenny Evans) and drummer Marko Djordjevic (Ziggy Marley, Rick Margitza, Amit Heri), and his bands have been supporting acts for famous Serbian bands like Viktorija, Time, Yu Grupa, Neverne Bebe and Elektricni Orgazam. With his band Lazy, Goran once performed with Faith No More bass player Billy Gould. Lazy is a rock’n’roll cover band from Mitrovica that has achieved regional fame. Last year, Goran toured Australia as the lead guitar player of the band Galija.

Goran is an expert in different guitar techniques, such as “slide guitar,” “chicken pecking” and “tapping.” He is an all-round musicians, playing everything from blues, rock, heavy metal and fusion to jazz. At the Rock School, he also coaches punk and pop bands. In addition, Goran wrote and recorded the soundtrack of the documentary ‘The Visit’ last year (directed by Anthony Barilla).

Since the opening in October 2008, Goran has been working as a band coach and guitar and bass teacher at the Rock School’s branch in North Mitrovica. In the context of the Rock School’s professionalization, Goran will work with Edon on the development of the school’s didactic structure.

Nesim Maxhuni
Nesim first started drumming at the early age of 13. In 2000, he launched his career as a professional musician and he has sky-rocketed since. He has played numerous gigs with different bands throughout the Balkans, and has performed at several major festivals, including Pristina Jazz Fest (2008 and 2009), Rock Festival in Germany (2008) and MTV Exit in Novi Sad (2008). Apart from his impressive track record as a performer, Nesim has co-organized several jam sessions in Mitrovica, to give young musicians from the rock music city a boost.

Nesim joined the Rock School in February 2010 as a drum teacher. He is part of the new team that will work on the professionalization of the Rock School, and he will provide teacher training to former Rock School student Vedat. He will be able to teach even our most advanced students for years.

Mladen Marinkovic
Originally from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mladen now lives in Mitrovica, Kosovo. Mladen is self-taught and has been playing the drums for more than 18 years. He has recorded over 150 studio tracks and has performed throughout the Balkans. With his old band Izolanti (BiH), Mladen performed at the EXIT Festival and Ex-Yu Rocks and toured in Denmark. Other former successful bands include Mange and Veprovi.

Mladen currently has six bands in Mitrovica: Psycho-Sonic Boris, Hosenfefer, Tribute To The Partibrejkers, Chicken Farm, Lazy en Return Of The Sahbaz. Hosenfefer and Psycho-Sonic Boris have also played at the Ex-Yu Rocks Festival (BiH) and have toured Serbia and Bulgaria. With Return Of The Sahbaz, a three-headed band with project manager Milos Drazevic and Dutch singer/guitar player Ruud Borgers, Mladen has toured in Kosovo and Serbia.

Since October 2008, Mladen has been working as band coach and drum instructor at the Mitrovica Rock School. Mladen is also working as a student counselor, and helps the Rock School students organize their own gigs.

Valon Gashi
Born and raised in Pristina, Valon first taught himself to play the guitar 18 years ago. With over 700 recordings to his name as a studio musician, Valon has proven himself in a broad range of musical genres. He has played thousands of gigs, concerts and festivals with various bands, including Maviva, Troja, Purgatory, Seleksioni 039, Oda, Hana Band, Quasi Fusion Trio, Elita 5 and RTK Big Band. But more than anything, Valon loves to play the blues.

Valon joined the Rock School in February 2010 as a senior guitar and bass teacher. He is part of the new team that will work on the professionalization of the Rock School, and he will be able to teach even our most advanced students for years.

Erhan Mujka
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 October 2008, Erhan has been working as band coach and guitar and bass instructor at the Mitrovica Rock School. Erhan is also working as a student counselor, and helps the Rock School students organize their own gigs.

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