17 August 2017
Dardan Blakaj, born on 26th of August, 1998, in Prishtina. I have finished my high school studies in "Ahmet Gashi High school" in the city of Pristina. Since a very young age I have had a passionate drive for the social and arts field, initially as a moderator and journalist in a kids program, later as an actor and recently as a musician and instrumentalist (percussion and guitar). I have started an intensive work with drums three years ago, and this year I have become a part of Mitrovica Rock School which has proven to be a very fulfilling experience, artistically speaking.
16 August 2017
My name is Ruud Borgers
I come from the Netherlands and I started playing in a band when i was 15.
Writing the songs, singing and playing guitar on stage was always my main thing. A lot of shows and some bands later I started to work in studios as a producer/arranger and began coaching bands.
It is never boring for me to coach bands because of the ever changing atmosphere, trying to sculpt the band's energy into songs. The band-coaching has been my job now for more than 2 decades and the last 6 years I work for Rockcity Institute. a school for music talents in my hometown Eindhoven and of course I never stopped performing live.
In 2008 I was asked to help with the first Summer School and was involved ever since. I wanted to be a part of this because Mitrovica Rock School proves the power of music.
15 August 2017
Hey! I'm Leutrim and I'm 17. I've been a part of the band Neverland for a few months now. Even though I like pop music, I wouldn't like to define myself with one genre only. Apart from music, I like technology, learning new languages and standing out of the crowd. This is going to be my second time in Skopje and I hope we'll have fun.
14 August 2017
Hi, I'm Leutrim Fetahu, I'm 21, most of you know me already, I've attended the Summer School other times and hopefully this one will be fun like the last. I'm a guitarist/bassist, my music preferences are diverse, but mainly I listen to indie, alternative rock, rap metal, psybient. Can't wait to play in Skopje. Namaste.
13 August 2017
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11 August 2017
My name is Kirsten, I am 23 and I graduated from the Dutch Popacademy last year as a singer. I live in The Netherlands and I worked at the Mitrovica Rock School for three weeks last year as a vocal coach. I am very excited to be working with you again at Summer School in Skopje! See you soon.
10 August 2017
I am Marina and I am 17 years old. I am the Minor Chord's singer. This is my second time going to Skopje, although I am a member of MRS for quite a long time. I am really into music ever since I was a little girl and that is the main reason I love going to Skopje, because, besides having a lot of fun, it gives me the chance to work on different types of music and enjoy it as well. I'm looking forward to be seeing you guys again, we're gonna have such a blast!
Hi :) My name is Ana, I'm 23 and I study medicine, but I really like to play bass guitar! I'm in a band called Feed 'd' Fury (previously called Minor Chord) of Mitrovica Rock School and I play bass. I've been to Skopje Spring School this year and it was amazing, can't wait to see you all this summer!
9 August 2017
Hi, my name is Jelena Zafirovic, I'm 27 years old and this will be my seventh time at Skopje Summer School. I'm a singer/songwriter, guitar and bass player. I used to be a singer/songwriter in my previous mixed band Sublime 6, and this time I'm going as a singer/songwriter and bass player of my new band Rootless. See you in Skopje!
21 July 2017
Jutbina (from left to right): Leotrim, Aron, Lekë, Dren, Egzon
Jutbina was formed in 2013, with lead singer Lekë - who is also a member of one of our mixed bands High Frequency as a bass player - and he was the one who came up with the band name, being inspired by some sort of mythology. Besides being the lead singer, Lekë was the initial bass player of Jutbina for a long time, until the band was joined by Dren as a bass player, who is known as one of the best guitarists of the Rock School and is a part of the staff as a junior guitar teacher and administrative assistant. Other band members include Leotrim (guitar), Egzon (guitar) and Aron (Drums) – also part of the Rock School.
Being determined and hard-working, Jutbina started playing various festivals, and last year they recorded their debut album „Xhungel Urbane“, which in translation means „Urban Jungle“ and is inspired by their hometown Kosovo and how its complicated situation affects the general life there. Their success led them to winning an award at a competition in Rock per Rock. The competition also included bands from Pristina, Macedonia and Albania.
We congratulate Jutbina for this very much deserved award and we are looking forward to their continued success!
22 June 2017
After a week of hard work from our mixed bands and coaches (you can read about the training week here), we can proudly say that the closing concert at Hamam Jazz Bar in Pristina, on June 17th, was a great success! After traveling safely from Mitrovica, our teachers set up the stage, after which our bands did a tone rehearsal, with the help of Ruud Borgers.
The bus for the friends and families, which was also organized, arrived at about 8 PM, and the gig officially started at about 9 PM. Our long-time member of the Rock School, teacher and project coordinator Emir Hasani opened the event with a short speech, where he also announced the donation box for anyone who would like to support our cause, as well as the free CDs that include a complilation of our bands’ studio recorded songs, that the visitors could take for free.
Afterwards, Emir announced the first and our newest band Rootless to open the gig. Check the photos below of all our bands on stage (thanks to Goran Jolovic):
The crowd was very supporting of all our bands, especially towards the end when they all danced and jumped in front of the stage, asking for encore and giving our bands more of the positive energy and a great atmosphere for everyone there.
This was definitely one of the most succesful events of our Rock School and we thank everyone for supporting us and helping us connect and make peace with music!