30 May 2017

A musical event by Promaja Initiative, powered by Mitrovica Rock School

Promaja Initiative is an initiative started by NGO Futja Ngjyrë (official Facebook page) in cooperation with the local initiative The Way Out. This initiative can be seen as the first street art festival in the Mitrovica region. They held three workshops on Street Art, Graphic Design and Activism. After that, they proceeded with finishing six murals: two in the north and four in the south of Mitrovica. After finishing the murals, they organized a closing event at the south branch of the Rock School to "celebrate the end of this adventure and continue to work on making this initiative bigger" – as said by the organizer of the event. They thanked the Coffee Gallery, and the Mitrovica Rock School for supporting their project, as well as for providing the space for this event, along with the sound system and the bands that performed.

As for the bands, there were amazing performances by acoustic band Arcadia from north Mitrovica with a diverse set from different genres, as well as from our own Jelena and Baton (long-time musicians and more recently part of the staff of the Rock School) that also performed an acoustic set of some original songs by their ex-mixed band Sublime 6, as well as some popular covers. Below you can see some of the photos from the event:


Performance by the Arcadia:

Performance by Jelena and Baton:

Highlights of the training week with Jurre Hogervorst

As we have announced in this post, along with our new trainer’s introduction, our training week for this month lasted from 22nd until 28th. Once again, we have faced some challenges, like the electricity shut-down during one of our new band’s rehearsal, but our students and coaches handled everything like pros and didn’t let this problem interfere with their work. The bands are actively preparing for their future activities, and here you can see some photos from their rehearsals of this training week:

Once again, huge thanks to Jurre for visiting us and helping our students during the week! Stay tuned to find out about our future activities!

23 May 2017

New training week with Jurre Hogervorst

Hello, readers!

Our new training week scheduled from 22nd until 28th of May started with our new and older bands, and we are proud to present a new band coach that is going to help our bands work on their music. His name is Jurre Hogervorst and he was reffered to us by our long-time coach from the Rock Academy in Tilburg and friend of the Rock School – Eric Coenen. Here is a photo and brief introduction by Jurre:

"My name is Jurre Hogervorst, born in 1966 in the Netherlands. I graduated at the Conservatory of Hilversum in 1991. My subject was bass-guitar. Ever since, I have been working as a professional player in many different settings: theater shows, recording, wedding bands, jazz groups, international tours, etc. As a bass player I traveled to China, South Africa, Curacao, Brasil, South Korea, Cape Verdian Islands, Serbia, Portugal and Indonesia.

I’ve been a teacher of bass-guitar and a band coach for ten years at the Rock Academy in Tilburg. 

Look forward to meeting you all!"

We at the Rock School are very happy to welcome Jurre to share his knowledge and inspire our students!

Stay tuned to find out all about this training week!

8 May 2017

Our Spring Band Camp takes an unexpected turn

Hello, everyone!

Our week in Skopje was very fruitful, but was cut short by a day because of the political situation in Skopje and parents understandable concerns. Therefore the staff had to act fast in order to provide safety for the group without having to cancel the concert and other following activities for which everyone worked really hard. Coming to a plan B at the last moment was not easy, but we have achieved our goals thanks to our contacts in Gracanica who have welcomed us once again. This time, our stay was placed at the beautiful Hotel Ulpiana, which is very close to Genghis Pub – one of our favorite concert venues that we by now know well, having played there a few times. We were once again happy to have Kiklop Kikloparium as our photographer, who has not only captured the gig itself, but was also present at some of the rehearsals back in Skopje, as well as the day after the concert when he did a photo shoot with our bands. Check the photos below!

Rehearsal photos

Sound check and Concert photos

Band photos

This was one of the toughest challenges for all of us, but perhaps that made this closing concert even more rewarding for our students, who are eager to continue creating peace and joy with their music, despite the circumstances. 

Thanks to everyone for the support, we will work even harder in return!