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Clearance ~ CD ~ "Kocijani" by Croatian Band KRIES

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  • List of Songs
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Together with some of his college friends, at the beginning of '90's Mojmir Novakovic started a band Legen and in 1995 he initiated Ethnoambient Festival, dedicated to tradition based music from Croatia. This festival is still successfully introducing different cultures to each other celebrating the beauty of cultural diversity. In 2002, members of Legen, who toured for 10 years all around the World (Spain, Mexico, Columbia, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia...), decided to take a break from each other and Mojmir formed a new group of musicians with the  name, Kries (Bonfire in archaic form of Croatian language). In the first year of this band's existence, they made music for Konjanik (Horseman), a movie by the well known Croatian director Branko Ivanda and soon followed their first album Ivo i Mara (Kopito 2004) which got very supportive reviews in international media.

In 2005, they were awarded the Croatian Music Award PORIN for the best original music for theatre, movie and TV.

This is their second album Kocijani, created with the cooperation of Martin Swan as a music producer. It was released in January 2008 (Kopito records) and has received excellent reviews worldwide.

Mojmir Novakovic and KRIES base their musical creations on traditional lyrics, Slavic mythology and Croatian-Bosnian traditional instruments (with electronics being integral part of it.)

They believe that ancient scripts and traditional chants of the Croatian people offer numerous keys for discovering a good quality of life and that it is up to each of us to find them and learn to apply those valuable teachings into present day living.

Kocijani is a small village in north west Croatia by the river Kupa. They are building a bonfire to gather round and sing and dance. Indeed, "Lepi Juro kries nalaze" is a song for St George's Eve when bonfires are lit up. Kries is quite passionate, the rock backing is supported with the tapan drum (played by Kresimir Oreski), laying the foundation for the gajde bagpipe and the kaval flute (Andor Vegh) and the lijerica knee violin (Ivo Letunic) to shine.

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