Oliver & Zagreb Soloists - "John Bassett Theater", Toronto, Canada, Friday, 02. March 2018


Guests: Antonio Serrano (harmonica), Ante Gelo (guitar)

Croatian pop star Oliver Dragojevic is one of the country's most beloved cultural icons, boasting a discography that spans nearly five decades. From regional Croatian folk to global pop, Dragojevic has explored a variety of genres during his tenure as Croatia's musical ambassador to the world. After sold out performances in Carnegie Hall NYC, Royal Albert Hall London, Sydney Opera, Las Vegas this one is not to be missed!

They have given over 3,000 concerts in all continents, thus winning recognition as well as public and critical acclaim in the major centers of music and famous concert halls, such as Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Royal Festival Hall (London), Berlin Philharmonic Hall (Moscow), Santa Cecilia (Rome), Salle Pleyel (Paris), Carnegie Hall (New York), Opera House (Sydney), Victoria Hall (Geneva), Teatro Real (Madrid), Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), etc. The ensemble has played with many great soloists like Henryk Szeryng, Alfred Brendel, Christian Ferras, Pierre Fournier, Leonard Rose, James Galway, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Aldo Ciccolini, Katia Ricciarelli, Lily Laskine, Zuzana Ružičkova, Mario Brunello, Isabelle Moretti, Guy Touvron, and many others. Most recently they are touring Europe with 2Cellos.

Antonio developed an amazing technique on the chromatic harmonica that has allowed him to play in many different contexts, dominating all styles of music, from classical music to jazz, blues, tango and flamenco.
While Antonio in the beginning mostly played classic music, as a young adult he spent more time performing with blues, jazz and pop artists.
By performing with Paco de Lucía, the greatest flamenco guitarist of Spain, Antonio became famous for introducing the harmonica in flamenco music, an almost impenetrable genre for musicians outside the flamenco culture. During his career, Antonio has played with many well-known artists and symphonic orchestras from all over the world and recorded many records with the most Spanish rock and pop artists in addition to 7 own records.

Guitarist, composer and arranger Ante Gelo graduated jazz with the master’s degree guitar at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz.
He has performed in numerous concerts and jazz festivals world wide accompanied with many “A” list performers such as: Bosko Petrovic, Matija Dedic, Amira Medunjanin, Tamara Obrovac, Harper Lee, Alberto Marsico, Gabi Novak, Oliver, Arsen Dedic, Nina Badrić, Tereza Kesovija, Tedi Spalato.
He mostly works as a studio producer and arranger, writes for numerous orchestras: the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestra, the Zagreb Soloists, the HRT Big Band, Big Band, The Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra, etc..
Ante Gelo has won several Music Awards: “Porin”: for the best arrangement, composition, production, Croatian Composers Society Award for best jazz composition, Croatian Music Unicon Award “Status” and many others.

Friday, 02. March 2018, Canada, Oliver & Zagreb Soloists - "John Bassett Theater", Toronto

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