Singer/Composer/Artistic Director

CREScendo Music Festival

The 12th Crescendo Music Festival brings together local, national, and international artists to celebrate music at various locations on the island of Cres. Due to the specific needs for social distancing, this year we have a reduced program but we are so looking forward to meeting again with our audiences and enjoying music on our beautiful island!

Two bands will be playing on the main stage at the Open Air Theatre in the city of Cres: one led by the young guitarist Fillip Flego from Cres, running a Croatian / Italian quartet, and a sextet led by a trumpet player Zvonimir Bajević coming from Zagreb. Both of the bands have never performed at the Crescendo Music Festival, but some of the musicians are well known to the Crescendo’s audiences.

The second night will happen on the picturesque “Guvno” a bit more south in the village Vidovići (which means “to see” – the village has one of the most beautiful views and sunsets on the island). Guvno is an old round structure in the middle of the fields built out of stone which was first used to separate wheat from cockle and later as a community space for socializing. We will have Mat Muntz performing a set on meh (gajde, Primorski mijeh) – bagpipes made out of sheep on the island, and Astrid Kuljanic will join Mat for the second set in duo on voice.

Musicians who will be playing are Filip Flego (guitar), Giorgio Giacobbi (saxophone), Dino Ivelja (bass), Camila Collet (drums), Astrid Kuljanić (voice), Mat Muntz (bass, meh) Mario Bočić (tenor saxophone), Zvonimir Bajević (trumpet, flugelhorn), Davor Doležal (guitar), Luka Žužić (keyboards, trombone), Goran Rukavina (bass) and Borko Rupena (drums).

We will also have an exhibition “Šumski I Šumska” (approximate translation “Ones From The Woods”) by Ruta Association, Vesna Jakić and Francesco Moretti.

Detailed program

Thursday, August 20, Open Air Theatre, Cres, 20:00

Filip Flego Quartet (Croatia, Italy) with: Filip Flego – guitar, Giorgio Giacobbi – saxophone, Dino Ivelja – bass, Camilla Collet – drums

B’Fun Stallation (Croatia) with: Mario Bočić – tenor saxophone, Zvonimir Bajević – trumpet, flugelhorn , Davor Doležal – guitar, Luka Žužić – keyboards, trombone, Goran Rukavina – bass, Borko Rupena – drums

Friday, August 21, Guvno at Vidovići, 20:00

Mat Muntz (USA) – meh, bass

Astrid Kuljanic (Croatia) – voice, electronics

Exhibition “Šumski i Šumska” – Ruta Association, Vesna Jakić and Francesco Moretti

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  • Crescendo Music Festival is supported by:
  • Ministarstvo kulture republike Hrvatske
  • Primorsko-goranska županija
  • Grad Cres
  • Visit Cres – TZ Cres
  • sister-homes
  • Udruga Ruta – Cres
  • DevaDesign

Crescendo 26.-28.06.2009.CREScendo Music Festival was established in 2008 in cooperation with Croatian Music Union on the island Cres, Croatia. Since it’s beginning the main stage was set in the open air cinema of the town of Cres, and other stages were carefully selected to introduce a nonstandard yet perfect musical ambiences: the cloister of St. Francis Friary, Tower of Cres and Stanzia Castellani in Grmozaj to name a few.
The festival gathers world-class domestic and foreign jazz musicians (Matija Dedic, Simone Zanchini, Kruno Levačić, Zvjezdan Ružić, Joe & Lela Kaplowitz, Lela Kaplowitz, Žiga Golob.. ), as well as local artists.
The Crescendo Music Festival has insisted on the interdisciplinary outcome right from the start so that the visitors could enjoy a broad cultural bid i.e. photography exhibitions by Italian photographer Francesco Moretti, hand-made woolen products by Vesna Jakić, silk acrobatics performances by Nives Soldičić, various musical workshops and masterclasses, and yearly exhibition of authentic products of Cres and wonderful stage scenography in collaboration with Ruta Association.

Crescendo - Iva slikeCrescendo Artistic Organization was founded in 2010. It’s primary activity is organizing the annual CREScendo Music Festival, as well as concerts and masterclasses of it’s members. Besides, it collaborates with other organizations regarding the concerts of its members (humanitarian event Homo Si Tec in Rijeka, The Chocolate Festival in Opatija, Bienalle of Mosaic in Rijeka..), has organized musical workshops for the children in cooperation with Matulji district, and has co-operated with Marathon Music in producing a CD for Spart Jazz Project.
For further information and any inquiries please contact the artistic executive Astrid Kuljanic.