The Synesthetic Project
The Synesthetic Project is a multidisciplinary music theatre ensemble developed through a series of collaborations with dancers, visual and multimedia artists creating relationships, connections and expressions of classical music through contemporary art. The project explores the concepts of diversity, understanding, tolerance, communication, of mutual giving and receiving. The goal is to create a world where variety is celebrated, where artists and audience meet without prejudice and boundries of time, style and medium and enjoy the sharing and reinterpretation of their creative stories through another’s eyes. Under the leadership and direction of Nika Bauman, since 2019 the ensemble has created five different productions and performed in Austria, Germany, Ireland and Croatia.
Ensemble Illyrica is a chamber ensemble based in Croatia and Austria, which performs standard classical repertoire and commissions genre-bending works from composers. Illyrica also collaborates on multidisciplinary projects with other performers and visual artists. Listed as one of “Croatia’s most exciting experimental bands” (Timeout.com), the ensemble also aims to bring new music to audiences by giving concerts in small villages and in untraditional classical music venues.
Hailed for their “creative ecstasy, freshness, tonal harmony and rhythmic clarity” (Novi List), Illyrica has performed in major venues and festivals across Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia, such as Wiener Musikverein, Kultursommer Wien, Alte Schmiede, Ernst-Fuchs Museum, Zagreb Biennale, Scena Amadeo (Zagreb), Summer Magic in the Diocletian (Split), Festival Arsana (Ptuj), and Hvar Summer Festival. The ensemble also gave their Ireland debut with a concert in Dublin for the commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the International Recognition of the Republic of Croatia.
In 2022, Illyrica is releasing their debut album and performing in Croatia, Austria, and giving their Czech debut at Lednice-Valtice Music Festival. Every year, the ensemble features and collaborates with a living composers, such as Lana Janjanin, Mak Murtić, Srdan Dedić, and James Budinich. This season features several new commissioned projects with composers David Crowell (US), Viola Falb (AT), and Akos Banlaky (HU).
Duo Bauman Ferlan
Marko Ferlan and Nika Bauman play together since 2014, when they both were still students at the University of Music and performing Arts in Vienna. As a duo they’ve played concerts throughout Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. Their repertoire is a colorful mix of unusual and rarely played original works and arrangements for flute and guitar. In June 2018 the duo won the 1st Prize for chamber music on the competition Premio Citta di Padova (IT). Since 2020 the duo has been performing in several music theatre productions for young audiences in Vienna such as Triolino, Cinello and Allez Hop!.