Dina Bušić (Zadar, 1979) is a classically trained musician who received her degree in Musicology from the Zagreb Academy of Music. She started actively singing from a very early age; for many years she sang in Zadar and Zagreb choirs, klapas (traditional Dalmatian acapella groups), and folk ensembles, simultaneously studying solo singing with Stojan Stojanov Ganchev. Even throughout the years working as a music critic for Jutarnji List, teaching music culture at schools in Zadar, working as a music producer at the Croatian National Theater Zadar, and finally Director of the Zadar Concert Office, for Dina singing remained the golden thread woven into the fabric of her life. Her soprano, which she so selflessly shared with the numerous musicians she collaborated with, is characterized by lyrical softness, and her performances show idiosyncratic expressiveness painted in Mediterranean tones.
With editorial and writing skills she honed as the author and editor of musical monographs dedicated to the Zadar Chamber Orchestra and the Blagoje Bersa Music School in Zadar, as well as working on numerous editions of Musical Evenings at St. Donat, the oldest festival in her hometown of Zadar, Dina confidently took on the extensive scope of work required for the project Nightingale - Forgotten songs of the Zadar Arbanasi. In addition to singing the songs of her ancestors, Dina also recorded them in her student days, researched them as an ethnomusicologist, and edited them into a unique whole in collaboration with musicians of similar musical sensibilities: Melita Ivković, Edin Karamazov, and Miroslav Tadić. A musician whose singing is one of the many layers within her artistic and intellectual repertoire, she is a passionate student of the subject of identity through the art of music, especially when it comes to exploring her own, what is forgotten, and what remains hidden or unknown.
Guitarist Melita Ivković (Zadar, 1976) was trained in classical music at the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of Professor Ante Čagalj.
Her particular combination of an inherent connection to classical music through composing and arranging, solo and chamber music performances, and frequent trips to world music, is what best describes Melita's over two and a half decades of intense music-making.
Melita's artistic expression was largely shaped by her work with the Zagreb Guitar Quartet. In addition to having traveled the world with the ensemble from 1993 till today – performing in thirty countries on four continents - she was also the winner of international awards, released two albums, and produced a number of works by renowned contemporary composers.
And yet, besides the classical, Melita's musical experience shows layers of influences from other genres, some of which she became enamored with even as a student, such as rock, jazz, bossa nova ... Being a classicist with an open mind, she welcomed all those influences into her world, embraced them, and created her own unique and authentic musical mosaic.
Some elements of this mosaic are best reflected today in her collaboration with Dina Bušić, Miroslav Tadić, and Edin Karamazov on the project Nightingale - Forgotten Songs of the Zadar Arbanasi. The language in which she writes her compositions and arrangements can best be described as a measured and stylistically thought out amalgam resting on the foundations of classical harmony, vibrant as the vast traditional musical elements from nations she draws inspiration from - from Brazil to Albania!