POZITIV FILM ZAGREB presents LIDIJA BAJUK a film by ANTE ROZIĆA “SIGNS” DELIMIR REŠICKI STANISLAV KOVAČIĆ MARIJA MLINAR BRANKO TRAJKOV LADISLAV VARGA MARKO ŽERJAV sound engineer LORIN ZOVIĆ sound recordist ZORAN KNEŽEVIĆ film editor DAMIR CIMPERŠAK director of photography SANDI NOVAK written, produced and directed by ANTE ROZIĆ
Traditional music inspires musicians of different genres. Sometimes they use short musical themes, which they vary in their compositions in a number of ways, sometimes they develop the whole tune, and at other times the source of the inspiration is felt even in the absence of any specific phrase. The common starting point of these musical masterpieces is the traditional music of Croatia, in particular vocal music. Most musicians and composers turn to tradition at certain moments in their careers, presenting their compositions in thematic albums or festivals.
A few musicians stand out, finding their permanent inspiration in traditional music, the source of their ideas for their own compositions. Their interpretations might be quite dissimilar and expressions often pervaded by different styles, but what makes them alike is their affinity for the tradition and an incessant interpretation of old songs in novel ways.
Lidija Bajuk has tirelessly browsed through numerous pages of records of old music and conducted field research on her own. She, together with Dunja Knebl, anticipated the new genre of Croatian ethno music with their joint concert Inspired by Heritage at the 28th International Folklore Festival in Zagreb in1994, continuing in the same direction with the concert and album Ethno Ambient Live in 1995, with Dunja Knebl and the group Legen, Irina Vitorović and dulcimer player Andrija Maronić. Other performers joined these musicians in the following years, briefly or for longer periods, but only a few persisted in their quest, continually exploring traditional music and performing in their imaginative ways. Lidija Bajuk never wavered in her quest to find the right songs that would correspond with her vision. Often she sang songs that could rarely be heard, songs of a distinctive content and message, witnesses of a distant time. She meticulously chooses her collaborators – fine musicians who share similar ideas – and she is eager to include local grassroots musicians. She revives old songs by kaleidoscopically fusing vocals with different musical instrumentation.
Irena Miholić, Ph.D., ethnomusicologist
After graduating from the Teacher’s College, Lidija Bajuk worked as a teacher and librarian in her home-land of Međimurje. Moving to Zagreb in 1998, she began her career as a professional writer and musician, while also finishing studies in Ethnology and Anthropology. She is now working as an Assistant at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb. Lidija’s professional musical career began in about 1980, although her first significant public performances occurred at the concerts of John Mayall and Joan Baez in 1987 and 1989 in what was then Yugoslavia. She is one of the founders of the Croatian ethnic music scene. She has released seven music albums, seven books of poetry, three books of prose and recently about twenty scientific papers. She cooperates with ecological and humanitarian associations, as well as educational, scientific and cultural institutions, and with a number of Croatian and foreign musicians. She initiated and coorganized several music projects, some ethnographic field research and workshops on mythic symbols in Croatian oral poetry, two symposiums about non-material Kajkavian heritage and Virtual Traditional Music Museum of Međimurje (www.mtraditional.com), the exhibition About Croatian Traditional Music of Međimurje and Environs (www.arhivx.net/htgm/?virtual=show&id=1) and founded the Center for Non-Material Culture of Međimurje. She also authored the proposal by which the traditional chants of Međimurje were included on the Register of Protected Intangible Cultural Goods of Croatia in 2013. She was an associate of the 48th International Folk Festival in Zagreb and the initiator of the VestaFesta – Festival of Women’s Traditional Music-Making in Vrpolje near Trilj. Croatian Radiotelevision has filmed several episodes on its educational program based on her scenarios. She periodically composes and has performed for film, theatre and dance choreography. She has had numerous artistic performances throughout Croatia and abroad. She has won numerous national and several international awards.