The gala concert at Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall will mark the 40th anniversary of the magnificent career of one of the most significant new wave singer-songwriters
Thirty nine published albums. Over two thousand concerts from Maribor to Sydney, from Zagreb to Cairo, from Tešanj to Dublin. Indie rock, gypsy swing, jazzy chanson, singer-songwriter ballads, film and theatre music. Life in a van. Gas station sandwiches, cheap railway station restaurant food and gala dinners with state presidents. Cooperation and socializing with colleagues. Exaggeration of all kinds and colours. It all stands for a 40-year long music career, which deserves to be celebrated with a gala concert to present Zoran Predin in a selection of the best songs from different periods of his rich career.
New arrangements and interesting and unexpected guests will also delight us that evening at Lisinski Hall.
The iron repertoire of Lačni Franz (Predin's first band that translates as Hungry Franz), the most beautiful moments of the incredible collaboration with top pianist Matija Dedić on the double album Traces in Memory (Tragovi u sjeti), warm and playful gypsy swing of Damir Kukuruzović, one of the world's best post-Django guitarists and - after a long time, as the anniversary surprise at this Zagreb concert - the ever-enchanting singer Anja Rupel with songs of her legendary Videosex band.
Even those who completely dislike Zoran Predin, one of Slovenia's most significant new wave singer-songwriters, admit that he possesses witty authorial originality and sparkling unconventionality with his provocative attitude and black humour texts. What he himself considers the biggest compliment is being called the new-wave Arsen Dedić, being compared to Croatia's top music virtuoso and poet, who was his long-time friend and fruitful collaborator. He has released 39 self-authored albums, 4 poem collections and an anecdote book titled The Second Wife in the Harem. He has written film and theatre music, tried various music styles and appeared around the world, but, as he himself says: the best is yet to come.