Archive 2015

Ivana Bilić

is an international marimba soloist and percussion artist. Known for her versatility, she regularly appears as soloist with European orchestras (Danish Radio Symphony, W. Lutoslawski Philharmonic, Pannon Philharmonic, Slovenian Philharmonic, Dohnany Symphony…) and participates in chamber, crossover and stage productions. She was a guest artist at numerous festivals (Musicora Paris, Tempus fugit Tel Aviv, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Music Biennale Zagreb…). Ivana gives masterclasses, participates in marimba festivals in Europe, South America, the USA and serves as jury member at marimba and percussion competitions (Salzburg, Stuttgart, Paris, Linz, Timisoara..). Ivana has been the solo timpanist of the Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian RTV. She is the recipient of all major Croatian performers’ and discography awards. Ivana is the author of several percussion pieces published by Edition Svitzer, Malletworks and Cantus. A pupil of I. Lešnik, she currently teaches at the Zagreb Academy of Music. Ivana is a Marimbaone artist with her own signature line of mallets.


Ivana Bilic

Joby Burgess

One of Britain’s most diverse percussionists, Joby is best known for his virtuosic, often lissom performances, daring collaborations, extensive education work, and regularly appears throughout Europe, the USA and beyond.
Joby commits much of his time to his own projects, most notably the audio visual collective Powerplant - with sound designer, Matthew Fairclough and visual artist, Kathy Hinde - where the worlds of minimalism and electronica collide. Since 2001 Joby has been at the forefront of Britain’s leading percussion group Ensemble Bash and performs regularly with several duo partners including oboist, Janey Miller as New Noise and cellist, Matthew Sharp as Uncharted. 2014 saw a new collaboration with The Smith Quartet and new commissions from Graham Fitkin and Will Gregory.
Dedicated to the development of the percussion repertoire, often in combination with electronics, Joby spends much of his time commissioning and recording new music. Recent highlights have included extensive tours with Peter Gabriel’s New Blood Orchestra, the premiere of Gabriel Prokofiev’s Concerto for Bass Drum and Orchestra and releases of Powerplant’s 24 Lies Per Second and ensemblebash’s A Doll’s House both on Signum Classics.
Joby regularly performs, records and collaborates with artists including Claire Booth, Stewart Copeland, Stephen Deazley, Michael Finnissy, Ben Foster, Murray Gold, John Kenny, Akram Khan, Sarah Leonard, Joanna MacGregor, Peter Maxwell Davies, Nitin Sawhney, Keith Tippett, Adrian Utley, Nana Vasconcelos and Eric Whitacre along with many of the world’s leading chamber ensembles.
Joby can often be heard on major film and TV scores and his extensive collection of instruments are featured exclusively on Spitfire Audio’s sample library Percussion Redux, recorded at the world famous Air Lyndhurst Hall, London.
Each year Joby gives master-classes and leads numerous creative workshops for organisations such as the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the Percussive Arts Society; focusing on rhythm, composition and improvisation, often using West African music as the stimulus. From 2004 to 2012 Joby was professor of percussion and director of percussion ensembles at Junior Trinity College of Music, Greenwich. Joby studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London.


Joby Burgess

Casey Cangelosi

Percussionist and Composer, CASEY CANGELOSI, currently serves as an Instructor of Music at Concord University.  He is commonly hosted by universities around the U.S. as a visiting guest artist. As well has been a world-wide featured soloist at events including The Midwest Clinic, PASIC, The Piteå Percussion Repertoire Festival in Sweden, The International Percussion Festival of Taiwan, and The Italy PAS International Competition among others. Casey is regularly commissioned for new compositions and from the percussion community has been called the "Paganini of Percussion" and "The voice of a new generation".


Casey cangelosi


Nikola Krbanyevitch

is a France based musician, versatile percussionist/drummer. His interest in multicultural and crossover projects led him to the creation of Balkan Project Orchestra where he was the artistic leader and singer. Nikola is active as a player in orchestra and chamber ensembles (Youth Philharmony B. Pascan, Belgrade Philharmony, Orchestre Symphonique de Nîmes, Orchestre Symphonique Contrepoint, Orchestre Lamoureux, Aeolus brass bands). Following his early studies of piano, theory and percussion in Belgrade he has earned his artistic and pedagogy degrees in the Conservatories of Montpellier, Perpignan and Toulouse. He is currently leading the percussion program at Conservatoire a Rayonnement Departemental Evreux in Normandy , performing with the quartet „La Tete Ailleurs“ and is very committed in the Board of the French Percussion Association.


Nikola Krbanyevitch


The INK Experiment

Ivana Bilić and Nikola Krbanyevitch started their cooperation in 2014 led by their curiosity for multicultural and musical diversity and improvisation.Duo The INK Experiment has appeared at international festivals in The Netherlands, Germany, USA and France (Amsterdam Marimba Weekend, WestfalenClassics, PASIC, l`Ateliers) They are currently in residence at the Regional Conservatory for Music and Dance (CRD)in Evreux, France and at the Zagreb Dance Centre. In season 2015/16 the duo is working on a music and dance project in cooperation with the croatian festival Contemporary Dance Week.


the ink experiment


Francesca Santangelo

Italian percussionist FRANCESCA SANTANGELO graduated at the Conservatory “G.B. Pergolesi” (Prof. A. Santangelo) in Fermo. In July 2007 she took her degree at the “Staatliche Hochschule für Musikund Darstellende Kunst” in Stuttgart (Prof. Marta Klimasara). Between 2007 and 2008 she was percussionist in the Orchestra of the Theatre in Freiburg. In 2010 she studied “Advanced Studies Percussion” at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Freiburg (Prof. BernhardWulff). In July 2012 after her last exam, the Radio “Deutsche Radio Wissen” interviewed her for the programm “Absolventen Porträt”. Since 2012 she collaborates with the “Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI” in Torino. She is invited in many percussion Festivals (Argentina, Costa Rica, Slovenia, Mongolia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain and many others) to play solo concerts and give masterclasses. Francesca is one of the Artistic Director of the PAS Days of Percussion Festival in Italy.Since 2008 she is teaching Percussion in Music schools in Freiburg (Germany). Francesca Santangelo plays on Bergerault instruments. This year she is also invited in St.Petersburg (Russia) and Poznan (Polen).


Francesca Santangelo


Claudio Santangelo

His musical sensibility and compositional and interpretative creativity place him at the top of young marimba virtuoso soloists. Born in 1987, he belongs to a family of fourth-generation percussionists.  A child prodigy, he has won numerous First Prizes at National and International Competitions.  At the age of 18, he recorded the Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra by T. Procaccini for EDIPAN with the Ukrainian National Symphonic Orchestra and pieces for Marimba, Vibraphone, and Piano in a Duo with the Authoress.  In 2011, he presented his first CD in Lithuania, “Music for You”, which has aroused much admiration even in the United States, where it is transmitted regularly on the Percussion Radio Channel.  Despite his youth, Claudio is invited to carry out Recitals and Master Classes in:  France, Croatia, Spain, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Romania, China, Russia….He has composed numerous pieces for marimba, vibraphone, timpani solo, and two Concerts for Marimba and Orchestra published by “Italy Percussion Edition”. His compositions are easily usable by his listeners, although they present remarkable technical difficulties, much appreciated by performers. Claudio is a Yamaha and Vic Firth Artist.  


Claudio Santalgelo



The percussion ensemble Slovenski tolkalni projekt, or shorter SToP, was founded in 1999. StoP is a unique ensemble composed entirely of academically educated musicians. They also played with the Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra in Samobor, the percussion group Bing Bang in Zagreb and Bjelovar and with the Slowind Wind Quintet in Ljubljana, Opicina and Trieste. In 2002, StoP joined the Seoul Drum Festival in South Korea, and participated at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup. In September 2006 they performed at the 8th Ribarroja del Turia Percussion Festival and Lliria in Spain, as well as in Podgorica, Lithuania and in Český Krumlov. In 2013 StoP got Župančič award and in 2014 Prešeren Foundation Award.StoP endorses Dream Cymbals and gongs and Innovative Percussion