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Antonija’s Stories

Here I will share stories behind my music. I will be posting some of my memories, other artists’ music or just pictures that touch me deeply. Follow my blog to stay updated about any tour dates and new releases.

INTERVIEW to be broadcasted on Klassik Radio on 13.12.

Dear friends and listeners, my interview with Gerlinde Wallner Petric will be broadcasted tomorrow, Dec. 13th, in the morning at 6.35 am and in the afternnon at 5.15 pm. I look forward to your impressions. My best wishes, Antonija

Interview at Klassik Radio Vienna

I would like to thank to Gerlinde Petric-Wallner for the heartfelt interview at the Klassik Radio Vienna station today. The presentation of my newest album IL MARE and the upcoming concert in Vienna at the Kaisersaal in Kaiserstr. 10 will follow. Please stay tuned for the exact day and time of our interview broadcasting.

Today SPOTIFY started streaming IL MARE

Exciting news, as of this morning IL MARE is also on Spotify. Enjoy streaming it! Looking forward to impressions about the songs and the album.

La voce dell’Jonio article

Grateful for one more article about my upcoming album. Thank you dear Elisabetta Castiglioni for an amazing support and your magic touch to reach out Italian media!

LIVE YOUR LIVE

Thank you for featuring my new CD at Live Your Live in Italy!

Comunicalo article

Thanks to Comunicalo for the article about the upcoming album “IL MARE”.

Oltre le colonne Information & Cultura article

Finally the last two songs are described here:
“Taste of Bitter” is a bitter and self-reflective song, which describes the turbulence and demons of Antonija’s facing the fact that both of her parents passed away within half a year, in such a short period of time. The song is heavy and sad, but inside there is a trace of hope.

“Worth Living For”, finally, was inspired by moments that flare up or make our life shine, “when people feel at home with some of my songs, when an unknown woman sends me a video of her child, who has been hypnotized by one of my songs, when my children make kind gestures, when I get sincere impressions from the audience after my concerts,… These are unforgettable moments full of gratitude, for which it is worth living!”

For a full article go to:
https://www.oltrelecolonne.it/il-mare-esce-il-7-dicembre-il-nuovo-album-di-antonija-pacek/

Murmur of Art post

The continuation of the stories of the album compositions:
“Back to Faith” reflects a moment in which you believe in yourself and your actions again. From that moment on, she felt a self-confidence to create new songs further and not to give up.
“Waiting”, in fact, remains a constant in the world of business. The song talks about waiting: we often have a lot of expectations but most of the time nothing happens. “Someone opens you a door or a window, and then closes it in front of your face. As a result, it is not always easy to preserve patience and even joy of continuing…” One needs to take things in own hands to make things happen.

IL POPOLO VENETO article

Continuing stories of the tracks:
“Brand New Dawn” paints a hope for a better future for us human beings, as well as a dream that Antonija’s music will possibly touch more and more souls, to communicate to them hopefulness and gratitude for each life via music. “Viva Life” is a song with a happy vibe, celebrating life and family being together.

La Valle dei Templi article

La Valle dei Templi article presents IL MARE album and writes:
“Expecting Nina” depicts a happy state of mind, when Antonija was pregnant with her first child and expecting her arrival. “Magic Forest” is a song about discovering mysterious things in a forest, discovering new places and new people, understanding them better. The atmosphere here is exploratory and mystifying.

Paese Italia Press

One more supporting article in Paese Italia Press.
A further excerpt of the song stories from “IL MARE” is presented here:
“Late Fall” was actually composed during late fall. The composition portrays a frustration with sometimes too fast, sometimes too slow passage of time´. One does a lot of work directly from heart, but often does not see results soon enough. But still it is not a “downer” song, the energy is still there to move on and stay focused and motivated.

Gliscomunicati article

Gliscomunicati.it endorses also the new album “IL MARE”.
The stories of the next two songs are as follows:
“Forgive” represents a sad song that combines two stories – the one of her friend’s misfortunate, unjust happenings in life and the other story overlapping with Antonija’s own feelings of disappointment with certain friendships. “It felt therapeutic to write this song and to find a strength to forgive”, Antonija shared. “Aloft” was inspired by a film also named “Aloft”. The movie is a sad, atmospheric, profound, slowly and thoughtfully told life drama. The song is arranged with cello to create more depth, orchestrated by Davor Rocco and Antonija Pacek, featuring Neva Begovic on cello.

Cronaca Oggi Quotidiano article

The article also includes the stories of each composition on the “IL MARE” album.
Here is a translated excerpt:
The opening song of the new album is “Before the Storm”, which depicts challenges she faced with one of her children. In retrospect, Antonija closely listened to her child’s heart and feelings, so the disputes were all resolved with time.
“The SEA” is a goodbye song for her mother, and presents her acceptance that her mother is physically gone. An excerpt of the chorus that Antonija wrote for this song goes “your face reflected in the deep, deep blue sea, oceans of memories right back, back at me, searching for the moments for the days full of glare, then rolling with the wave coming up for air…”. An instrumental solo piano version of the song the SEA is the track two, and the piano with the vocal version, featuring Barbara Kier is a bonus track on the album (14).

DiTutto Magazine in Rome writes about IL MARE

The press release is out.
All of the tracks are listed in English and Italian
Track list e concept
Before the Storm / Prima della tempesta
The Sea / Il mare
Forgive / Perdonare
Aloft / In Alto
Late Fall / Tardo autunno
Expecting Nina / Aspettando Nina
Magic Forest / Foresta magica
Brand New Dawn / Alba nuovissima
Viva Life / Viva la Vita
Back to Faith / Ritorno alla fede
Waiting / In attesa
Taste of bitter (Sapore di amaro)
Worth Living For (Vale la pena vivere)
And there are the track stories inside of the article!

Pianeta Salute endorses new album IL MARE

It reads IL MARE the brand new album of Antonija Pacek.
Release: Dec. 7th, 2018 via spinnup (UMG)
For all the journalists and radio stations who would be interested to listen to the new album, please contact us per email: info@elisabettacastiglioni.it
A press release text is published there.

B in Rome promotes IL MARE album

B in Rome magazine reports: The challenges to which life subjects us every day, the lasting influence of a great loss, the disappointments of friendship and the sense of forgiveness, faith and trust in one’s actions and thoughts, a sad film, but also happy moments: these are some of the main themes that inspired the new album by Antonija Pacek: “IL MARE”.
There is a sea of emotions that is intertwined in the thirteen original compositions that the pianist of Croatian and Austrian origin has created and interpreted in her third, highly anticipated album: it is instrumental pieces seasoned with poetic imagination and unexplored sounds that will surely hit the sensibilities of the listeners of every story, geography and generation! During Antonija’s stay in her summer house right next to the sea, the artist found there a meditative clarity and a creative energy that led her to compose songs such as Forgive, Magic Forest, Viva Life and Back to Faith.
“IL MARE” will be published via spinnup (Universal Music Group) and available on the major digital streaming and download platforms (such as iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, Google Music, etc.) as of Friday, December 7, 2018.
In the coming weeks, the album will be broadcast by prestigious radio stations, including Radio Klassik in Vienna; Twentysound Radio in Berlin; Radio Kristall in Milan; Shades of Classics in Canada and Whispering Radio, in the United States
Antonija Pacek has been able to transmit to a multigenerational and multicultural audience a true passion in the way of playing and interpenetrating life through music. After the success of “Soul Colours” and “Life Stories”, a new tour is scheduled for 2019 in Italy, Austria, Croatia and the Emirates.

CONCERT IN VIENNA!

Antonija Pacek, a neoclassical composer, will present her third album, IL MARE, that will soon be published. The concert in Vienna will take place on Feb. 22nd, 2019 at 7.30 pm in Kaiser Hall in Kaiserstr. 10 (7th district at Klavier Galerie). Her music has been broadcasted on many radios in the US, Canada, Germany, Italy , including Klassik Radio in Vienna. After her Italian tour in April 2018, Free Magazine in Milano wrote a review “Symphony of Emotions” and L’Arena in Verona commented: “Pacek, a great revival of the classics”. German media named her, “a female response to Ludovico Einaudi”. Katharina Göschke, a talented violinist, will be a guest performer at the concert!
Come and enjoy soulful music!

Article about song Strong in Free Magazine

Free Magazine from Milano wrote an article and the subtitle reads: “Antonija Pacek and Roberto Bedross once again creating music together. They artistically met in summer 2017. Their synergetic work has given life to two singles: Ecstasy and Strong!” It has been also featured by Kristall Radio in Milano! Thank you Alessandro for a beautiful article! This is the LINK for a full article: http://free-magazine.info/musica/antonija-pacek-e-roberto-bedross-ancora-una-volta-insieme-con-un-nuovo-brano-dance-strong/

Strong as a song of the day

Strong is the song of the day on radio ZW in Poland. The song has been broadcasted also on Radio 101 and Radio Yammat in Croatia, International Vienna Radio, Muzyczne Radio in Poland. The song is featuring Jade Davies.

Music that lifts up and transcends

On Nov. 8th, 2018, I volunteered to play a Community Support concert at the Geriatric home Rodaun in the 23. district in Vienna. The owner and the director of the Geriatric home Rodun, Mrs. Hilde Haeussle and her daughter Alice so warmly welcomed me (the three of us are in the photo taken after the concert) and all three of us had tears as the concert was finished, feeling transcended. My heart was full.
The feelings after the concert were unforgettable and overwhelming for me as well as for my audience there. Some of their residents held their hands as they felt the flood of emotions during my concert, as Hilde and Alice told me afterwards. Some people that usually do not attend concerts there, came alone in the middle of the concert, inside of their wheelchairs, as the sound from the corridors pulled them inside of the concert room.
As I finished playing my song “Aloft”, someone in the audience commented aloud, “this is as good as the magic!”
Alice send me the following note later today that really moved me: “Liebe Antonija! Deine Musik hat die Herzen unserer BewohnerInnen sehr berührt und verzaubert😍. Wir wollen uns bedanken für dieses aussergewöhnliche, feinfühlige und herzliche Konzert.” (Dear Antonija, your music has touched and enchanted the hearts of our residents. We want to thank you for this extraordinary, emotional and heartful concert.)
I thank everyone and I promise to be back at Rodaun next year!

A NEW album IL MARE coming out SOON!

The third album, “IL MARE” is coming out at the beginning of the Dec. 2018 and will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, Tidal and a few other streaming platforms.
The following songs will be included: Before the Storm, the Sea, Forgive, Aloft (with cello feat. Neva Begovic), Late Fall, Expecting Nina, Magic Forest, Brand New Dawn, Viva Life, Back to Faith, Waiting, Taste of Bitter, Worth Living For. Bonus tracks will be The Sea feat. Barbara Kier with her beautiful, dreamy vocal and Aloft solo piano.
When the album IL MARE comes out, I look forward to hearing impressions from all of you!

A Girl of the Day

When Osijek News surprises me by publishing an article titled, “A GIRL OF THE DAY: Antonija Pacek-a woman that creates, composes and progresses”. A beautifully written, unexpected articles about my life path and recent accomplishments. For a full article in Croatian, please go to: https://osijeknews.hr/cura-dana-antonija-pacek-zena-koja-stvara-sklada-napreduje/

New lyric video for “Strong” on YouTube


Check out the new lyric video for dance song Strong. The video was produced by Roberto Bedross. Lyrics and music by Antonija Pacek, production by Roberto Bedross, featuring Jade Davies. Strong was distributed by Spinnup on Aug. 6th, 2018.
The song can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon.

“Sorrow” and “Lost” songs became film scores in the Escape

Talented Sandra Loncaric, a renown Croatian actress, just finished her short film, the Escape, inspired by a life of Romy Schneider. It is a great honor that Sandra chose my two songs, Sorrow and Lost as her film scores. The film will be presented for the first time on a prestigious international film festival in Vukovar on 25.8.2018. Sandra wrote the screenplay, acted and co-directed the film.

Impressions from my concert in Rome

Thank you to the great audience for coming to my concert at teatro di Villa Torlonia and a huge thanks to Elisabetta Castigloni for making it happen!

 

Charity Concert

The Charity Concert with a Purpose to Buy Communicators for children from Ivan Stark School Glas Slavonije Newspapers issued on March 27th, 2018

Below in the article is the Bank number for the Ivan Stark school for those who would still like to donate money for very needed Communicators (Computer program for children in need).

http://www.glas-slavonije.hr/359609/3/Prihod-namijenjen-za-kupnju-komunikatora-djeci-iz-Starka

Donna Moderna

Donna Moderna endorses my concerts planned for April in four Italian cities.