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Today “Forever” Published by Navona Recordings

Today “Forever” Published by Navona Recordings

Today is coming out my newest album “Forever”! Navona Records published it from the USA and it will be availalbe internationally on major streaming platforms and on Amazon.

I so much look forward to your impressions.

Happy listening!

Antonija

Music full of light for healing souls

Music full of light for healing souls

Mile grazie caro Mic Cennamo for the beautiful article in Pianeta Salute magazine about my upcoming album “Forever”.

Here is an excerpt translated from italian: “A little light in these pandemic days is brought by the long-awaited album “Forever” by Antonija Pacek, which will be released on October 23, 2020 by Parma Recordings – Navona Records. Antonija approached the music with an open heart, sincerely pouring emotions into every single composition on the album. It is this understanding and empathy with the current, difficult situation in which many find themselves due to the corona-pandemic, has enabled, a certain kind of maturation of Antonija’s own creativity, to find a new musical language in the existing one. “I believe that something in me was looking for balance, on the one hand it was empathy for people who face hardship because of illness or lost jobs, and on the other it was an inner need for something cheerful and relaxing as a counterweight to this sad and difficult. I hope this album will be a kind of therapy for others. Honestly, when I write music, it’s a kind of therapy for me as well “, Antonija told us.”

Music against anxiety

Music against anxiety

Thank you Damir Leljak @ Gloria.hr for your great interview about healing sides of music, and for recommending “Forever” album in this context. I feel gratefiul!

“Sweet expressiveness encompasses the full range of human emotions”

“Sweet expressiveness encompasses the full range of human emotions”

La compositrice e pianista Antonija Pacek stupisce ancora con Forever. Un album di musica per pianoforte soul ed estetica, in uno stile minimalista tra musica classica e popolare. La Pacek, che ha una laurea in psicologia, non e estranea alla conditio humana, e mentre il temperamento dei suoi pezzi e decisamente malinconico, la loro dolce espressivita abbraccia tutta la gamma delle emozioni umane…

A big thanks to blog Roma is Love for a beautiful posting on Sept. 22nd on FB and IG. The text reads:

Composer and pianist Antonija Pacek amazes again with Forever. An album of soulful and aesthetic piano music, in a minimalist style between classical and popular music. Pacek, who has a degree in psychology, is no stranger to the “humana conditio”, and while the temperament of her pieces is decidedly melancholy, their sweet expressiveness encompasses the full range of human emotions …

Antonija Pacek comes out with “Forever” between classical and popular music

Antonija Pacek comes out with “Forever” between classical and popular music

Thank you “B in Rome” for a beautiful article about my upcoming album “Forever”, which will be published on Oct. 23rd, 2020 by Parma Recordings and their Navona Records. The album will be available on all streaming platforms and as a CD on Amazon as of Oct. 23rd. Stay tuned.

Photography in the article is by Dean Tosovic, done on the island of Lopud in Croatia. Photography on the cover of the CD is by Antonio Gonzalez.

Pianeta Salute published an article about “Forever”

Pianeta Salute published an article about “Forever”

Thank you Mic for publishing an article about my newest album that is coming out at the end of June. It will be published by Parma Recordings label and will be available on all streaming platforms and as a CD. Thank you Pianeta Salute for bringing the word out in Italy!

Full article

Signed Contract with Parma Recordings

Signed Contract with Parma Recordings

Today I signed a contract with Parma Recordings, a well-known classical music label in the USA. Parma Recordings will publish my newest, fourth album “Forever”. The album will be available on all major streaming platforms and also in a CD form. Their team accepted all of my 13 new songs: Sofia, If Only Time Allowed, Gone Young, Forever, Lullaby, Light, Almost Goodbye, Before the Rain, Deep Red, Farewell to Sad, Inner Child, Wanna Dance and What is Waiting for Me. I suggested also two bonus tracks, and am waiting for their confirmation. Parma Recordings accepted the chosen picture from Antonio Gonzalez, the Windmill, which was the picture of the day on NASA’s platform on April 17th, 2020. I feel very delighted, grateful and excited!

Rade Serbedzija interprets Sarajlic with my new song

Rade Serbedzija interprets Sarajlic with my new song

On May 9th, 2020 Rade Serbedzija, one of our most prominent and expressive actors, published on his FB artist page a recital of Izet Sarajlic’s beautiful and very sad poem, “Veceras cemo za njih voljeti”. In the background is playing my newest compositions “If only time allowed”. The fact that Rade chose my song is a tremendous honor and I feel so grateful. “If only time allowed” will be published on the new album “Forever”.

Watching Rade perform this poem with a lot of emotions made me cry…

I look forward to your impressions of this performance…

New CD cover

New CD cover

I would like to introduce my new CD cover for the newest album “Forever”. The photography is a part of the photo made by Antonio Gonzalez and the art work was designed by Robert Skondro. The album will be published in June, so stay tuned.

I look forward to your impressions about the CD cover…

Antonio Gonzalez’s beautiful photography

Antonio Gonzalez’s beautiful photography

I feel so excited, honored and delighted to share that I have got a permission to take one of the most beautiful photos of the universe and a windmill, taken by Antonio Gonzalez, for the new cover of my newest CD “Forever”. Antonio wrote to me that he really loves my music and that his photography will match well my new compositions. The compositions will reflect darkness and light of our current uneasy situation while most of the countries are in lockdown mode. However, we also need some uplifting and relaxing tunes to conquer the current stress and frustrations we might feel.

Solopiano.com playlist includes IL MARE

Solopiano.com playlist includes IL MARE

If you like to listen to the music on Spotify and would like to enjoy your life and feel relaxed, go to a wonderful playlist by Solo Piano Music by Matthew Mayer on Spotify! Let me know how much you felt emotions and joy, or even worked through your own sadness by listening to these amazing compositions …

IL MARE nominated as an album of the year

IL MARE nominated as an album of the year

Solopiano.com announced at the beginning of Feb. 2020 album of the year nominees, who represent 13 different countries and 6 different categories. I am very honored and delighted that my album “IL MARE” was nominated in the category of “Contemporary and Modern Album of the year 2019”.  The announcement of the winner will be on Feb. 24th, 2020. A warm congratulation to all of the amazing nominees, including David Nevue. I would also like to express my gratitude, as well as a huge congratulations to Matthew Mayer for the 20th anniversary of the solopiano.com, a platform that supports unselfishly solo piano composers and artists. Feeling very grateful!

“On a Pink Paper” & “Sofia” merging together

“On a Pink Paper” & “Sofia” merging together

A huge thanks to Rade Serbedzija for inviting me to his concert in Vienna. It was a magical and unforgettable evening. For our performance, Rade recited a poem “On a Pink Paper” by Nikica Petrak and I played my newest song “Sofia”. Antun Stasic colored the song with his dreamy violine. Photography by Albin Melez.

Rade Serbedzija’s concert in Vienna

Rade Serbedzija’s concert in Vienna

Come and enjoy the concert of Rade Serbedzija and Zapadni Kolodvor on Jan. 18th, 2020 at 7.30 pm at the Akzent Theater in Vienna (3. district). There will be a little surprise. As a guest, I will be tremendously honored to perform my new compositions “Sofia” while Rade recites a poem. Feeling very grateful!

Before the Storm, song no. 2

Before the Storm, song no. 2

Check out the new playlist from the American Solopiano.com on Spotify! “Before the Storm” from last IL MARE album is song no. 2!

Enjoy the beautiful music from various musicians. Thank you Matthew Mayers for choosing “Before the Storm” to be listed there!

Happy new Year everyone!

Make dreams come true in 2020

Make dreams come true in 2020

Dear friends and listeners,

merry Christmas and wishing to everyone to realise own dreams in 2020!

IL MARE Top11 album on Enlightened Piano Radio

IL MARE Top11 album on Enlightened Piano Radio

It has been a great joy and honor that my album IL MARE is listed to be top 11 at the Enlightened Piano Radio recordings for October 2019, as reported to the ZONE MUSIC REPORTER chart. Congratulations also to my colleagues for their top 20 listing – especially congrats to my friend Andrew James Johnson!

Warm Impressions from Snjezana Maretic

Warm Impressions from Snjezana Maretic

Dear Antonija, I listened to [Il Mare ablum] with my husband… It is music for wakening and as a lullaby, for listening with closed eyes, connected hands, emotional and subtle, rich, yet stripped to the core, minimalistic but glorious in its expression, feels right at the first hearing, waiting eagerly to listen to it again and again… Big LIKE from both of us

Draga Antonija, poslusala sam sa suprugom [Il Mare]… Glazba za budjenje i uspavljivanje, za slusanje zatvorenih ociju, spojenih ruku, emotivna i suptilna, bogata, a opet ogoljena do srzi, jednostavna a velicanstvena u izricaju, sjeda na prvo slusanje, cekajuci nestrpljivo nova preslusavanja…
Big like, od oba ????

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Snjezana!

Profound Emotional Experience by Jody

Profound Emotional Experience by Jody

“The first time I listened to “Il Mare” I was doing reiki. Antonija’s music calmed our souls. While listening I received a tremendous emotional experience and at one point tears were rolling down my cheeks. Her music seemed to draw pictures in my mind. I absolutely loved it! Thank you for your talent as a song writer and for your music!” XX Jody Hekela

Dear Jody, thank you very much from my heart for your deeply felt emotions in my music and for sharing your experience with me (and for allowing me to publish your kind words here)!

 

“Floating” on Whisperings Radio Spotify Playlist (no. 7)

“Floating” on Whisperings Radio Spotify Playlist (no. 7)

Solo Piano favorites from Whisperings Radio playlist on Spotify. Topping the playlist this week with music from Matthew Mayer, Gary Girouard, Steven C. Anderson, Craig Urquhart, Amy Janelle, Joe Bongiorno and Antonija Pacek. “Floating” is no. 7 on the playlist. Enjoy, share, and write me some impressions!

New Video on YouTube

New Video on YouTube

Check out my new video from Auditorium concert in Rome on YouTube, featuring “Before the Storm” and “Forgive” from my IL MARE album. Don’t forget to subscribe on my YouTube channel.

Master Class with Gabriel Yared

Master Class with Gabriel Yared

I have got an amazing master class session by Gabriel Yared as a part of Film Music Symposium in Vienna. Mr. Yared shared his experience with film composing very generously and authentically. Films like English Patient and Betty Blue would not be the same without Mr. Yared’s beautiful music. Feeling very grateful!

Magic Evening with Lenka and Rade Serbedzija

Magic Evening with Lenka and Rade Serbedzija

An unforgettable and magic concert with Matej Mestrovic and Matthew Mayer on the island of Brijuni on Aug. 12th. The evening was full of surprises, to get a warm welcome from our living legend, Rade Serbedzija and sincere words of congratulations from Lenka and Rade after our concert, as well as to enjoy the dinner with them and their lovely daughter Mimi, were certainly surreal. I will cherish the memory of this evening forever!

Concert at Lafodia on Lopud

Concert at Lafodia on Lopud

A memory on my concert at Lafodia on the island of Lopud (the second concert during this summer on Lopud). Thank you Valentina for the captured moment after the concert.

Valentina Mekovec is a soprano opera singer and my music connected us during that evening. She wrote on her FB page: “Yesterday evening I enjoyed a wonderful performance of the beautiful artist Antonija Pacek. The passion of composing and performing her own music is unbelievable. It was such a pleasure to meet you and thank you for touching our hearts.”