March 9th 2014
TAKE A MOMENT OUT OF YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE TO ENJOY THE APOCALYPSE
Musical ensemble with twenty years of survival experience offers live musical accompaniment for all types of disasters, be it man-made or natural. Whether you're a government facing an environmental or economic catastrophe (or both), an autocrat grappling with an uprising, an IMF official imposing austerity measures or a Bond villain indulging in good old mass destruction, our services are tailor-made for you. Payment in advance (for obvious reasons).
You're cordially invited to the Concert for the End of the World, a public presentation of our services. The event will take place on May 15th at the Siti Teater in Ljubljana (SLO). We recommend securing your tickets in advance.
For further information, see Events - Upcoming Concerts.
January 5th 2014
ALICE IN WONDERLAND TO OPEN SOON
Matjaz Pograjc's staging of Alice in Wonderland was, as you know, scheduled to open in October. Unfortunately, the opening had to be canceled due to the White Rabbit's absence (he is, after all, always late). The reason for his non-appearance, a tricky knee injury, led to the cancellation of all scheduled performances. The play has been on hold ever since.
The wait, however, is at an end: seven performances of Alice in Wonderland are to take place at the Maribor Puppet Theatre between January 14 and 18. The play is to open at the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre in February. Alice in Wonderland features an original score by Silence. The entire score - as well as a detailed account of Silence's adventures in Wonderland - can be found at https://soundcloud.com/silence-zone/sets/alice-in-wonderland
For further information, see The Vault and Events - Related.
Photo: Joze Suhadolnik
November 13th 2013
END OF THE WORLD SURVIVORS MEETING
You are cordially invited to the very first End of the World Survivors Meeting: a special musical event dedicated to the fortunate ones ... and the poor devils who survived (let's face it, the end of the world wasn't half as bad as the current economy).
Silence once again joins forces with conductor Tomsilav Facini, pianist Igor Vicentic, and the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra. The concert will be held in Cankarjev dom's Gallus Hall in Ljubljana (SLO) on Monday, January 27, 2014. We'd like to attribute the rather large venue to Silence's growing popularity. The truth, however, is that the end of the world has had a fairly high survival rate.
This will be the second live performance of the expanded, orchestrated version of Silence's latest album, Musical Accompaniment for the End of the World. The first performance, which took place a year ago at Cankarjev dom, was voted "Pop/Rock Concert of the Year" by Slovenia's Delo newspaper. The upcoming concert will also feature a broad selection of older works.
Tickets can be pre-ordered online from www.cd-cc.si and www.mojekarte.si
Photo: Matevz Rudl
October 11th 2013
SHOW YOUR FACE! OFF TO POLAND
Matjaz Pograjc's play Show Your Face! continues its successful, seven-year run. Not bad for a bunch of actors and musicians who are regularly upstaged by a child's snowsuit.
The play - conceived and masterfully performed by two combined artistic groups, Umka and Betontanc - has been invited to the 18th Theatre Confrontations Festival in Lublin. A single performance is to take place on Thursday, October 17th. The play features a score by Silence, performed live by saxophonist Ugis Vitins and the duet.
For further information, see The Vault and Events - Related.
A scene from Barbara Zemljic's short film Pravica ljubiti (The Right to Love)
August 24th 2013
The upcoming 16th Slovene Film Festival in Portoroz will feature four films with music by Silence.
We're happy to announce the eagerly anticipated premiere of Damjan Kozole's full-length documentary about Ulay, "the world's least known well-known artsist". The film - recently renamed Project Cancer - will be screened on September 12th. A second screening is to take place a few hours later at Kino Siska in Ljubljana. A track from Project Cancer has been uploaded onto Silence's SoundCloud profile.
Primoz Ekart, with whom Silence collaborated on numerous theatre projects, has added the epithet "filmmaker" to his résumé. His directorial debut Prihodi odhodi (Arrivals Departures) is to be screened on September 14th. This poetic, beautifully shot short film makes it perfectly clear: taking a flight to Promised Land is the most reliable way to experience a crash landing.
The remaining two films are to be shown on September 15th. We've recently presented the first one, Trenutek vrocice (Moment of Fever), a short dance film by Svetlana Dramlic and the M&N Dance Company. Trenutek vrocice will be followed by Pravica ljubiti (The Right to Love), a short film by Barbara Zemljic. The latter proves that tragedies can reunite families. However, nothing disunites a family quite as effectively as a family reunion.
For more information, see www.fsf.si (in Slovene and English)
July 8th 2013
Dear all, we give you Michelangelo: the man who turned the end of the world into a job... and a masterpiece. Thanks to his efforts, selling tickets for the Last Judgement is now considered a highly respectable business. Michelangelo, Tomaz Pandur's new play, opens on Friday, July 12th at the Teatro Nuovo Giovanni in Udine (IT). Inspired by Miroslav Krleza's drama Michelangelo Buonarroti, the play offers two compelling hours in the company of the Renaissance master. The play, produced by Mittelfest, Pandur.Theaters and the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, features an original score by Silence. For further information and sound samples, see The Vault and Events - Related.
June 12th 2013
Some nitpickers would argue - since the Apocalypse was a no-show - that we lack a good reason for holding another Concert for the End of the World. They are, of course, absolutely right. Fortunately enough, you don't need a good reason to hold a Concert for the End of the World. All you need is a terrible one. The worse the reason, the better it is. As it turns out, there's no shortage of terrible reasons. Tornado Alley, the Danube basin and Taksim Square have recently provided some solidly awful ones.
The duet's first post-apocalyptic performance is to take place on Friday, July 12th, in the picturesque garden of the MuziKafe in Ptuj (SLO). The repertoire will feature songs for two pianos and voice from the duet's latest album, Musical Accompaniment for the End of the World, and an assorted melange of older works. The duet will perform alongside pianist Igor Vicentic.
120 seats are available; we recommend booking tickets in advance. For more information, visit www.muzikafe.si (in Slovene and English).
May 18th 2013
THE WHEEL - 5,200 YEARS
The oldest wooden wheel, with an axle, was discovered in the Ljubljana Marshes, thus providing a viable explanation for Top Gear's disturbing popularity in Slovenia. The wheel is making its first public appearance in the City Museum of Ljubljana at the exhibition The Wheel - 5,200 Years, which links ancient heritage with technolgical and scientific development.
The exhibition will feature a short film by Marko Kocevar and Maja Bahar. Scored by Silence, the film displays the illustrious career of the wheel, a career even Justin Bieber would envy.
The wheel can be found - in some form or other - in practically every piece of technology. We hope the ancient wheel maker was savvy enough to patent his brainchild.
The exhibition opens on Thursday and closes on April 20th 2014. After that, it will be showcased in several European cities. For more information, visit www.mgml.si (in Slovene and English). Watch the film in the Videos section.
Marusa Geymayer-Oblak. Photo: Primoz Lukezic
May 18th 2013
THREE FINGERS BELOW THE BELLY BUTTON
There's nothing quite as traditional as pornography. This is particularly evident in Tri prste pod popkom (Three Fingers Below the Belly Button), Marusa Geymayer-Oblak's new play, which features an ample selection of outrageously salacious Slovene traditional poems (four of which set to music by Silence). Produced by the Mladinsko Theatre, Tri prste pod popkom is to be presented at the upcoming Prelet (Overflight) festival. For further information, see The Vault and Events - Related.
Ulay and Marina Abramovic
February 5th 2013
Project Cancer, Damjan Kozole's intriguing full-length documentary about Ulay, the "least known well-known artist", is to be released in autumn. Describing Ulay as an interesting fellow would be somewhat of an understatement. After all, not many people have beaten cancer, slapped Marina Abramovic around and stolen a renowned painting from the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, for the sole purpose of hanging the picture on the wall of an apartment owned by Turkish immigrants. The film features a score by Silence. For further information, see Videos and The Vault
Are you tired of facing natural disasters, terrorist acts, nuclear meltdowns and stock market crashes blissfully unprepared? If so, we recommend purchasing Silence's new album, Musical Accompaniment for the End of the World (Songs for Two Pianos, Tactful Synths and Voice). This assorted collection of soothing and delightfully diverting songs is guaranteed to prevent upcoming disasters from ruining your day. Everything looks better with music; why should the end of the world be an exception? Don't hesitate, order now - tomorrow might be too late.
The CD comes in a hardy tin case, designed to withstand all types of disasters (except, perhaps, the lack of appreciation for irreverent humour). The box also contains a 16-page booklet with full lyrics and artwork.
Order your copy in the Store section.
The record is also available as a download at silencezone.bandcamp.com.
Find out more about the album in the Discography section.