May 5th 2015
Are you by any chance planning a trip to Metliška Koupa? If so, a word of warning: on May 30th, Koupa's idyllic vista (lush meadows interspersed with majestic poplars and willows, river Kolpa shimmering in the background) is to be partially blocked ... by two concert pianos, a few synthesizers, pianist Igor Vićentić and Silence. What's more, the musicians have every intention of using their instruments. We recommend attending the performance and teaching the musicians a lesson in civility ... by blocking their view.
The duet is to perform a selection of songs for two pianos and voice. The program will include songs from Silence's latest album, Musical Accompaniment for the End of the World, a selection of older songs and a handful of seldom performed theatre works. The concert is most likely to be Silence's only appearance in 2015.
More information and ticket booking
George Kimoulis as King Lear
April 10th 2015
For years now, Greeks have been forced to endure a rather grim situation. We're happy to announce that they're in for a more enjoyable kind of drama.
Vasilias Lir (King Lear), Tomaž Pandur's new play, opens on Thursday at Peiraios 260 in Athens. 16 performances are to take place between April 16th and May 3rd. One of the most prominent figures in contemporary Greek theatre, George Kimoulis, plays the title role. The staging features scenography by Sven Jonke, costumes by Felype de Lima, visuals by Dorijan Kolundžija, lighting by Juan Gómez-Cornejo and an original score by Silence.
More information and online ticket booking: www.viva.gr (in Greek)
Listen to four tracks from King Lear
Little Branko in action. Photo: Matevž Rudl
February 1st 2015
SHOW YOUR FACE!: NEW PERFORMANCES
We thought Little Branko's troubles with authorities and severe identity crises were over, a thing of the past. Happily enough, we were wrong: two performances of Show Your Face! - the longest-running play with music by Silence - are to take place at the Old Power Station in Ljubljana (SLO) on February 6 and 7. After that, Little Branko will depart for France. Two performances are to be held - on February 10 and 11 - at the Scènes d'Europe Festival in Reims.
The score is performed live by saxophonist Uģis Vītiņš and Silence.
www.bunker.si (in Slovene and English)
www.managedereims.com (in French)
Photo: Jože Suhadolnik
January 17th 2015
WATCH THE END OF THE WORLD SURVIVORS MEETING
Dear Survivors, how time flies! Most of us can scarcely remember surviving the end of the world. And yet, less than a year ago, we celebrated our good fortune ... at the First End of the World
Survivors Meeting. The concert, recorded on January 27 2014, can be viewed online at RTV Slovenia's Multimedia Centre.
For more information about
the concert, see The Vault
Photo: Peter Uhan
November 27th 2014
THE SILENCE BETWEEN PERFORMANCES
Are you seeking refuge from the remorseless optimism of December festivities? The Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana offers a unique solution: you're cordially invited to enjoy the silence between performances.
The first public break between shows is to take place on Sunday, December 28 at 19h on Drama's Main Stage. You're in for an hour of carefully arranged silence: assisted by pianist Igor Vićentić, Silence will perform 14 songs written for theatre. The program - an obvious choice, considering the venue - will include music from plays by Gagik Ismailian, Tomaž Pandur, Matjaž Pograjc ...
Avoid being surprised by the beginning of the theatre performance: be punctual.
More information: www.drama.si (in Slovene)
Online ticket booking: drama.kupikarto.si (in Slovene and English)
Emilio Gavira in Fausto. Photo: Aljoša Rebolj
November 19th 2014
Hladnik and Benko have spent the better part of the last three months consorting with a shady character. Don't worry, they've chosen the finest of bad companies (it's important to have standards). Silence's latest theatre project, Fausto, provided the perfect opportunity to play with the devil. Not just any devil, mind you, but Mephistopheles, the legendary perverter whose beguiling of Faust inspired the likes of Christopher Marlowe, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Hector Berlioz, István Szabó, Charles Gounod and Modest Mussorgsky (to name but a few). Unfortunately though, while Silence was gazing into the abyss, Mephistopheles gazed into Silence. The poor devil.
Fausto, the tenth collaboration between director Tomaž Pandur and Silence, opens on Friday, November 21 at the Teatro Valle-Inclán in Madrid (E). 55 performances are to take place between November 22 and January 11 2015. The play, produced by Centro Dramático Nacional,
features Manuel Castillo, Víctor Clavijo, Roberto Enríquez, Alberto Frías, Emilio Gavira, Aarón Lobato, Rubén Mascato, Pablo Rivero, Marina Salas and Ana Wagener.
Visit Silence's SoundCloud profile and listen to In der Bach Manier from Fausto.
For more information about the play, see cdn.mcu.es (in Spanish, English, Catalan and Basque)
July 13th 2014
LAIBACH AND SILENCE: CHAPTER 2
Laibach's new EP, 1 VIII 1944 Warszawa, features reinterpretations of three famous songs from World War 2: Warszawskie Dzieci (Warsaw Children), Zog Nit Keyn Mol (Never Say) and Macht Dir Nichts Daraus (Do Not Worry). Commissioned by the Polish National Centre for Culture and funded by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the project commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising.
Warszawskie Dzieci and Zog Nit Keyn Mol were rearranged and produced by Silence. Benko appears as guest vocalist on both tracks. It's hardly an overstatement to describe these songs as unique. After all, it's not as if Benko sings in Polish and Yiddish every day.
This is the second collaboration between Laibach and Silence since Volk. The first live presentation of the new songs is to take place on October 24th in Lodz, Poland.
For further information, see www.laibach.org and Discography
Betontanc. Photo: Jure Vlahovič
June 21st 2014
TRACK OF THE WORLD
There's nothing pedestrian about Betontanc's new play, Pista sveta (Track of the World). This time, Betontanc performs its magic on bikes ... in what can only be described as a pocket velodrome. The artists race at breakneck speeds and generally act as if they were on performance-enhancing drugs. Is it because Lance Armstrong's story served as inspiration for the play? Perhaps. But let's be honest:
the members of Betontanc don't need excuses to live dangerously. The score includes a selection of previously unreleased tracks by Silence. Track of the World opens on June 26th in Ljubljana (SLO). For more information, see www.bunker.si (in Slovene and English)
Tomaž Pandur directs the cast of Richard III+II. Photo: Aljoša Rebolj
March 24th 2014
RICHARD III + II
Would you like to spend an evening in the company of kings? In Richard III+II, Tomaž Pandur's new play, four kings from different plays by Shakespeare meet after their literary deaths. Even when facing the aftermath of something as inconvenient as death, the kings conduct themselves in a manner befitting nobility. In other words, they're ruthless, power-hungry and as impeccably dressed as always. The play, which opens on April 5th at the SNG Drama Ljubljana, features an original score by Silence. For further information, see The Vault and Events - Related.
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.
February 22nd 2014
5200: THE ODYSSEY
The oldest preserved wheel is turning 5201 this year. Despite its venerable age, the old hoop is remarkably spry: besides being the star of a major exhibition at the City Museum of Ljubljana, the old-timer is now starting a career in television. Marko Kočevar's and Maja Bahar's documentary about the wheel, Odiseja 5200, is set to premiere tonight at 21.45 on Slovene National TV.
The film was scored by Silence.
Watch the film (in Slovene)
January 5th 2014
ALICE IN WONDERLAND TO OPEN SOON
Matjaž 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 Fačini, pianist Igor Vićentić, 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 Zemljič'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 artist". 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 Šiška in Ljubljana. A track from Project Cancer has been uploaded onto Silence's SoundCloud profile.
Primož 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 vročice (Moment of Fever), a short dance film by Svetlana Dramlić and the M&N Dance Company. Trenutek vročice will be followed by Pravica ljubiti (The Right to Love), a short film by Barbara Zemljič. 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, Tomaž Pandur's new play, opens on Friday, July 12th at the Teatro Nuovo Giovanni in Udine (IT). Inspired by Miroslav Krleža'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.
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.