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drazen derek: dit, conservatory, research scholar [abbest]
Drazen Derek is a musician, composer and arranger. As a soloist and ensemble guitarist, he performs in a range of styles including jazz, classical, avant-garde, Eastern European and Latin. He has performed and toured across Europe, the US and S. America; with international artists such as Niels Pedersen, Carlos Nunez, Harry Allen, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Celtic Connections Festival Orchestra and in Ireland with The Chieftains, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Louis Stewart, Ritchie Buckley, Camille O’Sullivan, Oleg Ponomarev, Myles Drennan and Dave Fleming. He holds a Masters of Law degree from the university of Zagreb (1988); and in 1984 was awarded the National Law Faculty Award by the University of Zagreb. He holds Certificates of Music and studied Classical Guitar under Dr. Silvije Barlowich (Vatroslav Lisinski School of Music, Karlovac); and Balkan folk music under Miki Petkovski, renowned Macedonian musician and composer.
‘Improvisation practice for guitar and how it might be re-interpreted, analysed, performed and taught; developing new models and mechanisms for improvisation in performance; new compositions with analyses of what happens when music is practised, observed and rotated in different ways amongst a group of improvisation’ thinkers and performers. In 2009, Drazen was awarded an ABBEST scholarship from Dublin Institute of Technology to complete his doctoral research.
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