The Music of Croatian Duo Hosjak & Novosel
For HomeWithEU, we bring you the music of two acclaimed Croatian virtuosos. They’ve played galas here in DC, they’ve played many occasions for the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU—and today, they will play in your homes!
Founded in 2016, two acclaimed virtuosos, Tihomir Hojsak (double bass) and Filip Novosel (tambura – Croatian traditional instrument) started their incredible musical journey behind the moto of Bow vs Plectrum – in which they merged two string instruments with different traditions of playing. Merging not only their instruments but also various genres including classical, contemporary jazz and Croatian ethno they created a specific and a unique style of their own.
With their debut album Bow vs Plectrum from 2016 the duo made an instant success on a local music scene, which very soon turned into international sensation. Later on, in 2017 they published their second album Strings Only, recorded with strings Zagreb Philharmonic orchestra. The album was recognized by the media as a new Croatian cultural brand. Their third album Perle was released in July of 2018. The album is a result of their collaboration with Croatian most famous singer – songwriter, Zlatan Stipišić – Gibonni. The duo was awarded with Porin, Croatian music award for the best instrumental performance for the song ˝Divji cvit˝ (Wild Flower).
In December of 2017, the duo Tihomir Hojsak and Filip Novosel performed at a Gala dinner in Washington, D.C. at a celebration of 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Croatia and USA. They also played on many occasion regarding current Croatia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, representing their country as cultural ambassadors throughout the world.
Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" is not only an excerpt from his famous 9th symphony, but also an official anthem of the European Union. In the honor of the current Croatia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the 250th anniversary of the Beethoven's birth Hojsak & Novosel decided to record this piece. In the video of the song you may see some of the Croatia's hidden gems of culture such as "Dverce" castle, paintings by the great naive artists Josip and Ivan Generalić, and the oldest preserved tambura (Croatian traditional instrument).
Croatian patriotic song "Moja domovina" (My Homeland) composed by Zrinko Tutić and Rajko Dujmić during the Homeland War is perhaps the most famous Croatian contemporary patriotic song. Recorded originally by the Croatian band-aid it became an instant success and it is often performed in both formal and informal occasions. Hojsak & Novosel refreshed the song with their original arrangement, keeping the idea and spirit of the song intact.