Concert: Hojsak & Novosel
Founded in 2016, two acclaimed virtuosos, Tihomir Hojsak (double bass) and Filip Novosel (tambura – Croatian traditional instrument) started their incredible musical journey behind the motto 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 unique style of their own.
With their debut album Bow vs Plectrum from 2016, the duo made an instant success on the local music scene, which very soon turned into an international sensation. Later on, in 2017 they published their second album Strings Only, recorded with the strings of the 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 the Porin music award for the best instrumental performance for the song Divji cvit.
In less than two years, they performed in the USA (Sounds of Croatia tour), China, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Slovenia, Serbia and all over Croatia. They also collaborated with internationally acclaimed musicians such as Theodosii Spassov, Vlatko Stefanovski, Matija Dedic and many more. The duo has been recognized as a specific Croatian music brand which led to many performances for Croatian diplomacy. In December of 2017, the duo performed at a Gala dinner in Washington, D.C. at a celebration of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Croatia and the USA. In May of 2018, the duo performed in a European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. They also played on many occasions regarding Croatia’s Presidency of the EU Council in 2020, representing their country as cultural ambassadors throughout the world, and also recorded a music video of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.