Bio

History

Veja music project started back in 2007 when Goran Farkaš, Saša Farkaš, Dragan Cvitan and Noel Šuran came to idea of creating a group that would use traditional songs and melodies as a base, but play them in a rearranged, modern style. They use istrian bagpipes, accordion, bass and djembe. The word spread out and guys start playing at istrian happenings, knowing only 5 songs. Due to university, work and family obligations Noel and Dragan left band, leaving Goran and Saša behind, who then directed their energy to exploring the music at home, instead of playing concerts.

Two years later, Marko Pernić joins the band and Veja starts creating new songs and playing concerts again. Still, something was missing in the final sound. To fill in the gaps, Ljuban Rajić asks to join band with his approach of playing cajon, and, some months later, Franko Vranić joins with the bass. Veja starts forming its distincitve sound and defines a direction in which is all further music formed. The last change in band members happened in 2010. when Sebastijan Demark replaced Franko as a bass player.

 

The name

Name “Veja” is term for an istrian custom of gathering around a dead person and watching his body all night. It was usually accompanied by eating and drinking which then often led to singing. During one of the very first Veja rehearsals, an old man sitting in the room said: “Boys, you sound like veja”. Having in mind that Veja’s mission is to bring the traditional songs back to life by rearranging them, after some minutes of laugh, the name was a logical choice.

 

Projects

During last eight years, Veja has taken part in many projects. Some of them were originated from band members themselves, and in other Veja was called onto. One of such was opening of the biggest movie festival in Croatia, where Veja collaborated with a poet Elis Lovrić and dance group AB Original which was done in front of the president of Croatia.

 

Nowadays

Veja’s most memorable concerts were those at the Ethnoambient festival (Solin, Croatia), TradInEtno (Pazin, Croatia), Viljandi Folk Festival (Viljandi, Estonia), Tatihou (Normandy, France) and taking part in an international project like Archeo.s and Athenes. During our first tour abroad, in France, we played  in the most famous Parisian jazz club “New Morning”. Veja’s perfomance there stood out as an immense success among the audience, media and music professionals. Later, Veja continued the tradition and played in one of the best known traditional music venues in Belgium, ‘t Ey.

 

TV shows

Croatian national television (HRT) did a short documentary movie about Veja. It displays the life of the band members in their native ambient, in the Valley of the Mills, in Pazin, Croatia. Video can be found here and here.

 

Members

 

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