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Two internationally renowned guitar players from Montenegro, Srdjan Bulatovic (Doctor of Performing Arts in the field of Classical Guitar) and Darko Nikcevic (flamenco guitarist and MSc in Audio Technology), have gained international praise for their outstanding virtuosity and exciting performances, most notably their two very successful concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York (2016 and 2017):
Their unique blend of Balkan irregular rhythms and many other international influences evokes the beauty of the Mediterranean and Oriental mysticism. They have been performing for domestic and international audiences for 30 years (in the US, Russia, UK, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal, Poland, United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Netherlands, Greece, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Albania), presenting their own compositions which invoke the "languages" of classical and flamenco guitar. Their works are varied in terms of character, style, technique, rhythm, and tempo, and share a common thread of Montenegrin traditional music, movie soundtracks, world music, and popular contemporary movements. They have published nine albums: 'Duo' (2001), 'Nostalgia' (2005), 'Touch of Montenegro' (2011), 'Synergy' (2012), 'Ritmico' (Radio Television of Montenegro, 2015), 'The Best of Montenegro' (2016), 'Balkan, Mediterranean, Orient' (PGP RTS, 2017), 'The Sea' (Naxos Records, 2018), and 'Peninsula' (Naxos Records, 2020).
Many international music magazines have praised their music (American Record Guide, Akustik Gitarre, Ritmo, Chitarre, MusicWeb International).
Their music has been featured for months on 7 editorial classical music playlists on Apple Music (over 500,000 plays) and 2 on Spotify (over 130,000 plays), and has been broadcast around the world on many art radio shows: BBC Radio (UK), Montana Public Radio (US), WEKU (Kentucky, US), KVNO (Nebraska, US), WRTI (Philadelphia, US), KWBU (Texas, US), Hawaiʻi Public Radio (US), New Hampshire Public Radio (US), CJSF (Vancouver, Canada), DZFE (Manila, Philippines), Discover Classical (Ohio, US), NDR Kultur (Germany).
Nikcevic and Bulatovic were recognized by the country of Montenegro with the state's most prestigious honor, the Thirteenth of July Award.
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