Project R.E.M.: Pure Music Energy
As we reported just over two weeks ago, a new U.S. Embassy music project called "Project R.E.M.: Pure Energy Music" was released on September 8. The project featured 16 songs by popular Slovenian artists--Siddharta, Elvis Jackson, The Tide, N’toko, Vlado Kreslin (backed by Croatia’s The Bambi Molesters), Zoran Predin paired with Massimo Savič, Melodrom, Severa Gjurin, Murat & Jose, Narat, Lollobrigida, My Buddy Moose with Chris Eckman, Polona Kasal, Mia Žnidarič and Steve Klink Trio, and The Toronto Drug Bust--covering tracks ranging from the early 1980’s right up to material from 2011.
The project is dedicated to raising awareness about environmental issues, and highlights the work of many Slovenian environmental groups. A major, free concert at Kongresni trg coincides with the release of the project’s music CD on September 8. Free copies of the CD will be distributed to interested Slovenians through the Embassy’s Facebook page.
A video set to the music of "We All Go Back To Where We Belong" premiered at MTV Slovenia, is also part of the "Project R.E.M."
Check out the video on MTV site.
The video was shot in two iconic Slovenian spots: Under a massive old tree in Ljubljana’s Tivoli Park, the main park in the country’s capital, and Lake Cerknica, a lake that fills up and disappears every year (a truly bizarre geological wonder). The idea of the video, conceived by Slovenian choreographer Kjara Starič and Christopher Wurst, was that all that we celebrate about nature is fragile and currently headed in a bad direction. The end suggests the theme of the Projekt R.E.M.: Pure Energy Music, that while it’s impossible for any one of us to solve this problem it is incumbent upon each of us to do something. It’s not too late. The video was directed by Ms. Starič and filmmaker Miha Matevžič, and features dancers from Ms. Starič’s modern dance company, Kjara’s Dance Project.
R.E.M. Concert Remarks from Ambassador Mussomeli, Kongresni trg, Ljubljana, September 8, 2012