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Kristijan Krajnčan: Med se iskri v temi / Honey Sparks in the Dark (Slovenija)

Honey Sparks in the Dark is a contemporary music-dance performance inspired by the motives of Slovenian folklore and mythology.

After his debut interdisciplinary project Hidden Myth (2015), a multi-instrumentalist, composer and director Kristijan Krajnčan continues with the exploration of the field with returning to his Slovenian roots. He invited his brother Žigan Krajnčan to be the main choreographer and co-creator of the concept. Besides folk music and dance they were interested in anything that could spark ideas for composition and choreography, such as unusual customs, mystical rituals, pre-Christian faith and folk mythology.

Kristijan emphasizes that the project is not an authentic performance of the folk material but a re-composition and re-integration of the ancient ideas, looked through the contemporary kaleidoscope, always preserving the essence of the songs.

The project’s mission is to excavate the long lost values from the darkness of forgetfulness. Here’s where the idea of the title originates from: honey as a symbol of our connection and interdependence with nature, and as a buried old folk treasure worth bringing to the surface.

Compositions, drums, cello, effects, director: Kristijan Krajnčan (SI)
Trumpet, flugelhorn: Tomaž Gajšt (SI)
Tenor & baritone saxophone, live electronics: Boštjan Simon (SI)
Double bass, bass guitar: Robert Jukič (SI)
Choreography, dance: Žigan Krajnčan (SI)
Dance: Katja Legin (SI), Bor Prokofjev (SI), Kristyna Šajtošova (CZ)
Light design: Borut Bučinel (SI)
Dramaturge: Nina Kuclar Stiković (SI)
Producer: Nataša Zavolovšek (SI)


Production: Exodos Ljubljana

Coproduction: Cankarjev dom

Partners: Delavni center Krušče in Društvo Pekinpah, with support: Mestna občina Ljubljana



Premiere: 16.6.2022, Jazz festival Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom

by Jan Pirnat

by Jan Pirnat

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by Miha Fras


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Kristijan Kranjčan

"We live in a world that is limited to piano intervals between tones. However, when I began to discover how many different tunings already existed in history and what different atmospheres and emotional states open up, if you use different, untempered tunings, it was like discovering a new world to me. Resian music is characterized by quarter tones. These quarter tones sound very primary, and that’s what drew me to use them in composing or recomposing folk music. I became interested in combining untempered tuning and spectral music."

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Boštjan Simon

"There is a lot of minimalism in music, which brings a lot of technical requirements for instruments, so my challenge is to consistently perform this material and delve into the extended techniques of saxophone. This is, for example, a multiphonic technique, playing several tones at the same time and singing into a saxophone while playing and then circular breathing. All of these techniques are not just an accessory, but are an integral part of the composition and are such a good opportunity for me to master them."

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Tomaž Gajšt

"In addition to exploring music together and delving into musical parameters, it is interesting that at the same time everyone has to delve into themselves and discover their own worlds. A special challenge is the simultaneous playing of this music and the attempt to relax, so that together we can give a message of a kind of originality."

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Robert Jukič

"It's a great challenge to play this music in a relaxed way and coordinate your own work on the instrument, while capturing the message and the starting point of the composition. At the same time, this relates to dance, which carries its own tradition, in which content from the other end of the world is incorporated through jazz."

foto: Petra Cvelbar