DID ANYONE MENTION BACH?
Zagreb Guitar Quartet was formed in Croatia in 1990/91 and started as a school ensemble in the so-called Elly Bašić Music School in the capital, Zagreb. As we all know, Croatia and the Balkans were tormented by a terrible war in the early '90s, so in many ways, the band and the rehearsing were the only ways to escape from harsh reality.
Since then, many people have joined and then left the quartet. Yet, Krunoslav Pehar and Melita Ivković, whom we have the pleasure of talking to, are the only remaining members from that period. Melita tells us that the early quartet was also very much about friendship.
They spent a lot of time together and, when not rehearsing, listened to Keith Jarrett's solo piano albums and Julian Bream's guitar recordings, to name a few. "Bream was a huge guitar influence," according to Melita.
From Bach to jazz and Latin American
Today, Bach is still a recurring name in their repertoire:
"We get the best reviews for performing Bach. We get the best response from the audience when playing Bach. Even from people from whom you would not expect it."