Lidija Bajuk

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Lidija Bajuk
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Born 1965-11-23, Čakovec, Croatia.
Lidija Bajuk is singer-songwriter, writer and poet. She performs traditional Croatian folk songs, mostly from her native region of Međimurje, and writes songs inspired by traditional folk music. She has also published several collections of poetry and fairy tales based on Croatian folklore and Slavic mythology.

With Dunja Knebl and the band Legen, Lidija Bajuk is one of the founders and most respected representatives of the contemporary Croatian ethno scene.

In 2006 she won the Porin award in the "best folklore song" category and in 2015 for the best folklore and ethno album.

After she graduated from the Teacher's College Čakovec, Lidija Bajuk (www.lidijabajuk.com, www.hds.hr) worked as a teacher and librarian in her native province of Međimurje. Presently, she is based in Zagreb, the capitol of Croatia, where she began her career as a writer and musician, has worked as a music editor, and received diplomas in Ethnology and Anthropology. She is a doctoral candidate in post-graduate studies of Croatian culture, and is employed as an assistant in the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore in Zagreb. She has an interest in Croatian mythology and ethno-musicology. Lidija’s professional music career began in 1998, although her first public performances occurred at the concerts of John Mayall and Joan Baez in 1987 and 1989 in the former Yugoslavia. She is one of the founders of the contemporary Croatian ethnic music scene with the audio-album Ethno Ambient Live/Archaic Songs from Croatia (1994). Her music albums include Dawn-Maiden (1997), Kneya (1999), Spring Trees (2001), The Moon (2005), Cradle (2010), Matapur (2012) and Spinner (2015). She has also published seven poem collections: A Smile Is My Best Defense (1991), Roadless Journey (1992), Discourse With Silence (1995), She-Wolf (1999), Sandals On Water (2000), Pipilota’s Poems (2004) and Paper Boat (2013); three books of stories: A Rose From My Heart (1995), Kneya (1999) and Kneya – The Fairy Forest (2002); one bilingual professional publication Matapur – Natural and Cultural Heritage of Međimurje (2012). She works with various ecological and humanitarian associations. She has performed with a number of Croatian and foreign musicians. Lidija has composed and sung for film, theater, and dance choreography. In 2004 and 2012, her fairy tale prose about mythic creatures, Kneja, was staged in Osijek and Čakovec. As a member of the Association of Croatian Writers, the Croatian Composers Association, the Croatian Ethnological Society and Matrix Croatica, she co-operates with many educational, cultural, and academic institutions. She has won several Croatian awards for literature and music, as well as other awards at the 19th International Festival of Hutsuls in Ukrainian Kosiv. She is represented in the handbook The Rough Guide to World Music – Africa, Europe and the Middle East (World Music Network, London, 1999). At the end of 2010 she initiated actual field research in Međimurje. Since 2010 she is also the initiator and co-organizer of ethnographic field research throughtout Croatia; also of two symposiums (Štrigova, Zagreb, 2012) on the cultural heritage of Upper Međimurje and traditional Kaikavian music; the VestaFesta – Festival Women's Traditional Music-Making (Vrpolje-Čačvina, 2014) and various multimedial projects: Virtual Traditional Music Museum of Međimurje (www.mtraditional.com), an exibition on About Croatian Traditional Music of Međimurje and Environs (http://www.arhivx.net/htgm/?virtual=show&id=1), Center for Non-Material Culture of Međimurje, Zlatko Spoljar's Podravinian Song Book. She leads workshops on mythic symbols in Croatian oral poetry, and periodically composes and sings for film and theater. HTV filmed several programs on its educational program based on her scenarios. She has had numerous artistic performances throughout Croatia and abroad (Italy, France, Spain, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, BIH, Serbia, Greece, Nepal, Tibet, Canada, Columbia, Argentina, Brazil).

Nakon što je diplomirala na Pedagoškoj akademiji u Čakovcu, Lidija Bajuk (www.lidijabajuk.com, www.hds.hr) radila je kao učiteljica i knjižničarka u Međimurju. Živi u Zagrebu u kojem je započela karijeru književnice i glazbenice. Radila je kao glazbena urednica i diplomirala etnologiju i antropologiju. Doktorandica je poslijediplomskog studija hrvatske kulture i asistentica u Institutu za etnologiju i folkoristiku u Zagrebu. Zanima se za hrvatsku mitologiju i etnomuzikologiju. Glazbom se profesionalno počela baviti 1998. godine, iako prvi put javno nastupa na koncertima Johna Mayalla i Joan Baez 1987. i 1989. u Jugoslaviji. Jedna je od utemeljitelja suvremene hrvatske etno glazbene scene albumom Ethno Ambient Live/Arhaične pjesme iz Hrvatske (1994). Objavila je samostalna glazbena izdanja Zora-djevojka (1997), Kneja (1999), Tira les (2001), Luna (2005), Zipčica (2010), Matapur (2012) i Prelja (2015), zatim pjesničke zbirke Osmijeh je moja najbolja obrana (1991), Besput (1992), Razgovor s tišinom (1995), Vučica (1999), Sandale na vodi (2000), Pipilotine pjesme (2004) i Papirnati brod (2013), tri knjige priča Z mojga srca ružica (1995), Kneja (1999) i Kneja – vilinska šuma (2002) te dvojezičnu stručnu publikaciju Matapur – prirodna i kulturna baština Međimurja (2012). Surađuje s pojedinim ekološkim i dobrotvornim udrugama, s hrvatskim i stranim glazbenicima. Sklada i pjeva za film, kazalište i plesne koregrafije. Godine 2004. i 2012. u Osijeku i Čakovcu uprizorena je njezina bajkovita proza Kneja o mitskim bićima Međimurja. Kao članica Društva hrvatskih književnika, Društva hrvatskih skladatelja, Hrvatskog etnološkog društva i Matice hrvatske, surađuje i s pojedinim obrazovnim, kulturnim i znanstvenim ustanovama. Dobitnica je nekoliko hrvatskih priznanja za književnost (Goran 1991, Josip Sever 1999, Fran Galović 2000, Krapina 2006) i glazbu (Famus 1987, Donat FM 1997, Zlatna plaketa Grada Čakovca 1998, Pop Media Festival 1998, Kaštela 1999, Večernjakova ruža 2001, Porin 2006, MEF 2010, Porin 2015), kao i druge nagrade na 19. međunarodnom festivalu Hucula u ukrajinskom Kosivu. Zastupljena je u izdanju londonskog priručnika The Rough Guide to World Music – Africa, Europe and the Middle East (World Music Network, London, 1999). Od 2010. potiče i suorganizira terenska etnografska istraživanja u Međimurju, Kalničkom prigorju, Cetinskoj krajini, Dubrovačkom primorju i na Dugom otoku; znanstvene skupove o gornjomeđimurskoj kulturi u Štrigovi (2012) i o kajkavskoj tradicijskoj glazbi u Zagrebu (2012); VestaFesta – Festival ženskoga tradicijskog glazbovanja u Vrpolju-Čačvini (2014); multimedijske projekte: Virtualni muzej tradicijske glazbe Međimurja (www.mtraditional.com), O hrvatskoj tradicijskoj glazbi Međimurja i oko nje (http://www.arhivx.net/htgm/?virtual=show&id=1), Centar nematerijalne kulture Međimurja (CENEKUM), Podravska pjevanka Zlatka Špoljara. Vodi radionice o mitskim simbolima u hrvatskome usmenom pjesništvu. Sklada i pjeva za film i kazalište. Prema njezinim etnoscenarijima za obrazovni program HTV-a snimljeno je nekoliko tv-emisija. Nastupala je širom Hrvatske i u inozemstvu (u Italiji, Francuskoj, Španjolskoj, Velikoj Britaniji, Njemačkoj, Švicarskoj, Češkoj, Ukrajini, Rusiji, Mađarskoj, Sloveniji, Bosni i Hercegovini, Srbiji, Grčkoj, Nepalu, Tibetu, Kanadi, Kolumbiji, Argentini, Brazilu).
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MC-122, MC 122 Lidija Bajuk - Ethno Ambient Live  album art Dunja KneblLidija BajukLegen Dunja KneblLidija BajukLegen - Ethno Ambient Live (Album) Crno Bijeli Svijet, Kopito Records MC-122, MC 122 Croatia 1995 Sell This Version
CD 141 Lidija Bajuk - Zora Djevojka album art Lidija Bajuk Zora Djevojka (Album) Crno Bijeli Svijet CD 141 Croatia 1997 Sell This Version
none Lidija Bajuk - Kneja album art Lidija Bajuk Kneja(CD, MiniAlbum) Crno Bijeli Svijet none Croatia 1999 Sell This Version
MC 166 Lidija Bajuk - Tira Les (Springing Trees) album art Lidija Bajuk Tira Les (Springing Trees) (Album) Crno Bijeli Svijet MC 166 Croatia 2001 Sell This Version
none Lidija Bajuk - Luna album art Lidija Bajuk Luna(CD, Album) Crno Bijeli Svijet none Croatia 2005 Sell This Version
- Lidija Bajuk - Zipčica - Hrvatski Božićni Napjevi album art Lidija Bajuk Zipčica - Hrvatski Božićni Napjevi(CD, Album) Interpublic (2) - Croatia 2010 Sell This Version