TALKING SPIRITS PODCAST #24 – NENAD VASILIĆ
A conversation between Armin Alić and Nenad Vasilić
Hello and welcome to Talking Spirits Podcast #24!
I am very happy about today’s episode, since it’s once again about the bass, and my guest is a very special bassist, the Serbian and Austria based double bass master Nenad Vasilić.
Nenad has created a remarkable and very original body of work as a leader and as a side man and his records have been a huge influence on me since I heard his first album „Folk Songs“ about 20 years ago.
Most recently Nenad got appointed as a professor for double bass at the prestigious Jazz Institute Berlin, Germany. We have now been in touch for many years and I am very happy that he accepted my invitation for a chat.
The conversation was recorded in October of 2020 already and we are discussing all things bass, Nenad´s path in music and life, the richness of the musical tradition of the Balkans, being a foreigner in Austria and much more…
If you are into bass and music, this episode is definitely worth your time…
00:01:39 Effects of the Covid-19 pandemic
00:05:15 Beginnings in music and becoming a bassist
00:09:44 From electric bass to double bass
00:16:06 Roberto Franceschini Double Basses
00.20:22 From Niš, Serbia to Graz, Austria
00:31:52 Body of work as a leader and the musical tradition of the Balkans
00:53:22 The art of Balkan bass and solo performances
01:03:13 New album projects
01:06:36 Working as a sideman and cooperation with Amira Medunjanin
01:20:19 Being a foreigner in Austria
01:27:08 The political and societal situation of the Balkans nowadays
01:34:42 Future plans
01:36:50 Message to the listeners