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Band News (more headlines) 03-07-2012

Composer And Clarinetist Tale Ognenovski Was Honoured With Cerificate For National Pension By Prime Minister Of Republic Of Macedonia Nikola Gruevski

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Prime Minister of Republic of Macedonia Nikola Gruevski awarded Certificates for National Pensions to the composer and clarinetist Tale Ognenovski and 39 other prominent representatives of cultural life in Republic of Macedonia for their contributions to Macedonian culture. Before awarding the certificates, Prime Minister Gruevski said "Your successes are underpinned with many prizes and awards, and the remarkable contribution you have made in building a cultural mosaic in Republic of Macedonia ."

The glittering ceremony in the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle was attended by Minister of Culture Elizabeta Kancheska Milevska and her deputy Dragan Nedeljkovic. Minister of Culture Elizabeta Kancheska Milevska said that today stressed the "very little" give back to the artists for their invaluable "very", but also made great strides and the historical need to valorize the work of artists.
Tale Ognenovski won top honors on October 11, 2003 at Macedonian Parliament as the Winner of "11 October" Award, the highest and the most prestigious national award in Republic of Macedonia. "11 October" Award recipients are selected based on their "contributions to the creation, growth and support of the arts in the Republic of Macedonia."

The Cerificate for National Pension was established by the Law on Culture from Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia (January, 2011) for artists and other experts in the field of cultural heritage, who have won the award "October 11", "St. Kliment Ohridski" and "October 23" for long-term achievements in culture.

Tale Ognenovski is a Macedonian multi-instrumentalist: clarinet, reed pipe (recorder), tin whistle, small bagpipe, zourla (zurla) and drum, composer and bandleader. He made the connection between Oriental and Western Music. He has composed and arranged 150 Macedonian folk dances, one classical concert "Tale Ognenovski Concert for Clarinet No. 1", and 12 jazz compositions. Some of his compositions have been recorded on 11 LPs, 11 cassettes, 10 gramophone records, 3 CD Albums and one videotape (Radio Television Belgrade, Serbia; Jugoton Zagreb, Croatia; Macedonian Radio Television and Independent Records, US).
Tale Ognenovski released his first CD Album entitled "Jazz, Macedonian Folk Dances and Classical Music" in 2001, second CD Album entitled "MOZART and OGNENOVSKI Clarinet Concertos” in 2006 and third CD Album entitled "Macedonian Clarinet Jazz Composed by Tale Ognenovski" in 2008.

Tale Ognenovski with Macedonian Ensemble ‘Tanec’s performed on one of the most popular television programmes in the United States, the Ford Foundation TV Programme "OMNIBUS", on January 22, 1956. This programme was seen by millions of Americans. This TV debut of ‘Tanec’ on CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) Television Network, one of the largest radio and television broadcasting companies in the United States, created great interest in all 65 concerts in many towns throughout the United States. Legendary artist Tale Ognenovski performed as clarinet and reed pipe soloist folk dances in the world-famous Carnegie Hall, a symbol of artistic excellence on January 27, 1956. There, he bewitched the audience with his performances as clarinet and reed pipe virtuoso soloist.

Tale Ognenovski played as virtuoso clarinet and reed pipe (recorder) soloist for most parts of the programme, including the Macedonian folk dances "Bride's Dance" ("Nevestinsko Oro"), "Chupurlika", "Sopska Poskocica" ("Shopska Podripnuvachka"), "Kopachka", "Shepherd's Dance" ("Ovcharsko Oro"), "Soborski Igri", Macedonian songs, Serbian folk dances and songs and "Shote", an Albanian folk dance.

The New York Times for Ognenovski's performances as clarinet and reed pipe (recorder) instrumental soloist at Carnegie Hall, New York City on January 27, 1956 with Macedonian Ensemble "Tanec" wrote: "tremendous skill", "brilliantly spectacular and wonderfully unfamiliar dances", "great individuality", "incredible phrases", "raucous and unforgettable pipe",…, Article entitled "Ballet: Yugoslav Folk Art; 'Tanec' Dancers Appear at Carnegie Hall in Display of Tremendous Skill"…, written by music critic John Martin (January 28, 1956), and "amazing variety to the dances", "thousand different shades of dynamics", "conscious virtuosity", "the broken circles of the kolo of the Macedonian mountains", "dateless reed pipe", …, Article entitled "THE DANCE: FOLK ART; Group From Yugoslavia In Impressive Debut Learning vs. Magic No Macedonian Monopoly The Week's Events", written by music critic John Martin, The New York Times. (February 5, 1956).

Allmusic's reviewer, Craig Harris, noted: "The only professional folklore ensemble in Macedonia, the Tanec Ensemble are dedicated to the preservation of traditional Macedonian music, dance, and costuming. Founded by the government of the People's Republic of Macedonia in 1949, the group has shared their musical heritage with audiences around the world for more than half a century, performing an estimated 3,500 concerts in 31 countries'... The ensemble reached their peak during the late '50s, when influential clarinet and pipes player Tale Ognenovski was a member."

First tour of Tale Ognenovski with Macedonian Ensemble ‘Tanec’was to Bulgaria (November and December, 1955), followed soon after by a tour throughout the United States of America and Canada (66 concerts, between January 22, 1956 and April 12, 1956). During the period July 1, 1956 and September 1, 1960, while employed by Ensemble “Tanec”, he toured Germany (74 concerts, from August 15, 1956 until October 27, 1956 and September 18 and 19, 1959 in Dortmund), Albania (9 concerts, October, 1957), Romania (9 concerts, December, 1957 and January 1958), Switzerland (Berne, July 7 and 8 and Geneva, July 9 and 10, 1959) and France (83 concerts, from September 20 until November 25, 1959). He also toured with the Ensemble throughout the former Yugoslavia, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia, Serbia and Croatia,
From 1960 to 1967, Tale Ognenovski worked with “Macedonian Radio Television. In 1966, Tale Ognenovski became Head of the “Folk Music Orchestra” of “Macedonian Radio Television”. In 1967 Tale Ognenovski retired, but he continued to play on an honorary basis in the “Chalgii” Orchestra on “Macedonian Radio Television” until 1979.

Tale Ognenovski released CD "MOZART and OGNENOVSKI Clarinet Concertos"''' to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Release date: January 24, 2006. Amazon.com Reviews of this CD:

"This reviewer is familiar with the three B's of classical music: Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms and can distinguish their styles, one can *now* add a fourth "B" which stands for "Balkan" as played by Tale Ognenovski ....", Review entitled: " Mozart Born Anew! Outstanding Musical Interpretation", By Erika Borsos, April 13, 2006.

“... no other clarinetist can touch him. after having bought the cd, you will not be able to listen to anything else!! … and bravo mr. ognenovski, for inspiring the world of clarinetists …", Review entitled: "exquisite, you must buy it " - By Michele Zukovsky , 1st clarinet los angeles philharmonic, April 14, 2011

"… this is now my most favorite recording of the Mozart Concerto. I can only hope all clarinetists near and far will learn from this unique interpretation. Bravo Mr.Ognenovski, you've set a new standard." Review entitled: "A New Standard has Been Set", By Julia Heinen, Professor of Clarinet, California State University, Northridge, April 14, 2011

"I must concur with my colleague, Michele Z., for her astute observations regarding Mr. Ognenovski's artistry. His subtle phrasing and amazing tone leave one breathless. Words cannot adequately describe the impression his recordings make …", Review entitled: " Unique Genius", By David Gilman, orchestral & solo clarinetist, Lake Forest, CA, USA, April 16, 2011

Tale Ognenovski [http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/musician.php?id=1699/] won the All About Jazz Recognition: "Jazz Musician of the Day" on April 27, 2009 and again on April 27, 20010 which where announced at All About Jazz Web site.

All About Jazz is a leading jazz music website for enthusiasts and industry professionals based in Philadelphia in the United States.

Tale Ognenovski won the "Yugoslavian Stage Award", the greatest award in former Yugoslavia for musical stage artists, from the Association of Stage Artists of Yugoslavia, Zagreb, Croatia, October 31, 1978.

Tale Ognenovski's biographer is his son Stevan Ognenovski, Mag.Scient., who wrote the book entitled: Tale Ognenovski Virtuoso of the Clarinet and Composer / Тале Огненовски виртуоз на кларинет и композитор (2000). Publishing house is Matica Makedonska, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. The book is published in both Macedonian and English. The content of the book are: the biography of Tale Ognenovski and music notation of compositions of 67 Macedonian Folk Dances, "Tale Ognenovski Clarinet Concerto No.1" and "Tale Ognenovski Jazz composition No. 1" (all composed by Tale Ognenovski).

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