Home » Entertainment » American Sets Tin Ujević Poems to Music in English

American Sets Tin Ujević Poems to Music in English

CroatiaA U.S musician, poet and author is hoping that a crowdfunding campaign will help him complete a music album which sets the words of one of Croatia’s greatest poets of all time to music…

John Kruth was introduced to the works of famous Croatian poet Tin Ujević on one of his trips to Croatia to visit the family of his wife Marilyn Cvitanić and decided to record an album – titled The Drunken Wind of Life – The Poem/Songs of Tin Ujević.

“In 2007 I released my ninth solo album, a batch of 16 songs called Splitsville (Sonic Impressions of Croatia) inspired by all things Croatian from rakija to Bol to Vukovar. (One tune “The Rakija Song” has since been recorded by Croatian Blues man Tomislav Goluban.) While visiting Split I was introduced to the stunningly powerful poetry of Tin Ujević by graphic artist/gallery owner Pavo Majić. Pavo then invited me to play at a tribute to Tin in his home town of Vrgorac. Within days I began setting his words to music and performed two of his songs at the festival,” said Kruth, before adding.

“While in Koprivnica, I recorded a handful of songs I’d written with Miroslav Evačić (prim and guitar) and Gordana Evačić (cymbalom). I then brought the project back to the U.S. where my wife Marilyn and I produced Homage to Tin Ujević, the Bard of Croatia on April 21, 2007 at the renown Bowery Poetry Club in New York with performances by Beat poet Anne Waldman, singer/poet John S. Hall (King Missile) and actor/playwright Sam Shepard as well as the Croatian band Bad Buka and myself. HR1 filmed the show and then interviewed me after the performance and aired the story in Croatia. I then continued to write more music to Ujević’s lyrics and record them with a fantastic crew of musicians, including Jolie Holland.voice, fiddle, Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes): bass, Jonathan Segel (Camper Van Beethoven): violin, organ, Victor Krummenacher (Camper Van Beethoven): bass, guitar,  and Samantha Parton (Be Good Tanyas),” concludes John, who hopes people can get behind his Kickstarter campaign so the album can be completed.

Born in Vrgorac in 1891, Augustin “Tin” Ujević is considered to be one of the greatest Croatian poets to ever live. He distinguished himself in three fields: as a translator, essayist and feuilletonist and poet. Ujević wrote more than ten books of essays, poetry in prose and meditations — but his enduring strength lies chiefly in his monumental poetic opus. He died in 1955.

You can help John’s campaign here and have a listen to a a track here

Share on:
0 / 5 (0 votes)

Sign up to receive the Croatia Week Newsletter

Related Posts

[PHOTO] Gooshter – New Popular Beach Club in Split

Gooshter Beach Club has recently opened in Split and it is already quickly becoming a popular place to be. Located right on the beach as part of the Le Méridien Lav hotel complex in Podstrana around 10 kilometers from the center of Split, Gooshter impressive interior, along with creative cocktails and drinks it serves, helps...

Trogir: 10 Things to Check Out

By Iva Ralica Trogir – the city of a happy moment – is located on the Dalmatian coast just outside of Split. The oldest written monument in the area is the inscription on the relief of Kairos, the Greek God of Happy Moments, from the 4th century BC. It is said that one needs to...

Hajduk Split’s Poljud Stadium Tour

Something for sports fans to do whilst in the popular Dalmatian city of Split – a tour of Hajduk Split’s stadium. The Poljud Stadium tour has attracted both Croatian and foreign tourists who are visiting Split for a number of years. Hajduk Split says that interest in the tour has increased on a daily basis,...

Zagreb Airport Notches 1 Million Passengers in Record Time

Zagreb’s Franjo Tuđman Airport in Croatia’s capital welcomed the one millionth passenger to travel through Zagreb yesterday, the first time in history the milestone has been hit in the month of May. The lucky passengers were Mario and Ivana Debeljak, who were on Croatia Airlines flight OU380 from Zagreb to Rome. The couple, who were...

Croatian Company Develops Survival Candy

One of the leading food companies in the region, Croatia’s Atlantic Grupa, has developed a ‘super’ candy designed for Croatian army soldiers to survive extraordinary situations whre there is a lack of food. Croatian soldiers will recieve the special survival compressed candy which can keep soldiers going for days and prevents them avoiding a hypoglycemic...

14 Nations Still Yet to Recognise Croatia

Over 25 years ago, on 15 January 1992, 12 countries making up the European Community – France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Great Britain, Denmark, Ireland, Greece, Spain, Portugal – finally recognised Croatia as an independent state. Whilst most of the world followed suit, there are still a handful of nations who have yet to...