(Melodies of Istria & Quarner) was conceived in 1964 with the
purpose of adopting the ancient music of these areas to the tastes
and demands of modern times, and to encourage composers and
lyricists to embrace and use the dialect and the folk music of this
area in their musical pursuits. Interestingly enough, it started as
"Melodije Kvarnera" and was "retroactively" named "Melodije Istre i
Kvarnera" in 1970, when it was named "VII Festival Istre i
Kvarnera". The "traveling"
nature of the festival has existed since 1967.
The festival has survived cultural
and demographic changes, competition from the modern
music, and lack of funding, etc., but after all that and
it is now being embraced by a number of talented and enthusiastic composers, music
writers, singers and bands. MIK songs can now (finally) be heard at
radio stations in Istria and Quarner - and in the homes and automobiles
of Istrians worldwide. At last, they are realizing that there is
good music "po domaće" out there, and
can be as beautiful as any.
were created with
the idea of reliving the beauty and excitement of MIK concerts, and
of bringing the festival closer to the people of Istria & Quarner scattered around the
world - who share the nostalgia and interest in preserving musical
and linguistic traditions of the old homeland. It was also a way of
acknowledging the effort and enthusiasm of the wonderful performers,
composers, lyrics writers, and organizers, for giving
new life to our linguistic and musical heritage.
"Istarska ljestvica" by Ivan Matetić
Ronjgov (1880-1960) was a
representation of the tones of the archaic Istrian music
in a more modern musical system. This opened the door
for composers to use elements of that old folks music in their