Nenad Bach je draga i pristupačna osoba s kojom je ugodno, zanimljivo i zabavno družiti se. Oko njega je vibra koja smiruje, koja opušta. Vjerujem da je to uz njegov muzički talent jedan od važnijih sastojaka njegove čarolije zahvaljujući kojoj je surađivao s mnogim velikim ljudima u čijoj blizini se ne mogu ni zamisliti, pa čak ni sanjati.
Ono što me fasciniralo bila je njegova briga i zainteresiranost ne samo za fotografiju koju sam radio već i za moj život, za probleme s kojima se susrećem u stvaralaštvu. I naravno, potrudio se odmah pomoći mi oko kontakta s nekim zanimljivim ljudima kako bih nastavio svoj projekt.
Stvarno mi je neizrecivo drago što sam ga upoznao i ovjekovječio naše druženje. Hvala Gordane!
Citizen of the World
Nenad is a recording artist, composer, and performer who recorded for Sony, Universal, Decca, Polygram and many other labels. Two of his albums reached No. 1 in Europe, and to date he has sold over one million records. In addition, he has performed all over the world with a wide range of artists, including Luciano Pavarotti, Bono & The Edge (U2), Brian Eno, Indigo Girls, Richie Havens, Garth Hudson & Rick Danko (The Band), Vince Welnick (Grateful Dead), Martin Sheen, Michael York, John Malkovich, Ellen Burstyn, and many more. He performed at Woodstock 94, and in 1998 he made a compilation album with Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen and Allen Ginsberg. In March 1999, he opened the Miss Universe pageant in Europe. On his most recent tour he performed his music accompanied by Klapa Sinj, a Croatian a cappella group, in New York City, Washington D.C. and Chicago.
Nenad also writes and records music for film and theater. He has scored many features and short films. One such project was “King of Cool,” a biopic about the life of Steve McQueen which premiered on American Movie Classics (AMC), to over 65 million households. Another was “Life beyond Timothy Leary”. Subsequently, Nenad scored the Mladen Juran film “Transatlantic”, which was the Croatian entry for Best Foreign Film in the 1999 Academy Awards and a film directed by Burt Young called “Murder on Mott Street”. Other projects include “The Making and the meaning of We Are Family” film by Danny Schechter in 2002, “Justice” by Evan Oppenheimer in 2003, “Freedom from Despair” by Brenda Brkusic in 2004. Recently Nenad contributed to the score of “Random Lunacy,” the award winning documentary about Poppa Neutrino and the Neutrino family by Victor Zimet and Stephanie Silber.
Nenad is also a record producer with a special interest in documenting the fascinating but little-known musical traditions of his homeland, Croatia. His most recent work includes the production of four new SACDs (super audio compact discs) of a capella music from Croatia (by Klapa Sinj, Klapa Fa Lindjo, Klapa Navalia and Klapa Luka). These followed three previously released a cappella albums: “Fire on the Sea,” by Klapa Fortunal; “Following the Cross,” a collection of Lenten chants based on 600-year-old Gregorian Chants by the Pharos Cantors; and “Novaljo, Novaljo,” by Klapa Navalia. The klapa music produced by Nenad was one of the highest rated programs on the long-running NPR radio program “Millenium of Music,” hosted by Robert Aubry Davis.
Nenad’s work and his life story have been featured on all the major US TV networks (CBS, ABC, NBC), on CNN, on Sky Channel, and on TV channels in Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Spain, Japan, and many other countries. Press coverage has been similarly widespread, ranging from The New York Times to Billboard, from The Washington Post to Corriere Della Sera, and from The Boston Globe to the New York Daily News.
Nenad sang in the new recordings of “We Are Family” benefit for the Sept. 11th fund as well as scored the film “The Making and the Meaning of We Are Family”. He recently completed work as a language consultant for the literature and film project for four of the Harry Potter books.
Nenad is the creator and editor of CROWN (Croatian World Network, www.croatia.org ), an internet-based news and information source for Croatians and friends of Croatia throughout the world. The site posts news of interest and now features an interactive calendar for posting of events.
In 2006 Globus Magazine listed Nenad Bach as one of the 100 most influential Croatians in the world.
The long-awaited new album desired by his many fans from all over the world, called “Everything is Forever” is in the recording stage and will be released in 2012 preceding with an EP “All I Want Is Freedom” coming out in May/June of 2011, delivered by his new NENAD BACH BAND. Several songs on the album will feature the sounds of his homeland by incorporating Croatian a cappella singers.
In 2014, director Victor Zimet and producer Stephanie Silber of Home Team Productions finished production of a documentary film based on Nenad’s life and work. Titled “Everything is Forever”, it is a cinematic journey through war, peace, and rock n’ roll. The film has screened to rave reviews and earned two awards and premiered at 47th World Fest Houston International Film Festival in April 2014. One award was for best stage concert/performance and the other award was for best docudrama. The film was named official selection for the Julien Dubuque, Starigrad Paklenica and Kansas City International Film Festivals. The film will continue to be screened at film festivals in the U.S. and abroad.
Through his singing and songwriting Nenad’s goal is to spread the message of joy and universal peace.
“Ljudsko srce nikad zadovoljno nije. Ja sam napravio on što sam mogao i iz ove perspektive od dvadeset godina ne mogu biti nezadovoljan. Sam koncert s Pavarottijem vidjelo je na stotine milijuna ljudi pa tako i moju pjesmu ‘Can we go higher?’, u prijevodu ‘Možemo li se uzvisiti?’. Još i dan danas dobivam pisma iz Brazila, Vijetnama, Indonezije… i cijelog svijeta od ljudi koji vole tu pjesmu i njenu poruku mira. Ja i danas vjerujem da je svijet moguć bez ratova.”
“Sloboda govora još uvijek ne postoji, ali zato postoji sloboda misli. Kako u Americi, tako i u Hrvatskoj, razina ljudske svijesti nije još dosegla tu razinu. ”
“Dio vašeg imidža je i šešir širokog oboda od kojeg se ne odvajate. Kako to da ste odabrali taj šešir koji zapravo i nije šešir koji se nosi ili se nosio u nekom djelu Hrvatske?
To je moja kreacija, kombinacija gaucho, američkog i hrvatskog šešira. Izrađujem ga ekskluzivno već deset godina kod Cahuna u Zagrebu.”