Melinda Ligeti

(Pančevo, Serbia)

 Melinda Ligeti

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releases on Acustronica:

No Need To Talk

No Need To Talk

Belonging

Belonging

Explorers

Explorers

Remix Eye Movement

Remix Eye Movement

Acetilene

Acetilene

We Play You Don’t Know What So Neither Do We

We Play You Don’t Know What So Neither Do We

Nowhere Near

Nowhere Near

Rapid Eye Movement

Rapid Eye Movement

Paspreture

Paspreture

Melinda Ligeti, composer/singer/multi-instrumentalist/producer, was born on January 2, 1978, in Pančevo, Serbia. She gets her first violin lessons at the age of 6, sharing an early passion for piano, singing, guitar and composing. At the age of 16 she passes the entry exams for composition and orchestration department at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. She graduated with highest grade in 2002, under Professor Vlastimir Trajković (ex student of Olivier Messiaen) and Isidora Žebeljan. Besides the above mentioned instruments she plays flute, bass, glockenspiel...

 

Melinda's music interests expand in lots of directions (classical, jazz, ambient, experimental, avant-garde, pop, electronic...), working on solo projects as well as different collaborations.

Her first band was Cartoon Sky, formed in the 90’s (together with Nenad Simić, Marija Ligeti Balint, Petar Uzunović / Dušan Došen and Bojan Dimitrov). It was heavily influenced by Cocteau Twins, with jazzy pop flavor, and simple structures. They performed several concerts, and had their appearance on the Serbian National TV.

She formed and took active part in few bands that had been performing her nu-jazz compositions (with Borivoj Nikolić, Milan Đorđijevski, Vladan Stojanov, Milan Despotovski, Ljuba Milošević, Rodoljub Katić, Milan Gašpar, Nikola Inić, Željko Jevtović and Nenad Živanov).

These activities continue today through Melinda Ligeti Trio with her husband Norman Baiocchi, and her son Kristijan Simić, and other guest musicians, performing and recording in Italy and Serbia (Alterazioni Festival (Arcidosso); Fricke-Out Festival (Abbadia San Salvatore); Natura e Benessere (Bagni San Filippo); Campiglia Summer Festival; Concert in Sarteano; Staro Cafè (Abbadia San Salvatore); Jazziré Festival (Subotica), RTS Ad Libitum (Belgrade); Balanso Show (Belgrade); Hill River Live@BeTon Radio (Belgrade); Improvizacija (Pančevo); PanDEMOnium (Pančevo); Jazz Club Čekaonica (Belgrade); Leila Records and Books (Belgrade); Foyer of Kulturni Centar (Pančevo)...).

 

The collaboration between Melinda and Norman Baiocchi, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, painter and actor (Sétamùr, Misdea [Live Soundtracking], ex Liberal Carme, I Virtuosi Dal Pianeta Talento), starts in 2011 and is continuing along the years with more versatility and engagement in many mutual projects.

Their first public performance took place in Trappola Acustica (Piancastagnaio, Italy), which was at the same time recorded and later released as their first EP 5 Coins in a Wishing Well as Sétamùr duo. It was sold out in Italy, Serbia, France, Canada and Australia. The promotion of this album was held in Kulturni Centar Pančevo (Serbia), which resulted in various other performances and TV and radio appearances (Ad Libitum @RTS; Improvizacija@Radio Pančevo;  On & On@BeTon Radio;  Jazziré Festival in Subotica, Serbia; MusicaW Festival, Castellina Marittima, Italy; Radio M12 in Rome, Italy).

In the beginning of 2012 they recorded Hvala album as a group with other 5 members (Mike Marchioni, Carlo Fabbrini, Francesco Pititto, Stefano Pintus and Daniele Belloni) and guest musicians (Iva Ugrčić, Ana Brateljević and Bojan Boljanac) at Hill River Studios (Belgrade, Serbia), produced by Srđan Zdravković, and postproduced by Stefano Bechini.

In October 2012 Norman releases his first solo album as Sétamùr - Rapid Eye Movement (Acustronica), where Melinda gives her contribution as the sound technician, producer and co-arranger. This release was presented in the top 4O for that year, and gained many great reviews.

For Christmas the same year, Melinda makes the editing, montage and arrangement of sound and video samples recorded and directed by Norman Baiocchi at the daycare center for disabled, Il Sole (Abbadia San Salvatore), where he works as educational psychologist. The result was a video clip Handy Christmas Din Don Down, a 10 minutes movie that represents the disabled members of the daycare, their usual activities, influenced by the upcoming festivity of Christmas. 

 

Melinda’s work with Sava Marinković resulted in 2 releases – Sava, Melinda & Norman - We Play You Don’t Know What So Neither Do We (Acustronica), and Sava Marinković - Nowhere Near (Acustronica) where she gives her composition, vocals and piano for the opening track Argemone.

 

Other collaborations include Nhile (vocal lines for We Should Save The Souls), Misdea – Acetilene (Acustronica) (electronic base tracks for Heavy Drops and  Digging In The Dark), Motherboards Project – Open Source (Seahorse Recordings) (violin/vocals/piano on Strange Folk In A Place, Something Like Crazy and Medicine), Arco Kvartet – Pop Art (Kulturni Centar Pančevo) (all arrangements, piano and vocals) and Sétamùr – Remix Eye Movement (Acustronica) (her Frammento Di Sogno RMX and mixing/producing  for Kristijan Simić, ExP B4 and Ana Brateljević), with other 23 international artists included. This project has been supported by City of Pančevo as an important cultural/intercultural project, which helped the release of the physical copy a year later, as the double CD, presented through promotional concert in Kulturni Centar Pančevo. Sétamùr ft. Kristijan Simić performed at the Campiglia Summer Festival 2014, where they recorded live their hybrid ambient improvisation that resulted in album Kristijan, Melinda & Norman – Explorers(Acustronica).

 

Melinda made soundtracks for the Superserious Superficials architectural movie series created by the avantguarde architect Nenad Simić (RAW-NYC Architects),  which explores the new multimedia forms of hybrid artistic representation (Imaginez Un Paysage, Belgrade Hotel, Loopscape #1, Iceberg- JDS Architects Cover).

Can I Touch It grew out from collaboration with the Monad Studio (Eric Goldemberg, Miami, USA). This music video has been used by Professor Goldemberg as an intro to his lectures held in various prestigious architecture schools (AA - London, Etsab - Barcelona and Die Angewandte - Wien – Cagliari).

Her track Reflections was used as a soundtrack for the photo-sensory exhibition named Attraverso l'Oblio by Italian photographer Roberta Demeglio.

The Green Escape, This Is It, Circus and Requiem For A Breakup are tracks that evolved as a result of collaboration with modern ballet coreographer Aleksandra Malijar. Circus is the music that found its place with Misdea, Sétamùr and Liberal Carme, in the short movie called  L'ombra della luce, directed by Anna Rattazzi and Simone Torrini, and also inside the project Convivenze of Niccolò Fabi, presented in Teatro Dante in Campi Bisenzio, 2011.

With Norman Baiocchi and Carlo Fabbrini she made live soundtracking for the reading of the book Il Tempo di un Respiro by Lucia Romani.

Spanish director Cristóbal Catalán used Melinda’s song Blue for his video Blue Dance. 

Eternal is used by Visit Lagoa project for promotional purposes.

Pissed Off Steve is a short cartoon serie made by young Robert Balint bassoonist/director, where Melinda and Norman work on the sound effects, montage and video production.

 

Melinda's complete piano opus has been performed by her sister, Professor Marija Ligeti Balint, pianist, harpsichordist and composer, and released as Piano Music CD in 2005, supported by City of Pančevo. It contains 23 compositions, from which the Silent Waltz  became the obligatory composition for the Young For Justice And Piece piano competition held in Kragujevac in 2007, organized by Donne in Musica association with Vojna Nešić. She was invited as a jury member on the same occasion.

Melinda’s compositions A Smile Of Our Baby for piano 6 hands - dedicated to Kristijan Simić, Christmas Wish for 4 hands, and Anno Domini for 2 pianos, have been again performed and recorded by Marija for Vox Coelestis album, together with works of Franz Liszt.

Melinda’s 3 compositions Eternal, Reflections and Landscape Of A New Born Planet, adapted for the occasion as electronic base tracks with live improvised piano, were premierly performed by her sister at the Book Of Sounds contemporary piano music concert, in 2008.    

 

Melinda gained working experience as a professor of complementary piano, harmony and music forms in Jovan Bandur Music School (Pančevo), as a piano accompanist in Dimitrije Parlić Ballet School (Pančevo) on both classical and contemporary ballet department, and as a piano accompanist for High School Choir of International School of Belgrade led by Miss Patricia Sands. She is also a member of international association Donne In Musica, as well as the Serbian Composers Association.

 

Many years of working solo resulted in the release of Paspreture (Acustronica), an album that contains chosen pieces that were made during 10 years of composing and recording. The opening title Landscape Of A New Born Planet is another piece that Melinda dedicated to her son Kristijan Simić who appears in the track with his baby laughter.

Another solo work is 36, a 1 title only, 36 minutes long, soundscape and song collage album, that Melinda composed, performed and recorded for 36th birthday occasion of her husband Norman. Her life with Norman and her family remains as a constant inspiration. She is a mother of two sons: Kristijan Simić and Sebastian Baiocchi.

 

Other works:

-  5 Haiku Songs for mezzosoprano and piano (broadcast on serbian Studio B radio station)

-  Finsteren Zeiten for soprano, oboe, piano and harpsichord, based on the Bertold Brecht poem An die Nachgeborenen

-  Eisberg for string orchestra, recorded in 1998, at the studio of Faculty of Music, by St. George string orchestra, premierly performed in 2011 by Jovan Bandur string orchestra, with Bojana Matorkić Ivanović as a conducter.

-  Om for flute, marimba, piano and stones, performed at Belgrade City Hall on the Concert of Young Serbian Composers organized by BELEF (Belgrade Summer Festival in 1997) and also at the celebration of 60th Anniversary of Faculty of Music.

-  Sherlock in Wonderland for 3 violins

-  Jazzy Day and Mellow for saxophone and piano

-  Yellow Blues for trumpet and piano (comissioned by prof. Boris Matijević, performed numerous times on brass competitions in Serbia)

-  Affetti, 13 movement suite for wind quintet, 2 violins, violoncello, vibraphone and timpani (performed at 9th International Tribune of Composers, Belgrade in year 2000)

-  Ave Maria for female choir (premierly performed by PSCPD, Orthodox Church choir, conducted by miss Vera Carina, on 250th anniversary of Catholic Church in Pancevo, in the year 2007)

-  Gloria  for mixed choir ( PSCPD performed it at Choirs Among Frescoes festival in Belgrade, where both the choir and the conductor (miss Vera Carina) got the special prize for contemporary music performance thanks to this piece)

-  Bye Bye Baby Bye (Melinda Ligeti Trio, recorded by Mladen Kašler, produced by Vladimir KlonK Antonov, put to a setlist of Spring High Mix by DJ Chile

-  Maybe You Are Just What I Need (Melinda Ligeti Trio, part of the compilation PanDEMOnium Vol.3 (Dom Omladine, Pančevo, 2011)

-  Sunset (2012) and How Could I Ask For More (2013) – for guitar and vocals, dedicated to Norman Baiocchi

-  Sebastian (2012) – composed with Norman, dedicated to Sebastian Baiocchi

-  Silent Waltz (2005/2012) – reading edition with the lyrics of Radnóti Miklós Égivándor, with Norman Baiocchi, dedicated to Anton Ligeti

-  Maria’s Island (2014) – composed with Norman, dedicated to Marija Ligeti Balint