In a short interview to Serbian newspaper Blic, string quartet Quartissimo and the singer Martina Majerle, who will represent Slovenia in this year`s Eurovision Song Contest, have explained how they felt when they found out that they will travel to the contest in Russia and revealed more details on their preparing for the contest.
"That was a wonderful feeling, because we did not count on victory. Not at all! That will be a very nice experience for us, because we all are young, and Moscow is a great challenge" – is what was told by boys from the quartet who, together with Martina Majerle’s vocal support, created an unusual mixture of rock, pop and classical music.
"This is not quite a novelty, because ca ombination of pop and rock music has been very popular in the past several years – just think of the duet by Freddy Mercury and Monserat Kaballe. After all, this formula may prove to be very effective for the Eurovision Song Contest – to have something new, different, and without many vocals, which may surprise many. We believe in the presentation and stage performance, and think that is what is the most important. One has to be honest and without showing off" – Ziga, Matjaz, Luka, Samo and Martina say.
Although the competition is scheduled for mid May, they are already preparing and practicing their stage presentation, which will also include some light effects. They have decided to dress in black, and the competition does not worry them either.
Quartissimo which consists of three violinists and one cello player, say that they have many music models: "We learn from many. Serbian Stefan Milenkovic and Russian Igor Oistrakh are excellent violinists" -say all at once, and, like many other participants, hope that Eurovision Song Contest will help them in their future career. "Naturally, we all think that it will help. We want it. Vote for us!"
After Quartissimo and Martinawere selected to be the 2009 Slovenian representatives in the contest, a lot of attention has been given to the fact Martina is from Croatia: "Music and politics do not have anything in common. For the past several years there has been a growing trend in Europe that authors and performers from one country represent the other. I feel very comfortable in Slovenia , have lot of friends, and sing with them "– says Martina with a smile.
A very special thanks to Nada Neskovic.