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Feb 7, 2013 7:00 PM


Earth Resistance is a multimedia project that combines several artistic genres; from video, 16 mm film, dance to a live musical performances. It just premiered on December 17th 2012 at the Janez Trdina Cultural Centre in Novo Mesto in Slovenia as the final ceremony of the partner town of the European Capital of Culture 2012.

Resistance of the Earth is a multimedia project that combines several artistic genres; from video, 16 mm film to a live musical performances.

It just premiered on December 17th 2012 at the Janez Trdina Cultural Centre in Novo Mesto in Slovenia as the final ceremony of the partner town of the European Capital of Culture 2012.

The theme of the project covers the world of natural disasters like earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and tornados. Disasters became increasingly common forms of resistance, with which nature fights back the in balances of our planet Earth broth about by the human civilization.

The project Resistance of the Earth will through the language of images, instruments, voice and solo performances comment worldwide natural catastrophes that occur on our planet.

Original music by Slovenian author Igor Lumpert who is bridging different musical worlds and same developing innovative forms as a podium for improvisations is also inspired by poems from Allen Ginsberg to Czech author Sylva Fischerová. The music will be complemented with 16 mm films by Zeljka Blaksic played on stage next to the ensemble.

Additionally the project includes video testimonies by people who experienced first hand and survived recent natural disasters.


Organized in collaboration with the Consulate General of Croatia and the Slovenian Embassy.


Igor Lumpert- compositions, tenor/soprano sax

Željka Blakšić aka Gita Blak- 16mm film & video, performance

Aaron Parks- piano

Tommy Crane- drums

Chris Tordini- bass

Miles Griffith- vocals

Lana Is - vocals

Jani Moder- guitar

Zan Tetickovic- glockenspiel

Maria Jeffers- cello

Allison Schlegel-  voice

Caitlin Diaz- video technitian

Born October 27, 1975, in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, Igor began his professional training at age 19 at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Austria, where he studied with Doug Hammond and Harry Sokal. During this period, he was a member of Munich-based band Sidewinders, winner of the“Best Jazz Group of Germany” award. After completing his studies with honors, Igor was invited by one of the world’s finest bassists, Reggie Workman, to study at the New School University in New York City. He received a scholarship and moved to New York in fall 2000. In New York Igor trained with some of the world’s finest musicians—George Garzone, Reggie Workman, Buster Williams, Chico Hamilton, Billy Harper, and many others. In April 2002, Igor was selected for the New School All-Star Wayne Shorter Ensemble, which performed at the “Beacons In Jazz” award ceremony at the Supper club, where Mr. Shorter was honored.

Igor has performed at jazz festivals in Munich, Ljubljana, Novi Sad, Cankarjev, and Dom Ljubljana; at major jazz clubs in New York including the Jazz Standard, Cornelia Street Cafe, Supper Club, and Birdland; and venues in Vienna, Munich, Linz, Zagreb, Beograd, Sarajevo, Novi Sad, Athens, Kreta,Venice. Igor’s band Innertextures represents Igor's passion for the music to journey to new and daring places. He is supported in this effort by bassist and drummer Tommy Crane.

Intertextures—(shapes of our original self/being)—committing yourself to an act of effort and responsibility, to thank the Creator for his gifts and love by creating something unique and beautiful.

Igor has released three CDs as a leader: “Innertextures” (2001), “Mineral Mind” (2004), “Innertextures LIVE” (2012). In addition to his work as a performer, he has an active career as an educator, having taught master classes and improvisation lessons throughout Europe and the United States. He has taught at the Jazzinty workshop in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, for the last six years. Igor Lumpert is the next generation of great composers and performers!


|Željka Blakšić, a.k.a. Gita Blak
is an international visual artist who currently lives and works between New York, Berlin and Zagreb. She graduated  from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb and earned her Masters at the School of Visual Arts; Photography, Video and Related Media Department.

Her artistic career began in an early adolescence in the field of music, and she continues to nurture it through performances with musicians in experimental music and visual appearance

In her work she investigates commemorative practices, culture of remembrance and thus related identities through complex interrelationships between dysfunctions, feminism, mental health, politics, etc. Always starting with an obligation of the female artist within a larger socio-political constellation she observes history and questions the society we live in, transforms her observations and develop them using variety of media.

With the understanding that art does not solve political, social or economical issues she is interested in making an art that reveals problems, sets questions or arguments and creates moments of self discoveries. She explores possibilities and peripheral areas of different media, often combining sound, 16mm fillm, direct-on-film techniques, video and performance; her works translates into complex audio-visual systems.

She is a recipient of The District Kunst- und Kulturförderung studio grant program located in Berlin, Germany that concentrates explicitly on the promotion of contemporary female artists. In 2010 she won the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award in New York City.  Recently she exhibited her work at Art Gallery of SESI in Sao Paolo, Brazil; Urban Festival in Croatia, The Kitchen, Rover SOHO, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center in New York, USA; The Khyber Centre for the Arts in Canada etc.







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