Synesthetic Project is an interdisciplinary ensemble lead by the Vienna-based flutist Nika Bauman. It consists of an international cast of musicians, dancers, animators and videographers who are molded into specific formations depending on the project. Through an interplay of music, dance and video, the artists explore concepts and tell stories of diversity, understanding, tolerance, communication, of mutual giving and receiving. The goal is to create a world where variety is celebrated, where artists and audience meet without prejudice and boundaries of time, style and medium and enjoy the sharing and reinterpretation of their creative stories through another’s eyes.
Artistic leadership, Flute
Nika Bauman, * 1992 in Zagreb (Croatia), is the artistic leader of Synesthetic Project. The flutist studied in Zagreb and Vienna and performs internationally as with ensembles of various genres such as the Mimika Orchestra, Ensemble Illyrica and Duo Bauman Ferlan. She is involved in interdisciplinary work through designing performances for Synesthetic as well as individually and in collaboration with different actors, dancers, composers and visual artists.
Guitar, E-Bass, Double Bass, Percussion
Marko Ferlan, * 1988 in Brežice (Slovenia) is a guitarist, bassist, double bassist and percussionist. Ferlan studied classical guitar in Vienna and is active in various musical projects such as chamber music ensembles Pool of Invention, Duo Bauman-Ferlan and Ensemble Illyrica as well as jazz and world music bands Lana Janjanin Trio and Oscar Antoli Quartet.
Rino Indiono, * 1987 Jakarta (Indonesia), grew up in Japan and Vienna. Studied contemporary dance pedagogy at the MUK Conservatory Vienna and won 2 Stella prizes for dance and drama. He was part of the dance company “Körperverstand Tanztheater Wien” and a permanent ensemble in Dschungel Vienna. Currently works as a freelance dancer in Vienna and teaches his own studio class Quantum Movement.
Anna Barbara Bonatto
Anna Bárbara Bonatto, * 1991 Nashua (USA), started dancing as a child in Brazil and continued her education as a teenager in the USA. She completed 3 years of acting training in Los Angeles and 4 years of studying at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. Since 2016, most of her collaborations and performances have taken place in Salzburg and Vienna.
Toni Mijač, * 1988 Split (Croatia), studied film and new media at the art academies in Split and Zagreb. In his own works of art, he deals with everyday impulses of human life, which he explores using various forms of expression such as film, video, installation, performance, photography and social practices.
Iva Casián lakoš
Iva Casian-Lakoš, * 1991 Columbus (USA), tours with contemporary and genre-changing ensembles such as hear | say and Ensemble Illyrica. She played at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center. Iva also works with composers on new solo and chamber music works and shows them as a cellist, singer and improviser.
Ana Marković, * 1994 Belgrade (Serbia) is a pianist based in Austria. She studied at the University of Music in Vienna, and performed as a soloist and chamber musician in many notable locations across Europe. Her interest in new and unconventional music motivated her to perform with many contemporary ensembles.
Tomaž Zevnik, * 1990 in Brežice (Slovenia), studied clarinet at the Music Academy in Ljubljana. He attended competitions and won prizes in solo performances and chamber ensembles. He is a member of several swing bands such as Pickpocket Swingers and Jump Session, the jazz quartet V Dišečem Gaju, Trio Yokuze and part of the organization of the SUMO festival.
Ema Crnić, *1996 Zagreb (Croatia), graduated at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and works as a freelance dancer as well as a part of her art organisation Škvadra. She is the recipient of several awards, among which are the Dean’s Award for solo choreography Jendvatričetiripet 2016/2017, and the title of the Most Promising Young Dance Artist 2018/2019 awarded by the Professional Dance Artists Association of the
Republic of Croatia.
Peter Ferlan, *1990, Brežice (Slovenia) is an awarded illustrator, graphic designer and animator in charge of the visual part of Synesthetic Project.
He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana and is a part of the distinguished interdisciplinary art group “freštreš”.
Virna Kljaković, *1990 in Split, Croatia, is a classical pianist, accompanist and piano professor. She finished her master’s exam at Zagreb Music Academy and postgraduate chamber music program at University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. As a soloist and chamber musician she performed at various venues in Croatia and Europe ( Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Ireland). She works as a piano professor at Elly Basic Music Conservatory in Zagreb, Croatia.
Antonia Dorbić ,*1991 Šibenik (Croatia) has finished MA studies of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts and BA studies of Contemporary Dance at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. While studying she got two dean’s awards for dance performances, rector’s award for a solo choreography Sequence of Moments, has finished one semester at Danish National School of Performing Arts in Copenhagen, and was nominated for best scenography of the year from actors’ award. She co-founded performative collective with which she works continually as choreographer, dancer and a scenographer. She currently works and lives in Šibenik in her own studio as a teacher and artistic leader of the space Obrt as well as still doing authorship work and dance for and with other collectives and artists.
Andrija Šimić, *1991 Zagreb (Croatia) started playing cello in 1998, in the class of professor Dobrila Berković – Magdalenić at the Elly Bašić Music Scool in Zagreb. He graduated from the high school in 2010. and entered the Academy of Music in Sarajevo in the class of professor Yevgeny Xaviereff. In 2015. he graduated from the Academy of Music and as of 2016. he has been employed as a cello teacher at the Elly Bašić Music School. For many years now he has been participating at the Uzmah Summer School at the island of Brač, in the class of professor Gustavo Tavares.