10 Apr 2017
Germany Berlin Haus für Poesie
An incredibly versatile accordionist, Marko Hatlak finished his studies of the instrument with distinction at the music academies of Weimar and Würzburg. Regularly performing since the early 2000s, his stage appearances are as a rule tinged with either tango or Bach.
He has played as a soloist with RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, RTV Slovenia Big Band and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra as well as collaborated with artists such as Vlatko Stefanovski, Neil Innes, Tommy Emmanuel, Stefan Milenkovich, Miho Maegaito and Una Palliser, along with Symbolic Orchestra and Carmina Slovenica. In 2004 he started to perform with Terrafolk and played gigs at festivals like the Edinburgh Fringe and Glastonbury.
He created his still active Funtango group in 2004 (reinterpreting music of authors like A. Piazzolla, R. Galliano, Vivaldi and J.S. Bach), established the Kapobanda (mixing musics from the Balkans with Irish tunes and classical music pieces), and founded a band with the world famous violinist, Stefan Milenkovich, joined by the pianist Marko Črnčec and the bass player Luka Herman Gajser. He also plays solo, with his repertoire featuring classical pieces as well new works by composers such as Jukka Tiensu, Conrado del Rosario, John Cage, Lother Klein, Sofia Gubaidulina and Georg Katzer.
Hatlak has played at venues all over Slovenia and has been invited to several Slovene festivals. His standout solo concerts are regularly held at Cankarjev dom. The upbeat Marko Hatlak Band had its first public appearance at the Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture in 2016, followed by a short tour in Germany.
Solo or with his bands, he has performed in the US, Germany (in venues like the Berlin Blackmore's Berlins Musikzimmer), France, Italy, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, etc. As a soloist he has toured around Canada and the US, and performed at the famed Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C.