Autodafé are :
Matja Pikalo – poetry, vocals, accordion
Jaka Hawlina – trumpet, baritone, vocals
Andrej Hawlina – violin, rattle, vocals
Luka Ropret – guitar, vocal
Davor Herceg – piano
Petra Pikalo – bongos, vocals
The founder and frontman of the musical group Autodafé is
the poet Matja Pikalo, who is also the author of lyrics and
the accordionist. In ten years of existence the group becomes very
popular for its non-conventional and innovative music including
both evergreens and own songs, especially the poetry by Matja
Pikalo. The group plays acoustic instruments and music, includes
the elements of drama in its performances.
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Three centuries after the birth of Voltaire, whose novel Candide
presents an inspiration for grounding and naming the vocal- instrumental
group, a first public appearance takes place in the premises of
the regional library in the town of Ravne na Koroškem.
While touring in Belgrade the group is unexpectedly awarded a prize
Autodafé performs at Saxo tour, but the co-operation with
is stopped by the group due to the unproffessional behaviour of
To celebrate its third anniversary, the group publishes the album
IMAGINAIRE (An imagined journey)
According to Slovenian weekly Mladina, Le voyage imaginaire is proclaimed
one of the top five Slovenian albums of the year.
The group appears together with Matja Pikalo in a prime time
programme of national TV called »Res je!«.
Music soundtrack for a short documentary titled Portraits with a
Background by Amir Muratovic. The film is awarded at the Festival
of Animated Film in Izola, Slovenia.
Performance at the award ceremony of “Zlati gojzar”,
awards in the field of music, organised by Radio Marš, Maribor.
When returning to Ljubljana, due to heavy snowfalls, the group spends
an entire day waiting in a train.
Performing at a multi-media event Hic et nunc, Valvasone, Italy.
The painter Aleksander Jarc and cameraman John A. Hoffman join the
group for this special occasion.
Before the rehearsals begin, the group’s violin player, Andrej
Hawlina, badly injures his wrist, due to which the group is forced
to a six months’ standstill.
At the end of the year the group starts recording its second album
with the working title of Cinéma Voltaire.
Performing at a literary event, s.c. literary composition from Murska
Sobota to Koper, called Poezija Ekspres - Poetry Express.
Because of serving his regular obligation at the national army,
Jaka Hawlina leaves the group for seven months.
Only two members of the group perform in Robidišce, but the
event is unforgettable. Aspirins are thrown to the stage as a sign
of solidarity by the audience.
In an extended number (quartet) the group performs at the opening
of a new Italian restaurant in Trubar street, Ljubljana. The Godfather
film tunes make the audience enthusiastic.
Performing at the first national poetry championship of primary
schools at the congress centre Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana.
Appearance at the national radio live programme “Izštekani”
together with the poet Dane Zajc and actor Janez Škof.
Music soundtrack for the film Iz prahu soncnih arkov (From
the sunray dust, directed by Petra Seliškar), named after the
initial verse of the poem Grebeni – Reefs – by Matja
Campaigning for the freedom of creativity, the group protests against
the court’s sentencing Matja Pikalo to a high fee because
of the contents of his novel Modri e (The blue e).
The guitar player Luka Ropret joins the group.
Boštjan Plesnicar, painter and director of the pre-modernist
movement for the eastern world hemisphere from Japan to the Ural
mountains, presents the group with an art prize as a sign of thanks
for co-operation at the exhibition of paintings Premoderno (Pre-modern)
at the Alkatraz gallery at Metelkova, Ljubljana.
Performing at the grand opening of the exhibition of paintings
by Irena Romih at the Podsreda castle, titled Ne tipaj! (Do not
touch!) Directly after the appearance the group travels to Vienna
in order to begin record its new album.
Once the recordings are over, the group travels to Italy to performs
at the “Brazilian house” at the village of Maschera.
Recordings of the appearance are published at the world wide web.
Joint performance with the group Compe at Union Hotel in Ljubljana
at the occasion of launching Matja Pikalo’s new novel
Drevored ljubezni in vojne (Promenade of love and war).
The group’s second album CINÉMA VOLTAIRE is finally
published, subtitled Les chansones populaires.
Performing at an international wedding in Kazlje at the Karst. The
newly-weds set out for Beijing for their honey-moon after the ceremony.
Premiere of the film Iz prahu soncnih arkov (From the sunray
dust) at the island of Silba in Croatia.
Launch of the campaign Kinodvorjenje. It is a whole-day event,
where permanent seats at the art cinema Kinodvor in Ljubljana are
auctioned. Among others, the group tries to convince into a seat
purchase celebrities s.a. the Minister of Culture and the Mayor
Performing at the Christmas concert for the homeless and the lonely
at the Union Hotel in Ljubljana.
The group’s album Cinéma Voltaire is rated four stars
out of five possible by the Slovenian weekly Mladina.
Prevalje, the birthplace of Matja Pikalo, gives the home author
a big celebration at the house of culture Drubeni dom, which
is one of the biggest venues where the group ever performed.
The group extends to nine members in order to perform at the Days
of Chanson at the Knight Hall of Krianke in Ljubljana, organised
by Café teater. Other performers include: Elda Viler, Meri
Avsenak, Alenka Vidrih, Vitalij Osmacko, Ezlek, Compe ...
Performing at the presentation of New Slovenian poetry in Genoa,
The group is honoured to open the multi-cultural festival at the
occasion of the tenth anniversary of Topolovo Station (Italy).
Opening the festive December season in Ljubljana together with
the group Ljubljanski lumpi while celebrating the birthdays of France
Prešeren and Fran Milcinski-Jeek. When the candles are
lit at the main Prešeren square, the central square of Ljubljana
is covered in smoke by the “lumpi”, although the candles
are said to be harmless for the environment.
The acordeon player Davor Herceg and bongos player Petra Pikalo
join the group.
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Kocbek:
his poem Lipicanci (Lipizaner Horses) is set to music. Together
with other interpretations of his poetry it is published by Litera
publishing house. This marks the beginning of recordings for the
group’s new album, titled Grand Hotel Evropa.
The group is honoured to performance the cultural festival Dotik
at the occasion of presentation the slovenean culture and poetry
by the enter of Slovenia in Europe Union in Udine (Italy).
On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the group, they performed
the Rudnik Meica mine and KUD France Prešeren, Ljubljana,
which they also documented in a photograph exhibition by Jaka Gasar,
Voyage Imaginaire. After the performance in the mine, the group
hardly escaped an earthquake, leaving the Peca underground by train
in good time, for which they were rewarded by a home-made loaf of
bread at KUD by a coincidental visitor.
The group decides to record a new album titled Grand Hotel Evropa
new studio Blue Box, but first they had to wait for the new studio
equipment. When they finally started recording, the studio was flooded
in a severe storm. The
copies miraculously stayed undamaged, there was only some collateral
At the end of the year, the group goes on a short tour, which
Dolenjska region and the Coast. As usually they are always late,
but it all ends well:
they get invitations for new performances, and even a request to
play on a funeral.
On the pre-election meeting at the Coast, eventually marked by a
mass fight, they helped - in a common effort with some musician
legends (D. Kocijancic, S. Ivancic ...) - a candidate for the president
to win the student elections.
They recorded Pankrti’s song Ljubica /My Darling for a compilation
their remakes titled Pankrti 2006, which is to be published on The
Victory Day - the
9th of May.
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