NEWS - UPDATES – ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

NEW 2015 PROMO STUFF !

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NEW ALBUM

Hal's latest studio recording is scheduled to be released in October 2015. As it stands, the project will be a triple album with various cuts having been recorded in Berlin, Prague, Boston, Rijeka and Zagreb. Because a noteworthy portion of the album’s playlist will consist of older, previously unpublished compositions, this project will offer a retrospective flavor to long time listeners. In addition, some of Hal's more familiar favorites will appear with new and improved arrangements.  More importantly for Hal’s hardcore fans, a heavy accent has been placed on brand new material which, as a bonus, is going to be presented in both audio and video formats. The preliminary title of the new album is ‘50.’



'THE GUITAR POWER' CONCERT PRODUCTION ...........more info

This project is absolutely one of the most innovative, fresh, and exciting efforts in the world of acoustic guitar music. The final product reached completion after almost two years of refinement. The whole production is not only a cutting edge video concept, but an exciting break-through in sound performance, too.

 

HAL'S ALL STAR GUITAR FESTIVAL 2015.!...............read more

The annual ‘Hal's All-Star Guitar Festival’ has become one of Europe’s most highly regarded guitar festivals. After successfully completing its tenth consecutive production, the 2015 extravaganza is pegged to become even bigger and better. The 2015 event is slated to graduate to more esteemed venue, the impressive Croatian National Theatre building in Rijeka, Croatia. Official negotiations are underway and the final results between Hal, the Rijeka city authorities (as the festival’s main sponsor), and the National Theatre representatives will be known soon. An official announcement will follow.

 

 

AWARD WINNING 2014 ALBUM!...............read more

In 2012, Hal signed a record deal with Croatia's top recording label, Croatia Records. Not long after, his highly acclaimed album, Mare Nostrum, was released on this label. Mare Nostrum was recorded in London, England, and produced by the legendary British producer, B.J. Cole (www.bjcole.co.uk). The recording was engineered by star sound engineer, Steve Honest. Based on Mare Nostrum’s huge success, Hal received the 2014 Porin Music Award, which isCroatia’s most celebrated music award.

 

MORE VIDEOS

Look for more video clips to be uploaded on Hal’s website in January 2015 as more than twenty fantastic new videos have recently been filmed and uploaded onto Hal's Youtube channel ( video clips )
These official video clips from the Mare Nostrum CD were directed by the famous Croatian film producer Igor Modric:
www.youtube/Mare Nostrum
www.youtube/Bura

 

KASTAV BLUES FESTIVAL 2015

The year 2014 marked the 7th successful blues festival production located on the romantic hill town named Kastav, Croatia. The event has grown into the largest blues festival in the country and has become a regional favorite. The music festival is co-sponsored by the city of Kastav and the Kastav Office of Tourism:

As chief art director of the festival, Hal will be announcing plenty of news for the festival's 2015 schedule, including an increase in the standard five day program and additional venues for concerts to be held around the Kvarner region.

Here is the link to the Kastav Blues Festival web site: www.kastavbluesfest.com

 

TOMMY EMMANUEL'S WEB SITE

Since January, 2009, Hal’s music has been featured on the website of the acoustic guitar world’s # 1 musician, the legendary Tommy Emmanuel. (www.tommyemmanuel.com). Look for two of Hal’s most brilliant releases, “Trilogy” and “Infinity,” which are available for purchase in Tommy’s CD shop (www.certifiedguitarplayer.com).

NEW BOOK

Hal has many years of experience as a professional guitar teacher. Based on this experience, he has written a new book of guitar instruction that is nearing completion. The book will be a vital tool for all students learning to play the guitar. Publication is expected in December of 2015. The book is part of an innovative method of instruction that works in combination with audio and video aids. The materials will come as a set and are an essential part of Hal’s learning program.

DESIGN AWARDS

One note of recognition, expert graphic designer Dalibor Marinkovic, who has designed most of the artwork on all of Hal’s CDs and website, has received several international awards for graphic design. Last award being 1st Place winner on the  2009 PhotoWorkshop.com Digital Imaging Competition ( www.doubleexposure.com ). Some of his work could be seen at www.graphics.com gallery:
http://www.doubleexposure.com/PWS_ContestWinners.shtml

BIG FESTIVAL 2015

            This festival began eight years ago and served as the summer edition of Hal's All-Star Guitar Festival. The acronym 'BIG' stands for the Baska International Guitar Festival and takes place at the peak of tourist season on the island of Krk each summer. Over the years, the festival has been made into an independent entity and has become an extremely succesful event that proudly stands on its own merits. Several of next year's (2015) artists have already been booked. More info on: www.baskabigfest.com.hr

 

NEW PHOTOS

New promotional photos (by Dalibor Marinkovic) are going to be uploaded soon on the PHOTO page.

NEW MP3 SONGS & FACEBOOK PROFILE

New MP3 songs have been uploaded. Feel free to listen to the new songs on the MP3 page and enjoy!
Several videos featuring my music, both new songs and older ones, have been posted on Facebook as well as Reverbnation. To watch them, simply go to:
www.facebook.com/damir.halilic.5?ref=tn_tnmn
www.reverbnation.com/HAL

GUITAR CAPO

Using his past, formal education in engineering, Hal has developed a new capo. Perfection of the device is projected to be only months away. Information on its availability for purchase will be announced soon.

 

NEW ENDORSEMENT AGREEMENT

Deal with Stanford Guitars - Hal's new main steel strings guitar is Stanford OM5 Vintage equipped with Headway HE2 system. Stanford Hal signature model based on OM5 Vintage will be presented during Hal's All Star Guitar Festival 2010.
www.stanfordguitars.de
www.i-musicnetwork.de      
www.headwayelectronics.com

 

TRILOGY REISSUE

Hal’s highly-touted album, TRILOGY, was released in July 2006. It was recorded in several different cities around the world and is one of Croatia’s most extensive projects to date. TRILOGY is an extraordinary album consisting of three individual discs, each defined by a different genre. The first CD resembles Hal's debut effort, the blues-pop GEMINI album. The second disc parallels the OCEAN album’s fingerstyle guitar effort, and the last is a jazz fusion compilation. Many renowned musicians contributed on TRILOGY, including several world-class Nashville names. John Jorgenson played guitar, J.D. Blair pitched in on drums, and Charlie Chadwick helped out on bass. Suzy Bogguss added her lovely singing voice and a bunch of other top professionals participated as well.

 

MUSIC CITY

Look for the one hour documentary MUSIC CITY , USA that was filmed in Nashville, TN during the TRILOGY recording sessions. It's a story about the Nashville music scene and it has a lot of great interviews, important history, and interesting details. The film was created by Croatia’s IRS Art TV & Video Production and was directed and produced by Igor Modrić.