The long-awaited book called 'Atlantis' is finally out! As a result of its high production cost, the publisher decided to divide it into two seperate volumes. Luxuriously packaged, it includes 20 compositions written in classical guitar score format, 2 DVDs with 3.5 hours of instructional video material, plus many glamorous photos and helpful text.
Hal has had a long career as a successful and gifted guitar teacher. Based on his years of practical experience, he has released this new book of original compositions and guitar-playing instruction. This publication will be a vital tool for all aspiring guitarists attempting to learn the instrument's basics as well as for other professional guitarists determined to master alternative techniques to add to their repertoire. Fresh, exciting, and innovative, the book provides an ingenious instructional method that works best in combination with the accompanying audio and video aids. The materials come as a set, and are an essential part of Hal’s teaching system.
The album ‘50’ was primarily recorded in Berlin and Prague during late 2014, and completed in Rijeka and Zagreb, Croatia in early 2015.
Besides the audio recordings provided by the double CD, this album also features some fantastic video footage that was recorded and directed by the world-renowned film director, Igor Modric.
The album’s front and back covers, the photo gallery inside, and the entire project’s artistic details were designed by Grammy award-winning photographer, Alan Messer.
Under the direction of the Hal Association, production film director Igor Modrić and his team recorded the first part of video sessions for the documentary 'Crni Kastavac' (Black Kastavian) in London, UK.
The story is about African-American blues musician Philadelphia Jerry Ricks, who spent last three years of his life in Kastav, Croatia. The documentary will be provide personal interviews with his colleagues and friends, as well as filmed materials from his live performances where his sociological and cultural points of view are noted.
Starting this May, the preliminary plan is to collect all materials for the film. Upon completion of that task, the editing will start. The scheduled date of promotion is August 7th.
Hal has signed a contract with the Slovenian National Theater - Teatro Capodistria to compose music for a theatrical play that will include thirty-two productions in which he will perform live in many national theatres throughout Slovenia, Croatia, and Italy.
2017 will mark the tenth consecutive blues festival production located on the romantic hill town named Kastav. This event has grown into the largest blues festival in Croatia and has become an enormous European regional favorite. The festival is co-sponsored by the municipality of Kastav and the Kastav Office of Tourism:
As chief art director of the festival, Hal will be announcing plenty of exciting news for the festival's 2017 schedule. This will include an increase in the standard five day program, and additional concert venues around the Kvarner region.
More info can be found on the Kastav Blues Festival web site: kastavbluesfest.com
This festival began eight years ago and has 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 morphed into an independent entity, and has become an extremely succesful event that proudly stands on its own merits. More info can be found at: baskabigfest.com.hr
The annual ‘Hal's All-Star Guitar Festival,’ which has become one of the most highly regarded guitar festivals Europe, has ended its run after having successfully completed its tenth consecutive production. Sadly, this spectacular event folded as a result of financial problems concerning the event's main sponser – the municpality of Rijeka.
Hal has offered the city of Opatija the opportunity to sponser this project for the 2018 season, and official negotiations are ongoing. The final results between Hal, the Opatija city authorities (as the festival’s potential main sponsor), and other institutional representatives will be released soon. An official announcement will follow.