- Branko Isaković
Infobox Musical artist
Name = Branko Isaković
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Born = birth date|1958|6|24|mf=y
Bass guitar Guitar
Genre = Acoustic
Years_active = 1977 – present
Krstić & Šaper & Unutrašnja Imperija
Dejan Cukić & Spori Ritam Band
Bilja Krstić & Bistrik Orchestra
Branko Isaković is a
Serbian bass player born in Valjevoin 1958. He was a member of notable rock bands active in former Yugoslavia. He closely colaborates with Dejan Cukićand Bilja Krstićand has his own projects TeodulIja and Divine Sound, focusing on ambiental, ethno and spiritual music.
Isaković was born in
Valjevoin 1958 and moved to Belgradein 1961. His first interests in music came about 1970 when his school friend, today well know guitar player and producer Dušan "Duda" Bezuha needed a rhythm guitarist for his rhythm and bluesband. Having finished the Sixth Belgradehigh school Isaković joined the acoustic rockband Suncokretas a replacement for Bata Sokić who went to serve the army. Isaković left the band in 1978.
With former Tilt members
Dejan Cukić(vocals) and Predrag Jakovljević (guitar), guitarist Nenad Stamatović, Isaković formed Bulevar. The band got the name "Bulevar" because all of the members lived near The Boulevard Of Revolution in Belgrade. The band performed as an opening act for Riblja Čorbaincluding the September 1, 1979appearance which was one of the band’s major appearances. In the meantime the band Zvuk Ulice disbanded and their keyboard player Dragan Mitrić joined the band. Soon after the band, with the help of Riblja Čorba guitarist Momčilo Bajagićrecorded their first single "Moje bezvezne stvari", but due to the illness of the president Josip Broz Tito, it was released in 1980 by Jugoton. The next single "Nestašni dečaci" became one of the anthems of New Wave in Yugoslaviaand was included on the Jugotoncompilation " Svi marš na ples!". In the meantime, the band started writing material for their debut record which was released through PGP RTBrecords in 1981. "Loš i mlad" was produced by the band themselves with the help of Tahir Durhali. The next album "Mala noćna panika" did not get a live tour as Mitrić, Stamatović and Cukić had to go to serve the army. The last concert the band held was in Skopjein 1982 and ceased to exist. Mitrić and Isaković joined the off project band Propaganda and released one album, "Apatija javnosti" in 1982. Isaković, beside bass, also played rhythm guitar.
After Bulevar disbanded Isaković went to
Idoli, as a replacement for Zdenko Kolarwho went to serve the Yugoslav People's Army, the band was about to record a new album. Idolimembers went to Londonand with producer Bob Painter recorded " Čokolada". The album was a high success and was sold in about 350,000 copies. When "Čokolada" tour started, the relationship between the band members became colder and after the Ljubljanashow, due to a quarrel, Idolidisbanded. Isaković togerher with Zdenko Kolar recorded bass sections on the "Šest dana juna" soundtrack album which was released as an Idolirecord. In 1986 Isaković went to serve the army and on his returned joined the Krstić & Šaper backing band Unutrašnja Imperija and recorded the "Poslednja mladost u Jugoslaviji" album released by Jugotonin 1987. Later he toured with Bisera Veletanlićin the USSRand employed as a fireman in Belgrade.
Dejan Cukićleft Bajaga & Instruktori he decided to start a solo career and formed his backing band Spori Ritam Band. The lineup featured Isaković on bass, Dragoljub Đuričićon drums, Dragan Mitrić on keyboards, Saša Lokneron snare drums and Safet Petrovac on guitar. Together they released the "Spori ritam" album in 1987. He left Spori Ritam Band in 1989. Together with Dragoljub Đuričić, Isaković went to Kerber, hard rockband from Niš. With Kerber he recorded live album " 121288" and studio album " Peta strana sveta". He left the band in 1992 and returned to Cukić's Spori Ritam Band and played until 2003.
In 1993 Isaković moved to
Praguewhere he worked in a toyfactory. When he came back to Yugoslavia, he appeared in the movie "Underground". During a trip to InđijaIsaković got interested into ambiental and ethnic music. In 1996 he fomed The Glissers with Ekatarina Velikakeyboard player Margita Stefanovićand Marija Mihajlović from Spori Ritam Band. This is the first time Isaković used a computer for recording which made him more interested in computer technology.
In 1997 came out the Dejan Cukić & Spori Ritam Band live album "Unplugged" recorded live in
Novi Sad. At the same time Isaković met Ljuba Ninkovićwho used to be the frontman of a famous acoustic band S Vremena Na Vreme. Together they recorded soundtracks for theater plays and commercial and TV music. The two with Bilja Krstićrecorded the album "Bistrik" on a Pentium I computer in 1999. Together they formed the Bistrik Orchestra which became Bilja Krstić's backing band. The album was a huge success and the band toured Brasil, Russia, France, Italyand Greece. The following year Dejan Cukićrecorded a soundtrack for the "Divlji med" play which is actually a cover album of Bob Dylan’s songs with lyrics in Serbian language.
In 2001 with Ivica Stojanović, a friend from the First Belgrade Singers Company, Isaković started a project TeodulIja which was a combination of
ethnic musicand Christian Orthodox spiritual music. They released the "Priče iz davnina" CD in 2002. Bilja Krstić & Bistrik Orchestra participated the soundtrack album for Zona Zamfirova in 2001 and in 2003 released a studio album "Zapisi".
Romani musicband Kal recorded their debut album in 2005 with Isaković on bass. The self titled album came out in 2006 through B92 records and Asphalt Tango. In the meantime Isaković started his own project Divine Sound which is a healing ambiental music band. The album "Order of Love" came out in April, 2005. It was created as music background for spoken word meditations by Vlado Ilić as part of family system therapy, following Dr Bert Hellinger's Systemic Constellations method. The CD contains five meditative compositions enriched by the voice of Marija Mihajlović and native flute played by Milinko Ivanović. In September, 2005 Bilja Krstić & Bistrik Orchestra started recording a new album released in 2007 entitled "Tarpoš". A new TeodulIja album "Vino istine" came out in 2007.
At the moment Isaković is composing, arranging, producing and recording new material for his musical project. He mostly works in his home studio in
*"Dlakavo čudo" / "Noćna ptica" (1979)
*"Sviće novi dan" / "Tvoja mama gunđa protiv mene" (1979)
* "Loš i mlad" (1981)
* "Mala noćna panika" (1982)
* "Nestašni dečaci" (2008)
* "Moje bezvezne stvari" / "Nemam ništa važno da te pitam" (1980)
* "Nestašni dečaci" / "Moja lova, tvoja lova" (1981)
Various artists compilations
Svi marš na ples!" (1981)
* "Apatija javnosti" (1982)
* "Šest dana juna" (1985)
* "Bambina" / "
Stranac u noći" (1983)
Ona to zna" / " Ljubavi" (1985) - single given as a present with the "Džuboks" magazine
* "VIS Idoli" (2007) - 4 CDs Box Set
With Krstić & Šaper
* "Poslednja mladost u Jugoslaviji" (1987)
With Dejan Cukić
* "Spori ritam" (1987)
* "4 ½... Ja bih da pevam" (1996)
* "Igramo na ulici" (1998)
* "Divlji med" (2000)
* "Kalendar" (2002)
* "Unplugged" (1997)
* "DC & SRB @ SC" (2003)
* "San na pola puta" (1994)
Peta strana sveta" (1990)
With Bilja Krstić
* "Bistrik" (2001)
* "Zapisi" (2003)
* "Tarpoš" (2007)
* "Priče iz davnina" (2002)
* "Vino istine" (2007)
* "Kal" (2002)
With Divine Sound
* "Order of Love" (2005)
External links and references
* [http://www.divine-sound.com Official site]
* [http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=202773848 Official Myspace]
* [http://www.discogs.com/artist/Branko+Isaković Branko Isaković at Discogs]
* "EX YU ROCK enciklopedija 1960-2006", Janjatović Petar; ISBN 978-86-905317-1-4
SFR Yugoslav Pop and Rock scene
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