Experts

Mentor

Aysun Karadogan

Aysun Karadogan is a manager, producer and booking agent. Born in a small Kurdish town in Eastern Turkey, she grew up in Istanbul and lives in Germany. She’s been managing Aynur since 2004 and has also been involved in many international projects, such as Yo-Yo Ma &  The Silk Road Ensemble, Riccardo Muti, and more.

András Lelkes

Founder and CEO of Hangvető, organizer of Budapest Ritmo and hosts of WOMEX in Budapest in 2015. Musicologist and musician, member of Tükrös ensemble since 1994 (double-bass). Connected to Hungarian folk music and the Táncház Movement since childhood. Active as publisher and event organizer in the folk and world music scene since 2001.

Erasmo Treglia

Producer, musician, ethnomusicologist. General manager of FINISTERRE, management agency, event organiser and label specialized in world music.
He worked on field collecting traditional music and dance in different countries in the world and is now the Artistic Director of several music festivals such as “La Zampogna”; “Errare Humanum Est” “Il passo umile e lieto”.

Juliana Volož

Juliana Volož started as a band manager and booking agent in 2005. In 2007 she opened  booking agency JV-Promotion. Currently she is booking 13 international world music bands. Juliana has co-organized international music projects, showcase festivals offers mentoring programs for emerging artists, agents and managers. Juliana is also one of the founder members of Association of Global Independent Music Agents.

Balázs Weyer

Balazs Weyer is the programme director of Hangvető, host of WOMEX 15 and 20, Budapest Ritmo, and more. He is a member of the World Music Charts Europe jury and other bodies, such as the WOMEX samurai in 2014 and 2020. He coordinates CEMS, the Central European network of world music promoters, festivals and professionals.

Vladimir Potancok

Vladimir Potkan Potancok is the radio presenter (Hudba sveta on Radio_FM, fourth channel of Radio and Television of Slovakia) and musical journalist, member of the World Music Charts Europe jury and co-founder of World Music from Slovakia. He also cooperates with the World Music Festival Bratislava and Pohoda festival in Trenčín.

Dragi Šestić

Dragi Šestić is a music producer, sound engineer, director of music video clips and record label owner. In 1998 he founded the first Bosnian World Music band, Mostar Sevdah Reunion. He rediscovered almost forgotten Gypsy music legends Šaban Bajramović and Ljiljana Buttler-Petrović, produced the debut album of Amira Medunjanin and worked with the famous and only female maqaam star, Farida Ali. He’s worked with many Balkan stars before and his work can be found on many World Music compilations. He has his own record label called Snail Record, founded in 2002. 

Nick Hobbs

Nick Hobbs is the owner of artist agency Charmworks and a concert promoter. Aside from his professional work, he’s an artist in his own right – writing, directing and performing in music, theatre and dance. He gives dance, theatre and yoga classes and workshops, and music-related lectures. He’s a green activist.

Ula Nowak

Urszula Nowak is a music journalist and manager. She’s a a board member and co-organiser of Pannonica Folk Festival, presenting music from the old Pannonia region. As a freelance journalist she writes about music in major national folk and jazz magazines. Since 2011 she hosts the world & jazz music radio programme Balkanera.

Hilda Sandgren

Hilda Sandgren founded MTA Production AB in 2000 after many years of music and theater experience. She started and ran the Stockholm Folk Festival, Hesselby Chamber Festival, and Christmas in Folkton. Hilda specializes in artistic project management, booking and international collaborations within MTA. She teaches and lectures at the Royal Academy of Music. During the pandemic, Hilda was first on the scene to coin the term “quarantine culture” in Sweden and has produced 95 live streams with donations and pay per view.

Kuba Borysiak

Kuba is an ethnomusicologist, journalist, broadcaster, producer and musician. He’s a graduate of the Institute of Musicology, Warsaw University. Kuba is a regular presenter, programmer and organiser, former chairman of the Folk and Traditional Music Group of the European Broadcasting Union. He has founded festivals, worked and an artistic director and programme directed. He has also worked with many Polish bands as a promoter and manager: Kapela Maliszów, Sutari, Karolina Cicha and Infidelis (2015-2019).

Chris Eckman

Musician, record producer, and co-founder of Glitterbeat Records, a label “built upon sounds and artists that transcend cultural pre-conceptions and genre specificity”. Over the last 25 years Eckman’s band, The Walkabouts released nearly 20 albums. He produced over thirty albums for artists like Tamikrest, Aziza Brahim, and more.

Eric van Monckhoven

Eric van Monckhoven has worked as an ecosocial project designer, manager, and grant writer at the service for 20 years. He served also as a cultural producer in France and Finland before setting up Music4You, a live music PR & Booking agency for world, folk, and roots music artists. Eric is a member of the European Folk Network board. He is based in Sicily, Italy.

Larisa Perde

Larisa Perde co-founded Vinyl, Rum, Tapas & Wine, an independent management and booking agency in Bucharest. They host a variety of Romanian and international artists from vinyl-only or digital DJs to live acts, world music, funk, jazz, soul, bossa-nova, tropical, disco, and more. VRTW is also a promoter, they hold over 50 events a year.

Trainer

Bojan Djordjevic

Bojan started to write about music for youth magazines in the ’80s, and ever since then he’s been collaborating and writing for music magazines in Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Italy, Germany and the UK. He started the first ever radio show about experimental and alternative music in Serbia, now called «Disco 3000», broadcasted ever since 1990, and awarded by the votes of the audience the best radio show in Serbia. In 2000. Radio B92s music production put him in the A&R position for experimental and world music. He created the bestseller compilations „Srbija: Sounds Global“ and „Rromano Suno“.

Lucy Durán

Lucy Durán (Professor of Music at SOAS, London University) specializes in music of Mali and Cuba. Ex-BBC Radio 3 presenter of World Routes, she has made award-winning films (eg Growing into Music) and has produced 23 albums, launching the careers of Toumani Diabaté, Bassekou Kouyaté and Trio Da Kali, with three Grammy nominations.

András Lelkes

Founder and CEO of Hangvető, organizer of Budapest Ritmo and hosts of WOMEX in Budapest in 2015. Musicologist and musician, member of Tükrös ensemble since 1994 (double-bass). Connected to Hungarian folk music and the Táncház Movement since childhood. Active as publisher and event organizer in the folk and world music scene since 2001.

Ivan Petrovic

Ivan M. Petrovic is the President of the Managing Board at EXIT Foundation and works on many other festivals in the region. Ivan is consultant in area of creative industries, sustainability and corporate social responsibility and also follows social activism, international relations, event management, diaspora & development topics, youth tourism, public diplomacy, and more.

Rok Košir

Rok Košir first got involved in the music business working for the international festival Druga Godba where he was a member of the programming team and also the Acting Director. He collaborates with various event series and festivals, and is a member of the managing board of the Slovene Music Information Centre. With his knowledge and network, he helps artists through his agency R.O.K. booking & management.

Balázs Weyer

Balazs Weyer is the programme director of Hangvető, host of WOMEX 15 and 20, Budapest Ritmo, and more. He is a member of the World Music Charts Europe jury and other bodies, such as the WOMEX samurai in 2014 and 2020. He coordinates CEMS, the Central European network of world music promoters, festivals and professionals.

Simon Broughton

Simon Broughton is Editor in Chief of Songlines, the leading world music magazine which has been in print since 1999. He also works as a documentary film maker and broadcaster – usually about music. He’s been working in the field of world music for 30 years.

Chris Eckman

Musician, record producer, and co-founder of Glitterbeat Records, a label “built upon sounds and artists that transcend cultural pre-conceptions and genre specificity”. Over the last 25 years Eckman’s band, The Walkabouts released nearly 20 albums. He produced over thirty albums for artists like Tamikrest, Aziza Brahim, and more.

Juliana Volož

Juliana Volož started as a band manager and booking agent in 2005. In 2007 she opened  booking agency JV-Promotion. Currently she is booking 13 international world music bands. Juliana has co-organized international music projects, showcase festivals offers mentoring programs for emerging artists, agents and managers. Juliana is also one of the founder members of Association of Global Independent Music Agents.

Nani Noam Vanzana

Noam “Nani” Vazana writes original songs in Ladino, a dying Jewish-Spanish language. Vazana started her own booking agency, Nova Productions. She released 5 albums independently, featured (among others) on WMCE, and were #14 best selling on iTunes. Vazana won numerous awards and performed at the greatest showcases. She founded Why DIY Music academy for independent musicians, teaching her method at the London Performing Academy of Music and at the Jerusalem Music Academy.

Katharina Weinert

Since 2017 Katharina works as policy advisor of the European Music Council. Her tasks include analysing policies and drafting policy recommendations on EU cultural policy and other fields relevant for music. She has participated in several Stakeholder Consultations on EU level such as Voices of Culture and Music Moves Europe and more.

Martin Stokes

I am an ethnomusicologist, I currently teach at King’s College London. I’ve been interested in the music of the Middle East for all of my adult life, Turkey and Egypt in particular. My most recent book is Theory and Practice in the Music of the Islamic World (2018). I also play qanun with Oxford Maqam.

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Bjørn Hammershaug

Bjørn Hammershaug has worked in music streaming for over 10 years. He is Senior Director of Global Curation at TIDAL. Based in Oslo, Norway, Bjorn is managing Content & Culture teams all over the world to give TIDAL a prime editorial experience.

Dejan Vujinović

Dejan Vujinović is the artistic director of Etnofest and Jazziré music festivals in Serbia. Serving the finest music to its audience for the past two decades, these festivals bring both local and international artists. The festivals’ profile  is alternative and exploratory – allowing space for fusions and experiments, but also appreciating roots and tradition. Dejan holds a master degree in marketing, he’s involved in several transnational cultural cooperation projects.

Szilvia Bellay

Szilvia Bellay is the Director of Operations at Hangvető, balancing strategy and resources for projects in the company. Started in the music business in 2014 after a career shift from digital media. Expert in managing multi layer projects and also production of events and festivals as Budapest Ritmo, local host of WOMEX 2015. High scale project management, International relations, cultural strategy and consulting, organisation development are her main working areas.

Jonathan Walton

London-born curator, producer and trumpeter experienced in contemporary electronica, European folk and sacred music traditions. As a “samurai” at WOMEX, he has curated industry lecture programmes, presented an award and written essays for the WOMEX guide. Currently working with Prof. Nigel Osborne on music medicine and COVID-19 mental health for the UK National Health Service.

Márton Méhes

Márton Méhes, PhD is a cultural manager who worked in diplomacy or management in Berlin, Pécs, and Budapest. Márton was the director of the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Vienna and now works as international cultural manager. His main fields are cultural diplomacy in practice and cultural cooperation in the Danube area.

Jerome Williams

Agent, producer, and sound designer. Williams is an owner of Earth Beat, a management and booking agency based in Amsterdam that represents artists from all continents. Their profile consists of exciting high quality ‘traditional’ acts and talented, innovative and adventurous ‘cross-over’ bands. Their artists fit different circuits, like world, jazz, rock or underground.

Ira Kolbezen

As a dedicated music buff, Ira started her music business career in 2014 as a producer and head of office at Druga godba International Festival where she is currently a member of the programing board. Today, she works as a Digital Manager at Glitterbeat Records. Since 2019 she is also part of MENT Ljubljana team.

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