Big Band NOVA


BIn 1996 NOVA Musical Society was established and its founders had the idea to form a big band type group in Nova Gorica. After humble beginnings they now play full concerts, oftentimes joined by well-known Slovenian singers such as Anika Horvat, Nuša Derenda, Darja Švajger, Alenka Godec, Oto Pestner, Vlado Kreslin, Janez Bončina – Benč, Nina Pušlar, Nuška Drašček, Tinkara Kovač, Tulio Furlanič and many others. In 2012 they performed with the prominent American jazz singer Gwen Hughes. In 2013 and 2014 they organized four evening concerts with the girl group Singgirls and gospel diva Sherrita Duran, performing in cultural homes in Slovenia. In August 2014 they accompanied Vlado Kreslin at his Summer concert in Križanke as part of Ljubljana Festival. They regularly work together with young singers from Goriška region, one of the longest collaborations was with Mitja Jerkič in 2014 and 2015 with the programme of Elvis Presley's music.
Over the years the Big Band NOVA repertoire has grown both in numbers and styles, containing music pieces from the eras of early swing, Latin, funk, as well as new arrangements of Slovene pop songs and American gospel and original compositions by their ex and current members – Anže Vrabec, Boštjan Simon, Goran Krmac and Damijan Valentinuzzi, who is also band's current leader.


Miloš Rijavec
tel.: +386 41 698 538

Damijan Valentinuzzi
Artistic director
tel.: +386 31 614 913

Boris Gregorič
tel.: +386 51 323 256