A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Aleksandra Denda

Aleksandra Denda is an internationally recognized, New York-based music artist.

Over the span of years, she’s been performing and recording throughout USA, Europe, Asia and South America, as a leader and as featured artist in the wide array of musical genres, spanning from Soul to World Music, Brazilian, R&B, and Jazz.

Some of these projects include performances with American Idol's Michael Lynche (aka Big Mike) as his background vocalist, recording with the flamenco star Jose Merce on the Latin Grammy nominated album Mi Unica Llave, and co-founding ROSA the international traditional Serbian all-female a cappella group endorsed by NY Folklore Society.

She also had the pleasure of working with world acclaimed musicians-Patrice Rushen, Bilal, Javier Limon, Marko Djordjevic & SVETI, Women of the World, Joey Blake, Christiane Karam and Albino Mbie.
​Aleksandra spent a Summer in India in 2015, teaching as Artist in Residence at New Delhi's Global Music Institute, as well as performing with some of India's finest fusion musicians with project PATHWAYS that she formed with pianist Aman Mahajan.

Swimming in many sonic oceans led to the makings of her debut EP DREAMER, a genre-bending, soulful collection of her original music, released in March 2016.

In 2016 Aleksandra and her group were a part of Global celebration of International Jazz Day at Dupont Circle, in Washington DC, sharing the stage with jazz luminaries Dee Dee Bridgewater and Herbie Hancock. The same year, she performed at another IDJ event at UN headquarters in New York, alongside Brazilian guitarist Sergio Pereira.

She is a Director of the First International Contemporary Music Competition for Young Musicians in the Balkans - The Best Musical Mind, organized by Multikultivator cultural service and supported by Berklee College of Music and Souza Lima Conservatory.

In 2017 she joined a new international project - Jan Kus and The SlavoRican Assembly, an eclectic group that combines musical traditions from the Balkans and Slavic folk songs with the musical traditions of the Caribbean, synthesizing them seamlessly in a never-before-heard, attractive, heartfelt and powerful rhythmical mix!

Source: Official Web-Site


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Branislav Bala

Branislav Bane Bala (writer/director/producer) is a Serbian filmmaker based in New York City. He holds an MFA in film directing from Columbia University.

His short films have played worldwide. His short film Shades of Gray was distributed by Doug Liman’s Hypnotic Releasing, and his commercial spot Magic was a Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker’s Award selection. He co-produced two low-budget features: Across Dot Avenue and Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish. The latter was invited for a week-long run at New York’s famous Lincoln Center and opened to rave reviews. He has taught various film classes at the University of Hartford, The New School, Art Institute of Austin, Ramapo College and was the chair of the Film Department at Katharine Gibbs School. He often collaborates with his brother Nemanja. Their latest collaboration, a feature film “Love Hunter” premiered at the prestigious Warsaw Film Festival and was “among its highlights”, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Residents of Heaven

An Exhibit of Byzantine and Modern Orthodox Icons

Residents of Heaven is a book of Icons by Father Stamatis Skliris which were prepared for "An Exhibit of Byzantine and Modern Orthodox Icons" held at the "David Allan Hubbard Library, Fuller Theological Seminary" in Pasadena, California, June 10 - July 5, 2010.

The iconographer, V. Rev. Stamatis Skliris, attended the opening of the exhibit with His Grace, Bishop Maxim who gave the Introduction. The mounting of the display was done by Jasminka Gabrie and the staff of the Fuller Library. The opening event was organized by Dr. William Dyrness, Director of the Visual Faith Institute, Brehm Center for Worship, Theology and the Arts, Fuller Seminary.