2CELLOS Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, and drummer Dusan Kranjc, took some time from their always busy schedule to meet at noon today with media representatives and business partners at Zagreb Eye viewing lounge. The event was to present their new video for the single "I Will Wait" originally performed by Mumford & Sons. Within a few days, the single & video go live to the airwaves, YouTube, and of course, TV stations around the world. The video, directed by Darko Drinovac, was filmed at the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park, and will be yet one more contribution by the cellists to the promotion of Croatia throughout the world. The group was recently honored by [Croatian President Ivo] Josipovic for their important role in the cultural promotion of our beautiful country. In addition, Luka and Stjepan proudly presented their other recent awards: one of which is an Award from the Japanese music industry, and of course, from the Croatian music industry, [their most recent Porin, for the Arena Zagreb DVD]. Since Luka and Stjepan were abroad when the Porins were originally awarded, this was the perfect opportunity for Branko Komljenović, the director of Menart, to present their Porin statuettes. The release of the new music video "I Will Wait” also serves as the announcement of the release of their new album. The recording of the album is complete; the international release of the album is planned for the fall. At the end of today’s session, we were reminded of their big concert in the Arena Pula which was held a year ago, and also viewed a short documentary recorded about the event by a team from Red Bull. This was a unique opportunity to socialize before their new shows in Europe and the world promoting their upcoming album. Already today they were off, traveling to a concert in Sibenik, then to the Exit Festival [in Serbia].
Here is another translation from the press conference:
By the end of the year, the 2CELLOS duo, Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, will release their third album, which was announced today in Zagreb along with the release of the [new] video for the song "I Will Wait", before continuing with [their current] rhythm-heavy concert. Between now and the end of August, they will play in ten countries. "Our new album is finished, we are satisfied with the results and with the new interpretations of the songs that we have played, and gave them his seal [of approval]," said Stephen Hauser at today's gathering with reporters, expressing his hope that the new songs will attract more fans to the sounds of the cello. Publisher Sony Masterworks is not yet ready to reveal the album title and track listing. The famous Croatian duo made this announcment today at the world premiere of the video for the first single, a cover song of the English folk-rock band Mumford & Sons, which was filmed in Plitvice [Lakes National Park] and which will, in the next few days, appear on YouTube and television stations, a single on radio broadcasts. "It was a wonderful experience to play in Plitvice, we had the opportunity to discover the tourist route which was awesome, and now to share this beauty with people all around the world," said Luka Sulic. Hauser and Sulic's summer schedule is full - tomorrow they play in Sibenik, and then in Novi Sad a the EXIT festival. In July they will also perform in Malta, Greece, France, Germany, Switzerland and then again in Croatia in Umag. In August, they are participating in the Slovenian Schengenfest and then will play in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey. They will also play in Varazdin at the Špancirfest. In recent days, 2CELLOS have won several awards. Their recent album for the Japanese market, "IN2ITION Collector's Edition," achieved gold status with over 100,000 copies sold. They were awarded the "Japan Gold Disc Award 2014" and the special edition also won the award for best instrumental album of the year. Their number one downloaded song "Kagemusha" won the award for Song of the Year, and also won the Rekochoku Download Service award.
Croatian president [Ivo Josipovic][recently] awarded them the Marko Marulić Order of Croatian Danica [Daystar] for Culture. They won the Porin award for best DVD "Live at Arena Zagreb", which was their first major concert spectacle. Their video for the song "Thunderstruck" has reached a viewership of over 20 million on YouTube. A year ago, the duo held a concert at the Arena Pula, during which a 25-minute documentary was recorded, part of which was shown to reporters today.