Sonic Witchcraft


Andrej Hrvatin on frame drum, photo by Daniel Eremita

NIMETU alias Andrej Hrvatin is a musician and sound artist from Maribor, Slovenija.

His main instruments are diverse “ethnic” flutes (Native American style flutes, ney, kaval…), clarinet and percussion, notably “frame drums”.

He studied clarinet in music school, learned kaval from Macedonian virtuoso Bajsa Arifovska and studied percussion with Nino Mureškić and at diverse workshops of several other percussion masters – Pt.Suresh Talwalkar, Okay Temiz, Hakim Ludin, Carlo Rizzo, Jatinder Thakur, Glen Velez, Zohar Fresco, Andrea Piccioni… 

His main inspiration and frame drumming “lineage” can be traced through Nino Mureškić to Glen Velez and Layne Redmond.

He was involved in several music and dance performances, such as “Doors” by Branko Potočan, “Saltana” by Edita Čerče, “Dia Diasso Diaspora” by Maša Kagao Knez, “Direct Insights”, “Silhuette” by Tina Dobaj and many others.

As a sound artist he recorded, mixed, produced and mastered several international and Slovene jazz, world music and alternative albums. He mixed and mastered the acclaimed and awarded albums by jazz masters Zlatko Kaučič and Samo Šalamon, feat. some international jazz stars such as Michel Godard, Roberto Dani, Paul McCandless, Peter Brötzmann, Irene Aebi, etc.

Part of his work was also dedicated to recording sound for film and television.

He was artist in residence at Sonic Art in Delhi, India in 2008 and performed at ISIM conference in New York with pianist Ji Eun Moon in 2014.

He is currently focusing on deeper connections between music, philosophy, transcendental states of mind (“shamanic” explorations of art, sound and body), offering frame drumming classes, music journey sessions (Spirit Flute Journey, Locus Solus) and developing artistic projects with guest musicians and other artists. 

His recent activities include releasing two albums for the Hemi-Sync label; Hero’s Journey and Locus Solus (2019), collaborating with the renowned percussionist Byron Metcalf and singer Jennifer Grais on a new “medicine music” project and preparing a drone music performance/composition “Monolit” for double bass, cello and a psychopomp sound artist.  

Meditating at waterful Sumik at Pohorje