Dario Marusic was born in 1957. He spent his childhood in the North-Istrian countryside in direct contact with the Istrian traditional music. Under the influence of the “Folk Revival” already in high school began to explore the Istrian music and started to collect the material, later published in numerous articles and three books: Predi, predi hci moja, Piskaj, Sona, Sopi and Strumenti e tradizioni tra Friuli e Istria. After his British and French experiences co-founded the legendary group Istranova.
Marusic has participated in numerous research projects on fiddling, traditional singing and istrian pipe playing and  he has an important role in the revitalizations of traditional groups, and generaly music and musical instruments of northern and central Istria. Beside this he has collaborated in several musical projects (Angelo Branduardi (Futuro antico II), David Shea (Poem de nuestra signora), La sedon salvadie (Faliscjes, Stories, Strades di cjants, Canti randagi, omaggio a Fabrizio De André), The Chieftains and with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Ljubljana).
Presently, he performs as soloist, with his two groups La sedon salvadie and IstradMarusic, and engages in research, composing, teaching and conducting music workshops of Istrian music.

For the Croatian Ministry of Culture he has worked on the preparation of the “Istrian Ethnomusical Microcosm “, as the Croatian proposal for the UNESCO Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity .

 

Discography

ISTRANOVA Istranova – ZKP 1982
ISTRANOVA Ča to šuška, ča to gre – Jugoton 1984
PIŠĆACI Starinski ples – Pro Area 1991
LA SEDON SALVADIE Faliscjes – Ribium 1992
LA SEDON SALVADIE Stories – Ribium 1995
TOLOVAJ MATAJ Stari grehi, nova sramota – Druga godba 1996
MARUSIC IS TRIO Istrophonia – Ribium 1996
LIVIO MOROSIN & DARIO MARUŠIĆ Bura tramuntana – Art film 1999
LA SEDON SALVADIE Strades di cjants – Folkest dischi 2000
LA SEDON SALVADIE Villote e canti friulani – Demetra 2001
CALICANTO Labirinto mare – CNI 2001
LA SEDON SALVADIE Cjantade di nadal – Folkest dischi 2003
LA SEDON SALVADIE Il cil da l’ Irlande – Eccher music 2003
DARIO MARUSIC Musica immaginaria per una mostra – Libris 2008
ISTRADMARUSIC [3=1=n(music for Minorities and Losers)] – Celinka 2013



Partecipations

CALICANTO Scano boa – Grillo records 1984
SVETLANA MAKAROVIČ Mali kakadu – ZKP 1986
CALICANTO Caliballo – La Torre 1989
TRIO KRAS Living folk music – Druga godba 1989
DAVID SHEA The poem de nuestra signora – More music 1997
ED SCHNABL Song from land’s end – Folkest dischi 1997
DAVID SHEA  Satyricon – Sub Rosa1997
TUDOSOK Ontudomany – Big Ear Records 1998
ANGELO BRANDUARDI FINISTERRAE Futuro antico II – EMI 1999
ZMELKOOW Dej, nosorog, pazi kam stopaš! – Primitivc glasbic 1999
LEGEN Seljačka buna – Kopito records 2000
TAMARA OBROVAC Transhistria – Cantus 2001
CARANTAN  Il bal da l’ors – Folkest dischi 2001
RADE ŠERBEDŽIJA & LIVIO MOROSIN BAND feat. DARIO MARUŠIĆ Orihi orihi – Nika 2002
LA ZONTA Vilote – Sora il mar 2002
VRUJA Vruja – Folkest dischi 2002
DAVID SHEA & TULIO ANGELINI with NUESTRA SIGNORA ENSEMBLE Extasis – Folkest dischi/Moremusic 2006
VRUJA  Ruj, čupinj, žaneštra – Vlastita naklada 2009
KATICE Kateritem, Celinka – 2012
DAMJANS Giipuja – Aquarius Records 2012
VRUJA Brez pašaporta – Celinka 2013

Compilations

VARIOUS ARTISTS Christmass Carrols – Nota 1991
VARIOUS ARTISTS Muzika pod turman – Ribium 1995
VARIOUS ARTISTS Musita – Ribium 1995
VARIOUS ARTISTS Canti randagi – Ricordi 1995
VARIOUS ARTISTS Live in Butrio – Ribium 1996
VARIOUS ARTISTS Tri leta druge godbe – Druga godba 1997
VARIOUS ARTISTS Folk revival in Slovenia – Druga godba 1997
VARIOUS ARTISTS Unblocked, Music from Eastern Europe – Elipsis arts 1997
VARIOUS ARTISTS Folk preporod na slovenskem – Druga godba 1997
VARIOUS ARTISTS Folk preporod na slovenskem I – Druga godba 1998
VARIOUS ARTISTS Croatia, traditional music of today – UNESCO/Auvidis 1998
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ethno Ambient Live Salona ’98 – Kopito records  1999
VARIOUS ARTISTS Sodobna ljudska glasba na slovenskem – KDFS 1999
VARIOUS ARTISTS Doimil – Folkest dischi 2000
VARIOUS ARTISTS Folk preporod na slovenskem II -Druga godba 2001
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cantar Pasqua – Folkest dischi 2001
VARIOUS ARTISTS Tribù italiche Friuli Venezia Giulia – World Music Magazine 2001
VARIOUS ARTISTS Musiche Tradizional Furlane- Folkest dischi 2002
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bar Italia L’organetto – Nascente GB 2000
VARIOUS ARTISTS Keltika 2002
VARIOUS ARTISTS The music of the Alps -The rough guide 2003
VARIOUS ARTISTS Las Musicas de Italia – FNAC 2003
VARIOUS ARTISTS Balkan – Rough guide 2003
VARIOUS ARTISTS Lipo je u Istri bit, Very best of Istra – Dancing Bear 2005
VARIOUS ARTISTS Tribù italiche Veneto – World Music Magazine 2006
VARIOUS ARTISTS 1947 – Hommage a Sergio Endrigo – Menart 2012


Soundtracks and sound design

Primorske zdrahe – Gledališče Koper
Boljše življenje/La miglior vita – Gledališče Koper
Odisej – Istarsko narodno kazalište/Teatro di Sardegna/Teatro Corsicano
Istarske minijature/Miniature istriane – La Loggia
Štrike i orihi – Međunarodni kazališni festival mladih (MKFM)
Antigona – SNG Drama
Sogno di una note di mezza estate – Teatro Farnetto Peruggia
Fritule – Televizija Ljubljanja
Prašćina – Šikuti Machine
Štrigarija – Radeka i Pilepić
Razvoj piranskega pristanišča – Galerija Tartini Piran
Piran na prelomu stoletij – Galerija Tartini Piran
Gail Morris – Galerija Insula Izola
Marina Banić – Galerija Šmitran Pula
Bojan Šumonja i Đanino Božić – Galerija Šmitran Pula
Mondiali di calcio Italia 90/ Stadio Friuli – Sigla ufficiale
Balun – Plesni studio Zaro
Rondinella – Istra etno jazz/ En-Knap
Musica coelestis et musica profana – Pokrajinski muzej Koper/ Museo regionale di Capodistria
Opsesija – Matija Debeljuh
Oluja - Kazalište Ulysses
Histri u Istri/Gli Istri in Istria/The Histri in Istria – Imaginarna glazba Histra/Musica immaginaria degli Istri/The imaginary music of the Histri



Awards and prises

Silver Plaque of the municipality of Koper / Koper 1989.
Golden Plaque of the municipality of Koper / Koper 1992.
Croatian Prize for the best instrumentalist STATUS 1999.
Croatian musical award PORIN 1999
Award for contribution to the preservation of the Istrian identity Alojz Kocjančič 2001.