Projects and Ensembles

Synesthetic Project

Formed in 2019, Synesthetic Project is a multidisciplinary music theatre ensemble lead by Nika Bauman.

The international group of musicians, dancers and visual artists has, under Bauman's direction, produced six different productions and performed in Austria, Croatia, Germany and Ireland. It has received comissions by festivals such as the HIDALGO Festival in Munich and Milch x Honig Festival in Wiener Neustadt and was awarded several grants by the City of Vienna, Croatian Foreign Ministry and Austrian Ministry of Culture.



Ensemble Illyrica

is a Zagreb-based quartet which commissions genre-bending works from composers, and collaborates with other performers and visual artists. 

Formed in 2018 by the flutist Nika Bauman, cellist Iva Casian-Lakoš and guitarist Marko Ferlan, with the violist Hiwote Tadesse joining in 2019, the ensemble uses their diverse cultural background as well as their affinity for contemporary music as inspiration for their programming. 

Hailed for their creative ecstasy, freshness, tonal harmony and rhythmic clarity” (Novi List) Illyrica has performed in major festivals and venues across Europe, such as Lednice-Valtice Festival, Wiener Musikverein, Zagreb Biennale, Scena Amadeo, and Kultursommer Wien. In 2022, Illyrica released their debut album on Hitchtone Music.




TAKT Kulturverein


TAKT Kulturverein is a cultural organisation formed in 2022 in Vienna by the artistic leader Nika Bauman and the CEO Ana Marković. TAKT offers the Viennese audience a fresh take on classical concerts through a multidisciplinary concert season organised in 15th-district's venue Brick-15. 



Mimika Orchestra

is a progressive, avant-garde, concept jazz-world ensemble formed in London (UK) in 2010 by the Croatian multi-instrumentalist/composer Mak Murtić and vocalist Maja Rivić. Currently based in Zagreb (Croatia), Murtić ́s original compositions for the ensemble are strongly influenced by the Balkan folk traditions, using their specific modalities and rhythms in a contemporary jazz expression. Mimika's newest album Altur Mur, released by Rika Muzika and Menart Label, has been hailed as one of the best jazz albums of 2022 in the region. 



Young Audiences


Bauman regularly performs in music theatre and staged concerts productions for young audiences in Vienna. She has performed, both solo and in ensemble, in productions by Jeunesse Oesterreich, Wiener Konzerthaus, Musikverein Wien and Brucknerhaus Linz. In 2022 she has attended the Jeuness-Oorkaan Academy in Grafenegg, Austria and has consequently directed her first music theatre piece for young audience as a part of the Triolino-Cycle in Odeon Theater in Vienna.