Dubrovnik-born, musician Žarko Dragojević has been active on the cultural and artistic scene for more than 15 years, and since 2016 he has been composing music for films and theatre. His instrumental tracks and remixes for other artists are also published under the pseudonym V E R S I Ø N 1 2 or v12.
He began his musical career in 2006 as the frontman of the band Embassy 516, and as a young author he spoke boldly about the society (albums Surveillance of the Environment from 2012 & Correlation from 2018 for Geenger Records). As an employee of the Marin Držić Theatre in the past decade, he has had the pleasure of working on over 80 productions with the most important Croatian and regional directors.
He composed music for plays by Paolo Tišljarić (Tales of Long Ago, A Streetcar Named Desire, Masquerades Under the Roofing Tiles, The Nutcracker, Šenoa and Slava, Fireflies, Nora - House of Dolls and Uncle Maroye: Re-Examined), Livija Pandur & Tibor Hrs Pandur (Hamlet - The Criminal Record of a Monarchy), Dario Harjaček (The Chairs), Aleksandar Švabić and Vedrana Klepica (Southern Wind), Hrvoje Korbar (Pigs), Jasna Jukić (Art and The Happy Man's Shirt) and for international projects by Sean Aita and Filip Krenus (A Poor Player / Midsummer Scene) and playwright Mila Pavićević (Elegies of Lost and Found, Uferstudios Close Ups and Extinction Room / Hopeless.).
He also composes for the radio drama format, Macbeth produced by The Psych Drama Company directed by Wendy Lippe, Luko for Student Theater Lero directed by Srđan Dragojević and Escape Plan / Animagaf for Multimedia Hut directed by Izae & Pavlica Bajsić Brazzoduro. He also worked with Kolarin Theatre Company on several projects.
Žarko Dragojević also composed original music for a number of television, radio and multimedia projects. He worked on the documentary Beyond Medals about the life of the most trophy-winning Croatian athlete, Dubrovnik swimmer Mihovil Španja, who was recently elected Paralympian of the decade by the Croatian Paralympic Committee.
Since 2013, Dragojević is the artistic director of the Audiovisual Center Dubrovnik and a permanent associate of the Art Workshop Lazareti. He was a partner / coordinator of a number of EU projects (European Capital of Culture 2020, Active NGO’s / URBACT, Learn more / ESF, United Generations / ESF, EPIC / ERASMUS +, HER.CUL ...).
He is the president of the Dubrovnik-Neretva county Association of Technical Culture and vice president of City of Dubrovnik Association of Technical Culture. He is one of the founding members of the student UNIDU radio of the University of Dubrovnik.