photo: Ig Moor

Semir “Sammy” HASIĆ (b. 1964) began playing music at the age of 6. He attended music school in Zenica and studied theoretical and pedagogical direction under professor Vinko Kreitmeyer in Sarajevo, eventually completing his studies of composition and conducting in Würzburg where he became professor of composition and conducting.

He worked for the Benkert School of Music with the well-known Fischer Choir, had his own private school “SAMMY,” organized the “First Harmonica of BiH” competition, and organized the Association of the City of Artists of Ze-Do Canton. Hasić is producer and composer of international popular tunes, has held seminars and courses throughout Europe, and has performed concerts around the world.

Hasić is the author of four instructional books and CDs, collectively known as the “Sammy Keyboard Methods.” He has released albums and videos on Croatia Records, Bemix Produktion, and Nota Bene, and has composed the scores for various films. In Italy in 1994, he was awarded the title of Accordion World Champion.


No More War

Release Date: March 26, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6327
21st Century
On NO MORE WAR, composer and award-winning accordionist Semir “Sammy” Hasić shines a spotlight on the 1991 Battle of Vukovar, which plunged eastern Croatia into turmoil. Through the clever usage of dissonance, illogical harmonies, and polyrhythms, the poignant album highlights the aural terrors of a warzone, made all the more jarring by the timbre of the usually cheerful accordion. The message, however, is not all doom and gloom: melodious themes and accompaniment by members of the Philharmonic orchestra provide contrast to the horrors, highlighting the perseverance of the human spirit and how individuals can come together to find hope.