Crossover - World - Fusion - Jazz - Swing - Classical Music
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TRIO BALKAN STRINGS - SERBIA
Zoran Starcevic – guitar
Nikola Starcevic – guitar
Zeljko Starcevic – guitar
Balkan carpet with the guitar family
TRIO BALKAN STRINGS
BALKAN SWING - WORLD FUSION
TRIO BALKAN STRINGS performs its original guitar music, a fusion of Balkan music: Serbian, Gypsy, Macedonian, Romanian, Moldavian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Mediterranean, Greek, Oriental…Jazz, Gypsy Swing, Classical music, asymmetrical rhythms and original guitar interpretation. The result, combining many cultures, is BALKAN SWING - WORLD FUSION, virtuoso, rich and unconventional, fresh and spontaneous, brimming with energy. Authentic, attractive music with the finest taste, real presentation of guitar music in Balkan Jazz style, unique interpretation from three of them and the universal music language, without frontiers. A real music trip by Balkan carpet, so if you like Jazz, Swing, Ethno, Classical, or you simply like guitar music, it is your perfect choice. They invented 6 hands playing on 1 guitar and that is their trademark. They have performed in many Festivals (Jazz, Classical Guitar, World music) and concerts in: USA, Canada, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Russia, Moldova, Slovakia, Chech Republic, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, UK, Lithuania, Estonia, Norway, France, Israel, Ireland, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. They did master classes-clinics and concerts for classical and Jazz guitar students in Europe and in the USA.
FIRST PRIZE WINNER in the World category of the 2005 USA Songwriting Competition with composition Water-mill written by Nikola Starcevic and performed by Trio Balkan Strings. FIRST PRIZE WINNER - Trio Balkan Strings won first prize and the Dolphin statue for being the best instrumental ensemble on the Music World 2004 Italy Festival Internacionale Fivizzano. FIRST PRIZE WINNER - of the JoAnn Falletta International Composition Competition for Guitar 2007 Buffalo, New York (Asiana IV written by Nikola Starcevic).
Balkan Salsa Band, Serbia
Jovan Maljokovic Balkan Salsa Band
Maljokovic is a famous Belgrade
saxophone player, composer and
arranger. His Balkan Salsa Band has
existed for almost fifteen years,
representing Serbia at many
festivals throughout Europe and
Cuba. In the last few years they
have performed at Rottweil Jazz
Festival (Germany), Festivals of
Cultures in Luxembourg and Vienna,
Django Reinhardt International Jazz
Festival in Samois, Montreux Jazz
Festival, etc. Jovan Maljokovic
Balkan Salsa Band has performed in
Athens, representing Serbia at the
Olympic Games 2004.
DIVANHANA, Bosnia and Hercegovina
Divanhana is a Bosnian sevdah band which performs traditional music in new arrangements created under the influence of jazz, pop and the 20th century classical music. Divanhana’s intention is to cherish and present the urban traditional music not only from Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also the traditional music from the whole Balkan region, with a particular accent to Sevdalinka.
The band recorded its debut CD “Dert” in February 2011 at the Fattoria Musica studio in Osnabruck (Germany) in cooperation with the performer of traditional music Vanja Muhović. The album was produced by Walter Quintus, one of the most acknowledged world music producers. It was released in May 2011 as a result of a two-year ethnomusicologist research reflected by the fact that some of the songs on the CD were never recorded or published before.
After the successful and inspiring experience with the debut album, the band continued to cherish the Balkan traditional music. In September 2011, they began to work with a new singer, young Lejla Ćatić. Shortly after, Divanhana developed their concert activities by taking part in prestigious festivals such as “12 Points” in Porto and Womex in Thessaloniki. Besides that, Divanhana dedicates to creative work, and recording of new songs. At the beginning of 2013, Divanhana had held very successful concerts in Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic and Turkey, and later on by the end of the same year they released their new album “Bilješke iz šestice”, which crowned the two years touring, travelling and creative work of the band. They had proudly performed at 70 successful concerts in 13 different countries. “Bilješke iz šestice” was published at the end of 2013, by RSG Radio from Sarajevo for the market of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and by Multimedia Music from Belgrade for the market of the Balkan region.
After the second CD release, the band had intensified their concert activities, and realized over 60 successful concerts all around Europe.
After the releasing of the new album, Divanhana began their new concert tour named “Zukva”. During the three years long tour, the band had 150 concerts all around the Balkans and Europe, and took part at many eminent world music festivals. The tour brought some new very successful projects such as: first live release “Live in Mostar” and “Zukva” documentary, which was covered by television network Al Jazeera Balkans.
The band performed their own concerts all around Europe, and did the first project with The Embassy of the USA in Bosnia & Herzegovina in which they managed to connect Broadway and sevdah for the first time. By connecting the Broadway and sevdah, the band made a collaboration with the acknowledged American Broadway singer, Bradley Dean, and released the single “Vino piju nane age Sarajlije”.
By the beginning of September of 2018 they continued with the realization of the project with The Embassy of the USA in B&H, this time with Broadway musical “Spelling Bee” where they collaborated with a young artist Šejla Grgić.
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