Bosnian Billie Holiday – Sevdah Meets Jazz
Amira Medunjanin, acclaimed singer, humanitarian and worldwide ambassador for the culture and music of her native Bosnia-Herzegovina and the wider Balkan region, presents her new album DAMAR. As in all her previous productions she draws deep from the wellspring of Sevdah, the “beating heart” of Bosnian music, with revivifying ancestral Bosnian songs, whilst for the first time introducing new compositions to her artistic palette. A particular emphasis on acoustic guitar brings a subtle Iberian piquancy to DAMAR, and once again the great Serbian pianist Bojan Z bestows his musical and production skills upon the endeavour. With a quintet that suggests everything from flamenco to contemporary jazz – a flourish of guitar here, a provocative piano solo there – Amira transforms tradition into a powerful emotional statement, one that suggests her homeland but is not limited to it.
“Bosnian Billie Holiday” (Gart Cartwright) was born in Sarajevo at the time when the popularity of traditional music in former Yugoslavia was at high tide, and Sevdah held a special place for her. The Sevdalinke (sevdah songs) she learned from her mother were the most beautiful of songs. Her fascination with the oral tradition of Bosnia and Herzegovina led her to devote herself to creating a unique voice within Sevdah to explore its expressive capacity to the full.
In 2017 Amira Medunjanin was selected into the Top Ten of World Music Divas by the British magazine Songlines.
UPCOMING LIVE DATES
28-04-17 München (DE), Gasteig • 29-04-17 Wien (AT), SIMM City • 05-05-17 Stuttgart (DE), Liederhalle • 06-05-17 Frankfurt (DE), Saalbau Volkshaus Sossenheim • 07-05-17 Düsseldorf (DE), Capitol Theater • 23-05-17 Baden (AT), Cinema Paradiso • 24-05-17 La Chaux de Fonds (CH), L’Heure Bleue • 26-05-17 Genève (CH), Le Temple de St. Gervais • 28-05-17 Ettiswil (CH), Stimmenfestival • 18-08-17 St. Gallen (CH), Schutzengelkapelle • 19-08-17 Rorschach (CH), Carmen Würth Saal • 24-08-17 Innsbruck (AT), Treibhaus • 26-08-17 Saaldfelden (AT), Internationales Jazzfestival • 17-09-17 Berlin (DE), Admiralspalast