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
Poetic Yugo Rock with Parisian Charme
As many other important encounters this was a spontaneous one: Croatian guitarist and song poet Branko Galoić and Portuguese guitar virtuoso Francisco Córdovil met at Chez Adel, a typical artist bar in Paris. During a commom jam session they gelled immediately – feeling an almost magical southern connection between two musicians that for many years had been living far from their home countries. Branko’s Balkan roots und Francisco’s Iberian influence blended into an explosive mix enchanting their Paris audience.
Last summer Branko Galoić and his SKAKAVAC ORKESTAR toured successfully at festivals in Germany, Austria, Italy and Hungary. Starting in Kehl tomorrow March 31, the duo will make their debut in Germany and Austria to promote their first album ONE WITH THE WIND (CD Baby).
UPCOMING LIVE DATES
DUO BRANKO GALOIĆ & FRANCISCO CORDOVIL
31-03-17 Kehl (DE), Stadthalle SOLD OUT
01-04-17 Wolfach (DE), Klausenbauernhof
02-04-17 Passau (DE), Café Museum
03-04-17 Salzburg (AT), Gastlokal Fridrich
04-04-17 Freistadt (AT), Local-Bühne
05-04-17 Wien (AT), Sargfabrik
BRANKO GALOIĆ & SKAKAVAC ORKESTAR
06-07-17 Rudolstadt (DE), TFF Rudolstadt
A special “accordion summit” will happen on January 11, 2017 in Colombia: The fabulous Festival Internacional de Música in Cartagena de Indias has invited accordion gaúcho Renato Borghetti from Southern Brazil and jazz accordionist Vincent Peirani from Southern France to perform together with their ensembles and a youth orchestra from Cartagena. This open air world première will happen in front of the impressive backdrop of the Cartagena harbour and be transmitted live by Colombian Television.
GAITA NA FÁBRICA – Sounds from the Squeezebox Factory!
Renato Borghetti and his quartet present their new project „Accordion in the Factory“, produced entirely at the FÁBRICA DE GAITEIROS, the cultural space where Borghetti is developing his new social project. It is a magical, inspiring place, where children and young adults can develop their love for music and at the same time learn how to play the accordion. The new album is the result of this very special atmosphere, offering a mature and contemporary twist on the typical rhythms from the south of Brazil. Milongas, Vaneiras, Xote and Chamamés, executed in an unconventional and almost classical formation: piano (Vitor Peixoto), flute/sax (Pedro Figueiredo) and acoustic guitar (Daniel Sá, also in charge of musical direction).
Upcoming Release Tour in Europe:
18-10 Oldenburg (DE), Theater Laboratorium・19-10 Berlin (DE), UFA Fabrik・21-10 Halle (DE), Festival Akkordeon Akut!・22-10 Esslingen (DE), Kulturzentrum Dieselstrasse・23-10 Langenau (DE), Pfleghof・25-10 Wien (AT), Porgy&Bess・26-10 Bad Gastein (AT), Jazz im Sägewerk・27-10 Innsbruck (AT), Treibhaus・28-10 Treviglio BG (IT), Teatro Nuovo TBC・29-10 Thalwil (CH), Hotel Sedartis, Thalwil Jazz Club・30-10 Wolfach (DE), Klausenbauernhof ・01-11 Altamura (IT), Teatro Mercadante, Suoni della Murgia Winter・03-11 Cluj (RO), Hungarian National Theater・05-11 Torres Vedras (PT), Festival Accordeões do Mundo
Just on time for his upcoming 60th birthday on July 22, Riccardo Tesi has plenty of reasons to be happy: Italian ethnomusicologist Neri Pollastri has recently presented his biography UNA VITA A BOTTONI. Concerts and tours with his main projects Banditaliana, Bella Ciao and the accordion quintet Samuraï will lead the Tuscan accordion master all across Europe during the summer months. And the special birthday news is that Riccardo’s present success story Bella Ciao featuring Lucilla Galeazzi and Elena Ledda has been selected for a showcase at this years WOMEX in Santiago de Compostela. Auguri maestro!
Amira Medunjanin, Ante Gelo (guitar) and Zvonimir Sestak (bass) are touring in Taiwan from March 30 to April 04 (see above the impressing National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipeh) – a premiere for the artists as well as the Taiwanese audience who for the first time will have the opportunity to listen to the magic of Bosnian Sevdah.
Watch out for the recent series of great releases by our artists: NAVEGAMUNDOS (Le Grand Fleuve/L’Autre Distribution) by Argentinian twin sisters Las Hermanas Caronni was released in November and will be presented at the upcoming Kulturbörse Freiburg and a small tour in Switzerland. KAZE (Abeat Records) is the fourth joint album of Japanese-Argentinian quartet Gaia Cuatro featuring renowned Italian guests such as Paolo Fresu and Solis String Quartet. ANGEL SONG (Silvox Records) by Croatian singer songwriter Branko Galoic was presented in Paris in December, and Portuguese accordion wizards Dancas Ocultas have ennobled their 25 years stage anniversary with AMPLITUDE (Uguru/Sony Portugal), a wonderful live recording of their concerts with Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras which will be released on February 12.
Good news from Danças Ocultas: After some successful summer concerts with young Brazilian cellist and singer Dom la Nena it was decided to continue this charming cooperation. The 25 stage anniversary of the band was celebrated with a concert series in Portugal, together with the Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras and featuring special guests such as Portuguese stars Carminho and Rodrigo Leão. From November 07 to 15, 2015 the quartet will go on their first tour to China, and in February 2016 they will perform as one of five music acts at the prestigious Bourse du RIDEAU in Quebec, Canada. Felicitações, senhores!
For many years he had been one of the key figures in Austrian and European Jazz – visionary founder and longtime director of Jazzfestival Saalfelden and for the past 10 years successful artistic director of Jazz&The City Festival in Salzburg. Far too early and totally unexpected Gerhard Eder left this world on September 4th, 2015. Rest in peace, my dear friend and musical soulmate.
And more good news from Freiburg: Also Riccardo Tesi and his Banditaliana have been selected for a showcase at the 2016 edition of the Kulturbörse. Auguri ragazzi!