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Carmina Slovenica is a production house covering a variety of activities: production of concerts and stage projects, festivals, publishing and education programs.


Balkanika

Balkanika is the essence of Balkan people collected in songs

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About the project

A beautiful fusion of rhythms, archaisms of Byzantine liturgy, humoresques, mourning songs, love tunes, virtuosic improvisations and sonorous colours of vocals

Balkan music is seductive and hardly ever leaves the listener untouched. Balkanika does not merely touch you, it strongly embraces you. The body responds – with a smile perhaps or swaying with the rhythm. It is temperamental, clear, erotic, brave and open-spirited. We love it and it keeps returning strong feelings.

Human voice elevated into a song is far more expressive than in speech. Drawing from this profound realization, the Balkan people place the art of song at the pinnacle of artistic expression. Their genius in this field – the fruit of a thousand-year-long story of tears and suffering – is feeding from these roots and entering a different world: Byzantium. The thousand-year-long tradition of the Balkan song celebrated the tribulations of a history marred by blood - following the five centuries of the nightmare under the Ottoman yoke. And this is what left a mark on their vocal art - the only free way of expression accessible to the Balkan people - through the centuries. The singing expresses a special attitude to life where not melody or voice, but experience and feeling are the elements which reflect the mood portrayed in the songs.

Monodic at first, then uniquely diaphonic, these songs developed their own polyphony which encountered Western harmony in the 20th century. A few years after the rise of the so-called world music and the commercialization of the exotic heritage of Ireland, Scandinavia, Africa, the Far East and the whole of Latin America, particularly Cuba, on the picky western market, in southern Europe, the performing of ancient folk music tradition is coming to the forefront, refining music influences of the entire region.   

Thus this wonderful synthesis is offered today to music lovers: elements of fabulous archaism, Byzantine liturgy, popular songs, heroic epic songs, elegies … all of them merging into true jewels. And yet, in addition to the previously unheard melodic, rhythmic and harmonic delights, there is more: the timbre! - the sonorous timbre characteristic of open, vibrato-free voices.

Conductor: Karmina Šilec
Vasko Atanasovski, wind instruments
Janez Dovč, accordion
Goran Krmac, tuba
Nino Mureškič, Andrej Hrvatin, Damir Mazrek, percussion
Zvezdana Novaković, solo vocal

 

From the Press

... Carmina Slovenica full of Balkan cordiality ...
... the richness of female vocal technique magically presented ...  
... a magnificent evening that the audience rewarded with a big round of applause ...
... Balkanika presented Carmina Slovenica as a choir of well-tuned and precise singers under safe guidance who mastered the special Balkan singing techniques convincingly ...  
... an outstanding performance, attractive enough to be put on the leading world stages ...
Delo 

 

... powerful emotive vocal expression outburst … fullness of expression and power of authenticity ...

Bosiljka Kempf, Večer

… the musical journey through the countries and folk traditions of the Balkan area captivated the audience with its intensive experience, the sequence of colourful compositions, lively dance rhythms, passionate melodies…  

…the programme is a fascinating example of work based on folk music which spontaneously, on a common improvisational path, offers links to jazz but touches in the end also on dance music with its arrangement and choreography, which record even more explicitly the ability to create, to conquer and deliver the original and non-museum-like approach to the folk treasure. In the project Balkanika this treasure remains faithful to its roots and is at the same time fresh, originally of the author, updated …

Primorski dnevnik

 

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Balkanika
Balkanika <em>Photo: Saša Huzjak</em>

Photo: Saša Huzjak

Balkanika <em>Photo: Saša Huzjak</em>

Photo: Saša Huzjak

Balkanika <em>Photo: Saša Huzjak</em>

Photo: Saša Huzjak

Balkanika <em>Photo: Saša Huzjak</em>

Photo: Saša Huzjak

Balkanika <em>Photo: Saša Huzjak</em>

Photo: Saša Huzjak

Balkanika <em>Photo: Dorian Šilec Petek</em>

Photo: Dorian Šilec Petek

Balkanika <em>Photo: Slavko Rajh</em>

Photo: Slavko Rajh

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