GRUBB

Gypsy Roma Urban Balkan Beats

GRUBB is an exhilarating and energetic show created by young Roma (14-20) and by international artists. Using traditional Roma music and dance the young performers create a contemporary and unforgettable theatrical experience. The show, blending contemporary hip hop and Roma music, deals with themes of first love and friendship, and their day-to-day struggle against poverty and prejudice. The show was conceived and directed by inspirational Canadian director, Serge Denoncourt. The show features 25 performers including dancers, singers, and rappers. Using choreography, music production, set design, video and photography they brought the Roma story to the stage, sharing the Roma heritage and thereby encouraging the vibrant young performers to have pride in their legacy and their roots.

Siento

by Alberto Lopez guitar and flamenco band

This show is a creation by Alberto Lopez, one of the rising young masters of authentic flamenco music. Flamenco in its most effusive and provocative state expresses the joys and sorrows of life with the participation of other elements such as flamenco singing, dancing and rhythm. Besides all the traditional flamenco styles this young composer presents a new original idea: a new style which Alberto Lopez calls “Bulerias por Alegrias”.

Alberto López – Guitarra (Guitar), Bernardo Miranda – Cante (Singing), Paz de Manuel – Cante (vocals), Yolanda Osuna – Bayla (Dancing), Javier Rabadán – Percusión (Percussion)

Jerusalem Duet

Ora Baranes & Elad Gabbay

Jewish and Arabic folk music from Jerusalem, traditional melodies along with new compositions, based on the cultural variety of Jerusalem. Enchanting voice of Ora Baranes in accompaniment of one of the greatest musicians from Israel Elad Gabbay singing and playing kanun & oud.

Edward Powell Trio

EPT has been performing original alternative music in various incarnations for the past 35 years. The current incarnation with Akash Bhatt (India) and Ivan Mihajlović (Serbia) is truly one of the most diverse, dynamic, and exciting. This group has influences spanning 3 continents and therefore creates music and atmosphere difficult to describe or categorize, and in fact the goal of the ensemble is to create new music not fitting into any “box”. The trio plays all acoustic contemplative and dynamic original compositions and improvisations influenced deeply by traditions of Indian and Middle eastern classical music as well as American Blues and European Jazz.

Persian Black

Musical Play

Work: “The Adventures of the King Behram” or “Seven Princesses”, called “The Perfection of the Orient”, is the main inspiration of the performance Persian Black. Beauty and magic of the Orient have been attracting people for centuries: the starry desert sky, the beauties in Harem, Persian music, dance- and of course, the secret!

In Sufi tradition, telling and listening to stories represents the ritual of initiation.

Shira Utfila

Balkan and North African Sephardic Music

Shira utfila is a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional ensemble that draws its inspiration from the diversity and richness of Judeo-Spanish, Ottoman-Turkish, Arabic and Balkan musical traditions. Founded in the year 2000. by its vocalist and oud player Stefan Sablic, with the aim to preserve and promote the Sephardic musical heritage of the Balkans, Mediterranean and North Africa, Shira u’tfila has released seven CDs, toured a dozen countries, and collaborated on various research and production projects involving Sephardic music from the Balkans, the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East. The band passionately blends its knowledge of classical traditions and dedication to their preservation with a flair for improvisation and a talent for fusion. Its distinct sound brings a modern twist to a historical legacy.

Kitka & Svetlana Spajic

Traditional Serbian and Balkan songs

Kitka is an American women’s vocal arts ensemble inspired by traditional songs and vocal techniques from Eastern Europe. Dedicated to developing new audiences for music rooted in Balkan, Slavic, and Caucasian women’s vocal traditions, Kitka also strives to expand the boundaries of folk song as a living and evolving expressive art form. Svetlana Spajic is one of the best performers of the traditional Serbian and Balkan songs, visiting and living in the villages and learning the oral tradition and culture among village singers. Her main field of interest is ancient, orally transmitted vocal traditions of Serbian and Balkan non-tempered acapella singing and its unique vocal techniques and ornamentation, language, function, and meaning. Kitka’s appearance is made possible, in part, by grants from The Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

KAL

Rock’n’Roma

KAL Band is an urban Romani band from Belgrade suburbs. The music style that this band have created western critics call Rock’n’Roma which probably the best reflects their music. From 2006, when they started their career, to the present, the band has played over 400 concerts. The band has performed at the most important local, Europe and world festivals and achieved a remarkable career in Europe. It is quite enough to say that they have played on festivals such as Roskilde in Denmark, Fusion Festival in Berlin, Pepsi Sziget Festival in Budapest, and local EXIT Festival.