Preßburger Klezmer Band


The Preßburger Klezmer Band is a unique band that serves up an energetic musical cocktail: a charming mix of Jewish, Balkan, and Oriental music, complemented by Slovak and Gipsy folk elements – all combined with a unique essence of contemporary styles, including jazz, rock, reggae and Latino. The Preßburger Klezmer Band is a well-established part of the European World music scene. The band’s repertoire offers a captivating interpretation of unique and well-known songs — usually sung in Yiddish, but also in Slovak, English and Balkan languages — expressing enthralling emotion and a “music-to-dance to” quality. To date, the Preßburger Klezmer Band has released five albums and participated in several films, theatre, and other projects. The concert will be held in connection with the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Ivana Ecetová – lead vocals; Snežana Jović-Werner, accordion, vocals; Andrej Werner – violin; Miro Lago – clarinet; Samo Alexander – double bass, lead vocals; Valér Miko, piano; Jan Oriško – drums, percussion.

Karavan Sarai

Impro sesión

Karavan Sarai, or traveler’s inns, were rest places along the road from Morocco to India and China. They were crossroads where travelers, storytellers, philosophers, mystics, musicians, and merchants came together as ambassadors of various cultures. Within the sanctuary of these places for rest, they exchanged not only goods but also ideas, spreading knowledge and contributing to better understanding and acceptance of diversity.

Duet, vocal and oud

Duet, comprising Jelena (Gligorijevic) Jovanovic and Nenad Vjestica Khan, performs traditional songs of Macedonia, southern Serbia, Turkey, and Greece. Both are experienced performers, blending the Balkan sensibility in song and the tradition of eastern instrumental music, in a unique artistic expression resulting from a careful study of the meaning and character of songs, enriched by ethos of specific musical maqams.

Jelena (Gligorijevic) Jovanovic is an ethnomusicologist, performer of traditional songs and Professor of solo singing. Nenad Vjestica Khan is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer. He studied Indian classical music under Ustad M. Alam Khan, in Lahore, Pakistan.

Branimir Stošić, Biljana Petković & Ved Trio

Traditional Songs from Vranje

Quiet, nostalgic, full of longing, music from Vranje is primarily emotional, filled with “sevdah” and “merak.” Branimir Stošić is one of best interpreters of songs from Vranje. “I am continuing the tradition of my ancestors. I cannot let them down in one thing, in the feeling of uniqueness of the songs from Vranje, songs that generations lived, experienced, and lived through. ” For this occasion, Branimir Stošić will be accompanied by Ved, the musical group that plays traditional instruments and native Balkan music.

Vocals – Branimir Stošić Kace; Vocalc – Biljana Petković; Kaval / clarinet – Milos Nikolic; Zarb, frame drum – Goran Arsić; Oud – Nenad Vještica Khan

Shira u’tfila

Sephardic music of the Balkans and North Africa

Shira u’tfila 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. Shira u’tfila was founded in the year 2000 by its vocalist and oud player Stefan Sablić, with the aim of preserving and promoting the Sephardic musical heritage of the Balkans, Mediterranean and North Africa. The band has released seven CDs, toured in a dozen countries, and collaborated on various research and production projects involving Sephardic music from the Balkans, the Mediterranean basin, and the Middle East. Shira u’tfila passionately blends its knowledge of classical traditions and dedication to their preservation with a flair for improvisation and fusion. Its distinct sound brings a modern twist to a historical legacy.

Stefan Sablić – vokal, ud; Ivana Munđa – vokal; Elad Gabbay – kanun; Filip Krumes – violina; Sinan Aćifović – klarinet; Srđan Đorđević – kontrabas; Akash Bhatt – darabuka, bendir, cajon