Shira u’tfila

Sephardic music of the Balkans

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; Filip Krumes – violina; Sinan Aćifović – klarinet; Srđan Đorđević – kontrabas; Akash Bhatt – darabuka, bendir, cajon

Sevdah Session & Vladimir Savić

Bosnian Sevdalinka song

Vladimir Savić, vocalist and saz player from Tuzla (today living in Mali Zvornik) is one of rare performers of Bosnian sevdalinka who can recreate an authentic atmosphere of “sevdah” and “merak”. It will surely be a great enjoyment to anyone who even just a little cares about this marvelous tradition and the way how is use to be performed long time ago. The orchestral accompaniment will feature one of the best qanun players from Israel, Elad Gabbay.

Vladimir Savić – Vocal, saz, Elad Gabbay – qanun, Stefan Sablić – ‘ud, vocal, Srdjan Djordjević – double bass, Akash Bhatt – percussion

Germán López y Antonio Toledo (Spain) Canela y Limón

Music from the Canary Islands

The duo formed by timp player Germán López and guitarist Antonio Toledo exemplifies perfect musical fusion. With only two instruments, this duo will present the authenticity of Canarian music in full splendor, with influences from other world music traditions. The always amazingly original improvisations and the unique interaction between these two musicians make each concert an authentic experience. After their showcase at Womex in Santiago de Compostela in 2014 and in Budapest in 2015, the international tour of this original duo has begun, with concerts in Poland, Canada, USA, Portugal, Czech Republic, and Germany. Listening to them is a unique experience. Enjoyment is guaranteed.

Havay Viktoria & Fakutya (Hungary)

Music of the Moldavian Csángó’s

Viktória Havay and Fakutya plays Hungarian folk music of the Moldavian Csángó’s (a Hungarian minority located in the region of Bacău, Romania). They primarly play dance music on instruments like the flute, kaval, tapan, koboz and violin. This music incorporates elements of many ethnicities of that region (Hungarian, Romanian, Bulgarian, etc.). Viktória Havay is an ethnographer and has been an active singer in the Hungarian folk scene for more than 10 years. For more than 5 years Viktória Havay and Fakutya have been moving people of all generations to dance and sing in Hungary and all over Europe.

Viktória Havay – vocal, Dániel Bolya – flutes, kaval, Csaba Barsi – dance, Irén Fekete – violin, Sándor Kis – bass guitar, percussion, Zsuzsanna Kovács – dance, Ferenc Kudász – koboz, Zoltán Székely – flutes, kaval, saxophone, Márton Walch – tapan, drum, Jew’s harp

Caravan Sarai ft. Lala Tamar

Flamenco/Arabic/Balkan music fusion

Tamar Bloch is a singer of Brazilian-Moroccan origin who lives in Israel. Her specialty is the music of Andalusia and North Africa. On this occasion, she will be accompanied by one of the most prominent flamenco guitarists from the Balkan region, Mirza Redžepagić, who lives in Sarajevo, as well as by virtuoso percussionist Akash Bhatt, who comes from Ahmedabad, and contrabassist from Israel Daniel Mor. This unusual mix of musicians who perform together for the first time finds inspiration for this performance in the fusion of Flamenco, Sephardic music of North Africa, Oriental music, Bosnian sevdalinka and more.

Tamar Bloch – vocal (ISR), Mirza Redžepagić – guitar (BIH), Akash Bhatt – percussions (IND), Daniel More – doublebass (ISR)


Music of the Eastern Mediterranean

Rahat was founded by three musicians passionate for maqam music of the Eastern Mediterranean. The goal is to bring maqam music closer to the audience located outside of its historical reach, and they aim to achieve that by presenting authentic melodies from various parts of the world of maqam-based traditions in their own unique arrangements. Rahat performs various styles of maqam-based music, both classical and folk, including Turkish art music, rebetiko, alaturka and Turkish and Arabic classical music.

Antonije Tot – oud, Sinan Aćifović – clarinet, Stefan Sablić – qanun

Mirza & Kenan

Flamenco & Sevdah

Mirza and Kenan are unique Bosnian music duo that combines sevdah and flamenco. Kenan’s archaic and melismatic voice tells stories of love, secret passions, joys and tragedies. With accompaniment of the virtuous flamenco guitar and oud played listeners are taken to journey to the world of flamenco and tango. All lovers of flamenco and sevdah fusion are invited to this magical evening of Bosnian, but also Andalusian.