Jelena Soro, vocals, oboa
Brigita Marko, vocals
Tea Vidmar, vocals
Dejan Jovanov, percussion
Folk music tradition from Slovenia to Turkey: Through traditional setting (polyphonic singing accompanied by percussion), the musicians seek a new expression in the context of content, harmonic and expressive integration in today’s space and time.
The Balkan Experience of Song and Ritual presents a folk musical tradition from the geographical area between Slovenia and Turkey in their original arrangements. By incorporating improvisational and narrative moments, the musicians add a dimension of directness to folk songs, bringing them even closer to the modern listener. Since 2018 they have been operating in Ljubljana. They have performed on numerous major and minor stages across Slovenia and Austria, and they have also participated in the first international folklore festival in Ljubljana.
Jelena Soro is a multifaceted musician, oboist, vocalist, composer and music teacher. She studied music at the Academies in Ljubljana and Vienna and received her master’s degree from the renowned Berklee College of Music in Valencia. She is the host of Ljubljana Balkan Open Jam events. With her original music and the PostArt ensemble she has performed in Germany, Austria, Spain, the Czech Republic, Serbia and Slovenia. She has recorded three CDs with her original music. She liberates the art of playing oboe of classical frames and interweaves it with experimental, improvised, folk and alternative music. In Slovenia, she has collaborated with Gal Gjurin, Marko Hatlak and members of Wacky Blues Professors. Her recordings abroad include collaborations with musicians and ensembles such as Shruti and Sahana (India), Jennifer McMahon (Ireland), Gilbert Mansour (Lebanon) and Gradovi Utočišta (Serbia).
Brigita Marko is involved in folk, original and experimental singing. She studied the tradition of Resian singing with Ljoba Jenče and then with Bogdana Herman. She participated in the workshops of Hasmik Harutyunyan, Irena Tomažin, Zvezdana Novakovič, Katarina Juvančič and others. She was a member of bands Horda grdih and Karavana Iluzij, with which she has performed in Slovenia and abroad.
Tea Vidmar works in the field of street theater, music and vocal performance. As a vocalist, she has performed with bands such as Positive illusion, Skarabej, duo Aritmija, Širom. She has collaborated with local and foreign musicians (Samo Kutin, Ana Kravanja, Andrej Fon, Nino Mureškić, Tena Novak Vincek, Ivan Marincel, Damir Prica Kafka, Roko Crnić, etc.) She is also active in the field of contemporary improvised and experimental music.
Dejan Jovanov began to learn about music through folklore activity in Macedonia. He has performed at home and abroad (Turkey, Cyprus, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia). For the last ten years he has been living and working in Slovenia, where he is a member of the Macedonian folk group Kalina.
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