BGKO WITH GUESTS VLADO KRESLIN AND FERUS MUSTAFOV (France, Greece, India, Italy, Serbia, Spain, Slovenia, Macedonia) Sandra Sangiao – vocals (Spain) Robindro Nikolic – clarinet, bass clarinet, duduk (Serbia, India) Mattia Schirosa – percussion (Italy) Ivan Kovacevic – double bass (Serbia) Julien Chanal – guitar (France) Stelios Togias – percussion, tzouras (Greece) Special guests: Vlado
BGKO WITH GUESTS VLADO KRESLIN AND FERUS MUSTAFOV
(France, Greece, India, Italy, Serbia, Spain, Slovenia, Macedonia)
Sandra Sangiao – vocals (Spain)
Robindro Nikolic – clarinet, bass clarinet, duduk (Serbia, India)
Mattia Schirosa – percussion (Italy)
Ivan Kovacevic – double bass (Serbia)
Julien Chanal – guitar (France)
Stelios Togias – percussion, tzouras (Greece)
Vlado Kreslin – vocals, guitar (Slovenia)
Ferus Mustafov – saxophone (Macedonia)
Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra (BGKO) has been thrilling audiences all over Europe with their soulful, vibrant show of traditional and popular Gipsy and Jewish music from Eastern Europe.
Six musicians from around the world connected in Barcelona over their passion for Balkan music with their own special perspective. Their particular style comes from klezmer music, gipsy Jazz and Romani music as well as from their exploration of forgotten music styles, specific timbres and flavours from regions around Eastern Europe. BGKO has also been inspired by Barcelona’s eclectic music scene, from Latin-American melodies, traditional Catalan and Middle Eastern music to electrifying Jazz and Rockabilly.
Their debut album IMBARCA (Satélite K, 2014) was ranked by the Spanish National Radio among the best folk albums of 2014. The track Djelem Djelem has recorded more than 1.5 million views on YouTube.
With their concert in Slovenia, BGKO are concluding their international tour, which is to be followed by the release of a new album.
In concert, they will be joined by Ferus Mustafov, saxophonist of global fame, king of Macedonian Romani saxophone, and Vlado Kreslin, Slovenian music all-rounder and author.
Vlado Kreslin has been a favourite with audiences of all generations for four decades. He has so far released 14 albums, and many of his songs have become folk tunes. Since the early 1990’s, the singer-songwriter from Prekmurje has been the main ambassador of Slovenian folk music with a Pannonian connotation. Says Croatian Jutarnji list about Kreslin: “When listening to Kreslin’s songs, one could say that folk, blues and rock were invented by Slovenians. Of course this is far from the truth, but he is so good that his songs are musically universal, yet Slovenian in spirit.” The stage of Kino Šiška will host the Slovenian premiere of the Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra concert, which Kreslin joined in early 2015 in the Catalonian capital.
Ferus Mustafov, king of Macedonian Romani clarinet and saxophone, deserves much credit for Balkan music to have entered the Slovenian folk music scene. A master of blending Romani music with music from the Middle East, he recorded numerous tracks in his long-standing career. Following his appearance at Druga Godba Festival, Ljubljana, he played a series of most renowned European folk stages, including Heimatklange (Germany), Music Meeting (the Netherlands), Sfinx (Belgium), Oriente (Sweden), and Roskilde (Denmark). Working with top producers, he released two albums for Western markets: the studio album King Ferus (1995) and the live album The Heat of Balkan Gypsy Soul (2002), which was recorded in KUD France Prešeren club, Ljubljana.
An exceptional musician and master of improvisation, Mustafov has turned Macedonian Romani wedding music into an international phenomenon.
Organised by Imago Sloveniae in collaboration with Kino Šiška.