30. 10. 2021

Katedrala Hall


Sounds of the north-eastern Balkans!

Jean-Christophe Gairard (Francija) – violin
Nejc Škofic – keyboards
Jošt Lampret – double bass
Godalkanje Fiddle Gang (mentors: Bojan Cvetrežnik, Barja Drnovšek)

Godalkanje will take you to the heart of the music of the Northeast Balkans, to the land of Count Dracula – Transylvania and its surroundings. Besides Godalkanje Fiddle Gang under the direction of mentors Bojan Cvetrežnik and Barja Drnovšek, you will also hear the masterpieces of this year’s mentor Jean-Christoph Gairard. He will perform with his trio, Trionica, consisting also of Nejc Škofic (keyboards) and Jošt Lampret (double bass), two of the breakthrough young jazz and classical musicians.

The principal guest and mentor of this year’s Godalkanje concert is Jean-Christophe Gairard, who will upgrade his previous productions with Godalkanje and the Symbolic Orchestra. You will enjoy the sounds of the north-eastern Balkans – melodies from the land of Count Dracula, Transylvania, and its surroundings, including Moldova, Romania and Banat.

Born in a family of musicians, Jean-Christophe Gairard learned violin at five. He first discovered his passion for Slavonic music when he entered Aix-en-Provence Music Academy in 1999, through the work of composers such as Béla Bartók, Henryk Wieniawski, or Antonín Dvořák. In 2008, Jean-Christophe travels for the first time to Romania, and stays for four months in Transylvanian Cluj-Napoca. The many musical encounters and discoveries of this period will have a tremendous impact on his musical life. Every year since, he returns to Romania to practice and deepen his knowledge of this repertoire, which is now at the heart of his music. He is a sought-after mentor of Romanian music, leading workshops throughout Europe. In 2014, he was a soloist in the international project European Symbolic Orchestra, with which he also recorded the album ‘Terrafolk & European Symbolic Orchestra – XXLive’. In 2012, 2016 and this year, Jean-Christophe Gairard led Romanian music workshops as part of Godalkanje workshops. He will perform with Nejc Škofic (keyboards) and Jošt Lampret (double bass), two young jazz and classical music musicians. They fell in love with the traditional sounds of the Eastern Balkans, which they cross with their musical expertise.

The concert productions of Godalkanje do not pass without the virtuoso and string-cutting production of the orchestra with the teenage soloists of Godalkanje Fiddle Gang. The team, which is led by Bojan Cvetrežnik and Barja Drnovšek, already performed in Luxembourg, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Serbia and Slovenia. They play mostly traditional, but also jazz and their own music. This year’s artistic direction of Jean-Christoph Gairard will add an extra dimension and sounds of the Northeast Balkans.

Some sound examples of Jean-Christophe Gairard:

Jean-Christophe Gairard and Symbolic Orchestra

Jean-Christophe Gairard and Godalkanje

The Swingsons invite Tcha Limberger & Jean-Christophe Gairard

Clair de Lune trio


What is Godalkanje?

Years ago, the founder and main mentor of Godalkanje, academic musician Bojan Cvetrežnik, felt the need for the knowledge that wasn’t integrated in formal music education yet. Thus, he founded Godalkanje and in 11 years, many top experts – mentors of different string styles from different countries – took part in string workshops and education. Godalkanje teaches the masterpieces (especially) of violin styles of European regions (from Istanbul to Ireland, from the Balkans to Scandinavia), classical and improvised music. Godalkanje helps classical musicians to decipher riches that go beyond the notation and helps folk musicians with classical technique.

This year, the first unprecedented master class in European countries, called ‘Balkan Fiddle Gate’, took place in Kamnik as part of the Godalkanje workshops. Masters from 7 countries attended it. The story of Godalkanje thus turned around after a decade – some individuals from Slovenia, a country that stood out in the world for its lack of diversity in music education, convinced professional circles from abroad that with Godalkanje we are changing this for the better.

Bojan Cvetrežnik, the founder and mentor of Godalkanje, and mentor Barja Drnovšek have toured in many European countries (Ireland, Spain, England, Germany, Belgium) to this day, and the first generation of Godalkanje students has transformed into a real concert ensemble called Slovenian Fiddle Gang.

When entering the venue during public cultural events, applicable public health regulations must be observed, including presenting required proof of recovery, vaccination or negative test result. As proof of compliance with the requirement, an EU digital COVID Certificate in digital or paper form, equipped with a QR code (text messages are not valid), may be submitted, or another certificate or proof in accordance with regulations, which the competent person shall verify by inspecting the submitted certificate or proof.

Tickets on sale online and at Eventim sales outlets.

Organisation: Društvo za ENO glasbo in cooperation with Kino Šiška.


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