Anyone who has experienced a concert by Balkan virtuoso Goran Bregovi? knows that they are triumphant affairs, expressing a love of music that is utterly infectious. A dedicated explorer of musical cultures, this composer, bandleader, singer, and musician is nothing if not eclectic: his artistic multiculturalism is rooted in traditional Balkan rhythms and has incorporated Bulgarian, Georgian, and Corsican chants. Bregovi?’s true passion, however, is for the soulful music of Europe’s Romani folk musicians. His Wedding and Funeral Band combines brass, percussion, and lively Bulgarian vocals for a euphoric, uplifting sound. This Chan Centre debut will include favourite tunes alongside new songs from Bregovi?’s latest album, Three Letters from Sarajevo.
The son of a Croatian father and a Serbian mother, Goran Bregovi? started off with the violin at music school in Sarajevo. For a short time the spirit of the sixties drove him to rock music, but even then his sound remained unmistakably Balkan. He has since collaborated with major artists from around the world, including Iggy Pop, Scott Walker, Cesária Évora, Asaf Avidan, and various other stars of the European music scene.
Cost: Refer to website for ticket details
Location: Chan Shun Concert Hall, 6265 Crescent Road, UBC Campus
- Sunday October 21, 2018