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cd cover Sandy Lopicic Orkestar
Border Confusion

15 musicians from Yugoslavia offer music with humor, pathos, energy and artistry, tinged by jazz and pop, but always looping back to their roots. The brilliant performances, great singing, sometimes wild arrangements will remind you of Brecovic or Kovac, but they are a unique item, a whilwind of ideas and an essential "Balkan experience." More about the band.

Da zna hora
Jane sandanski
Bugarski cocek

"The singers strike a finely calibrated, ever-shifting balance with a virtuoso ensemble, which itself displays a quantum-leaping temperament... Lopicic's erudite, cosmopolitan, freewheeling, non-stop reworking of Balkan brass traditions has a persistent haunting quality. It suggests that music, in its rejection of the politics of death, as an antidote to acoustic and spiritual toxification, in its potential to express sentiments and longings that defy verbalization, has the transcendent power to heal all." - Michael Stone, RootsWorld

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What the band says:

cd cover The Sandy Lopicic Orkestar consists of 15 musicians from different middle and south-east european countries and began its existence during a theatre performance in "Grazer Schauspielhaus" [Graz City Theater] - "The Black Rider - The Casting of the Magic Bullets" [" this moment definitely the most interesting theater orchestra in Austria", Frido Kuettner, Kleine Zeitung, A] "The Black Rider" theater play had certain thematic allusions to the war in Bosnia, so the music of Tom Waits was combined with traditional music from all over the Balkans. After the last performance, the musicians decided to continoue working together. Later the Austrian band deishovida , one of the most innovative bands in putting together different styles of the worlds musical traditions to their own, joined the orchestra.

What keeps this orchestra together is love for music from the former Yugoslavia, and the main idea is to show people how rich the cultural heritage of the Balkans is - and also, that the Balkan people were and are not only bunch of lunatics and maniacs killing and massacring each other, but that all those people used to live, love and create beautyful music together.

The Orchestra plays Bulgarian, Gypsy/Roma, Macedonian, Serbian, Albanian, Bosnian and Montenegrin songs - their music passes through the filters of their own individual influences and imagination [the orchestra consists of mostly classical and jazz professional musicians] and sophisticated arrangements. Their music is a soundtrack for an imaginary movie, a history of love, joy and fire of passion.

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