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Balkan Mixed Salad

Format: cd   |  Released: 2002

Cost: $15

Most of the repertoire of the Slavonian Traveling Band comes from the Balkans, but its sound is a result of living experience in California. It can be described as a Californian salad bowl filled with musical colors that each member has brought to the ensemble as a result of his or her musical and life experience. These are the colors of a diverse group of individuals who span three continents and all parts of North America, brought together by their love of this music.

The Traveling Band's music spans the cultural diversity of the Balkans and beyond. It reflects not only the diversity of the people who make up the ensemble, but also those who have influenced them along their musical journey. These include:

  • Flory Jagoda, the famous Bosnian Jewish Sephardic singer who shared her songs and great spirit with the band
  • Maria Panic who brought the warmth of her music and rich Croatian harmonies to the group
  • Kate Foley who combined the creativity of Balkan inspired dance with new and traditional Bosnian music

They too are part of the mixed salad.

This recording features: (songs underlined can be heard on real audio):

  • "Ramo, ramo" and "Djelem, djelem" - Romany tunes
  • "Ciri biri bela mare moja" - a Croatian polka
  • "Ti si rajski cvijet" - from the Dalmatian region along the Croatian Adriatic coast
  • "Sukacica gledi strica" - a kolo from Slavonija, a low land northern part of Croatia
  • "Ne placi duso" - a waltz from Serbia
  • a medley of "Eleno kerko" and "More sokol pije" - from Macedonia
  • "Adio Kerida" and "Hami shahasar" - from Flory Jagoda in the Bosnian Jewish Sephardic tradition.
  • several traditional Bosnian sevdalinkas such as "Stara staza" symbolizing Bosnian refugees' longing for their lost country, as well as "Tamburalo momce" and "Emina" - far more than just love songs. "El Svada" is a contemporary sevdalinka.
  • "Killing the Men Blues" - a direct response to the Balkan war
  • and "Daj me ruku, give me your hand" - honoring the acceptance of new Bosniam immigrants into American society

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