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Rose Avenue Acoustic Delights presents

Trio Balkan Strings

3 guitarists fuse Serbian music, gypsy jazz, classical, and more

in a living room concert
Sunday, May 28 at 2:00 PM

933 Rose Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611

$20 in advance, $25 at the door
(All proceeds go to the musicians)

Photo by Mariusz Mikotajczyk

 

Zoran Starcevic, from Belgrade, Serbia, is a prominent guitarist, composer, arranger, and producer who has written and recorded about 600 songs. He and his sons Nikola and Zeljko — both award-winning guitarists with their own solo careers — travel the world as Trio Balkan Strings, playing original music rooted in Balkan traditions. They describe their music as a fusion of “Serbian, Gypsy, Macedonian, Romanian, Moldavian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Mediterranean, and Greek,” with jazz and classical influences and asymmetrical rhythms.

“This Belgrade-based family act operates under an ambitious code of simplicity: [They] seem to have made it their project to condense the entire Balkan musical tradition into a repertoire that can be played by six hands on three guitars. All classically trained and all exuding an audible affection for rock, blues, pop, and jazz — particularly the hot jazz of Reinhardt and Grappelli — the Starcevic boys take a microcosmic approach to their original compositions as well. Each track… is airtight, with a lush and dazzling orchestral quality that belies its instrumentation.… Countless ideas get developed like patterns in a silk weave, followed to a satisfying resolution, and then left behind for the next odd rhythm or jaunty whirl.”

—Monica Kendrick, Chicago Reader

See and hear Trio Balkan Strings at www.starcevic.co.rs
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