Goran Bregovic Concert

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Known as the composer whose music epitomizes the spirit of all of ex-Yugoslavia, this former rock mega-star makes his U.S. debut as a successful international composer. With roots in the Balkans and a head in the 21st Century, Goran Bregovic creates music that marries different sounds – a gypsy brass band with traditional Bulgarian polyphonies, an electric guitar and traditional percussion with a curious rock accent – all against a background of a bedevilled string orchestra and deep sonorities of a male choir. He creates music that the soul recognizes
instinctively and the body greets with an irresistible urge to dance. Bregovic was born in Sarajevo of a Serbian mother and a Croatian father. At 16 years old, he started his first group “The White Button,” which lasted fifteen years. He has composed music for Emir Kusturica’s Times of the Gypsies, Underground (Palme d’Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival), and White Cat Black Cat. Bregovic also composed the original soundtrack for Arizona Dream along with rocker Iggy Pop. Bregovic abandoned pure rock in 1985, and his music was not performed live until 1995, when he and a band of ten traditional musicians, a choir of fifty singers and a symphony orchestra, undertook a series of mega-concerts in Greece and Sweden. The tour was followed by a concert on October 26 at the Forest National of Brussels in front of an audience of 7,500. In June 1997, the group was reduced to fifty musicians for a two-hour concert of music Bregovic composed for films. He toured successfully throughout Europe with his Wedding and Funeral Band, performing pieces from the famous Ederlezi (from Time of the Gypsies) to In the Death Car (from Arizona Dream) and to the energetic Kalasnikov (from Underground). More than 500,000 people attended the concert at the Piazza St. Giovanni in Rome, confirming that Goran Bregovic’s music has made a significant impact on an international level.