Music: Goran Bregovic and His Wedding & Funeral Band

16 January 2019

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12 May @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by Arts Projects Australia ·

Goran Bregović has done it all. A rock star in the former Yugoslavia, he went on to write film scores and ride the fashion for brassy Balkan Gypsy music, selling over 6 million albums and collaborating with everyone from Iggy Pop to the Gipsy Kings. Anyone who has experienced a concert by the Balkan virtuoso 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 Wedding & Funeral Band combines brass, percussion and lively Bulgarian vocals for a euphoric, uplifting sound. This Australian debut will include favourite tunes alongside new songs from Bregović’s latest album, Three Letters from Sarajevo.

The son of a Croatian father and a Serbian mother, Goran Bregović started off with the violin at music school in Sarajevo. The spirit of the sixties drove him to compose rock music which already contained elements of traditional melodies of the Balkans. He has since composed for and collaborated with major artists from around the world, including Eugene Hütz of Gogol Bordello, Scott Walker, Cesaria Evora, Asaf Avidan, Bebe and various fellow stars of the world music scene.

Returning to Australia in 2019 and to continue the “Balkan Party”! Get your dancing shoes ready and come hear his outcry “if you don’t go crazy, you’re not normaaal!”

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