New Album 'A Land That Once Was' Spring 2018
Katarina Gadjanski and Gypsy Fever Collective are recording an exciting new album, which is due to come out in Spring 2018.
Here is the story behind:
Gypsy Fever at the Hootananny Brixton,
reviewed by Depo Olukotun
(Central and Eastern European London Life & News)
The country that was Yugoslavia might not exist anymore but it lives on in the hearts of some. Katarina Gadjanski and other “ex-Yugoslavians” who came to see her ensemble The Gypsy Fever Quartet at the Hootananny Brixton proved the case, on what would have otherwise been just another Wednesday night. Gadjanski took a packed house on a nostalgic journey through the musical landscape of Former Yugoslavia, and thanks to her informative commentary throughout her set I could almost believe it still existed.
Gypsy Fever’s repertoire was essentially a
tale of love and loss, summing up the story of the
now defunct country in a nutshell. The stories were
in the form of Bosnian,Dalmatian, Serbian or
Vojvodinan folk serenades to young maidens and
elements of nature.The songs were striking in their
sorrow like Zajdi Zajdi, which though mournful
was a Macedonian wake-up call to a slumbering
young girl. The reference to maidens was
a recurrent theme – another song was Macedonsko
devojce (Macedonian Maiden) – and an audience
could be forgiven for thinking they’d fallen
into a parallel universe of Grimm’s fairy tales.
Though led by Gadjanski, Gypsy Fever seems more like
a collective of musicians, with Gadjanski generously
allowing the other talents in the ensemble to shine.
Lori Secanska constantly hit the high melancholic notes that gave these folk songs of a remembered Yugoslavia their haunting character. The multi-instrumentalist Alex Paton added his voice to the list and came into his own in Oj Savice, a Croatian serenading of the river, which the ensemble delivered acappella-style to hypnotic effect.
Along with Gadjanski’s Indian harmonium, there are Celtic whistles, Italian mandolins, Spanish cajons, the West African Jembe (or Djembe), as well as Secanska’s Slovakian dulcet tones. With its international members and multicultural instruments Gypsy Fever is truly World Music.
The ensemble, according to Gadjanski,
is continuously in a state of flux,
with a revolving door of members
adding to the sense of a collective:
the line up at the Hootananny
Brixton was just one of its many
incarnations. Gadjanski told of a
group whose formation was inspired
by travel and which to date, over
five years, has gone through an
organic process of change. Just like
the “ex-Yugoslavia” in the hearts of
Gadjanski and her audience of
fellow-nostalgics, Gypsy Fever gets reborn if and when required: as much a state mind as a musical ensemble. The launch of the latest reincarnation of the group is at the Jamboree, Lime House on the 8th March 2015.
While the stars around her sparkled, Gadjanski crouched low on the floor, blissfully communing with her harmonium.
The irony of Gypsy Fever’s ‘Yugoslavia state of mind’ becomes more apparent with the fact that of the whole ensemble only Gadjanski, who is Serbian, is ex-Yugoslavian. More interesting still – as I gathered in my impromptu interview with her – none of the instruments they played were indigenous to ex-Yugoslavia.
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2015 NEW YEAR - NEW PROJECT
Katarina embarked upon mesmerising new journey this year and in the nostalgia for the lost homeland started to re-discover some very old and wonderfully archaic folk tunes from ex-Yugoslavia. A new Gypsy Fever project was born as a result of this exploration. Driven by a desire to heal the broken bonds of the war-torn country Katarina Gadjanski & Gypsy Fever Quartet will take you on an enchanting musical journey across all the regions of Yugoslavia, a country that now exists only in its soulful traditional music. Expect Starogradske pesme from Vojvodina, Izvorne pesme from Serbia, Sevdalinke from Bosnia, Klapa acappella singing from Dalmatia and much more.
Please come to our launch party at Jamboree on 8th March. )For more info please click HERE
Here is a wonderful Macedonian folk song - taste of what is to come
2014 - GLASTONBURY ROCKS!!!
Just LOVE Glastonbury - we could play there every single night!!!
Here is a little taste of last night and fab energy of these wonderful people....
17th May 2014 - @ The Forge with SOAS Chior
Big THANK YOU to Judith Silver and SOAS World Music Chior for performing Gypsy Fever's new song Rano Moja with us tonight and for opening the evening. It was a wonderful night with some very soulful music from all over world. It was an honour to share the stage with these amazing singers.
Also thank you to Danilo Moroni for the wonderful photos of the event(check out the slide-show below) - he is one very talented chap :)