Katarina & Gypsy Fever Collective
Katarina Gadjanski & Gypsy Fever Collective will take you on an enchanting musical journey across former Yugoslavia, bringing you delightful traditional music from all over this region (starting in Vojvodina and Serbia via Macedonia and Bosnia all the way to the coastal line of Dalmatia).
Heartbroken by the fragmentation of Yugoslavia Katarina longed to once again reunite the disjointed regions of the country and heal the wounds of her homeland through the soulfulness of its traditional music. She embarked upon mesmerising journey re-discovering beautifully archaic folk tunes of Yugoslavia - and the new GF project was born as a result. Although born in peoples sorrow, the celebratory nature of the traditional folk music of Yugoslavia defies the difficult and marginal existence of the war-torn country, a country that now exists only in its soulful traditional music.
Along with Katarina’s Indian harmonium, many instruments Gypsy Fever play are not indigenous to former Yugoslavia. The idea was to introduce traditional instruments of other cultures and create a new sound, by adding Celtic whistles, Italian mandolin, Spanish cajon, Turkish yayli tanbur, and the West African Djembe (as well as some classical instruments - such as bassoon and classical guitar). Katarina wanted to re-visit the old folk and gypsy tunes of Yugoslavia and give them a new life, integrating the musical influences of other traditions - which she came across during the 20 years of her life in the UK.
There are a few concert coming up in London this spring and a tour across the UK later on in the year. This is a great opportunity to hear Katarina Gadjanski & Gypsy Fever Collective perform these exquisite folk tunes that are not often heard in the West (Sevdalinke, Izvorne, Ciganske i Starogradske pesme).
The Review of the Pre-Launch concert on Wed 25th February at Hootananny, Brixton
Katarina Gadjanski: vocals, harmonium
Lorien Secanska: vocals
Alex Paton: mandolin & whistles
Richard Collins: classical guitar
Howard Dann: cajon, percussion & bassoon
Domenico Angarano: double bass
Jamie Le Mercier: yayli tanbur