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2001 Tamburitza Festival - The 2nd Ever San Francisco Tamfest

  Sunday , Feb 18, 2001         2:00 PM

Event Details

The artists on this TamFest program represent the diversity of modern tamburitza music. Blue Adriatic is a group of young Croatian Americans from San Jose under the leadership of Anthony Gudelj. They began playing together in 1986 in folklore groups sponsored by the Assumption of Mary Catholic Church, where members of Blue Adriatic are now teaching a younger generation of musicians. Their program will be a mix of old and new, including traditional Croatian folk songs and kolo-s (especially Dalmatian!) and their arrangements of classic and modern Croatian popular music.

As the "house band" for the Slavonic Cultural Center, the Slavonian Traveling Band is well-known to San Francisco audiences since their formation in 1986. While some of their members are Slavic, the rest were drawn from different cultural backgrounds by the exciting music and warm cultural setting. In addition to the traditional tamburitza repertoire of folks songs and kolos, they play music from many other Balkan traditions as well as presenting original songs based on a blend of Balkan and American traditions.

St. Anthony\'s Tamburica Orchestra "Croatia" of Los Angeles was founded in 1960 by Josip Bachman, a master tamburas and director from Osijek. Since then, generations of musicians have addressed themselves to Mr. Bachman\'s challenging and exciting repertoire: excerpts from Croatian opera and classical music, excerpts from Croatian musical theater, compositions for tamburitza orchestra, and arrangements of Croatian folk songs and dances. Under the leadership of Thomas Yeseta, director since 1978, the orchestra also performs regularly for services at St. Anthony\'s Catholic Church, including Tom\'s own liturgical composition, Hrvatska pucka misa (Croatian Folk Mass).

Featured artists and special guests are the Sinovi Orchestra of Chicago. Sinovi ("the sons") began performing together in 1979 when they were still in high school. Alumni of the Duquesne University Tamburitzans, they are renowned throughout the country for their fun-loving and colorful performances that are rooted in a deep knowledge and love of tamburitza music. The members are Joe Gornick, bass; Nick Gornick, bugarija; Steve Kirin, prim; Mark Oreskovich, brac; and Tom Vucinic, brac. Their program included both traditional tamburitza repertoire and original compositions by members of the group. TamFest welcomes our guests the Sinovi Orchestra, all the tamburasi, and all tamburitza lovers - dobro nam dosli (welcome to us all)!

Mark Forry, Ph.D. 12 February 2001


Sinovi of Chicago
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Blue Adriatic
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