San Francisco Croatian Festival - 150th year Anniversary
Sun - Mon, Nov 18-19, 2007 • 2:00 PM • $10 Donation, Children free
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 will include both traditional tamburitza repertoire and original compositions by members of the group.
Sidro, formerly known as Blue Adriatic, is one of Northern California's favorite Croatian Tamburitza Orchestras. For over 20 years, Sidro has been performing throughout California, accompanied San Jose's Koraci Folklore dance group in Croatian Folklore Festivals throughout Canada, and fused Tamburitza music with rock'n'roll when recording on Nenad Bach's, "Thousand Years of Peace". Sidro specializes in Dalmatian songs, although they do have a versatile repertoire including songs from Bosnia and Hercegovina, Slavonija, and other regions of Croatia. We are firm believers that practically any song can sound good on the Tamburitza. So, we have been know to do versions of popular rock, pop, and even techno songs. The members of Sidro are: Srecko Barbir – Brac, Anthony Gudelj – Bugarija, Emil Jakovcevic - Brac, Lead Vocals, Mike Matusich – Berde, Thomas Gudelj – Bisernica, James "Jakov Gudelj" Gudeli - Bisernica
The Slavonian Traveling Band's diverse sound and repertoire crosses all boundaries and speaks for tolerance and hope. Founded in 1986, the Slavonian Traveling Band performs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area as a tamburitza orchestra typical of the Balkan region. The Band also plays instruments found on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia, including the mandolin, mandola, and guitar. As the Band's repertoire includes Hungarian, Macedonian and Romany (gypsy) music, they often include the sax, harmonica, bagpipe and dumbek (drum). The band members are: Elana Segal- vocals, Mari Litsy – dumbek & vocals, Janice Fornier-mandolin & vocals, Paul Litsy – prim, Lilla Serlegi-brac & prim, ,Betsy Daley-cellovic, John Daley-bulgaria, Jon Ryshpan-berde.
Dalmacijo Singers, one of the groups existing under the umbrella of the Croatian American Cultural Center, have been delighting audiences since 1986. This choral ensemble has performed in various concerts, ethnic festivals, family gatherings, and Church of Nativity functions. With many of the member's family ties linking to the Dalmatian Coast, their repertoire consists mostly of songs from different parts of Croatia. They fill out their repertoire with songs from Slovenia, Bosnia and other Balkan countries.
Novi Stari Tamburaši is composed of a group of friends who enjoy playing tambura music from Croatia, especially music from Slavonija. Several of the members have been playing the tambura for over 50 years, which provides a wealth of experience for the group to draw upon. The group meets regularly in Mountain View, CA to rehearse and to learn contemporary songs being currently composed in Croatia. Although the primary objective of Novi Stari Tamburaši is to play for their own enjoyment, the group does play occasionally for local Croatian affairs and private parties. Their motto is: Dok je pjesme, biće duša mlada!*Tamburitza is a word with a variety of meanings. Most literally, it is the affectionate diminutive of tambura, any one of a number of long-necked fretted string instruments derived from those brought to the Balkan Peninsula by the Turks and Roma (Gypsies) - in the 16th century.
Schedule of the Day
Sinovi of Chicago
Slavonian Traveling Band
Novi Stari Tamburasi
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