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Sviraj Balkan Jam

  Saturday , May 1, 2004         8:00 PM

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Sviraj—the name (pronounced svee-rye, with a rolled "r") means "Play!" in Serbian and Croatian—is a group of ethnic Balkan musicians who preserve their heritage through performances that celebrate the music of Eastern Europe. Sviraj's performances evoke passion, fire, sadness, joy, and melancholy. The music has its roots in Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Dalmatia & Romania, but it also flourishes in the tamburitza music among the Balkan communities of North America. The members of Sviraj, all of Balkan descent, are life-long friends who grew up together in an ethnically diverse steel town in Pennsylvania. They learned the music of their culture and others through many performances, jam sessions and encounters with folk musicians from the ethnic communities in the United States and the Balkans. All have been performing for over 20 years. R.E. (Raczar) Lopatic, violin, prim, and vocals, is a classically trained violinist and former member of the Duquesne University Tamburitzans. Danilo Yanich, bugarija, accordion, and vocals, is former music director for the Tomov Folk Dance Ensemble in New York and past president of the national board of the East European Folklife Center.

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