The impeccable Svetlana Spajić will be returning to teach #Serbian singing at our West Coast/Mendocino workshop.
Svetlana, a native of Loznica, Serbia, began performing publicly in 1993 with Paganke, as its youngest member. Paganke (The Pagan Women) was a pioneer Belgrade group formed in the 80s which preserved ancient Serbian a cappela village singing.
In the age of 24 Svetlana Spajic was chosen among five best voices of the Balkans and became a member of the First Inter-Balkan Traditional Orchestra founded in Thessaloniki in 1995 by Nikos Valkanos. As its youngest member Svetlana performed together with some of the greatest names of traditional music such as Yanka Rupkina from Bulgaria, Ihsan Ozgen and singer Gynul Akyz from Turkey, and Ksanthipi Karathanassi and Christos Zotos from Greece.
International release of Žegar Živi (produced by Andrew Cronshaw, Cloudvalley, 2008), an album of traditional songs which Svetlana Spajić recorded with the last authentic singers of the Serbian minority in Dalmatia (Croatia), was chosen among the fifteen best world albums in 2008 by the European Music Charts international jury. The album has been praised as the most significant project in the area of preservation of musical heritage in the territories of former Yugoslavia in the last decade, and has met with high critical acclaim in many British and European media.
Her project, the Svetlana Spajić Group, features Serbian polyphony with a broad repertoire of the oldest Serbian songs, employing authentic vocal techniques, idioms and ornaments such as “cutting” singing from Bosnia, mountain shaking songs, groktalica, ganga, and tender ancient ballads from Eastern Serbia. . . . . .
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