Balkan, Eastern European, North Slavic, Klezmer, and Roma repertoire
9th February 2018 – 8pm
$5 Entry + 1 drink minimum
Vytautas Bucionis Jr. (keyboard) and Tanya Karamanos (violin) have joined forces to create the ‘Drabarni’ ensemble. Other than being a classically trained composer, Vytautas’s main area of specialty resides in his knowledge and ability to perform and improvise in the Balkan, Lithuanian, Roma and north Slavic repertoire. His compositions ranging from modern classical to an eastern European style have influenced and brought new sensibilities to the arrangements of ‘Drabarni’. As for Tanya, her extensive knowledge of Romanian repertoire through musical fieldwork in the Romanian countryside and numerous performances of Romanian folk music have won her recognition both among the Romanian community in Canada, as well as and on the international scene (solo performance of Romanian works at Carnegie Hall, New York). She also specializes in the Ukrainian, Russian, Roma and Klezmer repertoire. Both of these performers have earned university degrees in composition, performance and musicology relating to the traditions of this region.
The designation of the ensemble ‘Drabarni’ is the Roma word for “healer” and “fortune teller”. For many individuals, music often acts as a healing device everyday life. Music can also uplift spirits and act as a way of channelling good fortune. Thus, ‘Drabarni’ is a creatively adventurous duo that focusses on repertoire of Romania, Lithuania, Ukraine and Russia. Moreover, the Roma and Klezmer traditions are also fully integrated in the syllabus of this ensemble. ‘Drabarni’ puts a modern twist on traditional repertoire.
‘Drabarni’ has performed on numerous occasions and in various locations in and around Montreal, perfecting their art and creative voices to match their common vision of this repertoire.