The Fifth Belgrade


Location: Garden courtyard of the Belgrade Synagogue

June 18th - 21st 2014.

We are delighted once again in this, our fifth year to be gathering together in the garden courtyard of the Belgrade Synagogue, for our journey into discovering and enjoying roots music during beautiful summer evenings al fresco. 

June 18th: Opening of the festival. On this evening we will have musicians participating from seven countries: Israel, Slovakia, Bosnia Hercegovina, Hungary, France and Serbia. They will have spent five intensive and creative days together, combining their knowledge, sharing their traditions and bringing into being entirely new musical spaces. On this evening they shall present us with the results of their research and co-creating. June 19th: This evening will be dedicated to unique music expression that combines Iranian, Jewish and Balkan music in the shape of Sormeh. It will be continued with the beautiful songs of the Southern Balkans as interpreted by Izvor comprising young talented musicians from Vranje. June 22nd: Saturday is the final day of the festival and as usual belongs to Shira Utfila which will perform the old as well as a new program together with a guest star from Israel, the female vocalist Inbar Bakal.

Ethno Fusion Fest lasts!


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Wednesday, June 18th at 20:30

Libi Bamizrah – My Heart is in the East

Ethno Fusion Fest Project Band

A networking hub for Jewish music brings together 13 musicians from 7 countries. In this music workshop they will produce the most beautiful traditional Jewish music. Enchanting melodies, coming from a wide spectrum of different styles and genres: Klezmer, Yiddish, Sephardic, Music of Ancient Israel and also modern compositions. Historical music still very familiar and recognizable, is heard as the foundation of all the scales, and at the same time, in it, we encounter so many other influences. This evening will be accompanied by dance performed by Maa’yan which have been successfully performing for many years.

Musicians: Snezana Jovic Werner - accordion (Bratislava); Renato Kamhi- violin (Sarajevo); Leon Kajon - clarinet (Novi Sad); Atilla Aksoj - guitar (Mostar); Elad Gabay – kanun (Jerusalem); Fatima Gozlan - percussions, flute, kaval (Budapest); Srdjan Djordjevic, doublebass (Belgrade); Inbar Bakal – vocal (Tel Aviv); Vera Beca Mevorah, flute, vocal (Belgrade); Other vocals: Milena Sablic, Ivana Mundja, Isak Asiel, Isak Papo etc.


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Thursday, June 19th at 20:30


Persian music

Golnar Shahyar and Mona Matbou Riahi, both from Iran, and Jelena Popržan from Serbia have come together to form this exciting trio which, ranging in repertoire from Oriental to Balkan music, found its cosmopolitan compromise in the traditions of Jewish Music and in idiosyncratic arrangements and improvisational ardor. 

Persian, Yiddish, Armenian, Bulgarian, Greek, and Sephardic songs, smoking instrumental Klezmer- and Balkan broadsides, poetry set to music, timeless chansons, and original compositions, this is music that dissolves mental and stylistic reservations. It is elegant and mysterious like eyeliner on Oriental eyes, precisely the meaning of the Persian word "Sormeh".

Golnar Shahyar - voice, daf, berimbau; Mona Matbou Riahi - clarinet, voice; Jelena Popržan-voice, viola, loops


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Thursday, June 19th at 21:30


Music of the Southern Balkans

The group IZVOR from Vranje (Serbia) preserves and performs traditional Balkan music that is part of the national heritage of the Serbs, Bulgarians, Macedonians, Gorans, Greeks and Turks. Members of the group have played together since January 2004, yet they were previously devoted to the same kind of music either through family origin (Ivana Tasic) or in their individual or group work. Their interpretation of traditional songs has been formed with the help of experience in the collection of field recordings.  This field research has been underaken in original urban environments as well as in remote and inaccessible mountain areas. In addition, traditional knowledge has been adopted directly from the masters of particular instruments in Macedonia and Greece, and also by using original traditional instruments while simultaneously preserving the specific Balkan musical scales.

Ivana Tasić Mitić- vokal; Dalibor Mladenović – kaval; Katarina Dimić – tambura; Dejan Dimić – tambura; Boban Mitić - tapan, tarabuka


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Saturday, June 21st at 22:00

Shira u’tfila

Sephardic music of the Balkans and North Africa

Shira u’tfila is a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional ensemble that draws its inspiration from the diversity and richness of Judeo-Spanish, Ottoman-Turkish, Arabic and Balkan musical traditions. 

Shira u’tfila was founded in the year 2000 by its vocalist and oud player Stefan Sablić, with the aim of preserving and promoting the Sephardic musical heritage of the Balkans, Mediterranean and North Africa. The band has released seven CDs, toured in a dozen countries and collaborated on various research and production projects involving Sephardic music from the Balkans, the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East.

Shira u’tfila passionately blends its knowledge of classical traditions and dedication to their preservation with a flair for improvisation and fusion. Its distinct sound brings a modern twist to a historical legacy.

Stefan Sablić - vokal, ud; Ivana Munđa – vokal; Elad Gabbay – kanun; Filip Krumes – violina; Sinan Aćifović – klarinet; Srđan Đorđević – kontrabas; Akash Bhatt - darabuka, bendir, cajon