Anja & Zlatna

Love and Other Secrets

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Anja & Zlatna is a vibrant ensemble which seeks to preserve the beauty of traditional melodies from the beautiful Balkans and beyond.

Enhanced with the structural architecture of the Baroque they fuse together 17th century practices and folk improvisational languages to create music of unexpected charm. The ensemble’s popularity is founded on their unique sound and original approach to instrumentation.

Expect to hear the harpsichord and on occasion a guitar, a cimbalom or an accordion. With sounds ranging from the Baroque flute to Eastern wind instruments such as the kaval or ney, and with vocalists varying from traditional European technique to Bulgarian chest voice, a performance by Anja & Zlatna will surprise, delight and transport to an exotic world beyond the concert hall.

Anja & Zlatna invite you to embark on a musical journey of hardship, loss, grief and catharsis; a program that connects those universal values of humanity, which is ultimately challenging and rewarding. Inspired by a variety of repertoire from the Balkans and beyond, Love & Other Secrets brings together heavenly a capella chant, heart-breaking sevdah from Bosnia, colourful Russian street music, a homage to madness in ‘Yo soy La Locura’ and fiery improvisations in the Spanish Fandango. With harmony intrinsic to these songs, the voices of Anja and Zlatna will delight the soul and the versatility of the instrumentalists will charm the ears with the colours of unexpected combination.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Anja & Zlatna

PROGRAM

Matthew Horsley
Australian Waters

Traditional
Slavite Gospoda (Serbian)
The enemy burnt my village (Russian)

Dmitri Shostakovich
Suite for Jazz Orchestra No.1, I. Waltz

Jerzy Petersburski
Utamljonoe Solnce

Archibald Joyce
Jesenje Lisce

Le Bailly
Jo soy la locura

Traditional
Fandango (Spain)
Malaguena Salerosa (Mexico)
Ah, sto cemo ljubav kriti (Bosnia)
Kad ja podjoh na bembasu (Bosnia)
Nedeljo (Bulgaria)
Belo lice ljubav vas (Macedonia)
Luce bilo (Ukraine)

Series

This production is part of the following series:

Anja & Zlatna

Ensemble Anja & Zlatna is known for its beautiful melodic lines and complex rhythms from Eastern Europe, the Middle East and beyond.

Local Heroes 2017

Now in its sixth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.

Venue