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


Matthew Horsley
Australian Waters

Nedeljo (Bulgaria)
Slavite Gospoda (Serbian)
The enemy burnt my village (Russian)

Jerzy Petersburski
Utamljonoe Solnce

Le Bailly
Jo soy la locura

Malaguena Salerosa (Mexico)

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

Zapevala Sojka Ptica (Bosnian)
Oj Coko, Coko (Serbian)
Belo lice ljubav vas (Macedonia)
Luce bilo (Ukraine)