Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & SARAY Iluminado
Sharing intimate rituals of belonging.
About the artists
SARAY Iluminado specialises in Sevdah, the traditional music from Bosnia, Herzegovina and Sephardic Jewish Romances. Straddling borders of music and theatre, the group shares intimate rituals of belonging. The unique style of performance aesthetic blurs the boundaries between performers and audiences, crafting a nostalgic melting pot of songs, stories, dreams and memories.
About the concert
Awakening is a garland of Bosnian and Sephardic songs that celebrate the power of human spirit and tell stories of overcoming and resilience. Through folk songs and tales, SARAY Iluminado will shed light on unique Balkan and Jewish cultural customs and traditions. Their memorable musical arrangements and fervor for performance will journey you through a dreamscape that blurs history, memory, fantasy and reality. This rare musical experience is not to be missed.
Praise for SARAY Iluminado
‘Trifkovic’s voice is something to behold; it cuts through the thick stifled air like a knife through butter, and her ability to draw you inwards through song is only made stronger by the rest of this ensemble as they interchange instruments.’ Melbourne Critique
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Nela Trifkovic artistic direction, vocals, frame drum
Irine Vela lutes
Ernie Gruner mandolin, violin
Kelly Dowall ney flute, clarinet, frame drum
Dan Witton double bass, vocals
Snijeg zapada na behar, na voće (Snow Falls on Fruits and Blossoms)
I fell In Love With the Charms
Yo M’Enamori Un Aire
Zapjevala Sojka Ptica (Song of the Morning Bird)
Song of the Old Book
Gülpembe (Song of the Little Rose)
Ah mene majka (Oh, my Mother)
Hija Mi Kerida
My Beloved Daughter
A Brief History of Mehmed Pasha
Zute Dunje (Song of the Yellow Quince)
This production is part of the following series:
Saturday 30 April 2022 7pm
Duration: 1 hour (no interval)
Standard $50 ($40 Concession)
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