Up-Beat Balkan Gypsy Music With Goran Bregovic
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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Colorful composer/bandleader Goran Bregovic makes a triumphant return to Royce Hall performing his unique brand of eclectic, up-tempo Balkan Brass backed by an eclectic nine-piece ensemble that constitutes the core of his acclaimed Wedding and Funeral Orchestra.
Bregovic and his epic Wedding and Funeral Orchestra made their West Coast debut at Royce Hall in 2009, performing to packed-house audiences in two thunderous evenings of music that the Los Angeles Times called “part celebratory and part spellbindingly soulful.”
“Champagne for Gypsies,” the group’s 2012 album, is described as a musical reaction to the pressure and backlash against Gypsies (Roma) across Europe. Goran’s highly collaborative approach again comes to the fore with special guests as varied as France’s Gypsy Kings, Eugene Hütz of Gogol Bordello, Florin Salam, singer of Romania’s traditional manele music, and Swiss singer Stéphane Eicher.
Born in Sarajevo to a Serbian mother and Croatian father, Bregovic has been a musical cross-pollinator and creative iconoclast since forming his first rock band, White Buttons, during the Communist era of the former Yugoslavia. His first international splash came when he scored the 1989 Cannes award-winning film “Time of the Gypsies” directed by Emir Kusturica. Based in Paris since 1992, Bregovic continues to strike a distinctly original path with film scores, concerts and recordings.