Balkan party music in Seattle

Balkan sheet music from Balkanarama

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Balkan Sheet Music | 16 comments

Balkan sheet music from Balkanarama

Music transcribed by Michael Gordon

Starting with the beloved song Makedonsko devojce, I am growing a collection of sheet music for songs from the southern Balkans that I’ve transcribed over the years. Almost all will be from the repertoire of Balkanarama, the Seattle dance band that I helped start in 1997 after many years in the L.A. Balkan scene. The sheet music is in high-resolution PDF format and is available to musicians anywhere for free. I’ll add two songs a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, with occasional bonus tunes. Enjoy!

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Usti, usti baba

Posted by on Jul 13, 2018 in 2/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A Macedonian Rom song in cocek rhythm, sung by Esma Redzepova and Usnija Jasarova. “Get up, father, the drums are beating, they’re coming for my sister!”

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Krivo horo

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in 11/8, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

I wrote this pseudo-Bulgarian instrumental to accompany the 11/8 dance called gankino or kopanica. We’ve never recorded it, so no audio or video is available.

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Pena

Posted by on Jul 6, 2018 in 9/8, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

This song by the great Rom singer Saban Bajramovic is sometimes called Duj Duj. We play it as a 9/8 cocek.

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Draganin cocek

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in 2/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A fun little brass band dance instrumental. Add a vamp at the beginning if you like.

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Cudna jada od Mostara grada

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 in 2/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A Bosnian sevdalinka song about the tribulations of young love. We play this for listening, not for a particular dance, though the first video shows a line of women doing a simple kolo.

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Hanuma

Posted by on Jun 26, 2018 in 4/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A Bosnian sevdalinka song about marrying a girl on her 16th birthday. We’ve played this as a tango and, with a maqsum beat, as a jeni jol.

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Nazad, nazad mome Kalino

Posted by on Jun 22, 2018 in 7/8, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

Fatal Attraction in Bulgaria: The other woman refuses to take no for an answer. We play this as a lesnoto dance song in 7/8.

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