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, here will grow 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. 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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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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Belmont

Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in 2/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A hot dance instrumental written by Yuri Yunakov, a Bulgarian Rom virtuoso on alto sax and clarinet, who used to play with Ivo Papazov’s legendary Bulgarian wedding band and now lives in New York. We play it as a cocek.

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Eli, Eli

Posted by on Jun 15, 2018 in 2/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A love song performed by the Albanian Rom band Kurbeti. We play it as a cocek.

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Moj dilbere

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 in 4/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A Bosnian song from the sevdah tradition, in what I hope is a sardonic female voice. It can accompany the women’s dance, danced by both sexes in the U.S., called jeni jol. Some recordings include an additional vocal phrase now omitted by some performers, including us.

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Lule te bukura ka Tirana

Posted by on Jun 8, 2018 in 2/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A beautiful song from Merita Halili, the superb Albanian singer living in New York. “Don’t despair, I’m still yours.” Our good friend Greta from Tirana loves dancing to this song when we play it live at Georgia’s, our favorite Greek restaurant in Seattle. We sing it in a lower key than Merita does.

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Voljela sam, voljela

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in 7/8, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A song in 7/8 meter about unrequited love. Written by Milic Vukasinovic, who went on to become the drummer for the famous Sarajevo rock band Bijelo Dugme, it sold a million copies in 1978 and made a star of Bosnian sevdalinka singer Hanka Paldum. We play it as a lesnoto dance tune.

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Osman Aga

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in 2/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

Muharem Serbezovski sings about a guy who offers to buy Osman Aga’s daughter for a barrel of rakija. Osman Aga’s response is not recorded. We play this as a cocek with disco tendencies.

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