Balkan party music in Seattle

Posts by mikegordon

Snijeg pade

Posted by on May 4, 2018 in 7/8, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A lovely 7/8 song from Bosnia in the traditional style called sevdalinka. American folk dancers can do a lesnoto to this.

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Liljano mome Liljano

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in 7/8, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A dance song in 7/8 well known in Bulgaria and Macedonia, about a girl who’s sick in bed but makes a miraculous recovery when her boyfriend shows up at the door. Take it up a step to B minor if you prefer.

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Opa cupa

Posted by on Apr 27, 2018 in 2/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A song by the legendary Bosnian Rom singer Saban Bajramovic in a bouncy 2/4 rhythm that works well for the Serbian dance u Ε‘est. We repeat one phrase that he doesn’t.

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Corroro (Phirav mange korkoro)

Posted by on Apr 24, 2018 in 4/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

Accordionist Dusko Petrovic wrote this song in the late 1960s, recorded it in one take and had an instant hit. We play two versions: a slow version with a maqsum beat, to accompany the dance called jeni jol, and a fast version as a cocek.

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Gjura beli belo platno

Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 in 5/8, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A song in the 5/8 dance rhythm called pajdusko in Bulgaria, also known in Macedonia and Greece. Some say it resembles the beat of a human heart.

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