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Boom! Boom! Boom! It’s Bregovic
November 30, 2010   
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Goran Bregovic, the Balkans’ most internationally recognized composer and musician, will be appearing with his Wedding and Funeral Band at Warsaw’s Kongresowa Hall Dec. 29.to give Varsovians the chance to hear some of the composer’s greatest hits, including “Kalashnikov,” “Ederlezi,” “Gas, Gas, Gas” and “Mesecina”.

The ethnic strains that run through all Bregovic’s works are precisely what hold them together and make them stand out. At the same time, Bregovic is a full-blown and full-on experimenter who pushes multiculturalism to the edge, mixing Balkan sounds with elements taken from other Slavic traditions, gypsy music, rock and pop.

The musical odyssey of Goran Bregovic began in his native Sarajevo when as a 16-year-old he first picked up the violin. Having noticed that guitarists scored higher with the fair sex, however, he soon made the necessary swap.

Bregovic was the lead guitarist and chief songwriter for Bijelo Dugme (White Button), the former Yugoslavia’s most popular rock band, from their inception in 1974 to their split in 1989. Bregovic’s big break, however, came when he teamed up with director Emir Kusturica in 1989, just as Bijelo Dugme was breaking up. The films Time of the Gypsies (1989), Arizona Dream (1993) and Underground (1995) all came out of this collaboration. Underground was awarded the Golden Palm at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. The previous year, Patrice Chereau’s La Reine Margot (Queen Margot), for which Bregovic composed the score, was awarded the Jury Prize at Cannes.

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Kongresowa Hall, 1 Defilad Sq.
Concert starts 8 p.m.
Tickets: zl.90, zl.100, zl.130, zl.160, zl.200, zl.250
Tickets available from Kongresowa Hall
or online at www.ticketonline.pl and www ticketpro.pl
For more information, go to www.kongresowa.pl
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