Fri 24 Feb 2017 Concert from 20h30 to 22h00 (evening starts at 19h30 & ends at 23h30)
The Best Artistic Event that Friday in Brussels
From the Heart of the South-East to the Heart of Western Europe
Božo Vrećo, artist and performer of sevdah music coming from Bosnia, brings his magic to the city of Brussels for an exclusive concert on the 24th of February 2017. Božo Vrećo is known for his ethereal voice, performances which blend whimsy with the divine, and his unique look, on the crossroads between the masculine and the feminine.
He will perform in a setting which yields itself for the otherworldly elements present in the sevdah music: the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Brussels, commonly called the Basilica of Koekelberg.
The Basilica of Koekelberg is one of the largest churches in the world, as well as the largest building in the Art Deco style in the world, incorporating the elements of the Byzantine Revival architecture.
Its sophisticated and majestic style offers the perfect atmosphere of mystery and allows to immerse the spectators in the sevdah of Božo Vrećo.
Basilica is less than 90 minutes by high-speed train from Amsterdam, Paris and/or London
- 19h30 Cocktail and the greeting of the audience
- 20h30 Concert (and shooting some music videos for TV/NET)
- 22h00-23h30 Dedication, coctail, friendly gathering with artists,..
- Seating places: 980
- Champagne, Wine, Beer..
- Free parking
- Ticket 17 €
Sat 17 & San 18 Dec 2016 from 11:00 to 14:00 & from 15: to 17:00
BOZAR - Salon Royal - Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels
Sevdah's ornamentation culture
Due to its geography the Balkans used to connect different musical cultures of the East and the West for centuries. Bosnian art of sevdah is one such example of creative fusion of the Ottoman modal culture and South Slavic music and oral poetry. Damir Imamović is at the forefront of today's sevdah: as an internationally acclaimed performer and educator he brought new spirit to the studies of the genre. His clinics, lectures and workshops are often both practically and theoretically ear opening.
Brussels' workshop will cover practical aspects of sevdah music while concentrating on the crucial aspect of the sevdah culture: melodic ornamentation..
Gratiartis team dedicate this concert in memory of Prof. Osman Arnautovic
Sat 15 Oct 2016 from 19:00 to 22:00
BOZAR - Studio - Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels
About Damir Imamović - Sevdah Takht
Damir Imamović (vocals/tambur), Ivana Đurić (violin), Ivan Mihajlović (el. bass), Nenad Kovačić (percussion)
(Before the concert, Damir Imamovic provides handy listening aids by explaining and performing excerpts from the Sevdah genre)
After a successful solo project and a Trio of his own, Bosnian Sevdah musician Damir Imamović (b. 1978, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) makes a new turn with his new band named: Damir Imamović Sevdah Takht.
“Takht” used to be a name for small, chamber groups which travelled throughout the Mediterenean and played traditional music of the region. The word “takht” is of a Persian origin and denotes a “stage”, “throne”, “plank” and similar. In Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian it was preserved idiomatically as “tahta” which denotes a “plank”, “tahtali” which means “flat” and associates a so-called “flat song/singing” – one of the most important origins of the today’s Sevdah music genre.
Damir Imamović Sevdah Takht calls upon a tradition of bands that cross the borders of actual genres and learn from different traditions. After two very successful CDs with his own Damir Imamović Trio and a couple of CDs solo, with this new band Imamović steps in a direction of understanding sevdah as a genre based on a continuous learning and research. Alongside Imamović, Sevdah Takht are:
Thanks to everyone who attended our concerts this weekend. Thanks for your positive feedback that gave us the strength to continue.
This was just the introductory part of our project Viophonia Gratiartis. We are already preparing a sequel to this story,.. will keep you posted...
Let LOVE be your guide :-)
The Gratiartis team
From 22h00 to 22h30 and from 23h30 to 00h00
Balkan Trafik! Festival
Who and What?
Sara Vujadinović was born in Belgrade. She has won numerous international competitions, appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and with orchestra in wide variety of international concert venues in Europe and USA. Sara won 30 first and special prizes at prestigious international piano competitions. She was Laureate of Gina Bachauer Young Artist competition, Piano Memorial Isidor Bajic, YAMAHA competition, Smetana competition, Karl Czerny competition...
Currently, she is the student of Concert musician diploma at Royal Flemish Conservatory Brussels under guidance of prof. Aleksandar Madzar and PhD piano studies at the Faculty of Music Art in Belgrade, under prof. Ninoslav Zivkovic. She graduated in 2010., completed Master piano studies in 2011. and obtained Postgraduate degree in 2015. at Royal Flemish Conservatory Brussels.