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:
She played in National orchestra of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Public radio for several years. Today she lives in Sarajevo where she works as a studio and session musician. She is considered one of the best solists in traditional music of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He writes for theatre and film and is a regular member of bands such as Afion, Antenat, Naš mali Afro Band.
He spent some time learning in the USA. He writes music for film and theatre.