Ritual polyphonic songs from the Balkans – Teofilovic Twins (Serbia)

Termin: April 29th, 6.00 p.m.

Former Yugoslavia is home to manifold ethnic and cultural groups that meet and intermingle. Doubtless, the Teofilovic Twins from Serbia belong to the more extraordinary interpreters from this region.Not only are they dubbed „voices of the century“, but they also enrapture their audiences as interpreters of long forgotten song traditions of the Balkans.

For more than 15 years now, Ratko and Radisa Teofilovic have been been concentrating on ancient music in two voices from all over the Balkans, searching for songs and harmonies and even collecting the folkloristic music, which today only exists in a kitschified form.

In their concerts, they present finds from over two centuries which in their own distinctive way express the universal search for the meaning of life, the beauty of love and the balance between man and nature. Their vocal music breathes new life into one of Europe’s most fascinating sound worlds. Many of the songs only existed in the memories of single persons, were forgotten or only partially preserved.

The Teofilovics unearth this treasure and dress it in a new, contemporary garment without sacrificing its originality. When Ratko and Radisa sing, it sounds Eastern on the one hand, medieval on the other. They developed their own sound, minimalist yet strongly sonorous. The songs are about aspects of everyday life: country weddings, happy and tragic love, the beauty of the women and the marvellous landscape. Since 1994, the brothers have recorded more than 40 songs for national radio and TV stations and performed at noted festivals, both national and international.

Former Yugoslavia is home to manifold ethnic and cultural groups that meet and intermingle. Doubtless, the Teofilovic Twins from Serbia belong to the more extraordinary interpreters from this region. Not only are they dubbed „voices of the century“, but they also enrapture their audiences as interpreters of long forgotten song traditions of the Balkans.

For more than 15 years now, Ratko and Radisa Teofilovic have been been concentrating on ancient music in two voices from all over the Balkans, searching for songs and harmonies and even collecting the folkloristic music, which today only exists in a kitschified form.

In their concerts, they present finds from over two centuries which in their own distinctive way express the universal search for the meaning of life, the beauty of love and the balance between man and nature. Their vocal music breathes new life into one of Europe’s most fascinating sound worlds. Many of the songs only existed in the memories of single persons, were forgotten or only partially preserved.

The Teofilovics unearth this treasure and dress it in a new, contemporary garment without sacrificing its originality. When Ratko and Radisa sing, it sounds Eastern on the one hand, medieval on the other. They developed their own sound, minimalist yet strongly sonorous. The songs are about aspects of everyday life: country weddings, happy and tragic love, the beauty of the women and the marvellous landscape. Since 1994, the brothers have recorded more than 40 songs for national radio and TV stations and performed at noted festivals, both national and international.

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